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One big ass book!

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I knew that Ysolda Teague’s Little Red in the City was going to be a big book, but never like this. I’m not really complaining, although it may sound like I am. This brown envelope arrived at my husband’s PO Box and I just have to smile at the Bob sticker. Cute.


The knitting world has been waiting for this for a while and now it’s here! And in electronic form as well since every pattern and section of the book is saved in Ravelry’s pattern library.

That’s how many pages now? Yes, that’s right, 264 of them. this includes the credits and author thank-yous of course. But still, for a collection of sweater patterns this is huge.

Part of the reason for this is the 112 pages dedicated to techniques such as taking your measurements correctly, provisional cast-on methods, etc. Some experienced knitters might skip this part completely but it doesn’t hurt to read through anyway.

Some of it were new to me, like the Japanese short row method and the YO method. I’m tempted to try that next time I do a short row heel.

This is the most interesting part for me. I might get my sister to help me with this when she gets back from holiday. Most garments only give you measurements for the bust and not the rest of the parts of the garment. Ysolda gives you the opportunity to custom-fit your garment by using the measurements that correspond to your actual measurements for every section of the garment. So if you have a 38″ bust but have a longer torso or narrow hips, you can knit the garment that fits you perfectly and not end up with something that you will probably hate and never wear again.

Luca loved pawing through the book. Do cats see colour? He loved it when I was going through the pattern pages. Of course he tried to bite some of the pages.

Oh so you spotted these two skeins, huh? I had them on hand to wind into cakes. I started a shawl with these skeins of Primo. More about it when I get a go ahead from the designer. I can tell you though that it is knitting up really pretty.

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One response

  1. That looks like a must-have book for every sweater knitter! I’ve heard that many of the illustrations have been hand drawn by Ysolda herself. So, are you planning to knit any of the sweaters from this book??

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