Book Review: Curvy Girl Crochet

Author: Mary Beth Temple
Price: $22.95 (buy here)
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate

“One thing I’ve learned from years of designing patterns: If you put 50 plus-sized women in a room, no two of them will be plus-sized in quite the same way.” - Mary Beth Temple

If only all clothing designers were aware of this fact! But aren’t we lucky as crocheters to have a designer who has come to this conclusion? In her new book, Curvy Girl Crochet, Mary Beth Temple reveals all the tricks to make your crochet garments enhance your figure, including techniques for creating drape and the importance of gauge relating to the final fit. And as expected, the book includes 25 fashion-forward patterns written specifically for sizes L-5X.

While the crochet techniques used in the patterns are pretty standard in regards to the stitches used and piecing together (more advanced techniques include bead crochet and blocking), Ms. Temple goes a step further to help the crocheter understand how to take a pattern from “cookie cutter” to tailored. She explains how to pick a pattern to flatter your shape, how to adapt patterns to fit your specific shape, how to tweak a finished project to improve the fit if it didn’t turn out quite right, and more.

As Ms. Temple teasingly points out in the intro, this is often the part of the book most crocheters are the most excited about, and with good reason! Of the 25 patterns featured, 18 are wearable garments (the rest being flattering accessories), and all 18 are lovely complements to the model’s figures. In a few cases, one doesn’t even notice that the model is plus-sized because the garment is that flattering. Our favorites are the Essential Pullover, which looks to be easily modifiable; the Wrapt Top, a gorgeous ballet-style sweater; and the Skirt the Issue skirt, which would be flattering on any shape.

The Animator’s Wife says...
If you’ve ever had trouble finding crochet clothing patterns in plus sizes, this is the book for you. Not only does it include several beautiful designs, it also gives an invaluable lesson on how to adapt any crochet pattern to suit your shape. The rich folk in Hollywood say their secret to looking good is to have all their clothing tailored to their measurements. As a crocheter, you are your own tailor, so you might as well know the secrets for making a perfect fit. Then you can really love everything you make!

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