If there's one book which I have continuously looked at at the book store, browsed through, found everything lovely, and put the book away again, it would be this one. I must have held Fitted Knits: 25 Projects for the Fashionable Knitter a hundred times before I finally ended up buying it a while back. Why the back and forth? Simple - I'm not much of a sweater knitter, and to buy a book with just sweaters seemed like a waste. So why did I buy it? Well, I've made a few sweaters lately and am getting the hang of them, plus I just couldn't pass all that information on how to make your knits flatter every body type, plus there's this adorable shrug pattern in the book!
But I haven't yet. I haven't knit anything from the book yet. I've read it through a few times, looked at the patterns and thought about what yarns from my stash could I use to make them. I've also read and studied the instructions on how to make the knits fit (but I have to admit, I don't get all of it just yet!)
I won't worry though, I'm sure I will knit something from the book sooner or later. I mean, the patterns are very wearable and many can be easily modified to suit my fit and/or style. There are tops, sweaters, cardigans, shrugs and even a dress and a coat in it! I really like how they all look (well, most of them at least) and can totally see myself wearing some of them.
I especially like the two-tone ribbed shrug, the textured tunic, the v-neck pullover and the crisp rectangle tunic top , which I all think would flatter my not-very-typical figure (I am apple type with a bit of waist curves but a big pot belly and small boobs - not the typical "feminine shape").
There are many patterns in the book I most likely won't make at least for myself, as I know they won't look good on me. Others I'm not sure yet, so I might just give them a try, like the puffed sleeve cardigan. Do you think, if the peplum was to sit on the hips, a bit lower than described in the pattern, it would look good even if the wearer has a big belly? I might just give it a try someday.
But to end the ramble, I really like this book. I love looking at it and reading the patterns, thinking what would look good on me and what I could knit for my niece, who has the perfect "model figure" of a 15-year-old! The book has loads of different patterns with different gauges and yarns, for different purposes and seasons. Plus they're all knit top-down in the round! No seaming! Got to love that.
I've often looked at that book too, but never bought it. For mostly the same reasons as you, would anything in it suit me?
Perhaps I should give it a second look too.
I've been looking at the finished projects on Ravelry, and there seems to be a lot of different sizes and body types of women knitting these patterns, and lot of the knits look good on different shapes too.