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Jean Frost Jackets:

Fabric, Fit and Finish for Today's Knits

by Jean Frost

Anyone who knows Coco Chanel will want to at least glance through this book. If you have a shape that can handle the classic Coco Jacket, this is your book. Jean Frost never hides the fact that her influence is Coco and what is often referred to as Classic Cuts for women.

The word "Jacket" is a bit deceptive. These designs can be worn as jackets and/or sweaters as additions to or part of the total outfit. The yarns vary from fingering weight to worsted with the majority being sport or worsted weight yarns. The patterns are simple and understated.

I think most of us understand that we're not going to like every pattern in a book, but this one comes darned close. I admit I bought it for the sweater "Siobahn," the only lace pattern in the book using linen yarn. It's a lacy leaf pattern and is marked Advanced. I had never knitted a lace pattern when I purchased this book, but that pattern inspired me to learn. It's just simple elegance that would look wonderful on figures of many shapes and sizes.

If you're a subscriber to Knitters Magazine, then you'll be familiar with the format of the patterns and instructions. They're generally good, but certainly not long on detail. As much as I enjoy Knitters and their sister-publications, I don't think they are "beginner knitter" friendly. But that could just be me... there are times I know that the expression "somewhere a village is missing their idiot" applies to me. So, if you're more of an intuitive knitter, you'll be fine.

The one tip I found absolutely invaluable and have used ever since I purchased the book is Jean's seaming instructions. For those of you who absolutely hate seaming in mattress or kitchener stitch - this is for you! She shows a simple seaming technique using a slip stitch crochet that I have used exclusively ever since I learned it. (I hate kitchener, hate kitchener... I know, my father always said never to use the word "hate" because it is a strong word. So. I really really really dislike the kitchener stitch. And for those of you that have no problem with it. Well. Good for you. 'Nuf said.)

Browse the book at Amazon and see what you think - it's a good purchase if these styles interest you and flatter your frame.

Respectfully submitted, Robin Connolly-Medici

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