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Superbly fitted and fashioned in luxurious yarns, these imaginative patterns follow four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history. Each section features dramatically different types of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns combined with timeless, figure flattering silhouettes that are suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Using innovative seaml Superbly fitted and fashioned in luxurious yarns, these imaginative patterns follow four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history. Each section features dramatically different types of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns combined with timeless, figure flattering silhouettes that are suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Using innovative seamless construction methods, the need for sewing seams has been nearly eliminated by fashioning patterns in one piece from start to finish, easily allowing for adjustments for a custom fit. A handy design workshop features in-depth tutorials that teach seamless construction methods and provide valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitters. Perfect for all body types, the designs are figure flattering with curve friendly waist shaping, empire waist detailing, and stitch details such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves that highlight the silhouette.


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Superbly fitted and fashioned in luxurious yarns, these imaginative patterns follow four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history. Each section features dramatically different types of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns combined with timeless, figure flattering silhouettes that are suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Using innovative seaml Superbly fitted and fashioned in luxurious yarns, these imaginative patterns follow four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history. Each section features dramatically different types of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns combined with timeless, figure flattering silhouettes that are suitable for knitters of all skill levels. Using innovative seamless construction methods, the need for sewing seams has been nearly eliminated by fashioning patterns in one piece from start to finish, easily allowing for adjustments for a custom fit. A handy design workshop features in-depth tutorials that teach seamless construction methods and provide valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitters. Perfect for all body types, the designs are figure flattering with curve friendly waist shaping, empire waist detailing, and stitch details such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves that highlight the silhouette.

30 review for French Girl Knits

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rljulie

    As with cookbooks, I have no intention of adding all my many knitting books to my virtual library, but as this is the most educational one that I own, I think it deserves a recommendation. This book has taught me more about knitting than any other pattern book. I have knitted a variety of the patterns (Celeste, Bijou, Wrenna, Sophie, for starters) and some of them more than once. The best part of the book is that the seamless constructions it offers can be adapted to other patterns. After knitti As with cookbooks, I have no intention of adding all my many knitting books to my virtual library, but as this is the most educational one that I own, I think it deserves a recommendation. This book has taught me more about knitting than any other pattern book. I have knitted a variety of the patterns (Celeste, Bijou, Wrenna, Sophie, for starters) and some of them more than once. The best part of the book is that the seamless constructions it offers can be adapted to other patterns. After knitting a few of them, I feel like I have many more possibilities for making up my own sweater designs, or converting patterns I find elsewhere. Knitting from side to side, for example, grafting two halves along the center, turns out for me to be a really enjoyable alternative to the classic "knit a sweater in five parts and seam them all together" model. Same with the stitch motifs used: this book took me beyond mere cables and lace. With simple slip-stitch patterns I learned ways to bring texture to garment beyond the basic ribbing/garter/stockinette choices that many books rely on, and I can use those to add details to other pieces. The patterns are wearable and modern and also highly customizable. The photos are clear and informative, and so are the directions. I'd recommend it to anyone who has the basics of knitting down and is ready to get creative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Polly Clarke

    As an intermediate knitter, this tantalises my creative grey cells. Some beautiful, feminine, lacey creations. I can see how I could adjust the length to suit my shape (some knitted items are quite long - tunic length). I particularly like the diagrams and explanations on structure which is really helpful if you're looking to design your own items. Extra chuffed because I got this ebook through kindle unlimited. As an intermediate knitter, this tantalises my creative grey cells. Some beautiful, feminine, lacey creations. I can see how I could adjust the length to suit my shape (some knitted items are quite long - tunic length). I particularly like the diagrams and explanations on structure which is really helpful if you're looking to design your own items. Extra chuffed because I got this ebook through kindle unlimited.

  3. 5 out of 5

    N.

    This book looks like an excellent primer into seamless sweater construction. Griffen-Grimes covers several knit garment constructions with good detail and illustrations. She's chosen a French theme (quel shock!), and the sweater designs employ intermediate and advanced colorwork and lace in addition to interesting and sometimes complex constructions. The charts are clear and the patterns appear well-written at a glance, with all the important details easily found and some of them pointed out wit This book looks like an excellent primer into seamless sweater construction. Griffen-Grimes covers several knit garment constructions with good detail and illustrations. She's chosen a French theme (quel shock!), and the sweater designs employ intermediate and advanced colorwork and lace in addition to interesting and sometimes complex constructions. The charts are clear and the patterns appear well-written at a glance, with all the important details easily found and some of them pointed out with bullet points. I knit the sweater "Niobe" the week I bought the book, and the pattern was a clear and easy read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kendal

    I'm swatching up some recycled monster fluff for the Wrenna sweater, and now I want to reread Jitterbug Perfume. I'm swatching up some recycled monster fluff for the Wrenna sweater, and now I want to reread Jitterbug Perfume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Although there are no patterns in this book that I would knit up, I see that there are several projects that show fairly innovative techniques in construction that would make for interesting and fun knitting. Other projects are head scratchers to me, like the Cybéle Lace-Up Tank - I'm not a fan of lace up. There are so many beautiful buttons out in the world! Lots of filmy mohair and long silhouettes, not really my style, but I appreciate the author's work. Although there are no patterns in this book that I would knit up, I see that there are several projects that show fairly innovative techniques in construction that would make for interesting and fun knitting. Other projects are head scratchers to me, like the Cybéle Lace-Up Tank - I'm not a fan of lace up. There are so many beautiful buttons out in the world! Lots of filmy mohair and long silhouettes, not really my style, but I appreciate the author's work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    lover-of-good-books

    This book has some really pretty patterns, but nothing that I really want to knit.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked a number of the patterns in this book and also loved that most of the patterns are seamless and top down which is my favorite method

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melody Schwarting

    I'm just not this type of knitter. Not for me. I'm just not this type of knitter. Not for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bibliothekerin

    Nearly everything in this book is lacey, too frou-frou for my taste. Why didn't the publisher just put the word "lace" in the title? It would be more accurate than saying "French." When I think of a quintessentially French sweater, I think of a Breton striped pullover with long sleeves. Very disappointing. The only pattern that remotely appealed to met at first was "Martine: Slip-stitch bordered hoodie" because it looked like it had a sailor collar from the front--but it DOESN'T. It's a hood! Gr Nearly everything in this book is lacey, too frou-frou for my taste. Why didn't the publisher just put the word "lace" in the title? It would be more accurate than saying "French." When I think of a quintessentially French sweater, I think of a Breton striped pullover with long sleeves. Very disappointing. The only pattern that remotely appealed to met at first was "Martine: Slip-stitch bordered hoodie" because it looked like it had a sailor collar from the front--but it DOESN'T. It's a hood! Grrr. Since when is a hoodie "French"? I really, really hate that this so-called "French" book has opted to jump on the hoodie bandwagon like everyone else, and am deducting 1 star just for this bait and switch. I have nothing against hoodies per se--I do like them, actually, in their place. But not in a book called "French Girl"! At first I thought that this might just be a publisher decision, not the author's. But no! I found this quote from the author on Ravelry.com: 'In Kristeen’s words: "Martine has a distinct sailor influence, with a generous hood (for the hoodie generation) replacing the squared off middy collar."' "For the hoodie generation" translates to pandering in order to sell more books. Was everyone at Interweave asleep at the wheel? Did it never occur to anyone there to include a Breton sweater? Are publishing decisions being made by 20-year-olds, too? I'm not maligning 20-somethings, I'm just saying that fashion knowledge and experience are crucial in this subject area, both of which are noticeably absent here. Both the Breton pullover and a sailor collar top are such classics. Clean look with straight lines, or a dumpy-looking hood? Gee, let me think about that for a second... NOT! Ah--but as I continued to read the blurb on Ravelry, the author/designer reveals that she hates stockinette stitch. Fine--just don't tell us this book is "French"! French, my foot. And as if that were not bad enough, the hoodie top is further mongrelized with short sleeves. Which I'm aware is also a trend; it has been for several years, actually. But once again I must point out that this is hardly "French". For all of the above reasons, I'm giving this book 2 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tonileg

    I really wanted to love this book because I love France and French things, but this had two patterns (a simple classy shrug and a lace-like shoulderless tunic) that I may make in the future. There was a lot of lace style knits, but to me it just looks like patterned holes and too close to crocheting which I am not a huge fan. I'll still take a look at French Girl Knits Accessories: Modern Designs for a Beautiful Life because there may be more interesting patterns then this book. Not my style of k I really wanted to love this book because I love France and French things, but this had two patterns (a simple classy shrug and a lace-like shoulderless tunic) that I may make in the future. There was a lot of lace style knits, but to me it just looks like patterned holes and too close to crocheting which I am not a huge fan. I'll still take a look at French Girl Knits Accessories: Modern Designs for a Beautiful Life because there may be more interesting patterns then this book. Not my style of knitting patterns, although beautifully photographed and styled with simple pattern directions and very expensive yarn choices. 160 pages and borrowed from the library because I will not be buying this. 2 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    These patterns are beautiful, even if I'm not sure that they are all truly wearable. Certainly many of them as as useful as they are lovely, like Viola and Veronique, which I must make soon. Pieces like Satine and Anjou are so feminine and lacy, although I am not sure a Midwestern mother of 2 could get away with wearing them. The short stories of the inspiration for the pieces are charming. Griffin-Grimes also does a nice job of explaining the basics of the different construction methods. These These patterns are beautiful, even if I'm not sure that they are all truly wearable. Certainly many of them as as useful as they are lovely, like Viola and Veronique, which I must make soon. Pieces like Satine and Anjou are so feminine and lacy, although I am not sure a Midwestern mother of 2 could get away with wearing them. The short stories of the inspiration for the pieces are charming. Griffin-Grimes also does a nice job of explaining the basics of the different construction methods. These make it a great inspiration book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Merrow

    Seamless sweater construction! While I've yet to knit anything from this book yet, but the instructions are written clearly and succinctly. The illustrations and figures are excellent. Normally, there are only one or two patterns that I like in most pattern books, but I've earmarked several in this one! Lace and unique constructions are highlighted in these Francophone projects. The author's anecdotes make for pleasant reading and complement the projects well! Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced Seamless sweater construction! While I've yet to knit anything from this book yet, but the instructions are written clearly and succinctly. The illustrations and figures are excellent. Normally, there are only one or two patterns that I like in most pattern books, but I've earmarked several in this one! Lace and unique constructions are highlighted in these Francophone projects. The author's anecdotes make for pleasant reading and complement the projects well! Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

  13. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    I love this book. Not that I've knit anything from it (yet), but I love the patterns, the techniques are exactly my style (lots of circular and seamless knitting), and although I don't always agree that the look is right for the inspiration, I like the looks and the inspirations. On the down side, I don't see why the blessed author has to use Rowan yarns for everything, since they're a) extremely pricey, and b) not obtainable except by mail around here. I could live with b, but a and b together I love this book. Not that I've knit anything from it (yet), but I love the patterns, the techniques are exactly my style (lots of circular and seamless knitting), and although I don't always agree that the look is right for the inspiration, I like the looks and the inspirations. On the down side, I don't see why the blessed author has to use Rowan yarns for everything, since they're a) extremely pricey, and b) not obtainable except by mail around here. I could live with b, but a and b together are a bit much!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deodand

    I bought this book initially to view and eventually attempt the cover pattern. I love patterns with deep relief so this was right up my alley. I was surprised to discover that this is also a book about one-piece garment construction - another idea I love. The photos are beautiful, there are several patterns I'll try and the instructions are very thorough, with drawn diagrams explaining the kookier elements. You'd better be an intermediate-to-advanced knitter before taking this book on. I bought this book initially to view and eventually attempt the cover pattern. I love patterns with deep relief so this was right up my alley. I was surprised to discover that this is also a book about one-piece garment construction - another idea I love. The photos are beautiful, there are several patterns I'll try and the instructions are very thorough, with drawn diagrams explaining the kookier elements. You'd better be an intermediate-to-advanced knitter before taking this book on.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mollie *scoutrmom*

    A wonderful collection of sylish designs for women of all ages, more interesting than 99% of the competing books. The author is careful to create works that are seamless wherever possible. The sidebars throw light on the design process. The instructions seem clear and are printed in easy-to-read type. I wish I owned a copy, I found it on my public library's "new nonfiction" shelf under Dewey Decimal # 746.432 G851. (A year later...I found it at Half Price Books...YAY!) A wonderful collection of sylish designs for women of all ages, more interesting than 99% of the competing books. The author is careful to create works that are seamless wherever possible. The sidebars throw light on the design process. The instructions seem clear and are printed in easy-to-read type. I wish I owned a copy, I found it on my public library's "new nonfiction" shelf under Dewey Decimal # 746.432 G851. (A year later...I found it at Half Price Books...YAY!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katarina

    I LOVE the patterns in this book-- they are, for the most part, classic pieces that I feel will still look wearable in 10 or 20 years. I also really enjoy the layout of the book-- each pattern is introduced with a bit of insight into the desgin process, even if it is only an amusing anecdote about how the pattern was named. Probably not the best book for beginners, but excellent for a confidant knitter interested in feminine designs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    A beautiful book, with so many things to love. I actually like Wrenna, despite the chunky yarn that might not compliment my shape. If I loose more weight, there are several tunics (nadine, louisa) I'd love to make. Cybele is unusual but oh so fun and in the era of clothes I'd love to wear. Looking at the louisa tunic again and the lace is very similar to my wrap. I love the sleeves too. A beautiful book, with so many things to love. I actually like Wrenna, despite the chunky yarn that might not compliment my shape. If I loose more weight, there are several tunics (nadine, louisa) I'd love to make. Cybele is unusual but oh so fun and in the era of clothes I'd love to wear. Looking at the louisa tunic again and the lace is very similar to my wrap. I love the sleeves too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    M. Rivera

    Gorgeous patterns and pretty yarns pair in this book to make it one of my favorites. Most of the patterns are too advanced for me right now but it did not stop me from buying it with my 50% off coupon. I fell in love with the Wrenna pattern, it makes me think of a gypsy princess. I bought beautiful pink yarn to make it out of. Great book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    While the patterns are lovely I found that in general the gauge of yarn was much too large for the type of knitwear designed, e.g., a camisole of chunky yarn. When I think of French knits and delicates the image of very fine linens, lace and needle work comes to mind. I didn't get much out of this book. While the patterns are lovely I found that in general the gauge of yarn was much too large for the type of knitwear designed, e.g., a camisole of chunky yarn. When I think of French knits and delicates the image of very fine linens, lace and needle work comes to mind. I didn't get much out of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Y

    If you love all things French as much as I do, and are a knitter, then you must have this book. It is so beautiful - I could look at the pictures for hours. I gave this book 5 stars just for style. I haven't even tried any of the patterns yet, but will soon. I like almost all of them, which is saying a lot! If you love all things French as much as I do, and are a knitter, then you must have this book. It is so beautiful - I could look at the pictures for hours. I gave this book 5 stars just for style. I haven't even tried any of the patterns yet, but will soon. I like almost all of them, which is saying a lot!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna Ancypa Holmes

    Very pretty sweaters in a style that's generally looser and flowier than I might ordinarily choose - I liked the "Dans La Rue" street style section best - those sweaters seemed more fitted and had clever additions(a ruffled hem in a contrasting color, a hood with two-color detailing) that made the sweaters special to me. Very pretty sweaters in a style that's generally looser and flowier than I might ordinarily choose - I liked the "Dans La Rue" street style section best - those sweaters seemed more fitted and had clever additions(a ruffled hem in a contrasting color, a hood with two-color detailing) that made the sweaters special to me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Headings

    I knit a sweater from a pattern in this book and always get compliments on it whenever I wear it. One thing I like most about the patterns in this book is that there is limited seaming. I wouldn't recommend this book for a new knitter as the designs can be somewhat complicated. If you've got some experience under your belt though, there are some very nice designs in here. I knit a sweater from a pattern in this book and always get compliments on it whenever I wear it. One thing I like most about the patterns in this book is that there is limited seaming. I wouldn't recommend this book for a new knitter as the designs can be somewhat complicated. If you've got some experience under your belt though, there are some very nice designs in here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    another book purchased for one, maybe two patterns where, had the book not been purchased at a resale shop for less than the price of a pattern, i never would have picked it up. especially since nearly every single pattern in this book requires mohair yarn, and making substitutions for mohair when you're allergic is really hard. another book purchased for one, maybe two patterns where, had the book not been purchased at a resale shop for less than the price of a pattern, i never would have picked it up. especially since nearly every single pattern in this book requires mohair yarn, and making substitutions for mohair when you're allergic is really hard.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heywu

    I loved this book. The work is interesting and unique. The patterns seem "doable". I would buy this book. In fact, I think I will add to my amazon wish list. The mohair lace coat, shrug and Tunic with the tie were my favorites. Something old is new again. I loved this book. The work is interesting and unique. The patterns seem "doable". I would buy this book. In fact, I think I will add to my amazon wish list. The mohair lace coat, shrug and Tunic with the tie were my favorites. Something old is new again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    I've only made one sweater out of this book, (Martine) but I love it. With the exception of adding short- row bust shaping and widening the hips a tad, I was able to use the pattern as written without being confused. Next on the list is Niobe with Reverie yarn from knitpicks. I've only made one sweater out of this book, (Martine) but I love it. With the exception of adding short- row bust shaping and widening the hips a tad, I was able to use the pattern as written without being confused. Next on the list is Niobe with Reverie yarn from knitpicks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a gorgeous pattern book. Most of the designs are outside of my skill level right now, but it's something to work up to, for sure! Enjoyed reading the descriptions and pattern info to learn a bit more about knitting in general, and knitting in the round, specifically. This is a gorgeous pattern book. Most of the designs are outside of my skill level right now, but it's something to work up to, for sure! Enjoyed reading the descriptions and pattern info to learn a bit more about knitting in general, and knitting in the round, specifically.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Love the patterns in this book. Can't wait to make some of them. Love the patterns in this book. Can't wait to make some of them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The patterns in this book are awsome. I love just about every one of them. Now I just have to find the time to try and make something from the book. Then we'll see if it will hold it's 5 stars :) The patterns in this book are awsome. I love just about every one of them. Now I just have to find the time to try and make something from the book. Then we'll see if it will hold it's 5 stars :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    notgettingenough

    What divinely exquisite patterns in the main. None tried, but soon...soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    BookMaus

    Some really pretty patterns. Most that I'd never knit myself, but there are some very beautiful, stunning designs. Some really pretty patterns. Most that I'd never knit myself, but there are some very beautiful, stunning designs.

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