French Girl Knits : Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs, Paperback Book

French Girl Knits : Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs Paperback

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French Girl Knits is the unique vision of designer Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, with sensuously feminine, superbly fitted garments, fashioned in luxurious yarns, using innovative seamless construction methods.

Known in the knit and crochet community for her pattern company, French Girl, the author utilizes inventive combinations of texture, color, and stitch patterns coupled with timeless, figure-flattering silhouettes to fashion-enticing projects for knitters of all skill levels and body types.

French Girl Knits centers on four thematic vignettes inspired by French daily life, film, and history that use dramatically different types of yarns, colors, and stitch patterns: Enfant Sauvage (Wild Child), La Boutique Parisienne (A Vintage Dress Shop in Paris), Dans La Rue (Street Wear), and Creatrice (Creative Woman).

A Design Workshop features in-depth tutorials that teach Kristeen's seamless construction methods featured in the book, providing valuable technical information for both beginning and seasoned knitter.

French Girl Knits patterns feature unique construction.

The need for sewing seams has been almost completely eliminated by fashioning patterns in one piece from start to finish. Techniques involve constructing the garment in a more organic way either from the top down, from the hem up, from the back out, and picking up and using live stitches when possible.

Another key element in French Girl patterns is the silhouette.

All of Kristeen's designs are body conscious and figure flattering.

Many designs include curve-friendly waist shaping, empire-waist detailing, and stitch details that emphasize the feminine form.

Inspired by historical costume, she uses unique detailing such as lacing, openwork, lace edgings, and bell sleeves to further highlight the silhouette.

French Girl Knits invites the reader to be immersed in a world filled with imagination and creativity, using knitting as a vehicle for self-expression and encouraging experimentation through that medium.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 150 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Interweave Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Knitting & crochet
  • ISBN: 9781596680692



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French Girl Knits is a beautiful book with lovely photographs and useful tips and illustrations for the lacy, almost diaphanous designs. Much of what I tend to think of as "flavour text" is kind of gimmicky or saccharine, but it definitely adds to the overall "story" of this collection of knitting patterns.I got the book because it was on sale for less than $2 and I really liked the sequel, French Girl Knits: Accessories, which contains several appealing and fairly useful items. Unfortunately, I'd forgotten that out of the 18 or so projects, only one or two even remotely appealed to me, and I would have to make alterations to the patterns for them to be wearable - not least because I can't wear animal fibres.But Ravelry shows that the ones I do like best - a cute hooded shirt based on sailor middies, a couple cardigans, a bell-sleeve pullover - should be easy enough to adjust, and they look nice even on women who aren't the small-breasted skinny type modeling the garments in all the photographs. That weird wrap skirt, though, is probably hopeless...I will have to report back after I try a pattern, but giving the book a flip-through and reading here and there, the instructions don't look overly complicated, and there are a lot of explanatory sections for potentially new or tricky techniques.
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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.

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