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Twinkle's Big City Knits: 31 Chunky-Chic Designs

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Wenlan Chia, creator of the acclaimed fashion line Twinkle by Wenlan, is famous for knitting bold, chunky yarn into delicate, feminine designs. The look is at once whimsical and hip, classic and trendy; in short, Wenlan’s knits are like nothing you’ve seen before. Now, she shares her patterns and her secrets with knitters everywhere.

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Potter Craft
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Jul 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: knitting, 2010
I have a borrowed copy of this and I was excitedly reading through the patterns. There are several that I think are REALLY cute and I would not mind making. Then I looked at the sizing. It stops at a size Large and the largest bust measurement is 30". Even in high school when I was 105 lbs I had more chest than that.

I decided this was not the book for me to throw my time and yarn at right then and there.

After reading other reviews of this book I see that it also has A LOT of errata. Three pages
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crafty

I checked it out from the library for a specific pattern (found after searching Ravelry for ideas on what to do with my Cascade magnum stash) and found a book that:

a) Ignores everyone over a C-cup and/or a size 7
b) Poorly written patterns
c) Is a little too high on its own fashion fumes.

I can't decide whether it's worth my time to adapt the pattern to a larger size, given that the pattern is so very flawed to begin with.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
UGH! The designs look cute, but once you start to work with them you find out that their pattern designer is an idiot! There are so many errors! You basically have to redesign the whole pattern yourself to make it look like it does in the pictures... I still give it 3 stars because the finished works do look good- though I'm not sure if that's a credit to the book or me?
Rat de bibliothèque
Great designs but they could be much better written. Not only does the book now come with an insert full of errata but there is a PDF file you can download for this book that is three pages long.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Looking at fellow craftster's finished projects from these patterns, I'm not sure any of them would be flattering on my big girl body.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: make
I've been curious about knitting with chunky yarn for a while so I got this book from the library after it popped up in the books you might like section on Amazon.

I was incredibly dissapointed. The patterns are clearly made with models in mind and not real people (largest bust size I saw was 30", largest waist size I saw was 24"). The photos were dark which made some of the garments hard to see and the patterns themselves weren't very inspriring. Many seemed to be knock-offs of patterns I've se
Kathie H
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Love many of the unique & funky designs in this book. I'd never heard of Twinkle or Wenlan Chia before seeing this. My fave is on page 151, magic shawl. I'm going to give it a go. I left off a star because, for the life of me, I don't get why Chia made these designs so tiny. Small bust is anywhere between 22 inches & 30 inches, with extra-large around a 34. Wenlan dear, this is America where many women actually eat regularly. You're ignoring some really fashion-forward women who love to ...more
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of complaints on Amazon that only "anorexics" could fit into these clothes. I'm a size eight and a medium (pants and top respectively) and have had no size-issues with any of the patterns. I fit into the mediums just as I would in normal clothes.[return][return]The patterns themselves are very simple and fun to do as well as being lovely.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Meh. My DD and I saw a shop sample of the evening shell, knit longer as a dress. She is never interested in knitwear, but she liked this, so I may make it - still thinking about it. She has a curvy figure - but very trim, these are all high fashion model type clothes.
Liked: Evening Shell
Best Friend Cardigan and
Groovy sweater Dress

I read this from the library, I wouldn't buy it.
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved all the patterns in this book. Haven't made any yet but I will as I already ordered some bulky yarn. Not her yarn, it's too pricey for me. The instructions seem easy to read and the photos are very nice.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this a 5 because the knits are so fabulous. I know everyone complains about her patterns, but you can obtain the errata for her books from the yarn manufacturer's website. I'm making at least 5 items out of here... can't wait!!!
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Great designs, but I've heard there are a lot of errors even with errata sheets. Not for beginners.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to attempt to knit something from this book with the help of my lovely mother. Wish me luck, I'll need it!!
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The patterns in this book are simple and straight forward... I just wish her chunky yarn wasn't so expensive!
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
I realized a bit too late I don't like to knit chunky yarn - oops!
Aug 04, 2008 added it
...beautiful photos...but do the patterns translate into beautiful clothes? Several are queued on My Notebook on Ravelry. We'll see.
Mar 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
not bad, though i probably shouldn't have actually spent this money on this book since most of the patterns you can figure out just by looking at the pictures.
Miss Mouse
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: home-crafty
The patterns in this book were absolutely not my taste.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Love the idea of using chunky yarn but I wasn't really in love with any of the projects.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, knitting
shell pattern
Apr 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting, adult
This book was very interesting, sometimes even bizarre. Even if you don't think you'd knit any of the patterns, I'd still check it out just to see the knitted designs.
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
i'm not sure my body is suited for a chunky knit
Ellie K
I'm in the process of making one pattern. The styles are cute but there are definitely mistakes in the patterns. Read carefully.
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
Also recently ordered and not yet reviewed.
May 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts
There are some really cute patterns in here. But it was more of a curiosity read for me. Craft-porn, if you will. I'm not advanced enough to knit a sweater...yet.
Oct 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: how-to, knit
Just don't like styles with yarns this thick.
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
So Far it's a 5 star winner!
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Flipping through this book, there are some *FABULOUS* patterns. I can't wait to get a closer look at these and try soem of them out.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some very chic designs in this book. Quick, easy knits and the layout and pictures are great.
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