Joan McGowan-Michael’s Knitting Lingerie Style came out several weeks ago but I haven’t seen much talk about it.
It’s really a nice book. The photography is lovely, and the variety of patterns was surprising to me. It’s not just about knitting bras, panties and corsets. While those things are in there, there’s also tops, skirts, stockings and socks, armwarmers and leggings.
Here are my favorites.
Joan has personalized the narrative with bits of information about herself — something I really enjoyed. In her intro to the square neck top she explains how her mother found it hard to let sixth-grader Joan wear bras, and bought her a camisette instead. So, Joan saved up her own pennies and went down to the five-and-dime to buy some herself.
Joan also shares some history about the evolution of lingerie — why things were designed a certain way, and how they were originally used. While it’s not necessary for creating the garments, I enjoyed learning something new.
Like Joan’s White Lies Designs, she put a lot of effort into these patterns. Many of them come in a wide variety of sizes. While some of the bras and closely fitted tops run as small as 26 – 36-1/2, many of the designs go up to 50 and higher. She includes technical information like how to install underwire and boning, and how to put together adjustable bra straps.
I’m very happy to have this book. Joan incorporates a lot of nice fitting and design details, takes the time to write for a large variety of sizes, and shares technical information that’s not readily available. At a time when the plethora of knitting books seem to run the gamut of quality, I really appreciate the effort put into this one.