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“Curvy Girl Crochet” by Mary Beth Temple

Author collects patterns for the curvy girls

Do you crochet? Are you a curvy girl? Do you find standard magazine patterns don’t work for your body type?

Well, you can rejoice: Mary Beth Temple feels your pain and has put together a collection of 25 patterns designed with the curvier girls in mind.

“Curvy Girl Crochet” is set to be released Tuesday. It is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

The collection of patterns includes sweaters, tunics and other wearables. In fact, you can get a taste of what this book contains by downloading a copy of the Sweetheart Tank Top pattern from Crochet Today (bit.ly/sweethearttank).

“Curvy Girl Crochet” isn’t Temple’s first book, but it is a first for her.

“It’s the first time I’ve done a huge collection of patterns,” said the owner of Hooked for Life publishing (www.hookedforlifepublishing.com).

She has put together books with fewer patterns but says this is the first time she’s collected this many and explored a theme. (Temple also wrote a book about national roads in Indiana, “Driving the National Roads in Indiana,” available at amzn.to/PLVxg1).

The idea behind this collection of patterns for curvy girls was two-fold, Temple says.

First, while there is a move toward the need for expanded sizes (from extra small to extra large and up), it does take a specific set of skills to make the adjustments necessary.

“You can’t just add mass to a small size and make it a large size,” she said.

It requires “fiddling” and (gasp) math, Temple says.

And this book lays out how to go about making something that will fit.

Secondly, Temple also wants to banish the perception that crochet is, somehow, inferior to knitting (particularly when it comes to garments). This is not the perception of crochet – you know, avocado green, gold, orange squares on the back of your granny’s couch. So, she explored more open stitches, lighter-weight yarns and really focused on fit and garments that have life and drape.

At the beginning of the book, she dedicates space to information on custom modifying pieces – something you can’t typically find in magazines because they lack the space. It was important to Temple to provide that information, she says.

She talks about taking excellent measurements (as a former Broadway costumer, and longtime sewist, she says she’s amazed how we’ve lost that ability in recent times). And she spends some time talking about the importance of the gauge swatch (the bane of my existence, for sure).

I enjoyed my conversation with Temple and plan to put this book on my Amazon wish list (along with the many others that are there).

If you’d like to listen to my conversation with Temple, you’re in luck. The chat is part of Lara Neel’s Math4Knitters podcast, which is available for download Sunday at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. Click the link for Math4Knitters Show 140.

You can check out previous Getting Loopy podcasts by Temple at www.marybethtemple.com.

Joyce McCartney is not a craft expert. She is, however, interested in crafting of all types. She shares her experiences and those of area crafters. To reach her, call 461-8364 or email craftyliving@jg.net. Also, visit her blog at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.

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