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Classic Knits for Real Women

Classic Knits for Real Women
Storey and Brant


Here’s a book that looks like a great choice for a public library, but I have to take issue with the models they’ve used to showcase “real” women. Most of the women pictured in this book are not plus sizes. This is a very useful book for actual plus-sized people who knit, if the patterns are actually for plus sizes. I know that the modeling industry has a pretty extreme definition of plus size, but if a book is going to specialize in plus sizes, it should fit the real world’s definition. These also seem to be mostly mature women. I’m sorry, but young plus sized women knit too! Lastly, there are patterns included for things like scarves. Aren’t scarves sort of a one-size-fits-all type of thing?


Remember this post on the Big Beautiful Woman?

17 Responses to Classic Knits for Real Women

  • I know they meant well, but I really wish they hadn’t used the phrase “real women” for plus sized women. I have bigger measurements, so you’re not actually a woman?

    • I also do not like the “real women” part of the title. All women, no matter their size, are women. Women who do fit into a size 0 do not deserve to be discounted as “not real women.”

      I wonder if some person totally not connected with the authors chose the marketing angle for this book. It just seems so off.

      “Big Girl Knits” would be a much better book for plus-sized knitting patterns.

    • I’m getting annoyed with the “real women” thing too. Though I admit to saying “Real women have curves” but only to guys who insist any girl a B-cup size or bigger is “fat” even if said girl has a tiny waist.

  • Apparently one of those books that sees sizes 12 and up as PLUS sized…

  • Real means big? I can’t understand the reasoning here. Smaller women are less real? Only fat is real? We don’t want to offend fat women so we call them real and offend everyone else? Enough PC BS already!

  • I am a below average sized woman. For no other reason than that I was born that way. I take offense at the “real woman” for plus sized women statement. I may be flat chested, straight hipped, and short but I still consider myself a real woman. Real women are every size, shape and color.

  • The cover picture looks like a big sister picking lint off her younger sister’s sweater. Also the terms “for real women” and “normal sized” should be taken out and shot. Sizes are sizes. Saying a 20 is a “plus size” is like saying a 2 is a “minus” size – neither of them fall in the average range for American women.

  • Plus, these women look pretty slim to be wearing plus sizes. Maybe it’s just because they’re tall?

  • The woman on the left in the picture of the cover looks like Joyce Barnaby which usually means a murder is about to take place, this time probably involving wool. Or knitting needles. Or both.
    *hums Midsomer Murders-tune*

  • I agree. This is a very divisive and passive aggressive tactic. It is essentially giving back all the shame and grief foisted on us by the skinny girls in high school. It questions people’s worth and makes people hypocrites. I am a larger person, always have been. And I got plenty of harassment for it as a child and teenager, but that doesn’t mean I want to return the favor. Yes, there should be resources and services targeted to plus size people. But that doesn’t mean we should be dicks about it.

  • I agree with the “real women” comments. Also, do any of the photos in the book feature a lady who is something other than blond? (I know, one of the cover ladies is technically a redhead, but it’s pretty light.) Or is it just the small sample size here that’s making me think they had a really specific target market?

  • Those women are practically TUBS! LOOK AT THEM!!! And…so WRINKLY. EWWWWW! They’re, like, OLD. I mean, REAL OLD. Like 35 or something. Whatevs!

    [I kid.]

    As someone who’s rather ‘plush’ (and male), I always have a good laugh whenever I see modern examples of ‘plus size’. I grew up with a fat family, most of whom shopped at Lane Bryant back in the days when all the slacks were 100% polyester and ‘gently flared for your comfort’ (code word for ‘you won’t have to butter those ham hocks before you slip into these”). I just don’t know whether to laugh or cry that Kate Upton is considered ‘a big gal’. That poor, poor fat slob… (insert eye roll)

  • I’m not knocking “plus size women” at all…but how does body shape/figure make one a woman, or not?

  • I wear the XL sizes, and I don’t like being called a “girl” any more than I like the idea that only women like me are “real”. I haven’t been a “girl” since I was 12 or so. There is a series called “Big Girl Knits” that uses actual large people and people who are neither older nor blonde, and Interweave Press has a plus size knitting book that’s quite nice, also with larger female humans as models.

  • So I just looked this book on Ravelry.com to see the patterns. The size range is from a 36 inch to 46 inch bust. I also thought the sweaters weren’t very flattering considering that they don’t have much shaping.