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As a knitter and teacher in Southern California, author KristiPorter knows well what warm-weather knitters want. Based on thesuccess of her previous book, Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects forWarm Weather, it's evident that patterns for warmer weather andwarmer climate knitting are in demand.

by Kristi Porter Sonnet is the grown-up version of a child's sweater, , I created, published a year ago in Knitty. I've received lots of positive feedback on the pattern -- and lots of requests for an adult version. This one will fit all sorts of grown-ups. The fit is still boxy with a simple squared neck, but the shoulders are a shaped for a smoother fit. As with its baby sister, Sonnet is knit side to side in garter stitch. This means the body is one piece and leaves little finishing work to do. Plus, it's just plain fun to knit something sideways. It turns usual sweater logic on its head. Like Haiku, Sonnet offers lots of options for the knitter. It is designed to work with any yarn you choose. After making a gauge swatch, take a few minutes to measure your gauge carefully and copy your gauge per inch into the marked squares. Then work down the pattern, multiplying the number of stitches you need. Round fractions up or down as needed. Whether you round up or down is up to you, but do be consistent! In a fine gauge yarn in a subtle shade, you've got something perfect for the office. Or go for a wilder, chunky yarn with funky buttons for a great little warmer to wear about town. You can also choose your fit: Since the sideways garter stitch has plenty of stretch, you can opt to make this fairly form fitting. Knit with more ease, you'll have a jacket for layering. The ambitious or garter-stitch hating [like ace pitch-knitter Lisa McNulty] will substitute moss stitch, remembering to swatch in moss stitch, too! Also, instead of the box stitch detailing, one might substitute some other stitch pattern, like a simple eyelet. Bear in mind that the sleeves are worked bottom to top while the body is knit side to side, so the stitch pattern has to look okay vertically and horizontally -- or you might opt to knit the sleeves plain. Anyway you do it, your Sonnet will be pure poetry!


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Always a reader, Kristi Porter never thought much about writing until she won a statewide contest sponsored by the Detroit Free Press. Her nightmare vacation story - The Khaki Pants - went on to be published worldwide in an anthology. This was followed by numerous articles published in local magazines and newspapers. As her love of writing grew, she added adult fiction and short humor pieces to her repertoire. But writing isn't all Kristi does. A preschool teacher, she won the Governor's Award for her work with young children and is dedicated to the education of young children. She also enjoys bicycling, video games, photography, Facebook, and spending time with family. She lives in Michigan with her husband Dennis, son Andy, and a menagerie of cats. Titles by Kristi Porter include: Sweet Revenge Martini's and Weed Whackers Sooner or Later... You Will Get Caught Is Somebody Bleeding? A Story About Rules Stranger Danger - How to Talk to Kids About Strangers Pedaling My A s s Off - A Weight Loss Story - Well, Kinda Priceless Proverbs - Funny Happens When Kids Finish Famous Sayings Priceless Proverbs Book 2 - Funny Happens When Kids Finish Famous Sayings Babies Come From... Where?!? Funny Happens When Kids Explain Pregnancy & Birth