Video: A Tour of French Girl Knits (Plus a free pattern!)

Note from Sandi: Sometimes, it's best to let the author of a book tell you about the book in her own words–and her own voice–so you can see her creations through her eyes. This video could not be more delightful–it makes me want to buy a ticket to France, and make sure that I have a project from French Girl Knits to take along with me on the journey. Here's Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, narrating the story of French Girl Knits.


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This week's free pattern:
Vienne, by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

Kristeen originally designed 19 sweaters for her book French Girl Knits–but there was only enough page space for 18 of them. In this case, all 19 sweaters were so lovely that we didn't want to let any of them go–so we decided to offer Vienne, a top-down seamless pullover, for free here on Knitting Daily.

Download the free pattern for Vienne now.







Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? Still on the sleeves for my sister's Central Park Hoodie–working both at once on a long circular needle. (Yes, I did swap out the cable because I'm Just That Way.) But I also must admit to casting on for a warm hat, because it's Canada, and there's all this white stuff outside, and it's actually rather chilly white stuff.


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21 thoughts on “Video: A Tour of French Girl Knits (Plus a free pattern!)

  1. As a lifelong Francophile and French major, I was excited to see this book and thought most of the patterns looked lovely, the kind of thing I might well make for myself. Then I downloaded the free pattern, Vienne, and was so disappointed in the size range. A large woman, I didn’t see a size there that would fit me, and I also saw no information about ease to help me think about what kind of size I might use. This is so frustrating, especially because from my time in France, I know that contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of “femmes fortes” in France.

    If the sizing in the other patterns is consistent with the sizing of this pattern, I won’t buy the book. Interweave has been so much better about this recently–please keep publishing patterns that are accessible for women and men of all sizes. And please let us know what the sizing in this book looks like.


  2. I have tried to download the free PDF pattern from French Girls Knit, when it is received it opens in word and is in some kind of code, which I cannot read, how do I download a true version??

  3. I’d like to address the question of creating multi-sized knitting patterns–it is indeed a daunting task–especially if the patterns are engineered to be mostly seamless and have any kind of a repetitive stitch pattern that must be maintained. If I had designed a book of very plain stockinette stitch garments, the job would have been a breeze, but since the details are more intricate our tech editor was faced with a Herculean task–I am truly in awe that she was able to extrapolate as many sizes as she did from the one-size patterns I gave her.

    In order to create the designs in French Girl Knits for the more curvy among us, I would have had to start with about a size 16-18 as a template and work up from there… sadly this was completely beyond the scope of this book,,,and it would have made it twice as long. Someday I would love to put out a book aimed at the larger sizes…so I hope those of you outside the size range of the book (the bust sizes run from about 30-49 inches), will understand that Interweave and I tried to be as accommodating as we could. Merci, Kristeen

  4. Caroll- your file may have lost its file extension, so your computer is making the best guess it can as to what program to open it with. Try opening Adobe Reader or Acrobat first, and then go to File>Open and see if that works- otherwise, you might need to rename the file. On Mac, highlight the document, then select File>Get Info from the Finder menu. Under Name and Extension, add the extension .pdf. I am less familiar with Windows, but I beleive you right-click on the file icon, and rename it under Properties.


  5. I would just like to know how many of the patterns go into the higher ranges (up to 49 as you say) vs the smaller ones. With not that many patterns in the book, if only 3 are ok for people of my size, I don’t think it’s worth it. Can you be more specific about numbers?

  6. Just a compliment, this is a beautiful book and the patterns are truly unique. Having knit for the yarn companies and designers, it is indeed a daunting task to create so many different sizes. My family runs on the smaller end, and we just take measurements and adjust. Classes are a great way to learn to adapt patterns for size adjustments. Thanks again for something different, and quite a range of sizes!

  7. The book is lovely and I love the free pattern. I was excitedly planning to make Vienne for my sister when I realized that the v neck is both on the front and the back. I am thinking of modifying the pattern to keep the v neck only on the front. My first thought was that it wouldn’t be too hard to do but with the lace I am having second thoughts. What would Sandy do?

  8. I am so excited about this book coming out. The patterns are truly beautiful. I am also looking foreward to learning the seamless construction. The whole feel of the book makes me want to brush up on my French. Congratulations Kristeen on a really lovely book.

  9. Kristeen – Thanks so much for the video clip and free pattern. I adore France and can’t wait to go back soon. Some of the patterns in French Girl Knits are very intriguing and I know that I will attempt a few. Nancy

  10. Thank you for the preview of French Girl Knits, Sandy. Thanks for all you do! I’m a big proponent of seamless knitting and always try to figure out how to cast on to circular needles with traditional front – back straight needle construction.
    And here’s a tip if you’re like me – losing enthusiasm when it comes to working sleeves – do them first! The body then just zips along!

  11. I purchased “French Girls” and LOVE it. Such a wonderful change from the boiler plate books available. Adjusting the size can be a challenge. Take a little time alone, no radio and make adjustments. Designing knitware for you by you – it can be done. It is worth the effort and graft paper purchase. This is a brilliant publication. Thanks for the free pattern.

  12. What a gorgeous video, thanks; also appreciated the comments on why large(r) sizes were not included. Thank you for the free download of Vienne. Are your methods sort of Elizabeth Zimmerman inspired?

    To those of you with Mozilla Firefox, don’t know what’s happening on your computer. My download went perfectly (and they always do after I log in to the KD site). Good luck!

  13. I thumbed through the book at the bookstore this weekend, loved every single pattern which never happens, so I bought the book! I’m already swatching for the first pattern, as it turns out I have some yarn that I beleive will work with it. If the swatch goes well, I should zip through it as the pattern is quite easy to follow.

  14. Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments about the book! (and the video).
    KimH, for yarn substitutes please visit our french girl fans group if you are on (if you aren’t a member of ravelry, it’s an easy sign-up). We are also sponsoring multiple KALs for the designs in the book in that group. I noticed that the link to the KAL here is not working and have contacted some of the Interweave staff!
    CaroleD, my inspiration and teachers have been Barbara Walker (especially) and to some extent EZ who were some of the seamless pioneers that blazed the trail for us to follow and and then explore our own paths–they are at the top of my list for possessing pure knitting genius abilities and I am so thankful they made my work so much easier.
    Special extra thanks to Sandi W. for putting together a great 3 part intro to French Girl Knits…Sandi, we love you for all the hard work you do for knitters and crocheters around the world!