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iris

I grew up in the States of German parents. My mother sewed/knit all my clothes until I was a teen when I would sew/knit some of them. We always used Burda magazines, sometimes Neue Schnitt. Patterns were always included (we would trace them off the master sheet with wax paper or tracing paper) and they always appeared in just one size, until about 20-25 years ago when they started offering them in perhaps two sizes, and then they started having one special pattern per month that came in all sizes (knitting pattern continued to be offered in only one or two sizes). It still remains pretty much the same today.

We learned a few things from this: first, to adapt anything to fit our own measurements; second, to look at the pattern diagram, not the picture, find another similarly-shaped pattern in some other magazine that's the correct size and just include the design features that we liked from the wrong-sized pattern. European knitting patterns also use charts which makes it easier to make changes. And yes, we adjusted the gauge routinely with both needle size and yarn weight, the yarn weight mostly out of necessity because we couldn't get the same brand of yarn here anyway in those days.

I often found that the patterns were well-suited to, and most flattering for, the sizes they were designed for. I also found that if I waited long enough they'd eventually offer a similar pattern in the size I needed.

One thing I have found in the past five years or so, there is nothing in Burda that calls to me anymore - I have stopped my subscriptions completely and occasionally look at one on the newsstand but seldom buy it. The knitting books here are much more interesting these days than any I have seen in Europe. But I really like the one you picked up - will have to look for that one when I'm in Bavaria at the end of the month!

Annette

My experience with Burda magazine is different from Iris's - perhaps because it's more recent. Burda now offers all sizes (and I think it was the same about 20 years ago, but perhaps the size range was more limited).
As knitting (and crochet) patterns go, here in France the market is dominated by Phildar and Bergere de France. They offer multiple sizes in their catalogues/mags. Phildar crochet patterns are charted, and each size is charted out on special "tear-out" sheets at the back of the mag. (They are not very complex, though). However, when I stumble upon an occasional pattern in a general craft mag (like Marie-Claire Idées), the size range is often limited, sometimes only to one size.

melusine_tricote

Sappi anche che 'Filati' è tradotto in francese. Non l'ho mai comprato, ma ci guardo spesso. Buona domenica !

Typesetter

Most Italian magazines offer only one or two sizes, both smallish. You should try and buy a knitting special from Mani di Fata: most patterns are only sized for sizes 42 and 46 (that would be a S and a M, except that in recent years sizes seem to have been "resized" a lot. most are very briefly explained , to the poin that usually to knit a pattern you need lots of extra infor that you usually don't know where to get: essentially knitting in Italy is made popular through books that are aimed at absolute beginners and magazines that offer intermediate knits explained for very expert knitters (due to te brief text). Also, most commonly the explainations are hard to interpret also because they are compressed at the end of the magazine, with very small type and no interlines, allin one paragraph, so that you have a very hard time each time you need to look for an information included in the pattern.

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