Monday, January 30, 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Shawlettes

Sweet Shawlettes
25 Irresistible Patters for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More
by Jean Moss
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Taunton Press (January 3, 2012)

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Nearly everyone I know is knitting shawlettes lately.  There's no question that these fashion accessories are growing in popularity and knitters have taken notice - besides being stylish, they are a quick knit and make great gifts!

In Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More, designer Jean Moss offers a beautiful collection of knitwear patterns that are sure to acquire lots of ooohhs and aaahhs.  The designs are arranged into 4 chapters:
  • Country, looking to nature for inspiration, the designs use a combination of intarsia, lace, cables and applique
  • Couture, pure style with bold color and vivid entrelac
  • Folk, explores knitting traditions such as fair isle, cables, lace, plaid and patchwork
  • Vintage, an ode to fabulous fashion through the ages, including Elizabethan neck ruffs and the extravagant glitz and glamour of the 1950's screen goddesses. 
There's definitely a little something for every lady on your to-knit-for list, including yourself!

The photography in Sweet Shawlettes is stunning, the directions are clear and all of the necessary illustrations, charts and schematics are included.  The patterns feature gorgeous yarns of all kinds - wool, silk, cotton and blends - and allow the knitter the opportunity to work with some luxurious yarns without the expense and commitment that larger pieces would take.  Change up the yarn on some of the patterns and you'll create an all knew look.  The endless variations will keep knitters of all skill levels inspired.

Add a copy of Sweet Shawlettes to your knitting library today - you won't be disappointed!

About the Author: One of Britain's leading designers, Jean Moss is known worldwide for her distinctive couture knits.  A writer, gardener, and musician living in York, England, she has created her own collections of handknits for more than 25 years.  She's also designed for Rowan Yarns and many international fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley and Benetton.  She hosts knitter's tours and teaches widely in Europe and North America.  Visit Jean's website here.

4 comments:

Sue said...

They're a fun quick knit especially for last minute gifts. I'll look this one up.

SissySees said...

That's on my wish list. Hmmm... I do have a B&N gift card...

Grace said...

also on my wish list, it looks like a great book

Kathy R said...

I'll have to check that out! Looks like a good book.