Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Capelets, Cowls, Collars, and MorePaperback
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- Publisher: Taunton Press Inc
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 202mm x 254mm x 14mm | 481g
- Publication date: 26 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: Connecticut
- ISBN 10: 1600854001
- ISBN 13: 9781600854002
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: full colour illustrations throughout, 45 photographs, 30 illustrations
- Sales rank: 117,965
In this title, knitters of all levels will draw inspiration and additionally helpful are illustrations, charts, and an appendix. Shawlettes are hip! These hugely popular, fashion accessories are worn about the shoulders and meant for showing off. International knitwear designer Jean Moss knows this best and has pulled together a wonderfully creative collection of 25 knitting patterns for shawlettes, capelets, cowls, collars, and more. The garments are grouped by style: Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage, and feature gorgeous yarns including wool, silk, cotton, and sustainable blends. Knitters of all levels will draw inspiration from the brilliant patterns and variations. Additionally helpful are illustrations, charts, schematics, and an appendix with instructions for special stitches.
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One of Britain's leading designers, JEAN MOSS is known worldwide for her distinctive couture knits. 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.
By Janice Sumpton 05 Feb 2012
Jean Moss has once again given us a book beyond the knitting designs. This collection of cowls, shawls and capelets inspires our imagination. The introduction is intriguing and gives us a taste for the feelings behind the designs. The variety of 25 patterns is testimony to Jean's expertise as a fibre designer and her ability to teach various techniques. There is something for everyone.
The book is divided into 4 sections, each preceded by lovely text to get you into the mood of the chapters entitled: Country, Couture, Folk and Vintage. Each design is described by Jean with some history and fashion options for wearing and adorning the shawlette in your own personal style.
The patterns are very clearly written with colour charts and schematics to make it easy to follow along. The photography is outstanding in its visual context giving the knitter a clear picture of the details of the garment against the backdrop of beautiful scenery.
A section on stitch techniques used in the designs is very helpful. Yarn information, needle and hook sizes, and common abbreviations are provided. A convenient Project Index with a photo of each design and page for instructions is listed before the detailed index.
A truly inspirational book that will give the reader pause in trying to decide which shawlette to knit first. A masterpiece to be sure.
Janice Sumpton London, Canada
From shawls and fichus to collars and cowls, this fun collection of 25 bite-sized knits has a project for every style and skill level. Veteran knitwear designer Moss ("In the Mood"), a regular contributor to "Vogue Knitting "and "Knitting" magazines, has created a fashionable collection of accent knits. Each of the book's four stylish sections--Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage--contains knittable, wearable, and gift-able projects. Pieces like the festive Kardamili Shawlette or the leopard-print Kitty Capelet offer contemporary feel to classic pieces, while more unusual items like the delicate Vamp Boa, the sweet Garland Necklet, and the sassy Treasure Jabot offer lovely alternatives to traditional accessories. Several patterns feature colorwork, with additional forays into cabling, lace, and entrelac. Moss has provided plenty of useful diagrams and charts, and encourages knitters to alter or embellish each piece as they wish. The handy project index lays out thumbnails of every pattern in the book. This whimsical collection is perfect for the beginning or intermediate knitter looking to try out new techniques or use up her yarn stash. "--Publishers Weekly"