What is actually more popular than knitting socks? Knitting shawls! 13 out of 35 of Ravelry’s most popular patterns of all time are small shawls or wraps. And who better to curate a collection of these trendy-yet-classic designs than the editor of Knitscene, Lisa Shroyer? ~ Interweave
This week for review is Free ~ Spirit Shawls, 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day by Lisa Shroyer.
Whether you love top-down, bottom-up, side to side or crescent-shaped shawls, this collection offers just the right amount of variety.
Inside, shawl projects are presented as themes. Color, which covers simple color work construction, Lace, which covers how simple yarn overs can create beautiful results, Simplicity, which covers the use of variegated yarns and simple stitches to create striking designs and Texture, which covers how to use cables and knit-purl combinations to give interest. There is also a chapter dedicated to technique, which covers basic shawl construction, cast-ons, binds-offs and finishing, and a chapter dedicated to size, style and yarn.
Knitters will enjoy well written instructions, charts where needed and gorgeous photographs of the completed projects. While many of the projects in this collection are for more advanced knitters, there are a few that would be good for knitters who are learning to knit shawls or lace.
Heres what you’ll find inside, chapter by chapter, with a few linked to Ravelry:
Chapter 1: Size, Style and Yarn: Making and Wearing Modern Shawls
Chapter 2: Shawl Techniques
- The Top-Down Triangle
- Semicircles, Crescents, and Working Side to Side
- Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs for Shawls
- Make It Pretty: Finishing Tips
Chapter 3: Color
- Basilica- Hilary Smith Callis
- Salter Path- Melissa J Goodale
- Technique Feature: The Anatomy of Semi-Circle Shawls by Melissa J Goodale
- Helsinki- Maura Kirk
- Mineral – Rosemary (Romi) Hill
- Cimarron- Alexis Winslow
Chapter 4: Lace
- Brome- Alexandra Beck
- Palmatum- Kyoko Nakayoshi
- Bethe- Angela Tong
- Technique Feature: Shetland Construction Method for Shawls by Angela Tong
- Spathe- Heather Zoppetti
- Framework- Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Chapter 5: Simplicity
- Heath- Amy Gunderson
- Bryusa- Alexandra Beck
- Lindsay- Tabetha Hedrick
- Maedwe- AnneLena Mattison
- Elven- Angela Tong
- Rhoeas- Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
- Technique Feature: Creating a Self-Fringing Knitted Edge by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Chapter 6: Texture
- Euclid- Carol Feller
- Fauve- Kyoko Nakayoshi
- Glen Lennox- Kate Gagnon Osborn
- The Return Journey- Lisa Shroyer
For those of you who are just venturing into shawl knitting and basic lace knitting, my personal thoughts would be the use of Chapter 5: Simplicity. This chapter contains designs that uses simple garter stitch construction and easy to understand lace stitch patterns, both of which yield beautiful results. My personal favorite in this chapter is Heath by Amy Gunderson. With the use of garter stitch and dropped stitches, this sideways-knitted crescent-shaped shawl shows of the beauty of self-striping yarn. I also think this would be the perfect project to show of handspun yarn, but that’s just my own personal thought.
So the end result, if you enjoy knitting shawls and have been looking for a collection that offers variety, this is one to consider for your library. From simple to complex, there is a design for every level of knitter.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!
Disclaimer: This copy was provided by Interweave Press for review and the above opinions are my own.