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Product Details

  • Series: Cathy Carron Collection
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096046
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cathy Carron is a knitwear designer, whose designs have been published in many knitting magazines, including Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, Knit Simple, Interweave Knits and knitscene. She is the author of Hip Knit Hats (9781579906443), Knitting Sweaters From the Top Down (9781600595547) and the hit title Hattitude.

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Knitwear designer, Cathy Carron's latest work or collection is 'Short Story'. Her work is regularly published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and the online magazine, The Twist Collective. Updates on her most recent work can be seen on Ravelry.com and her website www.pondedge.net. Other bestsellers include Cowlgirls (2011), Hattitude (Fall 2009) & Hip Knit Hats (2005). Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, knit simple, Knit.1, knitscene, The Twist Collective, Vogue Knits-On-the-Go (Gifts, Bags Book II), Rowan International Vol. #42, Vogue's The Ultimate Sock Book, One Skein Wonder: Designers(2007), and the upcoming, One Skein Wonder: Luxury Yarns(2008); Joy of Sox (2009).

See more of Cathy Carron's work @ www.pondedge.net

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There are many great patterns in this book some simple and some sophisticated.
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Most of the patterns are for chunky or super chunky yarn, so they should work up very quickly.
Dawn Walker
If you love to knit, and like to try new things, then this book might just be for you.
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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By M. Gordon on November 4, 2010
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I was chomping at the bit for this book to come out because I love knitting and wearing neck warmers. But I don't know about the rest of you knitters but I'm frustrated when a knit designer who publishes is tied to the yarn manufacturer's that she uses and doesn't even list the weight of the yarn used in the pattern for substitutions. Really now, how many of us can find all of this yarn locally or even want to use the same yarn called for in patterns? By the time you add up the cost of one bulky to super bulky cowl in this book you have spent over $50.00 in yarn and that seems like alot for a cowl. The majority of these patterns are gorgeous but in high priced bulky yarns, very few in worsted weight. The formatting is confusing but tolerable and it is inspiring eye candy. Never-the-less, I'm determined to make several of the patterns because they are simply smashing designs.
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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By P. Mitchell on October 15, 2010
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I just came back to knitting after a multi-year hiatus and was excited to get this book. It's fall, and cowls are the perfect thing to knit for the season. I had to pre-order it because it wasn't available in stores, and now that I've received it and checked it out, I'm returning it.

It is a lovely book with incredibly gorgeous designs. The models were so young and beautiful, I felt like I was leafing through an issue of Vogue magazine! But the big problem-- for me, anyway-- is that the instructions were written at the level of the advanced knitter.

Stitches & specialty detail instructions are presented first, followed by a condensed knitting pattern. You need to have a LOT of knowledge to decipher these, which I don't. As a newer knitter I didn't expect to be able to do every pattern, but I did expect there to be a progression from simple to difficult. The author even says in her introduction that there are designs for every level of knitter. The problem is that she gives NO direction to the newer knitter to let them know which ones are for them. Even basic categorizations-- this pattern is easy, this pattern for intermediate knitters, this pattern for advanced-- are missing. So you're pretty much left to fend for yourself.

Intermediate to advanced knitters will love this book. It's too bad that the author left out the newbies when planning the instructional design of this book, since the cowl is the perfect project to learn with.
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Cowls are the new knit accessory craze; warm as a scarf but without the floppy, draggly ends to deal with. I agree with this craze! I knitted a simple cowl recently, basically I knit a flat piece on the bias and then grafted to make a seamless tube. It's easy to pull on over a sweater and it pulls up like a hood if need be. Versatile, comfortable and stylish. Yep, I like cowls!

Cowlgirls has 41 patterns, from plain jane to colorwork and there will probably be one that appeals to your fashion sensibilities. I happened to really like four in particular: the "wrapture" which covers the shoulders like a shawlette-cowl combo, "Seed Stitch" which is simple and elegant, Cabled Cowl which has elegant textures and pleases the eye, and Neverending Story, a looped scarf that can be wrapped as a cowl and has attractive colorwork.

There were not a lot of lacy cowls in finer gauge yarn, so if you are a lace knitter, you might not like the thicker yarns used. On the other hand, if you are a handspinner of worsted-weight yarns or dk yarns, you might like the book a lot; cowls are relatively yarn-sparing compared to long scarves and sweaters or shawls and can adapt to unique handspuns.

Here's an issue; the weight of the yarns that are used was not given, just the name of the yarn. But using sleuthing on the web from various sites such as wiseneedle or ravelry, you can figure out the gauge/weight/yardage requirements and sub your own yarns. And, because cowls are mostly not as gauge-sensitive as a sweater, you should have some ability to adjust without a lot of worry.

I like this book and I am sure it will give you a lot of knitting pleasure as well as ideas for cowls of your own. It's a good book and worth owning.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Busch on November 18, 2010
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I recently purchased this book and have to say I really like the patterns in it. Easy to follow, very modern and timely since cowls are all the rage this year. I love knitting cowls and have made several for gifts this year.
May not be the book for a brand new knitter, but anyone with some experience will have no problems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KnitKnitKnit...Purl on March 3, 2011
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I have yet to knit anything from this book, but I love it. There are many, many cowls that I plan to knit before next winter. There are also many cowls I think are ugly, but we can't all love everything. There's a wide variety of styles in this book, which I like. The one thing I don't like: the suggested yarns are very often expensive. We're talking $80 for a cowl's worth. That seems silly to me, but it makes for beautiful photos, I suppose.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suke on November 6, 2010
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I just bought `Cowl Girls' and the designs are simply gorgeous. I haven't yet started knitting one, but was too impatient to wait on writing a review. With the exception of one design, I loved every single cowl in this book and there are lots to choose from. I plan on knitting several (or many).

I am an intermediate knitter and as with any pattern, it takes me several times to read through and decipher. Fortunately, my mother is an expert knitter, and helps me when something appears slightly confusing. I selected two cowls, which appeared to be the easiest and understood the instructions at second glance. Obviously, I will be able to expand upon this review when I actually begin knitting one of the cowls.

The photography is expertly done and very colorful. Each cowl is presented vividly and, yes, the unique designs and beautiful yarn is most definitely eye candy for knit lovers. As a knitaholic and lover of cowls, this book, for me, is a must-have for my knitting bookshelf. I would also buy it as a gift for another knitter who wears cowls.
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