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About the Author

Lisa Shroyer is the editor of Knitscene, and the author of Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + Plus-Size + Style + 15 Projects (Interweave, 2010) and The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish, and Spirited Knits (Interweave, 2011). She lives and works in North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596689048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596689046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Shroyer is a magazine editor and book author. After receiving a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington in 2004, she embarked on a career in publishing. Her expertise in knitting has driven her success in how-to publishing, while her eye for design is exercised on the pages of Knitscene, the magazine she currently edits for Interweave Press. She lives in North Carolina.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2013
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I love knitting shawls and I love looking at pictures of shawls that give me new ideas. The shawls in this book are just splendid. Chapter one goes over size, style and yarn; how to wear your shawl; choosing your yarn. Chapter two describes shawl techniques: the top-down triangle; other triangles; semicircles, crescents, and working side to side; cast-ons and bind-offs for shawls; finishing tips; what to do when it's finished. The rest of the book consists of patterns divided into those with color, lace shawls, simple shawls and textured shawls.

In the color section my favorite shawl is the Salter Path, a full-circle shawl adapted to create a semicircle. "Inspired by waves washing over the rocks of a tide pool, the color changes in the finished shawl are visually striking, as is the transition from garter stitch to lace."

The lace shawls are my favorites. There are several I'd like to knit in this section. One of them is Brome, a greenish shawl, that is intricate yet supposedly a quick knit. I love Spathe, which is a large triangle shawl in a dark teel with shadowed colors.

Naturally I am drawn to the Simplicity section. I like to challenge myself sometimes but there are times when I like things simple. The Heath shawl is comprised of garter stitch and dropped stitches and knit with a self-striping sock yarn. The colors "remind me of wildflowers on the English heath." The Bryusa shawl is worked from the top down and is knit with alpaca sock yarn in changing colors. It utilizes a two-color slip-stitch patterning at the bottom edge. Lindsay is the shawl on the cover of the book and I can see why they chose this to adorn it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2013
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The shawls in this book are beautiful. Some are quite challenging and others not so. Yarns required are mostly DK or worsted weight. Patterns are well written, but details of lace are all chart based. If you can't read charts or prefer not to this is not a book for you.
I do have one negative comment. I originally purchased the E book and that is a failure. Since the lace is in charts you cannot increase the size of the chart enough to read it. Links to online charts are not available. I had to purchase the print version of the book to be able to read any of the charts.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca H. Augustine on May 18, 2013
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As one may have noticed, shawls have made a comeback and are currently among the hottest accessories one can acquire -- whether by purchase or, even better, by making them yourself. As far as portability of one's project, shawls are on a par with socks; unlike socks, you only need to knit one of a kind! Many shawls (or "shawlettes") need only one (or two) skeins, so your budget isn't overly strained; also, a one or two-skein project is a great "stash buster." That being said, "Free Spirit Shawls" is another wonderful resource, whether you want to make a project from scratch, use up some of your stash, or even adapt ideas for your own designs. There are hip, young designers featured that build on traditional designs and add new twists of their own. Now, my only dilemma is ... which one do I try first?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martha Sanchez on June 25, 2013
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Love this book. Full of very pretty patterns for shawls and scarfs. Instructions are easy to read and follow. I recommend it to everyone who likes to knit shawls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeePayne on October 6, 2013
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I am a fairly new knitter (1 1/2 years), but found these to be fairly easy to knit. I have already made 4 and have about 4 more I want to make. There are so many good projects that it is well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie D on August 7, 2013
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As a beginner, I need more help than this book delivers, but the patterns are gorgeous and I'm sure I'll be back to it once I figure out how to read the instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggie k on December 16, 2013
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Making a different item is sometimes very challenging but the directions in this book are simply stated and easy to enjoy. I just wish there were more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoham on November 14, 2013
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Every shawl is unique and I have seen one style with different yarns and they were so unique and wonderful. This is a big seller at my favorite yarn shop in Las Vegas - Sin City Yarn Shop!
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