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Knit & Wrap: 25 Capelets, Cowls & Collars Paperback – September 7, 2010
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The capelet shown on the cover is not typical of the other capelets, which are generally shorter and quite loosely knit. One "lacy" capelet is heavily adorned with ribbons at the neckline. Many of the cowl/collar patterns are for wide garments that stand up around the neck and chin. One sweet little ruffled cowl, knit from lighter-weight yarn, falls in soft folds around the neck, like a moebius scarf.
As with all Lark Books, this book is attractively presented, and it is reasonably priced. However, the patterns are not challenging. For intermediate and advanced knitters, the patterns will be of little interest, unless the knitter needs some very quick-to-knit gifts for female friends and relatives.
There are many excellent scarf pattern books in print, but three particularly good ones are Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (Style series); Scarves: A Knitter's Dozen; and Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter's Magazine (Best of Knitter's Magazine series). There are also quite a few attractive scarf and capelet patterns to be found in the inexpensive "Knitting On the Go" series from Vogue Knitting.
This is the first pattern book I've seen showing exclusively capelets, cowls and collars and I think they've kept the designs up to date and young but great for all ages.
I loved "Catch" for it's simple design and I can't wait to try the other patterns.
Compared to Cowl Girls, there are fewer patterns. These are more fashion-forward, with ruffles, fine yarns like kid mohair or interesting folds. My fave was Breathless--almost origami folded neck warmer that could dress up a tweed suit or slacks and sweater. Frivolous is a ruffled moebius style, draping elegantly. Imagine on a charmeuse blouse. These are knits to dress up evening wear (a skimpy shoulder shrug that has no warmth, just loops and oodles of style.) If you are a fashionista who does her own designs and sewing, you will probably love this book. I'd say this is a good book to get ideas, or to follow the directions and create a very stylish accessory. For creature-comfort (warmth, bundling up in snowy weather) I'd suggest a different book.
To sum up:
WAY COOL: Knit & Wrap
WARM & TOASTY: Cowl Girls
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holy COWL! I've used this book many, many times with amazing results. My projects turn out well, with beautiful cowls now filling my shelves. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I discovered this book through my local library and I was given the opportunity to look at it first before purchasing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by cleosmom
Bought it used because it is out of print. Many errors in it, but I wanted it for a specific pattern. I was able to correct the error and use the pattern. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda Veach
Iam getting back into knitting and checked this book out from the library 4 times before I decided it was time to buy my own copy. Fun,quick and wearable projectsPublished 20 months ago by readr
This book has an up-to-date approach to great wraps, hoods, caplets. The patterns are very special and the yarns recommended should make exceptional articles to wear.Published on March 5, 2013 by Jane Grey
Lot's of color, interesting patterns and will use this book over and over again. I do strongly recommend if you love to knit.Published on February 19, 2013 by Myra Weston