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Knitted Shawls, Stoles, and Scarves "Print on Demand Edition" [Paperback]

Nancie M. Wiseman
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March 23, 2011
Wrap yourself in cozy comfort with these elegant fashion accessories all have something special in common-a great fit! Nineteen gorgeous projects range from simple shapes that beginners will appreciate to stitch patterns and techniques that advanced knitters will love. Choose from 19 glamorous wraps, such as Interlocking Diamonds Scarf, Textured Squares Mohair Shawl, Cabled Stole, and Lavender Linen Lace Scarf. Learn several new knitting concepts as you knit-start with simpler projects, and then move on to more advanced projects to perfect your skills. Find charts and written stitch patterns, basic knitting techniques, and an informative reference section.

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How many people want to make time to knit and to expand their knitting skills but get sidetracked by a knitting project that is either too easy and boring or too difficult for their current skill level? Probably quite a few, in author Wiseman's opinion. Her solution is to work with beautiful yarns to make small, wearable projects such as scarves and shawls that do not require a slavish attention to gauge. An experienced knitting teacher, Wiseman here includes a wealth of knitting tips and techniques plus patterns for 20 scarves, shawls, and stoles that illustrate a variety of techniques, including diagonal knitting lace, short rows, entrelac, and intarsia. Warmly recommended for all knitting collections.
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This book is not just a collection of projects, but a manual on creative techniques as well. -- --Detroit Free Press, March 2001

… a wealth of knitting tips and techniques… Warmly recommended for all knitting collections. -- --Library Journal, April 2001

Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564773310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564773319
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancie, once a Registered Nurse opened her yarn shop, Nancie Knits in 1987 in Sacramento, California. The store has closed, but Nancie continues to teach, design and write knitting patterns and books. She continues to reach knitter's and crochetor's by teaching throughout the US and Canada. Nancie won an International Design competition in 1992 and continues to design and write patterns for several yarn companies as well as writing articles and patterns for all of the major knitting magazines.
In the Fall of 1997, Nancie was the consultant for an article in Martha Stewart Living, titled: Knitting 101.
To date, she has written 9 books on knitting and crochet and 2 books on quilting. She has also produced 7 videos and DVD's about knitting. She has been on The DIY network doing 3 Jewelry Shows and the Knitty Gritty show twice. Nancie was named the Master Knitter of Crochet with Wire in the Fall of 2007. One of Nancie's passions is to collect antique lace and interpret old lace patterns. She grows orchids in her spare time.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emphasis on challenging techniques. April 10, 2001
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This is a book for knitters who want short projects that teach new and challenging techniques without the added problems of how to make the garment fit. The following techniques are showcased: sideways knitting and shaping, diagonal knitting, textured squares, slip stitch pattern, cables, short rows, lace, garter stitch squares, interlocking diamonds, entrelac and intarsia. The major plus of the book is that before each pattern, the technique to be used is discussed in some detail, boosting the knitter's understanding before attempting to follow the directions. In most of the patterns, the knitter can chose between making a scarf or making a stole or shawl (which would obviously take more time). Line-by-line directions are given, as well as a line drawing of the finished piece. Charts are provided for the more difficult techniques, i.e. textured squares, cables, lace and intarsia. Colored diagrams are provided for the garter stitch squares, the interlocking diamonds and the entrelac. If you are knitter looking for short projects to teach yourself a new technique, this book may be just what you are looking for. For myself, I personally was not interested in making any of the projects because the finished items didn't appeal to me. Cheryl Oberle's "Folk Shawls" was much more my cup of tea. But the knitting world is huge and growing and there is room for all.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven quality of patterns December 3, 2004
By A.
The patterns look beautiful on pictures, but some of the pictures are misleading. For example, the picture of Textured Squares Mohair Shawl shows a full-sized shawl draped around the shoulders. I have knit it with the recommended gauge, and found out that the only way the shawl can drape like this is if you wear it sideways. The shawl is very long in the back and too short in the front (barely covered my relatively small chest). Wearing it sideways is impractical in any situation apart from posing for a picture. The pattern did not state finished dimensions, and the picture was misleading. I ended up ripping the whole thing. I wanted to knit the Gossamer Shawl, but then realized that its picture also did not offer a full view of the shawl, so I skipped it. On the positive side, I knit Chenille Diagonal Lace Scarf, and it turned out great.

I would recommend to editors of knitting books to follow the example of Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls, and show each shawl in the clearest way possible.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner September 8, 2004
It's not often that I want to make nearly every item in a book or magazine, but I'll soon be starting my third project from this book. These projects are fast and great for gifts--the Shoulder Warmer Shawl took just three days, and that included time for ripping out and redoing when I paid more attention to the Olympics than to my knitting chart. I'm an experienced knitter (40 years, egads!), but my previous experience with charts was for intarsia patterns, not lace. This book taught me how to read charts (and by the way, there's an error in the line numbering on the Lace's supposed to be odd-numbered rows only, yet there's a row 20 in there...just renumber 'em all after row 19. The chart is fine).

The suggested yarns are (in many cases) expensive, but if you work up some gauge swatches, you can use less-pricey substitutes. Local yarn shops can also help you with substitutions. I found Euroflax's sportweight linen online at a great price, so I'll be making the Linen Lace Shawl using the suggested yarn. (Sometimes, a girl's gotta splurge a little.)

Except for that one minor error, I found the instructions clear, the photographs great, and the chapter introductions were full of helpful hints. This one's a keeper.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Techniques Great But Exclusively Luxury Yarns Are Used November 6, 2001
By A Customer
I agree with the previous reviewer. The techniques in this book are great. And most of the designs are to my taste -- none of them look as if they are really for old hippies with their hair up in buns, too often the image presented by shawls. The caveat with this book is that all the yarns called for are extemely expensive. I am not sorry I bought this book but I don't think I will be knitting anything in the yarn specified.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super shawls November 12, 2004
Chock full of one beautiful design after another, this book and its presentation make it difficult to decide which shawl to try first. The patterns are inventive but not overly complicated, resulting in professional-looking garments with a designer look. Directions are clear and comprehansible. Yes, the yarns used in the photos are expensive, but there are so many cheaper but still lovely substitutes on the market these days, that cost doesn't have to be prohibitive, and you can still attain great looks. I've even substituted yarns of different weights than those specified, and while the size of the shawl is bigger or smaller, I've been happy with them all. Achievable challenges, never boring - my idea of great knitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a second look..... February 5, 2005
These shawls and wraps are creative, but some of color combos are awful. If I had picked this book up in a fiber store, I probably would not have bought it because I don't find the items pictured as particularly attractive. However, giving it a second glance (now that I have purchased it sight unseen) I find a number of items I might actually make. I often become chilled right in the middle of my back. Wearing a sweater makes me too warm. And while I like Challi wool scarves, I find they often slip off at inopportune moments. I detest heavy turtle neck sweaters, and pullover weskets that men wear, so I have gone to vests of all sizes and shapes, though the ones that keep me warm in the right spots are often unstylish. Besides, after a while one can become awfully tired of donning a vest for work everyday.

So, I was pleased to discover a great new (to me) item of clothing, a scarf that sits on your shoulders like a small buttoned stole. Nancy Wisemen, author of KNITTED SHAWLS, STOLES, AND SCARVES, has included several diagonal and square scarves that fit over your head and rest on your shoulder. They don't make you feel smothered like a turtleneck, and they don't overheat your arms and lower chest. Made with mohair or a light wool, they are featherweight, so you don't feel as if you are carrying a pack on your back. (Some items are to be constructed with cotton).

By knitting, I am resuming the use of an abandoned skill, so I am fairly rusty. The items in KSSS will stretch me a bit, they are not for beginners.
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