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Product Details

  • Series: Style series
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Printing edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499545
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

More than 30 knitwear designers have contributed their innovative patterns to this impressive collection, which features gorgeous, full-color photographs of various scarves, capes, capelets and stoles. Because of their quick construction, editor Allen (co-author of Knitting for Dummies) calls scarves the "comfort food of knitting," likening them to, of all things, pasta. "Like pasta, scarves can be created with little effort and few basic materials," she writes. While this is true, the patterns found here are largely for intermediate and advanced knitters, though all knitters will appreciate the beauty and complexity of these designs. Kathleen Power Johnson’s Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole is an elegant creation of hand-dyed tweed yarns woven together in a vaguely medieval style, making it a cozy addition to any woman’s wardrobe. And designers Debbie Bliss, Norah Gaughan and Lily Chin offer ideas for children, women and men that utilize color-work, beading, crochet and other innovative techniques. From Lisa Daniels’s cabled Vintage Velvet stunner to Teva Durham’s whimsical Blue Collar capelet to Amanda Blair Brown’s chic, spiral scarf (aptly called Ruffles), this book has plenty of patterns to inspire creativity, as well a Design Notebook section for those who want to craft their own unique scarves.
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"Absolutely not what you'd expect for a book about scarves.... Very few rectangles, but a lot of delightful surprises." --

"All of the design are beautifully photographed showing stitch detail and the colors sing!" -- INKnitters magazine

"Gorgeous knit and crochet patterns…A must-have for experienced knitters who love scares." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Saying ‘incredible’ in ten different languages would be a good way to begin this review... definitely a must-have book." -- Knit ‘N Style

"Simply the single most elegant fiber arts book I’ve seen to date." -- Crochet Me

"Some of the most innovative and interesting scares you can imagine." --

"The best of the latest crop…This is knitting as adventure." -- The News & Observer

"The designs are wonderful and creative. There are interesting and helpful notes given with each pattern." -- Knitting News

"This is one of the nicest books of scarves I’ve seen in ages…truly imaginative." -- Textile Fibre Forum magazine

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This is a wonderful book full of great scarf ideas.
Megan E. Mueller
This book has a huge array of scarf patterns and they range from easy to tricky so good for a beginner or the more advanced.
Mrs Ruth Aim
I found a number of the patterns impractical and trendy.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

150 of 154 people found the following review helpful By A. Bish on September 8, 2004
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I consider myself an intermediate knitter and was really hesitant about getting this book. I didn't think I'd have anything to learn from a scarf book. Boy was I wrong. There are some really great ideas here; ones that you can also translate into a larger garment like a poncho or even a sweater. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

My problem is with the photography. While they are great photos they often focus more on the model's face than on the scarves. Many of the photos either don't show all of the scarf or have a soft-focus so that your eyes get bleary trying to see the how the stitch pattern hangs at the bottom of the scarf. You get great impressions of the scarf but not a good look at them. I would definitely want this photographer to take pictures at my wedding or of my kids, but I found her style very frustrating when trying to get a picture of what the knitted item looks like.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2004
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This book has scarves for everyone. There are manly cables, colorful tapestries, dainty laces. There is a fuzzy, elegant mohair wrap that is a scarf, yeah, it's just a scarf and Itzhak Perlman is just a fiddler.

There are funky scarves with fringe in the middle instead of the ends (like a serape), there are chenille scarves, intricate intarsia dragons, plain garter, you name it. If you were a knitter who wanted to start with scarves and grow into knitting techniques, this book would take you from relatively simple knitting to magnificent advanced technique. All while making your Christmas presents for friends and family. My particular favorite was a weird but wonderful shrug; it's two arms and a turtleneck and NOTHING else--like a body-less sweater. I love it--if you want your shoulders and wrists warm, but are too hot in a conventional turtleneck, this may be for you. If you don't want to face questions about where the rest of the sweater went (moths?) then you can wrap the arms around your neck as if it were a standard scarf. Is that fun or what? I'm knitting one for me, for sure.

I'm going on record saying I like the photography. This is a fun, fun book and really changed my mind about scarves. Not boring anymore, no way. Highly recommended for almost any knitter, but especially those who are familiar with colorwork, texture, intarsia and cabling. And there are a few crochet patterns as well. Highly recommended if you want to knit a scarf.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By DF on September 10, 2004
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I ordered this book and could hardly wait to receive it. It arrived today and having just looked through it, I can't comment on the accuracy or clarity of the patterns. The range of styles and skill levels seems to be just what I was hoping for. That being said, my only complaint, thus far, is that the photography is beautiful, but useless if you want to really see how the scarf looks, how it is put together, how the pattern(s) works, etc. For the most part, the full length photos are in soft-focus, with the clearest focus being the part of the scarf that is tied or wrapped around the neck. The "tail" of the scarf, which would give you the best idea of its pattern or construction, is fuzzy. The small photos showing the details of the stitch pattern certainly don't give any idea how the overall scarf looks. For example, one scarf has an intricate color pattern forming a good portion of the ends; the center is an Aran pattern. One photo focuses on the color portion with the cabled portion blurred; another focuses only on the Aran pattern. How the two completely different patterns look together is anybody's guess. The inability of the reader/knitter to get an overall idea of the various scarves is a major drawback of the book. After waiting for the book to be published and then for my copy to arrive, I was extremely disappointed, almost (but not quite) to the point of returning the book. I really hope the patterns, themselves, aren't as muddled as the photos. February 27: As an update to my original review, I would also like to add that, yes, I think the photos are beautiful; and the creativity of the designers is remarkable! Who would have thought scarves could be so beautiful, complex, and challenging? My only complaint was (and still is) that many of the photos simply aren't useful in discerning the interplay of the pattern(s)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Wallace on June 16, 2005
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I have just been in radiation isolation in the hospital for 2 whole days. Took a paperback that turned out to be a dud, and Pam Allen's scarf book. Have had her book for a couple of months and it looked great. Having read nothing but her book for the past 2 days, I can say it's really a great book. So many tibdits. And just about every other one I want to make. 31 projects in all. So creative and fun. Not one is your typical scarf. Thank you Pam, I look forward to your new book coming out on ponchos.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By travel knitter on September 16, 2005
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I bought this book as I am a fairly new to knitting, and really love scarves, but was looking to develop my knitting further. This was actually the second knitting book I have ever purchased (after Stitch n Bitch of course). Ultimately, I haven't been disappointed.

I agree with many of the comments from previous reviewers that the photos are focused on the models rather than the scarves themselves, so there is often not a particularly clear visual image of the finished product. However, I have found that the instructions themselves are fine, and the photos add to the gorgeous presentation of the book.

Many of the designs are certainly complex and extremely creatively designed - not for the faint hearted or novice knitter. However, there are many simpler patterns included, and discussion at the back of the book on how to design simple, basic scarves starting from the most basic garter stitch scarf- where many new knitters first start out. Many of the patterns are amazingly creative, and push the boundaries at to what constitues the definition of a 'scarf'. There really is something for everyone in this book.

This book really is inspirational, and I keep finding myself picking it up off the shelf just to look through, even when I don't have time to knit! It has quickly become a classic among knitters, and certainly deserves a spot on every knitter's bookshelf.
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