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Stahman's Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down & Seamen's Scarves Paperback – February 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0967542706 ISBN-10: 0967542707

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Rocking Chair Pr (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967542707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967542706
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Faroese shawls are known for the unique shaping that makes them cling to the wearer's shoulder and not slide off, as many other types of shawls are prone to do. Traditionally, Faroese shawls were knitted from the bottom up. Stahman has devised a method of knitting Faroese shawl patterns starting at the neck and working down, a distinct advantage for the knitter, who can try the shawl on while it is in progress and choose to make it shorter if the garment requires more yarn than planned. In contrast to Nancy Wiseman's book (below), which is targeted to the beginning and intermediate knitter, Stahman's is a master class for the lace-knitting enthusiast. Self-publishing has made it possible for Stahman to concentrate on those aspects of each pattern of most importance to the lace knitter: clear photos of the finished garments, large-scale charts for each design, and a lengthy section on techniques of lace knitting. Color photographs, less important to the lace knitter, who often works in one color, are omitted here, presumably to make the book more affordable. Included are instructions for knitting 14 shawls and 40 seamen's scarves. Essential for large public library and textile collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The charts are easy to follow.
Edwina Willamete
I highly recommend knitting up a few rectangular and triangular shawls and scarves before attempting the Faroese fitting.
Rebecca H. Augustine
I have knitted one shawl as presented in the book (Catharina), and one that I designed using Stahman's design guidelines.
RBB

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By RBB on February 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have knitted one shawl as presented in the book (Catharina), and one that I designed using Stahman's design guidelines. In addition, I have also made several Seaman's Scarves following her "Matthew" pattern (dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard). In all cases I used my own handspun yarns. While it took some concentration to adapt a totally different lace design to the Faroese shaping, I couldn't have done it without Stahman's many hours of planning and designing. I'm indebted to this book, and recommend it to adventurous novices or experienced knitters alike. [....]
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on May 31, 2005
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If you are new to lace or to knitting, the terms "faroese-shaped" and "seamen's scarves" refer to very specific shapes of garment. If this is the shape you want, this book is a great investment. I have made almost all the scarf patterns for gifts. While the basic pattern is always the same (moss stitch borders, ribbed center of the scarf so it will fit the neck better) Stahman uses different patterns for each scarf, so they are all unique. Like most lace, the scarves can be made with any weight of yarn.

I have not attempted any of the shawls, as Faroese is not a shawl style that I particularly care for, but the book was worth the scarf patterns, IF you don't mind that they are all exactly the same shape. They are perfect for gifts.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By June from Western WA on August 10, 2002
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Myrna Stahman did a wonderful job with her research and planning for working a Faroese-Shaped Shawl from the neck down. Her information was detailed, informative, and creative. Her many hours of work have made my job so much easier! It does take some concentration to pursue these patterns. The end results are worth the challenge. Myrna Stahman has taken much of the frustration out of Faroese shawls. Her work allows you to pursue your own pattern designs with style and confident results.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2009
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What is different about Seaman scarves and Faroese shawls? - they are shaped to fit an actual human body. Instead of knitting a triangle and trying to keep it around your shoulders, or knitting a long thin rectangle and trying to fit it between your coat and your neck, these patterns do the shaping so you can actually comfortably wear what you knit.

Explains in detail how to construct a Faroese shaped shawl. Several yarn weights and several difficulties of lace, although none are impossibly difficult. You will come away with a good understanding of how these shawls are constructed, how to modify them for size of wearer or weight of yarn. There are VERY few errors in this book - a marvel of self publishing if you compare with the error riddled books coming out of major publishing houses. I highly recommend the book and I recommend trying a few of her shawls before you jump into the fancier, lacier faroese shawls you can find. This book can keep you knitting gift items for years and years.

Seaman shaped scarves are ribbed at the back of the neck, and widen at the front of the throat. They are a great way to try a lace pattern before beginning the major commitment of making a shawl. For couples who are into such things, you can make a matching his/hers set. There are more scarve patterns than shawls - several solid textured stitches so they are not all lacy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Annika Hayes on May 10, 2009
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This is a great book to have in the lace knitting library. Not a "pretty" book (black and white photos only) but full of lovely patterns and suggestions for customizing. I will be knitting quite a few from this book. I primarily wanted this book for the shawls but the seaman's scarves are a welcome inclusion. I have often searched for "manly lace" as I like to knit for male friends and family. There are quite a few that fit the bill here, not too feminine, but still interesting for the avid lace knitter that I am.
If you love shawls and lace, this is a book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Frey on April 9, 2010
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The explanations and patterns in this book make Faroese shawls easy and a lot more fun to do!! There are lots of options for advanced knitters and yet I believe an astute beginner would be able to successfully use this book as well. It was just as much fun to read as to use! Great help for those of us who were always daunted by 'cast on 680 sts' .... now it is more like cast on 17 sts! Not nearly as intimidating and you can see right away if you are getting low on yarn and need to quit rather than starting from the bottom up and not having enough to properly decrease for the neck and shoulder area! Great and valuable resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pgletsmom on September 12, 2009
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I bought this because I wanted to learn to knit top down faroese shawls since I have heard they fit better on the shoulders than regular triangles. There are lots of great patterns here, but more importantly, Stahman teaches the user how to modify the patterns to make shawls that actually fit. I'm just about to start my adventure. The charts are clear, though a little small, but Stahman specifically suggests enlarging a copy for use while knitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathie Mac on October 18, 2011
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I had just discovered the functionality of Faroese shawls and most of the projects I was researching kept bringing me back to this book - so I ordered it. Perfect!! The shawls are made top down and are faroese so they'll stay on your shoulders and the patterns are gorgeous! I have already recommended this book to several ladies in my knitting group - and will continue to recommend this book.
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