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Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves: 20 Ideas * 3 Ways Paperback – January 1, 2013
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Sometimes the variations will be for three different scarves; sometimes for a wrap, a scarf, and a cowl; sometimes for three different wraps. The variations use different weights or types of yarn (e.g., lace weight, mohair, worsted weight, chunky). For the technical knitter or the emerging knitwear designer, it's particularly interesting to look at and compare the photos of the variations, to see exactly how a single idea can be developed into quite different looks, depending on the choice of yarn fiber, weight, and color.
CLASSIC ELITE SHAWLS, WRAPS & SCARVES is a book for the intermediate (or more experienced) knitter, because so many of the designs incorporate charted lace patterns or complicated multi-row stitch patterns. Other than that, the patterns do not appear difficult to knit. Although the patterns specify various Classic Elite yarns, the book includes complete gauge information, so that a moderately experienced knitter can easily substitute other similar yarns in making the designs.
With 60 total variations to choose from, it's hard to imagine not finding something worth knitting in this book! However, because the patterns strike me as "traditional", without any one pattern standing out as particularly new or exciting, I rate this pattern book at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale).
As lovely as these patterns are they are fairly complex for beginners or auto-pilot knitters. At least 12 of the 20 patterns involve charts, which can be a show stopper for some knitters. Of the remaining 8 patterns, 2 involve cables. Not that any of that is impossibly hard, but it's nice to be aware beforehand if that's more than you want to attempt.
Recommended if you want to produce something beyond a simple garter or seed stitch scarf, AND if you're up for a challenge.
I love the Buttoned Neck Wrap which has a bit of aran and is done up in a bright green or teal colorway using Magnolia yarn - half silk and half merino. The swirl-edged stole is very feminine and can be used for a number of things - think dressy or dress down. Knit with silky alpaca lace, it is light but warm. The block and garter scarf is a classic and great for a windy winter day. This example is a bright cobalt blue in a combination of linen, wool and baby alpaca. Yum! The Cabled Wrap is my favorite pattern in the book. It is knit with mohair/bamboo/viscose and is done up in a light blue colorway. My second favorite pattern in the book is the Patchwork Scarf in a rich rose color. It has a South American feel to it.
There are so many patterns I love that I could go on and on. Thankfully, except for Fair Isle, the book utilizes no charts and is all written out which is my preference. If you like to knit shawls, wraps or scarves, this is a must-have book. It will give you ideas, actual patterns you will want to use, and lots of eye candy to keep looking at over and over again. This is a great release from Classic Elite.