- 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: 0.5 x 8.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Johnsons 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 womans 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 Danielss cabled Vintage Velvet stunner to Teva Durhams whimsical Blue Collar capelet to Amanda Blair Browns 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." -- Knitty.com
"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 Ive seen to date." -- Crochet Me
"Some of the most innovative and interesting scares you can imagine." -- Knitnet.com
"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 Ive seen in ages truly imaginative." -- Textile Fibre Forum magazine
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Also, for those of you who crochet there are only two patterns for crocheted scarves.
Another caveat: the yarns used are very very pricey. For example, one of the patterns, Lady Eleanor, calls for 15 skeins of a particular brand of yarn. If one used that particular yarn, the total cost would be $375.00. That's not a typo: three hundred and seventy five dollars. Yarns can be substituted but the hand, drape, and other charachteristics of the substituted yarn have to be factored in; not something most people want to do.
Okay, having said all that, I love this book. Anyone receiving a scarf from this book would have a one-of-a-kind accessory.
Some of the patterns call for very expensive yarn, but using your own yarn substitutions to play with color and texture is part of what makes knitting so much fun. I love this book- there are SO many items that I just cannot wait to knit, and I'd buy it as a gift for any knitter!
As with any collection like this, you can't please everybody. Some scarves seemed weird to me- a scarf with paper yarn and stainless steel yarn? Er, Japanese or not, a bit too outrageous. I think none of the scarves are for the beginner knitter. Several are intimidatingly complex. So what? You might buy the book and your skills might grow with it. Certainly scarves themselves will never go out of style. You can afford to splurge on some expensive yarn for a scarf if not for a sweater (a case in point, the Vintage Velvet Scarf, $75 for 5 balls of Muench Touch Me, oh but what a yarn!)
I like the fact that Pam Allen took scarves (which are ubiquitous in novelty yarns and garter stitch) and took them to the next level. This book is definitely worth checking out.