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Shaping Shawls Paperback – October 3, 2012
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Anna Dalvi of Knit & Knag Designs brings both her design sensibility and logical mind to bear in this book for new and experiences lace knitters alike. Ten different shawls are divided into chapters based on shaping and construction techniques, teaching concepts in a fresh new way. You'll use not only diagrams and charts but also mathematical means of keeping your designs in line. Ever wonder why your stitch count is off on another pattern? Anna will show you what deltas are, how they work, and much more in this extraordinary book.Join Anna Dalvi for a shawl-design-seminar-in-a-book that keeps light bulbs going off while making the material seem simple. Her genius lies in boiling down tricky concepts to their essence and presenting them in a warm, practical style. Anna's own inspiring patterns not only accompany, but illustrate the design techniques confidence.
-Jaala Spiro, KnitCircus magazine
With a lucidness of style that is almost magical, Anna manages to take an apparently opaquely complex subject is so clear that you'll walk away with the confidence that you can design a dozen of them immediately yourself, even if you are just a beginning lace knitter. This book is definitely going into my knitting library!
-Gryphon Perkins, the Sanguine GryphonAnna explains lace patterns in a detailed and intricate way, but her methodology is incredibly clear at the same time. These breathtaking designs will appeal to lace knitters of many different levels.
-Ragga Eiriksdottir, Knitting Iceland
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The book starts with the simpler constructions and then proceeds to show how to add to and manipulate the canvas space, or space of the shawl available for lace patterning. I think that "canvas space" is a very appropriate term, as Dalvi has taken the art of knit shawl shaping and made it accessible to those wanting to take the plunge into creating their own shawl designs.
Besides being an informative resource, Shaping Shawls is a lovely book. The pictures are stunning, and I wish some of them were available as poster size prints. Shaping shawls is available as a traditional book as well as in pdf and e-book formats.
*There is errata available for the Magic Lanterns pattern on the Cooperative Press website. One error for one column in one pattern. Most magazines aren't that good.
The brilliantly coloured shawls, are quite eye catching and certainly do enhance Anna's designs. For those beginners in the crowd, the smaller projects in this book, are not too daunting to try. Readers cannot come away from this book, without wanting to knit at least one of the shawls and there is no question you will certainly have a very clear understanding of shawl construction. If you are not interested in designing shawls you will still enjoy knitting the projects within.
This book is a must have for any knitter's library. Owners of this book will of course hope there is a second book in the very near future, on circular shawl shapings...