SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES is a delicious collection of knitted items that are obviously designed and constructed to practically flow. All the items in SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES are knit in various patterns using mostly basic knit stitches. There are certainly many that contain some more advanced steps but, since the items are shawls, wraps, or scarves, this will definitely give a knitter a chance to flex their knit muscles. The items are divided into sections with several gorgeous projects to choose from.
Author Louisa Harding uses lace weight or DK weight yarns in these shawl, wrap, and scarf designs. Those weights are perfect for the lighter, fluffy, flowing fit of these garments. I don’t usually make wraps. I can’t seem to incorporate them into my wardrobe but, looking at them in this collection, I can see using them as ponchos. Many of Louisa Harding’s items have closures, which is perfect in my estimation. So - now the big challenge. I rate craft books on how many projects I would actually like to make. SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES has twenty-one items to choose from. It was really difficult to narrow the selection to a favorite few, but here goes. Florie – Give My Heart Scarf – luscious lacey scarf with panel of hearts at both ends. Worked with two lacey yarns held together to make a bulky weight yarn but could easily be made with DK or worsted. Length is also up to the knitter. I could really see this as a lovely gift for a younger person. Ashna – Amour Lace Scarf – another hearts based item. All over hearts done in lace weight yarn. Pavana – Diagonal Lace Scarf – instructions are for lace weight with two colors but I can easily see this being done in one of those cake yarns that flow from one color to the next. Cristana – Interlocking Cable Wrap – exquisite in two colors DK weight. Intarsia knitting and ends joined with button fastening. Roshni – Monochrome Fair Isle Wrap – don’t dismiss this gorgeous one because of the Fair Isle. The two colors are switched at ends of long rows. The biggest challenge I see in Roshni is the picot cast on. Ariellla – Delicate Asymmetric Lace Wrap – a definite to do on my list. Ariella has everything going for it. Button closure, lace trim, long and wide to use as a poncho. Only 928 yarns of lace weight yarn. Nuala – Deco Chevron Shawl. Nuala is my only shawl included in this summary list. I love the stitching and color play. It is shown done in DK which I like to use. Nuala easily wraps around the neck with plenty of draping which is why it made my must have list.
All the patterns are well-written and the color photos really show off the item. These are only seven of the possible twenty-one SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES included in this lovely book by Louisa Harding and published by Dover Publications. All in all, the cost is just about one dollar per pattern. SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES is a must have for your knitting library.
Whether you are looking for a simple scarf, chic evening wrap, or classic shawl, this book by Louisa Harding, one of the world's most influential designers, will inspire you to create beautiful hand-knitted garments. Harding's signature feminine style is showcased in this beautiful collection. Beginners will appreciate the simple and delicate stitch pieces, which result in surprisingly sophisticated fashions. Intermediate and advanced knitters will value the projects that involve more complex techniques incorporating lace, cable, and beading.
Each design features a brief introduction that reveals the creative inspiration behind it and unlocks some of the secrets of the artistic process. Step-by-step instructions for each shawl, wrap, and scarf are accompanied by gorgeous color photographs of the finished work. With its blend of traditional techniques and modern sensibilities, Shawls, Wraps, and Scarves will appeal to knitters who want to learn new skills and to those looking for fresh ideas and creative inspiration.