Are you interested in finding any of the following?
- Sophisticated lace knitting patterns for shawls and wraps
- Stylish Fair Isle knit shawl patterns
- Cable knit shawl patterns and aran knitting wrap patterns
- Double knitting patterns for wraps and shawls
- Knit prayer shawl patterns or comfort shawl patterns
- Charted knitting patterns resulting in jaw-dropping lace knitting projects, bead knitting projects, cabled and aran knit projects, Fair Isle knitting projects and more
If so, Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2 is a book you’ll be interested in taking a look at.
What You Need to Know About This Knitting Pattern Book:
Author: The editors of Vogue Knitting magazine compiled this diverse volume of 35 lovely shawl and wrap patterns. 26 different designers contributed these patterns.
Publisher: Sixth & Spring Books
Copyright Date: 2016
This book is available in the following format:
- Hardcover With Dust Jacket
Number of Pages: 152
Cover Price: $24.95 US dollars
Skill Level: The patterns in this book range from easy to experienced. There are…
- 6 easy knitting patterns.
- 20 intermediate level knitting patterns.
- 9 patterns for experienced knitters.
A Quick Summary of This Book:
Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2 includes 35 spectacular knitting patterns for shawls and wraps plus basic reference information. Detailed charts accompany the written patterns. You can knit these wraps using a variety of knitting techniques, yarn weights, colors and fibers.
Many of these patterns are sophisticated styles that work well when you want to dress up and look amazing. Some of them are more casual, comfortable styles that would work well for dressing either up or down. Many of these patterns are suitable for making comfort shawls or prayer shawls.
This book is written with the assumption that you already know how to knit; it is not a beginner’s knitting manual.
Knitting Techniques Used for Creating the Shawls and Wraps Featured in This Book:
- Lace knitting
- Double knitting
- Bead knitting
- Fair Isle knitting and colorwork
- Feather and fan
- Dropped stitch knitting
- Chevrons, waves, and ripples
- And more.
The Best Things About This Book
This book gives you everything you’d expect from a title by Vogue Knitting:
- Stunning projects.
- A chance to get out of your comfort zone and knit something different from your usual look — no matter what your “usual look” is.
- Interesting styling.
- The same sort of fun fantasy experience you get from leafing through Vogue magazine or any fashion magazine — only it’s better, because you can actually knit the shawls you see modeled in this book.
One of the things I love most about this book is the hardcover format. It’s fantastic! This book stays open without any coaxing and without you having to beat the spine into submission. WOOHOO!!! Thank you for that bit of fabulousness, Sixth and Spring! <3 <3 <3
This book includes both written-out patterns and charts. Most of the charts are large and easily readable — a major plus! The fonts used are all legible and appropriate.
There’s some truly lovely design work represented in this volume. There aren’t many knitting books that compel me to want to pick up a pair of knitting needles and knit by hand — but this one has me feeling super motivated to unearth my knitting needles and dust off my long-dormant lace and cable knitting skills. There are some outstanding shawl patterns in this book that look like they’d be worth the effort. I don’t say that lightly, as I’m lazy when it comes to hand knitting. Machine knitting is an option I’m well versed in.
Out of the 35 patterns, there are 5 that I’d be interested in knitting — 2 of which I really, really, really want to knit. And I’d want to wear almost all of these shawls if a magical knitting genie could somehow be convinced to do the knitting for me.
Fashion is a personal thing. Everybody’s tastes are different, but I can say this: These styles have mass appeal. I think most knitters will be able to find multiple projects to interest them in this book, assuming of course that shawls and wraps are of interest to begin with.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
If you’ve been a loyal Vogue Knitting magazine subscriber for years, this book likely won’t add anything new to your library; these shawl patterns were all featured in various back issues of the magazine before. But if you’re a casual reader of the magazine, and you’ve only picked up a few issues from the newsstand here and there, this is a good opportunity to see some of the shawls and wraps you’ve been missing out on.
You won’t find the suggested yarns for these patterns at your local Walmart or “Big Box” craft store; you’ll need to either mail order them or shop at a local yarn store if you’re blessed to have one nearby. Substituting yarns is also an excellent option if you are confident in your abilities to do so.
Overall, this is a lovely book, and it is one I recommend wholeheartedly. Since this is a book review, I feel obligated to discuss all my observations; but before I get into nit-picking, I want to emphasize that the positives here are many, and the shortcomings are exceptionally few.
A few of the photographs in this book have backgrounds or other details that distract from the needlework. In some cases, it’s the garments worn underneath the shawls that provide the distraction. This is not an issue with the vast majority of the projects in the book.
I would have liked to see more photos of a few of these projects. Most of the photography in this book is outstanding. For the most part, the designs are photographed sufficiently as to give enough detail that you’d have the confidence to know what you’re knitting before you get started. However, a few of the photographs are front views that leave it to your imagination and deductive reasoning powers to determine what the back of the shawls might look like.
I’m delighted to recommend this book to other knitting enthusiasts, particularly knitters who are interested in making eye-catching shawls using upscale yarns. Even if you pay its full cover price, this book offers you exceptional value for the money you spend on it. However, you probably won’t need to pay full price for the book. You’re likely to find discounted copies of this title if you shop for the book using the links we’ve posted below:
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Crochet Wraps Every Which Way — This crochet pattern book includes a variety of gorgeous shawl and wrap patterns including both dressy and casual styles. Some of them would make incredible prayer shawls, and some of them are just what you’d want for dressing up to go out on special occasions.
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