I heard about how much my friend, Ronnie, like this book, so I asked her to write a review for all of us. So, here’s my guest columnist, Ronnie, with her review:
Normally, I just give the intro section a quick glance (if at all)…but the layout of this section caught my eye. With the conversion chart for hooks (US/Metric) to the Standard Yarn Weight System (SYWS) (totally awesome…all the info that anyone who has a habit or need to experiment with different yarns will love) and the tips regarding construction, sizing, & blocking, all written clearly and consicely.
An excellent section on reading patterns and a “cheat sheet” of terms and abbreviations, make this section a must for the beginner or those who have problems reading patterns.
The book contains patterns for 21 shawls with the skill levels generally in the intermediate stage. For some of the shawls, it is because of the type of yarn that is used…not the pattern itself (i.e.mohair) or that there are motifs that need to be joined. I suggest that even a beginner can make the majority of these with very little stress.
The patterns do list the SYWS number for ease of subsitution, while some have the various motifs charted out, and the asembly layouts are included (except for the Snowflake Shawl – level experience…).
I rate this as a good addition to any one’s library…
Ronnie in St. Louis
I’ll add that this book is available at www.amazon.com for a good price. I’m looking forward to obtaining my own copy at my LYS.