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:

The latest in the series from Sixth&Spring Books contains an interesting grouping of information and patterns.

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.

By jd wolfe


3 Comments so far

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  2. Leko on March 10, 2008 9:02 pm

    I recently bought the “Vogue Knitting – Crocheted Shawls on the go” book.
    I browsed the book in the shop and came across the last pattern, the Aran Shawl! And I’ve never seen a cable-crochet pattern before!!!!
    So the book definitely was a must have – solely for this one pattern.

    Unfortunately, the pattewrn does not seem to work out.
    The foundation row has 125 half doub;le chains. But the ‘establish pat’ row on top of the foundation only adds up to 91 stistches…..

    I’ve been trying to work this out for hours and even made a spreadsheet, deciphering all the repeats. Yet I only get 91 again and again and again. :o(

    Is it just me?
    Or is the pattern faulty?

  3. pingush on November 28, 2008 4:04 am

    I think it’s great! A new twist on an otherwise hard to improve upon warm and fuzzy sweater!

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