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Shawls are currently making a huge comeback in the
fashion world, but many people do not realize that the shawl has been
worn for many centuries and in many cultures. This collection of
patterns and traditions features shawls from around the world. From the
Himalayas to Spain, from Iceland to Japan, and from Mexico to Norway,
many of the shawls featured here have been taken from examples of
historic knitted shawls. Other designs have been translated into
knitwear from patterns for woven or lace shawls. Included are 25
patterns as well as historical and cultural information about shawls
that have been used for prayer and mourning, as bridal veils, and as
christening garments. Each design is presented with a full-page color
photo, written instructions, and charts.
Oct 15, 2017Lovely, lovely, lovely book of possibilities!
Mar 12, 2013A lovely book on the craft. This book is definitely intended for the more intermediate to advanced knitter, depending on the pattern itself. If you have never knitted something before, or are a total crocheter, I do not recommend this book. Do yourself a favor and knit a simple garter stitch scarf before attempting these pretty gems.
Nov 22, 2011The premise of this book is that each of the 25 patterns is tied to a location/knitting tradition. I felt the tie-ins were a little weak. For example, the Aran Pocket shawl's tie-in is:
Jun 29, 2014Folk Shawls is mostly a pattern book. There are many great anecdotes about the countries the shawls derive from, and historical information about how the shawls were derived. The shawls are all lovely, and range from simple to complex.
Jun 04, 2009Most books that contain knitting patterns have only a few worth knitting. This one makes a person want to knit them ALL. The background of each shawl is given providing each a "personality." Some are plain to show off a beautiful yarn, and some are of an intricate stitch for a more plain yarn, but all of the shawls are interesting in their own way.
Aug 28, 2009I first flipped through this collection a few years ago and was not impressed... nothing stood out to me at all. However, I checked it out again at the library recently and liked it a lot more. The knits are very traditional - lace designs mostly, inspired by different parts of the world.
Sep 13, 2009Have long wanted to read this book and treated myself to it recently. It does not disappoint! So far I have bookmarked 4 shawls and stoles I want to knit. Wonder how I'll feel about it after I've attempted them.
Feb 01, 2009Mostly for experienced knitters. I borrowed this from the library and worked up the Prairie shawl once and the Butterfly (inspired by Native American Pow-wow) twice, then used the lace pattern from that for a cardigan just this last year.
Oct 01, 2008Beautiful patterns, but come on - what is with all the errors? Were there ANY test knitters. After much frustration I abandoned my project from this book. Later I came to find out that the reason I couldn't make it work was the errors!
Sep 15, 2009Cheryle Oberle is a super person and a terrifie teacher and designer. In this shawl book she is the only model and she looks absolutely wonderful in her creations. These patterns are not easy but worth the effort.
May 21, 2010Interesting patterns--I'm into knitting shawls these days, but it's also interesting that she talked about traditional shawls from different national and ethnic groups--and more stitches and construction methods that were characteristic of those groups.
Jun 16, 2010One of my all time favorite knitting books. One day I will buy it and not have to keep checking it out at the library.
Apr 06, 2008I liked that there was information about each of the countries in terms of the history or mythology of the shawl style. I will definitely look to getting my own copy.
Oct 18, 2007My wedding shawl came from this book. I'm not really a shawl person, but these are really pretty, and make me wish I was more old school marmish so I could throw one on.
Aug 28, 2011This is a wonderful book. I have made many of the shawls and some of them many times. The instructions are clearer than any other patterns I have found to make such complex and beautiful knits.
Jun 28, 2016This is an excellent book. It's one of the best knitting books around. I have already made three shawls from it and plan on making more.
Oct 09, 2010One of my craft books that always inspires me. I have completed a couple of the projects and my sister has done a couple others. Nice to thumb through it now and again. The patterns are timeless
Jun 30, 2008Pretty shawls, but not enough that I liked or thought I'd actually get around to knitting to justify adding this to my library.
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