Inspired Shawls: 15 Creative Patterns for Year-Round Knitting - Laura Zukaite

5 Stars!
Knitters of all skill levels will rejoice in this colorful collection of 15 original shawl patterns. These stylish, versatile designs will complement any outfit, formal or casual, while offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak. Perfect for any season, the patterns include varying yarn weights and textures that provide the pleasures of year-round knitting. Their unique designs, rendered in bold colors as well as in neutral shades, offer a rich assortment of knitting choices. 

Author Laura Zukaite was inspired in the creation of these shawls by the vibrant handicraft traditions she observed during her South American travels. Beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the patterns, which feature herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other eye-catching motifs in an array of gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns. The diversity and abundance of designs guarantee that this book is one that knitters will turn to time and time again for an inspiring range of patterns.

Laura Zukaite moved to the United States from Lithuania at the age of 18. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she has published designs in major magazines as well as a book, Luxe Knits, that represents her design philosophy and creative process. She works full-time as a knit sweater designer in New York City. 
Check out her fab website - HERE 

Great book with lots of beautiful shawl patterns! 
I am a very experienced knitter and actually look for more difficult patterns. I sometimes get frustrated when all I can find are patterns that are so simple and boring. I can't wait to get started on some of these patterns! These range from easier to more difficult, but all of them interesting and unique. Most of these "shawls" could be used as scarves, which I love! I'm not really a shawl wearing person. But I love scarves.

Here are some of my favorites -

 For some reason I really love this simple striped one. I think I might make it for myself as a scarf.
 And this one I am going to make for my daughter (in browns and tans) for Christmas.

The directions look very good along with diagrams. There are probably at least 8 patterns that I would use. And that's pretty good. I always say not to buy a pattern book (or magazine) unless there are at least 3 patterns I love. So this one's a keeper! I have actually already ordered the yarn for the last one pictured (for my daughter). The yarn should arrive today or tomorrow. Then - cast-on!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Dover Crafts Thank You!!

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