Welcome those of you who’ve followed Anna’s blog tour from Zen Yarn Garden! (Hi Roxanne!) If you have, I can see why! This is a GREAT book! Anna’s a fellow “knitting scholar” and discusses the hows and the whys of shawl creation and shawl shape. Any knitting book that talks about “analyzing the data” is a book that’s going to really delve into the structure of the patterns. If you’re NOT a knitting scholar, and don’t care to be, don’t worry!
This book contains ten different shawl patterns. Some of them are familiar shapes, like the one below, with two symmetrical triangles meeting at a center increase point, but there are many that may make you stop and wonder “how did she do that?” There is such an awesome range of styles, and the directions are so instructive, that by the time you finish reading the book, you’ll be able to tackle even the most complex of Anna’s patterns.
From the book’s blurb: Anna Dalvi, of Knit & Knag Designs brings both her design sensibility and logical mind to bear in this book for new and experienced knitters alike. Ten different shawls are divided into chapters based on shaping and construction techniques, teaching concepts in a fresh new way. You’ll use not only diagrams and charts, but also mathematical means o keeping your designs in line.