Knitting Scarves from Around the World: 23 Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques Hardcover – Oct 17 2011
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About the Author
Jennifer Simonson is a photographer in
Sue Flanders has been designing knitwear for more than twenty years. Her patterns have appeared in many publications, including Interweave Knits, Knitter’s magazine, Cast-On and in two books by Melanie Falick, Knitting America and Kids Knitting. She is co-author of Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum (Voyageur Press, 2009) and Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Designs (Voyageur Press, 2012).
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This an interesting book mainly for knitters who like to knit many scarves using different styles and techniques. Explanations are clear. Suitable for an intermediate knitter.
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The patterns are divided into 'Scarves of Scandinavia', 'Scarves of Europe', Scarves of the British Isles and Ireland', 'Scarves of the West', and 'Scarves of the East'.
My favorites are the following:
Min Ulla Norwegian Scarf designed by Elinor Brown in a traditional two-color black and white Norwegian motif.
Greenland Beaded Leaf Scarf designed by Donna Druchunas 'inspird by the beaded wrist warmers from Greenland'. It is knit in a lovely green lace and then beaded.
The Icelandic Lace Scarf is a joy for the eyes. It is knit in white of the most lovely and open lace.
The Estonian Triangular Lace Shawl, designed by Nancy Bush, is a lace knit in a lovely yellow. It is more a shawl than a scarf but it is so beautiful, one can forgive its inclusion in this book.
The Belgian Ridged Lace Cowl is knit in a bright red and designed by Elinor Brown. She was 'inspired by the lace found in store windows in Brugge'.
Aran Scarf with Bobbles, designed by Melissa Leapman, is knit in a pure white and as its title states, is comprised of traditional
aran cables and bobbles.
The Chinese Good Fortune Scarf, designed by Lily Chin, is a delight in a bright orange and red Chinese-inspired design.
Orenburg Lace Scarf is scrumptious. Designed by Susan Lawrence, it utilizes techniques from 'traditional Russian Orenburg shawls'. She used 'beaded yarn with plies of mohair, silk, and metallic thread'.
There is a section about all of the designers that is very interesting. All of them are so different yet they come together through their love of knitting.
However, what I found in this book was as follows:
1. Min Ulla Norwegian Scarf
2. Swedish Lovikka Scarf
3. Greenland Beaded Leaf Scarf
4. Icelandic Yoke Scarf
5. Paivatar A Double-Knit Finnish Scarf
6. Icelandic Lace Scarf
7. Bavarian Twisted Stitches Commuter Scarf
8. Estonian Triangular Lace Shawl
9. European Cowl
10.French "Coco" Woven Scarf
11. Belgian Ridged Lace Cowl
12. Shetland Lace Scarf
13. Celtic Felted Flower Scarf
14. Stranded Fair Isle Scarf
15. Aran Scarf With Bobbles
16. Cable Aran Inspired Scarf
17. Chinese Good Fortune Scarf
18. Japanese Inspired Flower Collar
19. Orenburg Lace Scarf
20. Pendleton Scarf
21. Northern Handspun Cowl
22. Central Park Möbius Scarf
23. American Crazy Quilt Scarf
Each pattern has written and charted instructions including several pictures of each completed scarf. Photos are full color on glossy pages. The printed patterns (I found) difficult to read, the print was small and light contrast. I photocopied the patterns I was working on for ease of use - it was a challenge to copy as the book is hardcover with a tight binding, but I fumbled through and made the copies.
Where I really lost interest in the book was within the instructions themselves......these patterns are very challenging with noted "Special Techniques" as follows:
- Provisional Cast-On
- Judy's Magic Cast-On
- Double Knitting
- Crocheted Edges and Chain Bind-Off
- 3-Needle Bind Off
- Brioche Rib
- Double-Knit Cast-On
- Grafting Ends
- L1-L (lifted-increase-left)
- Tubular Cast-On
- Condensed Bind-Off
- Möbius Cast-On
- Mosaic Charts
- Fulling, Blocking, Brushing
The materials suggested to knit the scarves are exotic eg: "Bijou Basin Bijou (fingerling weight; 100% yak down" or Schoolhouse Press Un-Spun Icelandic unspun wool or a variety of Alpaca yarns, Peruvian Wools, Lambswool.
All in all the book is well presented, but for my use at this time, I found the patterns too tedious (tremendous charts), too complicated, too time consuming. If I hadn't kept the book for so long I would have returned to Amazon, but if you are an advanced knitter looking for unique, gorgeous scarves then this book would be a consideration.