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Knitting Scarves from Around the World: 23 Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques Hardcover – Oct 17 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760340641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760340646
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.9 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Knit an heirloom scarf from all four corners of the globe with Knitting Scarves from Around the World as your guide. Featuring patterns from Nancy Bush, Lily Chin, Donna Druchunas, Teva Durham, Candace Eisner Strick, Melissa Leapman, Lucy Neatby, and more, this book collects 23 stunning scarf patterns from countries with rich knitting traditions, like Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Scotland, and Estonia. Patterns for elaborate lace shawls, double-knit colorwork scarves, and a sampling of cabled scarves are included, along with a brief history of scarves and scarf knitting by Donna Druchunas, and full-color charts and photography. This is the one scarf book you won’t want to be without!

About the Author

Editor Kari Cornell has been knitting and collecting vintage patterns for years. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, and a beagle.

Jennifer Simonson is a photographer in Minneapolis, MN. Her photographs have appeared in Sew Retro, published by Voyageur Press, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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).

Janine Kosel is an accomplished knitter who has studied under greats like Alice Starmore, Meg Swansen, and Candice Eisner Strict. Janine works at Three Kitten\u2019s Yarn Shop in St. Paul and teaches knitting and tatting workshops at many Twin Cities area knitting and needlework shops.

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Knitting Scarves from Around the World: 23 Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques

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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This book has some interesting ideas and techniques. I have started to knit the Orenburg lace scarf, but have had to make some corrections to the chart for this scarf, as it leaves out the decreases at the edge on rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 of the border lace in the main chart, adds an increase in the 4th row of the other edge on the main chart, and leaves out a decrease in the body of row 7 of the main chart.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Error in the first pattern I knitted from this one... July 30 2012
By Jenn Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A nice book, though a few of the scarves are a bit gaudy for my taste. Also, the very first pattern I knitted in this book had an error in it. So if you decide to knit the Celtic Felted Flower Scarf, in row eight of the written pattern, the stitch in the center should be p1, not p3.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious Scarves Oct. 17 2011
By Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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I regularly knit scarves, mostly in between other projects and usually with a matching hat. This is a lovely book of scarves from around the world and they are ones that are off the beaten track - not the usual ribbed or stockinette style scarf. Edited by Karie Cornell, the book opens up with an introduction to the history of scarves by Donna Druchunas.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on technique Feb. 22 2014
By Gkimberly - Published on Amazon.com
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I love having patterns on hand that I can "whip up" on short notice, in short time. I am not a beginner knitter, but I am in no way an advanced knitter. I thought a book full of patterns to knit such as a variety of scarves would be perfect.
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
- Nuups
- 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
- Embroidery
- 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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars two needles take on the world Nov. 24 2011
By K. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love the Norwegian scarf by Elinor Brown although I did not find it that original but I would definitely knit it and wear it. Donna Druchunas has designed a very enchanting beaded scarf inspired by a pattern from Greenland. There's an acceptable Lopi scarf and Finnish scarf. However the prize in this Scandinavian section is without doubt the Icelandic lace Scarf designed by Helene Magnusson - feathery and light. From Europe there is a twisted stitch Bavarian scarf, a gorgeous European Cowl from Donna Druchunas - a must knit, a good textured scarf and Belgian cowl, both acceptable, but again the biscuit is taken by Nancy Bush' Estonian Triangular Lace Shawl - wow. On this side of the pond, we have a Celtic two-colour lace, which does not do much for me, a Celtic aran with felted flower scarf, a stranded fair-isle that isn't pulling my strings much and another two Arans - I didn't feel this was a very strong section. Lily M Chin's good fortune scarf was a big turn off for me, by contrast the flower collar inspired by Japan and designed by Elanor Lynn is pretty, I love Susan Lawrence's Orenburg Lace (you can tell I'm in a lace mood). From America we have a colourful Navajo blanket inspired scarf from Lucy Neatby, a handspun cowl by London Nelson which is heart-warming, a Mobius scarf from Jennifer Hansen and a scarf based on a crazy quilt by Susan Nix. I would consider knitting well over half these and there was only one that I thought was a definite no-no. beautifully photographed and presented with clear instructions. Some patterns have charts. I like the snippets of information, the general introduction and that to each pattern. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's yarn and fabrics blog.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually appealing, creative ideas! Dec 13 2012
By R. Moller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I use this book for inspiration because it has great pictures and ideas. The instructions aren't precisely user friendly, meaning that the glossary doesn't have a definition for all the terms (abbreviations), so beginners have a difficult time with it, but if you know how to knit it can be very useful. I like having this book and I am knitting two models already!