Inspired Shawls

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 17 Apr 2018

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The book looks generally good. I got access to excerpt of this book. I wished to have access to the full book to provide a more deep review.
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I love a book that can combine two of my biggest passions - knitting and reading. 

This was a book that was full of innovative and unusual shawls. I'm an avid shawl knitter and I was surprised and excited to see some of the beautiful construction and design in this book.

I can't wait to get some of the shawl on my needles - this is a gorgeous book full of unique designs.
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A great collection of shawl patterns completely unlike the lace shawl patterns that fill many books.  This collection has a great sampling of techniques - colorwork, cables, ruffles, tassles, and yes, some lace.  There are some not-so-basics that could be worn daily, and some absolute showstoppers.  The only thing I wish this book had more of is text - there is no introduction to the book or each pattern, and so it's not the sort of knitting book you can curl up with.  An excellent addition to a decent library knitting collection, and a joy to look through for inspiration.
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This book features different styles of shawls with a modern look. I love it for the Puno Shawl on the cover of the book and the airy Cartagena Shawl. For those two patterns alone the book is worth buying.
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Inspired Shawls by Laura Zukaite is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-May.

A total of 14 South & Central American (and one Irish) patterns using Artyarns and specific knit designs in a round with twists and wraps - each come out very winged, angular, and, yes, inspired.
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A wide variety of shawl patterns using different methods of construction.  There are some suitable for beginning (Salento) up through advanced (Mayan) knitters. The patterns are both written out and include charts for those more comfortable with charts. Includes an abbreviation key and needle conversion chart. More complete technique instructions are written into each pattern. The patterns utilize different yarn weights and textures. Eye candy for knitters!
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Small volume but nice variety of shawls with a range of difficulty.  Sure to please knitters of all levels!
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The collection in this book contains fifteen gloriously original shawl patterns that are geared towards any and all skill levels. These fashionable designs are versatile enough to complement any outfit, while still offering the warmth and comfort of a cloak, while also making them perfect for any season. The patterns call for a variety of yarn weights and enable you to create a multitude of textures to help extend the fun year round. Laura Zukaite, the Author, found her inspiration for this book in the handicraft traditions she observed during her travels throughout South America. You can definitely see these inspirations in many aspects of her designs, from her broad range of color palettes, using rich and bold colors to neutral and basic shades, as well as in the diversity of stitches she uses. Beautiful full-color photographs showcase Laura’s patterns, which use a variety of stitches, such as herringbone and cable stitches, ruffles, stripes, geometrics, and other kinds of attention grabbing motifs. 

The patterns in this book really are incredibly straight forward and I was impressed with how easy the directions were to follow. And, the pictures definitely came in handy to keep me on track and to make sure that I was doing the stitches correctly and continued to do so. I particularly liked that Inspired Shawls was geared towards knitters of all skill levels become, while I’m not a beginning knitter, it’s been awhile since I’ve knitted, so I know there are things that I’ve forgotten. All in all, I can definitely say that, from my point of view, Inspirational Shawls is something that every knitter’s library should contain.
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Not to sound silly but the shawls in Laura Zukaite book called INSPIRED SHAWLS are inspired. They are original pieces of knitted art. And in INSPIRED SHAWLS we get to see shawls and shoulder coverings of all shapes, sizes and designs. From fun and flirty to romantic and elegant. INSPIRED SHAWLS covers all bases with easy to follow instructions and diagrams.
Each of the fifteen year round knitted garments in INSPIRED SHAWLS has something special to say. The use of splashes of embroidery are just spectacular. And for those a little intimidated by intarsia INSPIRED SHAWLS instructions are made to put even the novice at ease. 
My usual mark of an excellent craft book – knit, crochet, Tunisian – is how many garments or items I could see myself making. In INSPIRED SHAWLS there is not a one that I wouldn’t love to get started on. And of course there are some absolute favorites that are now on my must do list.
Laura Zukaite has included one of the grandest shawls – La Paz. The stitch work is intriguing and the embroidered edgework is beyond the pale. The La Paz Shawl is something that will keep you knitting far into the night – it is that amazing. 
Then for the glamor choice – well that would have to be the Nazca Shawl. Light and airy with a dynamic border with veins that travel from bottom to neck. 
And finally for fun. How about Puno Shawl – a beauty in garter stitch with two embroidered panels. This would be just smashing in a variegated yarn with a solid contrasting color for the panels. Simple, gorgeous, fun and yes elegant.
So if you are looking for ideas for today’s how accessory – the shawl – fashion and of course all these designs could be adjusted for a scarf or even an afghan take a peek at INSPIRED SHAWLS by Laura Zukaite. Yes they are that fabulous.
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The shawls in this book are very creative, with many different and unexpected shapes. Unfortunately, most are not for me. While I admire more adventurous knitters who enjoy beading and tassels, they just don't fit into my own personal style. The three shawls in this book I might make for myself are the Santa Marta, which is elegant in its simplicity. I can't wait to put colors together for this one. I also like the Salento, though I'm not a fan of its rectangle shape. And the Highland shawl has a really fantastic texture, so I could see modifying this a bit to be wider and shorter, but still squishy.
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A solid book for shawl-lovers. Easy to read instructions and a nice variety of patterns. Lots of clear photos that show up the shawls beautifully, which is SO important for knitting books. Not for beginner knitters, but if you have a few projects under your belt, I don't think you'll have any problem with the patterns here. Recommended for shawl fans.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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Great patterns! Good use of yarn.  Clearly written and has some good modern looks in the shawl world.  You will like this book.
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This book offers a terrific range of shawl patterns, from the delicate and fancy to the huge and snuggly. Patterns are offered both written and charted where relevant, and diagrams of final measurements are given. The instructions are clear, although no difficulty levels are marked. I'm particularly impressed by the excellent use of ArtYarns in several of the patterns.
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There are 15 stunningly beautiful shawls in this book. I can actually see myself knitting almost every single one of them. The instructions are very well written out and the photos are absolutely beautiful. Plus, none of the shawls require "luxury" (or more expensive) yarn though they would be very pretty with "luxury" yarn they will be equally stunning with normal yarn. I can not wait to dig my needles into these shawls. Watch my Ravelry {http://www.ravelry.com/people/hev} project page for some of them to show up. I love making shawls so this book was perfect for me.
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With shawls in current fashion, this book could not have been written at a better time. The patterns are so diverse, with excellent photography, and well-explained. Any level of knitter will be able to create these beautiful garments with ease. Recommended!
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I really enjoyed this book. As others have said, there were some patterns that I didn't like but that is true of most knitting books.You also really had to read the patterns to see if you had the skill to master the pattern. A lot of knitting magazines have patterns rated on how easy or hard a pattern is. This would be a great addition to any knitter's library.
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Summary:
 This book is not for the beginning knitter. There are 15 beautiful shawls inside this book that will be treasured by the receiver. The pattern instructions are well written and the diagrams are clearly printed. For a seasoned knitter these shawls would be a breeze and the instructions would be easy to follow. For a beginner you will have a hard time following the directions or understanding the diagrams.
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I so loved making these shawls with my mom since she is teaching me to crochet.  We just loved some of the patterns in this book to try this winter too.  We just had lots of fun messing around with this book and patterns.
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What an interesting collection of shawls. Patterns are clear and easy to follow. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily chose to review.
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