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Shawls, Wraps & Ponchos

Shawls, Wraps, and PonchosShawls, Wraps & Ponchos
Gifted by Leisure Arts
Reviewed by Robin E. Agar-Celli for


You might not be able to choose just one! Whether you need a lovely gift for a friend, or just want a new fashion accessory for yourself, Shawls, Wraps & Ponchos by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss is for you.  It has a variety of knitting patterns that work up quickly and create beautiful finished projects - to keep or to give to someone special.

The eleven designs range from easy to intermediate in skill level, ensuring that there is something for every knitter, although a basic understanding of how to knit is needed to tackle these projects. Most are knit back and forth on circular needles, although one cape is knit in the round completely.  

Lots of details and texture can be found in every pattern. Lace, bobbles, cables and scallops can be found in various combinations. Each design is completely unique, utilizing different stitches and techniques to create stunning wraps, guaranteeing that the knitter won't get bored, even if knitting every project in the book.

Patterns for different yarn weights; light worsted, worsted and chunky are all included. Each project lists finished dimensions, supplies needed and skill level required, as well as finishing instructions. The written knitting instructions are clear and easy to follow. The photos show finished projects, as well as the detail in each piece.

This knitting book also a great resource for those who knit prayer shawls or wraps for charity.  The only problem may be deciding which wrap to knit first and in which color!

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