Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms






Author: Denise Layman
ISBN: 978-1-59217-318-1
Publisher: DRG
Approx. Retail Price: $12.95 (USD) / $15.95 (Canadian)
Craft: Loom Knitting
Patterns: 12
Availability: Traditional Book or Downloadable PDF Book

When I first wanted to learn to knit, I purchased a set of plastic knitting looms.  Although I'd only made a couple of hats and a scarf from my looms, I had quickly learned to hand knit and put the looms away.  It wasn't long before I resurrected the looms to teach my children to loom knit.  And although my teenage son hand knits, he still loves the looms.  And my 6 yo DD is smitten with the looms.  So when I received this book for review, I immediately thought about how my kids and my DS's GF loved to loom knit and was excited to give it a peek.

If you don't know how to loom knit, don't worry.  The first section is devoted to providing general instructions for loom knitting including: Casting On: Purl Cast-On and E-Wrap Cast-On, the Knit Stitch, the Purl Stitch, Garter St (on the loom), K2tog, yo, and Binding Off.  If any other stitches are used in the pattern, they are notated and explain in the pattern.  So it's super simple to begin.

Patterns:

  • Oxford Mitered Scarf
    • Mitered Square Scarf
    • Skill Level - Beginner
    • Special Stitches - k3tog
  • Hampstead Beaded Scarf
    • An interesting k and bead rib scarf, made in 2 halves and joined at the center back
    • Skill Level - Beginner
    • Special Stitches - Learning to slide beads for knitting into the project
  • Notting Hill Tube Scarf
    • Chunky, tasseled scarf
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: Instructions for making tassels
  • Bloomsbury Chain-Link Scarf
    • Garter St knit chains that are finished individually and then joined together
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: None
  • Trafalgar Self-Fringing Scarf
    • A Garter St scarf with fringe worked as the the scarf is knit.
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: Learning to create fringe loops while knitting
  • Piccadilly Scarf
    • Shag rug scarf
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: Loop Stitch
  • Chelsea Hooded Scarf
    • Stockinette St scarf with built in hoodie and ribbed fingerless mitts
    • Skill LeveL: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: k2tog, Make-1, p2tog
  • Kensington Pull-Through Scarf
    • A predominately stockinette stitch scarf with center rib and outer yo lace
    • Skill Level: Intermediate
    • Special Stitches: Wrap & Turn, Slip Stitch
  • Camden Scarf
    • Drop-Stitch scarf
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: Slip Stitch, learning to drop stitches
  • Soho Neck Warmer
    • Spiral i-cord neckwarmer/cowl
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: i-cord, buttonholes
  • Hyde Park Cowl
    • Bulky garter stitch cowl that fits about the shoulders, rather than the neck.
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: Making a brim or cuff
  • Westminster Eyelet Scarf
    • One-piece lace scarf
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Special Stitches: k2tog, yo
How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms is a great book for those eager to create interesting scarves on a loom.  Terrific for the beginner loom knitter, this book does a thorough job of explaining all of the techniques needed to complete the scarves.  For more experienced loom knitters, this book will provide fun and quick patterns that can be whipped up while watching tv.

Disclosure: DRG provided KnitPurlGurl with a FREE copy of How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms, for review.  All opinions expressed in the above blog post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of DRG


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