Recently, I was asked by Jean Moss Handknits to participate in their Blog Tour of Jean's upcoming book, Sweet Shawlettes. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. I mean, it's JEAN MOSS! For those of you unfamiliar with Jean Moss, she's a talented British designer who's designed for Rowan Yarns, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, Benetton and more! Her designs span 25 years!
Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistble Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More is a collection of new and unique designs fit for the new knitter as well as the experienced knitter. Drawing from inspiration in various time periods, Jean manages to update the shawl, making it a go-to piece in the modern woman's wardrobe. Jean was inspired to create small luxury pieces that the knitter could work up in that fabulously expensive bit of yarn they'd been saving or with the leftover bits of scrap they couldn't bear to part with. Grouping the patterns by style, there's bound to be something for everyone in this book of little luxuries.
- Madame Alfred Shawlette - A modified, rectangular shawl meant to stir the senses. Jean wanted to create a visual feast using color and pattern to convey the sweet fragrance of summer in her garden. This piece includes intarsia, lace, and a frilly edging and is for the experienced knitter.
- Kardamili Shawlette - A lacy, rectangular shawl adorned with flower detail reminiscent of the May Day festival of flowers in Greece. Jean urges the knitter to personalize this shawl by creating the flowers of their choosing. This is a terrific shawl for a new lace knitter or an intermediate knitter.
- Garland Necklet - A Venetian inspired necklace that can literally be knit in any combination of yarns pleasing to the knitter. Jean herself, used scrap from her stash to knit hers, but says the knitter can find their own special mix of texture, luster, and glitz to create a special piece. This piece is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
- Green at Heart Collar - A stylish buttoned cowl with cables and lace, easily personalized by the yarn and buttons the knitter chooses. Jean choose a wonderful recycled wool, making it as eco-friendly as it is stylish.
- Evergreen Scarf - A skinny scar complete with dangling leaf detail. This scarf is a cute, mindless knit. worked predominately in garter stitch. The scarf is reversible. The knitter can easily customize this pattern by playing with the leaf designs Jean includes. This is a great project for an advanced beginner knitter.
- Frost Choker - A close-fitting, Nordic-inspired cowl, Frost Choker is a terrific example of a bit of luxury colorwork. The knitter can either opt for knitting the pattern in the traditional black and white or mix it up a bit. Pewter buttons set this piece apart, but Jean says metal frog fasteners would work equally as well. This is a design for intermediate knitters.
- Drift Cowl - A quick and classic, cabled, cowl, Drift Cowl can be knit in a weekend! A simple rectangle, this cowl is perfect for those learning to cable. Pair this pattern with a colorful and soft super bulky yarn, like Rowan Big Wool, and this cowl is sure to keep the cold and winter doldrums away. This cowl is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
- Penumbra Cowl - A fun exercise in shadow knitting, this cowl is the perfect bit of pop to add to any wardrobe. Add a fun brooch as Jean has, and it's an instant wardrobe maker! This cowl is perfect for the intermediate knitter.
- Enigma Shawl - The perfect layering shawl or maybe more aptly, poncho (dare I say it). Constructed of a square and a rectangle, this 2-piece shawl offers elegant versatility. Knit in
Rowan Kidsilk Haze, it offers the perfect opportunity to wear a light, flowing piece. Either of the 2 pieces can be worn alone or layered. This garment is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
- Harlequin Cape - An immensely customizable, entrelac cape. Work with a yarn that has long color repeats and let the yarn do all of the work for you, or purposefully choose colors to enhance your wardrobe. This is the perfect little cape for those wanting to hone their entrelac skills or for intermediate knitters.
- Twine Cowl - A chunky cowl inspired by the old craft of rope making, Jean has translated an old art into a fashionable modern piece. Worked in 3 rectangles, there is a Cable Pattern, Moss Stitch Pattern, and a Rib Pattern to really play up the texture in this cowl. A quick knit perfect for the advanced beginner knitter.
- Empty Circle Joined Hat and Scarf - A hat and scarf combo inspired by the empty circle, an ancient and universal symbol of unity and infinity, this combo is a chunky quick knit that is sure to keep you warm and toasty.
- Miss Garricks Cowl - An intricate fair isle cowl inspired by a pair of sisters from Shetland, Scotland who knit wonderful fair isle pieces. Knit tradionally, in-the-round, this cowl will prove to be as warm as it is beautiful. Jean adds some vintage crystal beads on the ends of the tie for a teeny bit of sparkle. This cowl is for experienced knitters only.
- Arabesque Scarf - A reversible garter stitch, lace Mobius scarf, Arabessque is an easily memorizable pattern with versatile style. Inspired by Jeans' childhood in Lancashire, this scarf will add a touch of classic styling to any wardrobe. A very long, mobius it can be worn as knit, wrapped several times around the neck, or even pinned with a vintage brooch. This is the perfect knit for the intermediate knitter.
- Bess Ruffle - Taking a cue from the Tudor fashions, the Bess Ruffle is the perfect candidate for that small bit of luxury yarn every knitter has stashed away. This unique close-fitting, ruffled cowl combines the texture of rib with the flare of colorwork. Add some vintage buttons to complete the look and you've got a fashionable and functional wardrobe staple. Perfect for the intermediate knitter, the Bess Ruffle is a good primer for those looking to start fair isle projects.
- Ceilidh Shawlette - A classy shawlette inspired by kilts and tartans, Ceilidh is an exquisite piece. As Jean explains, she wore a kilt during the winter growing up in a Lancashire mill town. This, and her love of dancing, inspired her design. Ceilidh, the Gaelic word for party, is used to name the pattern because of the wonderful sashay this shawlette provides. This shawlette has infinite possibilities for color combinations and is sure to be a delightful and well-used wardrobe piece. This shawl is best knit by experienced knitters.
- Purple Patch Shrug - A patchwork shrug perfect for all of those fingering weight bits & bobs laying around. The squares are worked in garter stitch and joined together. This shrug is suitable for the advanced knitter.
- Polperro Cape - A stunning and functional cape inspired by the Cornish village of Polperro and it's long knitting tradition of gansey patterns. Full of texture, this cape utilizes lace & cables and even a well placed buckle to create a visually interesting piece that is sure to be as interesting to knit. Jean pairs this design with a hardy Rowan Denim yarn to provide perfect stitch definition, but suggests cashmerino DK would also do the trick quite nicely. This piece should be knit by the intermediate knitter.
- Kitty Capelet - Reminiscent of 1950's style couture, the intasria leopard-print capelet is perfect for the "glamour puss" in all of us. A gorgeous example of vintage sex-appeal, this little number will put the spring in any knitter's step. Soft and feminine, Jean knits this capelet in Rowan Felted Tweed. Add some vintage buttons and this piece will prove to be a timeless classic in any wardrobe. This is best knit by the experienced knitter.
- Grace Cowl - A delicate drop-stitch, rib cowl that brings to mind the effortless elegance of Grace Kelly. Worn just atop the shoulders or pushed up on the neck like a Tudor-style ruffle collar, this cowl is beautiful and functional. This piece is best knit by the experienced knitter.
- Bronte Fichu - Both a romantic and functional triangular shawl, Jean conjures up visions of Bronte's Catherine (of Wuthering Heights) and her often-mentioned shawl. She combines a delicate fishtail lace with recycled silk and cotton to bring to life this fabled shawl. Knit solid or in stripes, as Jean as done, this shawl is sure to provide warmth while making the wearer nostalgic for the Emily Bronte masterpiece. This shawl is a perfect knit for an experienced knitter.
- Mantilla Shawlette - Inspired by the paintings of Goya and Velazquez and the fashions of the 17th & 18th centuries, this circular, lace shawlette is sure to become an heirloom piece. And with the Mantilla's resurgence, in large part thanks to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, this shawlette is as fashionable now as it was in the 17th century. Knit in Rowan Kidsilk Haze, the Mantilla Shawlette has a wonderful airy quality. This shawlette is perfect for the experienced knitter.
- Vamp Boa - What girl hasn't wanted to wear a boa and feel as glamourous as Marilyn Monroe at some point in her life? In Jean's revisioned version of the boa, any knitter can experience a little glam in her life. Ruched layers of Rowan Kidsilk Night and Rowan Kidsilk Aura create an airy and beautiful representation of vintage glam. This knit is terrific for the advanced beginner knitter.
- Treasure Jabot - A play on the traditional jabot worn by Scottish Judges and even pirates, this jabot uses entrelac and ruffles to create a fun, frilly, and feminine little number that's sure to get a lot of use. Knit in Rowan Pure Silk DK, it's a fast and fun little knit. This project is perfect for the intermediate knitter.
- Fizz Capelet - An elegant, bead-embellished capelet, knit in all stockinette stitch. This simple and understated capelet is sure to add an element of classic feminine beauty to anyone's wardrobe. Perfect to cover bare shoulders on a summer's evening to to dress up a casual outfit, this capelet is as versatile as it is beautiful. This capelet is best knit by the intermediate knitter.
To see a photo gallery of all of the shawlettes described, visit the Sweet Shawlettes Project Gallery!
For more information on Jean Moss, Jean Moss Handknits, or Jean's touring schedule, be sure to visit her website and her blog! To order a copy of Sweet Shawlettes, visit Amazon.com!
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Disclosure: Taunton Press and Jean Moss Handknits sent KnitPurlGurl a copy of Sweet Shawlettes FREE for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceeding review. All opinions or descriptions expressed in the preceeding review are those of KnitPurlGurl and do not necessarily reflect those of Taunton Press or Jean Moss Handknits.
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