Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss (AND GIVEAWAY)




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.

Country:

  • 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.
Couture:
  • 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.
Folk:
  • 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.
Vintage:
  • 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!

The amazing people of Jean Moss Handknits and Taunton Press are going to give away one of these fab little books to ONE lucky KPG Blog Reader.  Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter!

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.


a Rafflecopter giveaway Other Stops on the Sweet Shawlettes Blog Tour!


Share/Save/Bookmark

67 comments:

  1. I would like to do a number but especially the Drift Cowl

    ReplyDelete
  2. This sounds cool! I would knit Purple Patch Shrug. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cowls and Caplets are my favorite projects! Would love to own this book!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think the necklace would be my first thing, but the cover shawlette would definitely be on the list, too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Forgot to say in my comment that I think the Arabesque Scarf would be my first project! I have been wanting to try mobius

    ReplyDelete
  6. Those are lovely! I can see myself making a number of these for me and my friends. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I think almost all of them are great but the one I like best is the Bess Ruffle.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'd be most interested in making the Grace Cowl!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'm obsessed with cowls lately, so this would definitely help expand my cowl library!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think the Arabesque Scarf sounds very intriguing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I would like to knit the Drift Cowl pattern first, I think, though there are so many to choose from that it would be hard to pick one!! :)

    Jess

    ReplyDelete
  12. So many lovely patterns, but I love Bess - it reminds me of a burlesque style corset and appeals to my sense of whimsy.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I would love to try the Mantilla shawl. It reminds me of the mantillas I used to wear to church when I was a young girl.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I would love love love to knit the Evergreen scarf. I love those dangly little leaves.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I would love to knit the Bronte Fichu, though they all look and sounds so lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I would have to do either the Drift Cowl or the Enigma Shawl and that would be pushing it as far as I classify my skills. I'm a beginning knitter still but I don't know if I've reached the advanced stage or not yet.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fizz looks really cute.
    Camille (wizzdumb on ravelry)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Those are beautiful. I'm drawn to Garland and Evergreen because they are so different from anything I've done before.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh my! I'm so addicted to knitting shawls and cowls and the like! I just perused the gallery for Sweet Shawlettes and they are fabulous! I just have to do Vamp, Fizz and Enigma.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I would love to knit polperro, such a simple, chic capelet!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I would really like to wear the polperro cape or the purple patch shrug, so I would definitly start with those. There are several other designs that would make great gifts. I like that there is a varied selection of designs. (not all old lady like) Thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think the Arabesque Scarf would be the first on the list!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I like several of the patterns including Madame Alfred and Frost

    ReplyDelete
  24. What an amazing collection. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Rav amchart

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is great! I would like to knit the Bronte Fichu, but all of them sound great!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Honestly the cover shawl is what attracted me to the book but there's oh so many to choose from. Hmmm....next year long project at some point...complete x amount of shawls from this book!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think I'd start with Miss Garricks

    ReplyDelete
  28. I'd so knit Treasure Jabot. All the shawls are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Hi Karrie! I would love to knit either Drift or Green at Heart. They are both very nice!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I maded three shawl's for christmas gifts this year. Had a fun time making them.

    ReplyDelete
  31. The Purple Patch Shrug would be fun to make!

    ReplyDelete
  32. So many gorgeous designs in this book! I would probably start with one of the lace shawls. I do love the entrelac on the cover! Thanks, Karrie!

    ReplyDelete
  33. i can't wait to try the penumbra shawl.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I LOVE so many of them... I think "Mantilla" would have to be 1st on my list. Then, I'd just HAVE TO give "Kitty" a try...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the leopard print!!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I like the shawl on the cover I;ve seen designs like that for a while and have been wanting to do something like it.

    ReplyDelete
  36. the treasure jabot, I must have it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. There are some exciting possibilities, but I am being very drawn to the Grace Cowl. Anything that references the style of Grace Kelly will be worth the work!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I want to make the Penumbra Cowl. Shadow knitting is so much fun.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Twine cowl. I keep drooling over pix from this book.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Beautiful. I'd love to make several of these

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love the picture on the front! Would be fun to try that one.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I would love to win. Looks like a great book! Debbie H

    ReplyDelete
  43. I would love to knit that entrelac shawl!

    ReplyDelete
  44. I'd like to knit the drift cowl. I am needing to learn more cable techniques and I think this would be perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  45. looks like some fun shawls to knit:)

    ReplyDelete
  46. I just cannot help myself....I LOVE "KITTY"!!!
    As well as several others (=

    ReplyDelete
  47. I love the cover shawlette! It's beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I like the Vintage section the most either Bronte or Manitla

    ReplyDelete
  49. I keep seeing this in my local bookshop but haven't bought it yet.
    I'd knit the Arabesque Scarf as I've always wanted to attempt a mobius.
    Though this book would give me plenty of gift fuel.

    ReplyDelete
  50. bronte i think... or maybe evergreen

    ReplyDelete
  51. I would love to do maybe the Drift Cowl to use up some of my bulky yarns. ..

    ReplyDelete
  52. I love knitting shawlettes ! I love the one on the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  53. The Grace cowl looks fabulous, I would love to try my hands at that :)

    ReplyDelete
  54. Love your descriptions of the patterns in Sweet Shawlettes! Thank you - and thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing for a copy of Jean's book.

    Purple Patch and Evergreen will be high in my knitting qaueue.

    ReplyDelete
  55. this sounds like a great book! The capelet in the picture is lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Lovely book, thanks for the review

    ReplyDelete
  57. I would love to knit Ceilidh to wear to next years Hogmany Ceilidh! Great review!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Sweet book. I would love to knit my way thru the book.

    ReplyDelete

 
Bookmark and Share

Blog Design By Sour Apple Studio © All Rights Reserved.