Folk Shawls: high quality 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk online sale Knitting series) outlet sale

Folk Shawls: high quality 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk online sale Knitting series) outlet sale

Folk Shawls: high quality 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk online sale Knitting series) outlet sale
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Shawls are currently making a huge comeback in the fashion world, but many people do not realize that the shawl has been worn for many centuries and in many cultures. This collection of patterns and traditions features shawls from around the world. From the Himalayas to Spain, from Iceland to Japan, and from Mexico to Norway, many of the shawls featured here have been taken from examples of historic knitted shawls. Other designs have been translated into knitwear from patterns for woven or lace shawls. Included are 25 patterns as well as historical and cultural information about shawls that have been used for prayer and mourning, as bridal veils, and as christening garments. Each design is presented with a full-page color photo, written instructions, and charts.

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Oberle is a freelance knitwear designer and knitting instructor whose teaching emphasis has been on shawls and lace. Folk Shawls, her first book, features designs for 25 beautiful shawls derived from folk traditions around the world, including Ireland, Scotland, Japan, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Victorian England, Russia, Mexico, South America, Norway, the Himalayas, Spain, Native America, and the American heartland. Oberle introduces each shawl with a brief description of its cultural background, and her instructions include a full-color photo of the shawl, a materials list, and both written and charted instructions. This outstanding contribution to the literature of knitting is generally recommended for public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"If I had to have just one shawl book, this would likely be it." —KnitNet

About the Author

Cheryl Oberle is the owner of Cheryl Oberle Designs and has written for Interweave Knits and Knitters magazines. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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K. Schonlau
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wonderful and easy to understand instructions
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2013
I bought this book after admiring a shawl knit by someone in my knitting group(The Wool Peddler''s Shawl). I simply had to have it. There are 25 patterns in the book and stories about each shawl and how they came to be. The shawls illustrated are beautiful and... See more
I bought this book after admiring a shawl knit by someone in my knitting group(The Wool Peddler''s Shawl). I simply had to have it.

There are 25 patterns in the book and stories about each shawl and how they came to be. The shawls illustrated are beautiful and show the craftsmanship and design skills of knitters around the world.

The directions are clear and easy to follow, no matter what level of skill you have. In addition, the beginning of the book shows techniques one needs in order to knit the various shawls. The book illustrates triangular, square and rectangular shawls.

I have enjoyed reading this book to see how various shawls came to be and I can''t wait to begin the Wool Peddler''s Shawl and show it off to my knitting friends. It''s well worth the price and a good value.
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Deirdre Devereux
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A knitter''s delight!
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2000
I resisted buying this book for quite a while because I had been disappointed by an earlier purchase of a book about knitted shawls. I''m SO glad I gave in and ordered it! This book had what I missed in the other book - descriptive histories of the particular style or... See more
I resisted buying this book for quite a while because I had been disappointed by an earlier purchase of a book about knitted shawls. I''m SO glad I gave in and ordered it! This book had what I missed in the other book - descriptive histories of the particular style or origin of shawl traditions from many countries (mentioned in other reviews). The historical perspective is fascinating and inspires thought about the day-to-day reality of the women who knitted them and the role that shawls and knitting played in women''s lives. The shawl is perhaps one of the oldest of garments, worn by women in all kinds of rites of passage: as christening blankets, wedding veils, winding sheets, in celebration, in work, in prayer and in mourning. Surprisingly, while the shawls pictured are faithfully drawn from the traditional style of each country, none of them look dated or dowdy - all are superbly wearable today. The photographic presentation of the shawls is excellent - modeled by the author in a manner to focus on the shawl itself, its drape, its pattern, its construction. The shawls range in knitting challenge from beginner to advanced; from simple garter stitch to intricate lace pattern. The construction variations are fascinating - rectangular, triangular, square, butterfly-shaped, pieced. Each shawl pattern is presented in photograph and line drawing with both line-by-line and charted knitting directions. It is clear that much research, thought and love went into this book. Even if you don''t wear shawls ("you just haven''t met the right shawl", says the author), this book is a must-have for every true knitter''s library.
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Kristen Stieffel
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Charming and useful
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2009
Folk Shawls is mostly a pattern book. There are many great anecdotes about the countries the shawls derive from, and historical information about how the shawls were derived. The shawls are all lovely, and range from simple to complex. Oberle does not waste the... See more
Folk Shawls is mostly a pattern book. There are many great anecdotes about the countries the shawls derive from, and historical information about how the shawls were derived. The shawls are all lovely, and range from simple to complex.

Oberle does not waste the experienced knitter''s time with a how-to section. There is a "techniques" chapter, but it only gives instructions for specific methods used in the patterns. These are methods that will probably be familiar to experts, but the chapter is informative for beginning and intermediate knitters.

I say it''s "mostly" a pattern book, but the construction of each design is broken down in such a way that a knitter of intermediate or higher skill level could adapt it for a different yarn and gauge. So in that sense, it is also a book of inspiration.
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Jonathan Brashear
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An favorite
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
I’ve had multiple copies and shared them with others! Unlike some older knitting books, these pieces are timeless!
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bettyd
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Shawlathon
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2010
Many choices of shawls with a few paragraphs or one page of a folk tale to go along with the shawl, which is interesting Often there is a shorter version of the shawl, as well as the long version. Many are of the lace weight variety. Particular names of yarns... See more
Many choices of shawls with a few paragraphs or one page of a folk tale to go along with the
shawl, which is interesting Often there is a shorter version of the shawl, as well as the long version.
Many are of the lace weight variety. Particular names of yarns are given and some specify laceweight or
sport weight, but several do not give the weight of the yarn--an important detail for measuring
gauge. Photos are excellent. Charts are good, but small. I would have to enlarge them much to
read them easily, so if you like to knit from charts, this is an extra problem.
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Kelly
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Beautiful shawls with easy to understand patterns
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2008
I''ve only been knitting for about a year so I wasn''t sure if this book would be way out of my league. I think it''s going to become one of my favorite pattern books. All of the shawls are gorgeous and the instructions are great for an intermediate knitter like myself. It has... See more
I''ve only been knitting for about a year so I wasn''t sure if this book would be way out of my league. I think it''s going to become one of my favorite pattern books. All of the shawls are gorgeous and the instructions are great for an intermediate knitter like myself. It has a wonderful mix of easier up to more challenging patterns. Right now I''m working on the Victorian Wood Peddler''s Shawl. I cannot wait to wear it, and I''m sure at some point I will have made one of each pattern in the book. It''s a must have for the shawl-knitter''s library.
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Mary
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A Shawl for Everyone
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2011
I am part of a shawl ministry and am gathering shawl patterns. I wanted to be able to do more than a plain shawl--hopefully cables, other patterns, and lace eventually. Some of these shawls are too fancy for our purposes, but my friends and family would love them. I... See more
I am part of a shawl ministry and am gathering shawl patterns. I wanted to be able to do more than a plain shawl--hopefully cables, other patterns, and lace eventually. Some of these shawls are too fancy for our purposes, but my friends and family would love them. I especially liked the written instructions as well as the "graphed" instructions, the range of shawls from beginner to advanced, and the "fashionableness" of these shawls. They look good. I have almost finished the "Simple Garter Stitch Prarie Shawl". Despite its simplicity, the author said it "was a joy to knit"--and so it is. (I learned KfB and YO on this pattern--you see I am really a beginner.) I think my next shawl will be the Lace Prairie Shawl or the Aran Pocket Shawl. My goal is to do the Wool Peddler''s Shawl and the North Sea Shawl and the Rebozo and .....you get the picture. If you like to knit shawls or just want one for yourself or as a gift, I would seriously consider getting this book. These are some lovely ones.
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Great patterns!
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2015
Although this book is just shawl patterns, there''s enough variety to keep things interesting. I''ve only been knitting for a couple months, but found the instructions easy to understand, and the little historical backgrounds for each culture''s designs were interesting, short... See more
Although this book is just shawl patterns, there''s enough variety to keep things interesting. I''ve only been knitting for a couple months, but found the instructions easy to understand, and the little historical backgrounds for each culture''s designs were interesting, short and sweet. There are some really beautiful patterns here, and I''m looking forward to finishing a few.
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Ms Esther Cohen
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Not your grannie''s shawls!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2016
This is a fantastic book! You would imagine a book of shawls might be stale and old fashioned even irrelevant nowadays. The cover may be a bit uninspiring but the contents are anything but!! Really amazing patterns, not the lacy unwearable type but really robust...See more
This is a fantastic book! You would imagine a book of shawls might be stale and old fashioned even irrelevant nowadays. The cover may be a bit uninspiring but the contents are anything but!! Really amazing patterns, not the lacy unwearable type but really robust shawls/wraps with a rich history and intricate designs mainly designed for using regular yarn/wool. The opener says if you don''t wear a shawl you haven''t found the right one and I have to say I think the book is right! Great patterns to choose from and they would make wonderful heirloom gifts. Really original and beautiful pieces of art.
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My favourite shawl knitting book of all time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2018
Ack! My favourite shawl knitting book of all time. Chock full of great projects and tips, along with cultural background and shawls modelled by the charming author. What a craftswoman. Love it so much I bought one for my sister.
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lesley
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Each project gives the yardage required so it is easy to substitute yarn- really helpful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2014
Am about to embark on my first project in this book. If I have one criticism it is that the shawls are HUGE! However the photographs are lovely, the charts and instructions are clear and the patterns are fabulous. I am about to make the Bird''s Nest rectangular shawl from my...See more
Am about to embark on my first project in this book. If I have one criticism it is that the shawls are HUGE! However the photographs are lovely, the charts and instructions are clear and the patterns are fabulous. I am about to make the Bird''s Nest rectangular shawl from my own handspun yarn. Each project gives the yardage required so it is easy to substitute yarn- really helpful.
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Ms. J. Parkinson
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... awaited this book from the USA and I wasn''t disappointed. There is a section about how the shawls ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2014
I awaited this book from the USA and I wasn''t disappointed. There is a section about how the shawls developed and easy to follow instructions. Can''t wait to get my needles out and try some of them. One of the nicest shawl books I''ve bought.
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Jacqueline Paine
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Great book, very clear instructions, beautiful shawls!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2016
The patterns are easy to follow for the novice that I am!! I have knitted five of the shawls and am delighted with them all, as are my twin grand- daughters.
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Folk Shawls: high quality 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk online sale Knitting series) outlet sale

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Folk Shawls: high quality 25 knitting patterns and tales from around the world (Folk online sale Knitting series) outlet sale

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