Scarves are easily one of my favorite knitted garments, as can be evidenced from my patterns: Flipping For Pine Cones, Six Braid Wedding Ring Scarf, Infinite Cables Cowl, Out of Sequence, Seed After Seed, and some as of yet unpublished scarf patterns, not to mention my first design. As such, it seems appropriate that I review one of the greatest scarf books published to date, Scarf Style!
This knitting book starts with a simple premise: scarves are awesome and we want to show off some awesome scarf designs. After a brief introduction describing why scarves are awesome, it dives right into the designs, all wonderful and some by some very famous designers like Kathy Zimmerman and Nicky Epstein. I’d love to share my thoughts on all of these designs, of course, but for the sake of time and sanity I think I’ll share a couple of my favorites instead.
First off is Here and There Cables by Norah Gaughan. You know me, I just love reversible cables and even dream about them sometimes. I especially love them in scarves, and this scarf does not disappoint. It’s a simple cable pattern and not at all difficult technique, but it makes for a very elegant, very useful scarf. The subtle variegation found in the Reynolds Odyssey yarn adds a little extra something to this scarf. It’s definitely one of my favorites.
Another great scarf is the Ruffles Scarf by Amanda Blair Brown. I’m not generally fan of ruffle scarves, but this one is definitely an exception. The Classic Elite Premiere is an interesting yarn choice, being made of pima cotton and Tencel. The scarf is reversible, which is always a plus. What really makes this scarf shine, though, besides the awesome look of the finished product, is the knitting technique that’s used. It uses short rows to create ruffles by making the outer edges have more rows than the center. Pretty cool!
The book doesn’t stop after all the patterns. At the end there is a small section on designing scarves complete with tips and tricks for a variety of techniques. All in all, while I can’t say I’m in love with every scarf in the book, it’s definitely a very cool book and worth picking up.