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Knitting modular shawls, wraps, and stoles : an easy, innovative technique for creating custom designs, with 185 stitch patterns / Melissa Leapman.

By: Leapman, Melissa [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2018]Description: 288 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781612129969 (hardcover : alk. paper); 161212996X (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Shawls | Knitting -- Technique | Shawls | CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework / KnittingDDC classification: 677/.028245
Contents:
Part 1. Shape your shawl -- Part 2. The patterns. Side edgings -- Simple fabrics -- Mix 'n' match wedges -- Horizontal insertions -- Vertical insertions -- Lower borders -- Perpendicular borders -- The gallery of shawls in 7 easy steps.
Summary: Shawls are practical, versatile, and an ever-popular project among knitters. Noted designer Melissa Leapman has developed an innovative technique that promises hundredsof beautiful shawl design options in Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles ! /> /> Beginning with a simple triangular wedge, Leapman shows how multiple knit triangles can be joined together to create square, rectangular, trapezoidal, and semicircular shapes. Her easy and customizable technique offers knitters of all levels endless flexibility in design and yarn choices. Charted patterns for 212 differentstitchesallowreadersto select their favorite embellishment for the main fabric of their shawl. Colorful photographs of 20 of Leapmans original designs illustrate the creative potential of this technique.Summary: Leapman opens up a world of design possibilities for knitted shawls. She shares innovative techniques for joining knitted wedges into wraps and stoles that will become cherished additions to any wardrobe. -- adapted from introduction.
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Shawls are practical, versatile, and an ever-popular project among knitters. Noted designer Melissa Leapman has developed an innovative technique that promises hundreds of beautiful shawl design options in Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles !

Beginning with a simple triangular wedge, Leapman shows how multiple knit triangles can be joined together to create square, rectangular, trapezoidal, and semicircular shapes. Her easy and customizable technique offers knitters of all levels endless flexibility in design and yarn choices. Charted patterns for 185 different stitches allow readers to select their favorite embellishment for the main fabric of their shawl. Colorful photographs of 20 of Leapman's original designs illustrate the creative potential of this technique.

Includes index.

Part 1. Shape your shawl -- Part 2. The patterns. Side edgings -- Simple fabrics -- Mix 'n' match wedges -- Horizontal insertions -- Vertical insertions -- Lower borders -- Perpendicular borders -- The gallery of shawls in 7 easy steps.

Shawls are practical, versatile, and an ever-popular project among knitters. Noted designer Melissa Leapman has developed an innovative technique that promises hundredsof beautiful shawl design options in Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles ! /> /> Beginning with a simple triangular wedge, Leapman shows how multiple knit triangles can be joined together to create square, rectangular, trapezoidal, and semicircular shapes. Her easy and customizable technique offers knitters of all levels endless flexibility in design and yarn choices. Charted patterns for 212 differentstitchesallowreadersto select their favorite embellishment for the main fabric of their shawl. Colorful photographs of 20 of Leapmans original designs illustrate the creative potential of this technique.

Leapman opens up a world of design possibilities for knitted shawls. She shares innovative techniques for joining knitted wedges into wraps and stoles that will become cherished additions to any wardrobe. -- adapted from introduction.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this delightful book, knit and crochet designer Leapman (On the Go Baby Blankets: Crochet) offers creative suggestions possibilities for staying warm with shawls, wraps, and stoles. Her premise centers on the creative use of triangular wedges that are configured geometrically, vertically or horizontally, with any number of knitting patterns and border options. The technique is called "modular knitting" because it starts from the simple wedge and then builds from there, applying any number of trimmings and borders. The many detailed patterns denote not only the look and design of the wedge but each stitch in every row, resulting in almost endless pattern combinations. Modular knitting, Leapman shows, has qualities prized by every knitter, namely beauty, utility, and economy: beauty in the innumerable patterns that can configured wedge-by-wedge; utility in the practicality of an easy over-the-shoulder throw; and economy in that the supplies and materials required can accommodate a modest budget. The stitching patterns are precise and, in places, complex enough that those who aren't already experienced knitters will be lost. But those who are will be invigorated. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Leapman (Melissa Leapman's Designer Crochet Accessories, 2016) knows her audience well. Catering to those stitchers who prefer some latitude and infinite creativity in their projects, she's designed a pick-one, knit-three method for creating wraps of all sorts and sizes. It begins with the enumeration of her seven-step process, amply illustrated and described. More than 200 stitch patterns follow, divided by multiples (i.e., from 8 to 16 stitches) and horizontal and vertical insertions. Mini-sidebars address some of the more complex matters knitters might ask about, such as a lifeline and new, improved SSK (slip-slip-knit) decreases. As always, Leapman simplifies and streamlines the answers. One disappointment for those who do rely on designers to supply imagination: only two of the 20 samples include true how-to directions. The rest feature just the recipe; that is, a list of pattern names, needle sizes, and suggested yarns. A glossary of knitting techniques, instruction for reading knitting charts, and a list of symbols and abbreviations augment. Geared to well-practiced, adventurous knitters.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2018 Booklist