who doesn’t like sweets?

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sweet shawlettes is a new book by veteran knitwear designer jean moss, published by taunton press. many long-time knitters may be familiar with ms. moss’s beautifully tailored jackets and classic sweaters, designed with thoughtful attention to detail.

this book is a bit of a departure from those chapters of her work, the focus here being on smaller accessory pieces to add and subtract from daily outfits, possibly extending the use of a few good sweaters. while a few of the pieces bear the earmarks of her signature tailoring, many more are much simpler, both in design and execution.

the book actually includes a variety of accessory types, including a number of cowls, scarves, ponchos, stoles, and collars.

while maybe not what comes to mind for many of us when we hear the word “shawlette”, some of these pieces are nevertheless quite clever—small and quick to knit, they are great for stash busting, gifting, and travel knitting.

this cowl for instance looks to be a very simple striped piece, but when viewed in full profile, one can see that a shadow knit pattern has been incorporated.

the projects range in difficulty from simple, one-stitch concoctions that show off a special yarn really well

to some that are much more fiddly, but worthwhile for their effective results.

many of these designs will work very well for those who live in temperate climates or who like to continue wearing knits through the summer

it’s easy to see from the book’s styling how the pieces will look with lightweight fabrics and clothing.

there are a few heavier pieces however and those are among my favorites

though i can’t see myself wearing it, i am loving the fabric and color choices for this little shoulder poncho— i want something made from that plaid.

click here for a complete view of all the projects included in the book and click here to see a complete schedule of stops on this blog tour.

the nice folks at taunton press have offered one copy of sweet shawlettes as a giveaway for us. if you would like to win it, please leave a comment at the end of this post by 9pm EST on sunday, 22 january, 2012. we will announce the winner in the blog post following that date.

199 thoughts on “who doesn’t like sweets?

  1. What a useful book. I am totally smitten with Miss Garricks, and I love that clever shadow-knitting design in Penumbra. Thanks, Anne, for sharing this. Best wishes, Gabi

  2. Those are some awfully beautiful and unique patterns, which I’d love to win! I like the plaid, too. And the stranded choker and cowl!

  3. This looks like a great book! Thanks to Taunton Press for offering it to us! and thanks as well to you, Anne!

  4. This book has caught my attention every time I’ve seen it mentioned since its release. Great concept!

  5. Thanks Anne, for sharing some of the designs in her new book- I’m particularly drawn to the green one with little leaves dangling….

  6. Such an interesting collection of possibilities! The book would be a great source for gift ideas ( for friends, sisters and self).

  7. It’s Jean Moss – what’s not to like? Thanks for showing so many and varied examples of what is in this fine book.

  8. I love shawls!!! I have several, and yet this is what I always want to knit! I also live in a warm climate (AZ) where big shawls aren’t really that necessary….. 😀

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this creative book with us. Lots of unique
    designs for making and inspiration. I’m sure whoever wins it will be
    thrilled.

  10. Oh! The plaid shoulder poncho in a Black Watch colourway! Or maybe Royal Stewart…

    Thank you. From just the cover, I never thought this book contained those wonders.

  11. Checking the patterns through, I like the book a lot more than I expected on first glance. This book would be a nice addition to my library. Thanks for participating in the blog tour and the giveaway!

  12. The whole book is beautiful! I particularly like the shadow knit pattern.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. Those are really sweet little pieces of knitting. Thank you for letting me the readers know about the book.

  14. So many cuuuuute patterns! That little black and white cowl with the quilt-type design looks like a good colorwork starter project. Lots of other very knot table designs! I’d love to win it. Thanks for holding the giveaway, Anne.
    Betsy

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