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.
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.