Scarf Style 2: Innovative to Traditional, 26 Fresh Designs to Knit is the second collection in the "style" series from Interweave Press to cover scarves. The first time around, Scarf Style was edited by Pam Allen; this time Ann Budd took that duty and has curated a collection of scarves, cowls and shawls that offers a wide variety of neck-warming options.
About the Book
- Pages: 176
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 26
- Skill level: none given, but most are for intermediate level knitters and up
- Illustrations: full-color photographs, large charts
- Knitting lessons: an 11-page glossary of techniques covers some specialized terms
- Publication date: August 2013
- Publisher: Interweave Press
The book includes a wide variety of coverings for the neck that use a lot of different knitting techniques, including lace, cables, stranded knitting, brioche and entrelac. There are textured stitch patterns and tons of inspiration surrounding what you can do with what are usually pretty simple shapes.
There are Fair Isle scarves worked in the round, lacy shawls, cabled cowls, branching brioche and mobius shapes real and fake.
The odds are good that if you're a fan of classic style you'll find something you want to knit here.
Some of the projects I like include the Cottage Scarf by Jared Flood, a pretty updated Aran that can be worked as a scarf or a cowl; Nancy Marchart's Brioche Branches, a lovely two-tone design that is best for those with some brioche experience; Pleated Chevrons, a wrap by Veronik Avery that uses increases and decreases to create folds in the fabric; Alexis Winslow's Cross Timbers, a pretty colorwork cowl; the super-colorful Tubular Fair Isle scarf by Deborah Newton, trimmed with whimsical pom-poms and Garter Stitch triangles; the Deep Shade Scarf by Jolene Treace, featuring pretty diamond motifs; the funky Textured Cables cowl by Katya Wilsher; Melissa Wehrle's interesting tucked scarf Shadow Play; Laura Nelkin's "fauxbius" called Duplex; and Eufaula, a pretty chevron loop worked in baby alpaca.
Like other books in the "style" series, this one also includes a design notebook that takes you through yarn, shape, stitch and other design choices so you can see a bit of what the designers were thinking about when they made their projects and so you can design your own if you like.
Scarf Style 2 is a fun book full of pretty designs that women are sure to like (there are a couple that are suitable for guys, too). It's a book that's big on inspiration and instruction if you want to design your own scarves, cowls and shawls, too.
But even if you don't you'll probably find something here that you want to knit and that will bring you lots of satisfaction in the knitting and complements after.