Nature's Wrapture: Contemporary Knitted Shawls

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Adorn yourself with the exquisite textures, lacy patterns, and glorious colors of nature.

Find 20 captivating wraps, shawls, and scarves in flattering styles ranging from casual accessories to elegant evening wear. The patterns display basic shapes and plenty of variety--ideal for confident beginners as well as experienced knitters.

Requiring little or no finishing, projects such as Dragonfly, Snowdrift, ...

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Overview

Adorn yourself with the exquisite textures, lacy patterns, and glorious colors of nature.

Find 20 captivating wraps, shawls, and scarves in flattering styles ranging from casual accessories to elegant evening wear. The patterns display basic shapes and plenty of variety--ideal for confident beginners as well as experienced knitters.

Requiring little or no finishing, projects such as Dragonfly, Snowdrift, Waterfall, Cocoon, and Supernova invite knitters to celebrate the mystery and magic that surrounds us.

Knit yourself a natural wonder!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564779441
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheryl Thies retired from a career in health care to follow her artistic passion--combining fiber, texture, and color. In addition to designing and teaching both knitting and Tunisian crochet, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. She can often be found on the bocce court, either playing or refereeing. She is the author of several Martingale books and lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Nice Styles

    Nature's Wrapture is the first shawl book I have seen that has patterns that are of the skill level that I need. I love the fact that there are patterns from the beginner level to intermediate so that even the most timid knitter has an opportunity to make something beautiful. The instructions for the patterns are written out so that you do not have to rely on charts.

    The patterns are easy to follow. Each pattern has complete information for the skill level, finished measurements, materials, gauge, stitch patterns, general instructions and finishing.

    Many of the patterns have unique styling with shaping, slits, or ties for the way they hang over the arms. These are not your grandmother's shawls, but contemporary styled wearable wraps without being over the top. My favorites and are Sandy Beach and Fall Colors, both beginner/easy projects, and one of which will be my next OTN (on the needles).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Lots of great projects!

    I have really enjoyed working with this book. I do think the instructions could be a little clearer, and it would be nice if there would be a chart in addition to the printed row by row instructions, but overall it's a really nice presentation. The photos are gorgeous, and I am enticed into trying all of the designs just by leafing through...

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    Good book if you are an accomplished knitter

    I now know why I prefer crochet over knitting. I LOVE the look of knitted shawls but the instructions are WAY over my head.

    For example, one pattern says you need two different sizes of needles plus the stitch is TWIST 2 PURL. While I can certainly read the abbreviations and glossary section or the definition of the stitch pattern in the pattern itself, it is such a complicated stitch that it would take me several minutes to complete just that stitch. And to change needles in order to finish the shawl is only a pain. Another shawl has different instructions for very row and yet another works from a chart.

    If you are an expert knitter, this book will give you 20 wonderful shawls. The front and back covers have a "built-in" bookmark so you don't have to hunt for the pattern you are working on when you pick up your knitting at a later time. The color photos of the items are well done and the instructions are clear (if you read "knit"!). There are even close-up of the shawls so you can see the detail of the patterns.

    As an accomplished knitter, this would be a wonderful book for you to create a lovely shawl as a present or for that special evening out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Beautiful Projects From Easy to Advanced

    I'm a fan of craft books from Martingale & Co. and this book of shawls and scarves inspires me to get out the knitting needles to make one for myself. I'm barely a beginner knitter, having tried it decades ago and am now giving it another try so something like a simple shawl appeals to me.

    The projects take on a fun nature theme for the names that fit the patterns or colors such as Bumblebees, Chunky Bamboo, Fall Colors, Heavy Rain, Raspberries, Snowdrift, Twilight, and Milky Way. The projects are rated from easy to advanced so any knitter of any level of expertise can find something. I have my eye on "Milky Way" which is a beautifully simple gray shawl that seems to be something I could tackle after some practice with the stitches.

    While I haven't made anything from this book yet, I did read through it and the instructions are clearly written with plenty of photos and diagrams. For the most part I did understand the instructions but as a novice, felt I would have to consult other resources for clarification on some, or have someone more experienced explain them to me. The projects aren't that advanced but this isn't a "learn to knit" book and assumes some general knowledge about the basics so beginners might want to do some simpler learning projects before trying the ones in this book. That isn't a negative but rather a clarification and the projects are beautiful and motivate me to learn more.

    All the necessary stitches are taught to complete any or all of the projects. Knitters will find plenty of projects to try or at the very least will be inspired by the ideas this book contains to make an original shawl for themselves.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    This belongs in your Knitting Library!

    I am not an expert quilter. But I am not a beginning quilter either.
    Let me tell you, tho, I love this book. It's stitch library of projects is challenging. As in, do-able, but not boring. I know this is a book that you would go to again and again for projects to make for friends and family. And of course, it's Martingale & Company, which means, great styling. Photographs, paper, cover - all things you can count on being great when Martingale is creating a title!
    I'll say it again, this is a book you need to buy and keep in your knitting library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Beautiful book! Great value.

    This is a gorgeous book with lots of projects. Directions and illustrations seem clear and easy to follow. Only problem is choosing what to start next. A lot of patterns for the price.

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