Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns

Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns

by Melissa Leapman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612129969
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/25/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 225,786
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Melissa Leapman is the author of Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles, as well as the best-selling 6000+ Pullover Possibilities, Knitting the Perfect Fit, Mastering Color Knitting, and Cables Untangled. She is one of the most widely published American crochet and knit designers at work today, commissioned by top yarn companies and ready-to-wear manufacturers across the US. Leapman teaches Craftsy classes and offers popular workshops around the country for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Shape Your Shawl
   Modular Shawl Construction in 7 Easy Steps
   Gather Your Tools
   Putting It All Together
Part 2: The Patterns
   Side Edgings
   Simple Fabrics
   Mix ‘n’ Match Wedges
       Wedges with 2-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 4-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 6-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 8-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 10-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 12-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 14-Stitch Multiples
       Wedges with 16-Stitch Multiples
   Horizontal Insertions
       Horizontal Insertions with 2-Stitch Multiples
       Horizontal Insertions with 4-Stitch Multiples
       Horizontal Insertions with 6-Stitch Multiples
       Horizontal Insertions with 8-Stitch Multiples
       Horizontal Insertions with 12-Stitch Multiples
       Horizontal Insertions with 14-Stitch Multiples
   Vertical Insertions
   Lower Borders
       Borders with 4-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 6-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 8-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 10-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 12-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 14-Stitch Multiples
       Borders with 16-Stitch Multiples
   Perpendicular Borders
   The Gallery of Shalws in 7 Easy Steps
   Glossary of Knitting Techniques
   Finishing Your Shawl
   How to Read Knitting Charts
   List of Symbols and Abbreviations
   Stitch Multiple Cross-Reference Chart
   Metric Conversion Chart

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Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles: An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
eternity21 More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource for those wanting to start to branch out into making their shawls unique for them. She starts the book with a very basic idea of a triangle and then modules to add to it. There are 20 patterns included which are very well written and easy to understand. As a fairly new knitter I am a little intimidated to branch out and try to design my own shawl but now I feel I have enough information to do so.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
A fab resource for knitters who love to create wearable fashion. Employs a unique method created by the author that allows you to design gorgeous outerwear based on customizing an easy triangular shape. Includes instructive photos and patterns. 5 of 5 stars. Pub Date 25 Dec 2018 Thanks to the author, Storey Publishing and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #KnittingModularShawlswrapsandStoles #NetGalley
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles by Melissa Leapman is an inspirational knitting craft book that I enjoyed. The author has put many options in the hands of us individuals to pick and choose what we like best. I really like that versatility. Her patterns seem very extensive but well spelled out. My favorites are Design #14 and Design #20. There are 20 designs to choose from overall, but the sky is the limit on the mixing and matching that can go on with all the stitches that she offers. I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to Netgalley, Storey Publishing, and Melissa Leapman for an ARC in exchange for a review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Shawls are one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe. They are an excellent layering piece, can be worn many different ways and are easy to make. You can use almost any different yarn weight so you can use your special lace weight skein that you bought when you were somewhere special, or a worsted weight that you have laying around in your stash. They make beautiful gifts and the knitted shawls of today are not what your grandma used to make. If you are new to knitting you might not know that Melissa Leapman is a very well known and prolific designer. Her patterns have been in all the major publications for both knitting and crochet. She has written many books herself, some of which I own and I really do love her designs. Part of wanting to check out this book was because I saw that she was the author. She does not disappoint. This book is truly amazing. There are so many components to it, so I’ll try and break it down for you. First she has 7 steps in creating the perfect shawl. First you choose your silhouette. She breaks down the shawl into the smallest component - the wedge. Then, depending on how you want your shape, you decide how many wedges you want. Two wedges creates the triangle shawl. Once you start adding on, there are different ways you can put the wedges together to get different shapes. You can use up to six wedges. The second step is the choose the stitch pattern. She has many in the book, but you can use any stitch you want, from any stitch pattern book. She has accounted for how to adjust to different number of stitches in the stitch pattern, so really anything can work. Then you decide on your background texture. Choosing between a knit background or a garter stitch background will really make a difference to the appearance of the stitch pattern. Step four asks you to choose your edging and step five a cast on tab, which goes hand in hand with the edging you have chosen. Step six means choosing a border and step seven a bind off and that completes the steps in constructing a shawl. You can choose a solid fabric or decide on a lacy, more openwork design, the choices are endless, but by breaking it into these easy steps nothing is overwhelming. There are fixed patterns that you can follow step by step with picots of what the end product looks like. What is even better is that there is a gallery of shawls at the back set up so that you can see how each of the seven steps apply to each of the patterns. Simple substitution and small tweaks give you another jumping off point to creating your own design. Of course, you can be as creative as your imagination and remember, if you don’t like it, you can always undo it! There are no mistakes. I love that you can all take baby steps and get more creative as you become more comfortable with experience. There are many diagrams and charts that clearly help you map out what style you would like to make. Even with the most basic design, and a simple stitch pattern by simple changing one or two small elements like the border, or the edging, you can end up with a completely new looking shawl. The possibilities are endless! This book is so easy to use, full of inspiration and really limitless in ideas, I think it will become a staple that you will refer to many times for many years. I
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles by Melissa Leapman in exchange for an honest review. In this book, the author explains how to create top down shawls of different shapes beginning with a two-panel triangular to many-paneled cape by increasing the number of pie-shaped panels knitted. It also shows how to create trapezoidal and rectangular shawls by knitting individual panels and sewing them together. Of course, there is logic and math involved, but the author does a lot of the math for you. This is a great reference book because it ALSO demonstrates how the increases should be worked for tons of stitch patterns. The author provides several example patterns but encourages the reader to make up their own combinations. I highly recommend this book to those who like to create their own shawl patterns or tweak existing ones! #KnittingModularShawlswrapsandStoles #NetGalley
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps, and Stoles An Easy, Innovative Technique for Creating Custom Designs, with 185 Stitch Patterns by Melissa Leapman This book concentrates on making shawls using a modular form in 7 easy steps. Make a lot of these for others at nursing homes and for other religious charities. Tips along the way that you can use in most any pattern you have used or will use in the future. There are so many variations even in the edgings and starting rows. Helps you decide on the shape you want. Some of the colors of the finished items are in dark yarns with dark background-hard to see what it is you are looking at. Like diagrams and charted stitching guides. Like how briefly the 7 steps are discussed then next chapters are more detailed. There are charts along the way that show what you should select as per the yarn you choose and needles. Found the book confusing as you have to go to many different sections in the book to finish one piece as they are broken up into modeular wedges. Good thing is you can customize the sections to what you want to achieve. Gallery of shawls is included along with all the information you need to get the supplies to make one for yourself. Resources include glossary of knitting techniques, shown in diagraoms along with written words in how to make them: how to read charts, finishing your shawl and an index in a foreign language. Problem I have is I hate sewing smaller pieces up, rather do a one piece design-there are some of those as well. Received this review copy from Storey Publishing, LLC via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion. #KnittingModularShawlswrapsandStoles #NetGalley
Carolefort More than 1 year ago
There are so many knitting instruction books out there that it is becoming difficult to find new ideas. However, Melissa Leapman has succeeded in writing an excellent volume of interesting, interchangeable patterns for all levels of knitters of shawls, wraps or stoles. Knitters can design patterns by following instructions to combine sections. You will find patterns for triangles, horizontal insertions and borders which, when assembled, can provide unlimited possibilities. There are 212 patterns along with a glossary of knitting techniques, how to read knitting charts, a list of symbols and abbreviations and a metric conversion chart. This will make a great addition to your knitting library. Thank you to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.