Stahman's Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down & Seamen's Scarves

by Myrna A. I. Stahman

Paperback, 2000






Rocking Chair Pr (2000), 152 pages

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LibraryThing member MarlaF
Very good book for these types of shawls and Seaman's scarves.
LibraryThing member KatySilbs
Stahman provides instructions for knitting faroese shawls in this book. She begins with a general overview of how a faroese shawl differs from a regular shawl, and gives some general instructions about how to knit a generic faroese shawl.

What is unique about this book is that Stahman worked out a
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system for knitting shawls from the top down. Personally I am a great fan of knitting everything from the top down. It allows you to "try on" your knitting and vary things as necessary. Barbara Walker wrote a wonderful book, Knitting from the Top Down" that explains the virtues of this technique. Stahman makes a contribution to the knitting literature by figuring out how to knit faroese shawls from the top down.

All but the first shawl in this book have some lace pattern. Each of the shawls have an accompanying seamen's scarf with the same stitch pattern as the shawl. A seamen's scarf has a narrower ribbed portion that goes around the back of the neck, allowing the front of the scarf to lay flat against the check. I suppose if you are a seaman, it keeps your torso warmer, and it allows the stitch pattern to be more prominently displayed. There are 14 faroese shawls presented in this volume and slightly more seamen's scarves.

I have knit some shawls from this book. My only complaint is that the gauge she is using for a particular shawl is not clear. I've had some false starts working out the gauge issues.

Overall this is a delightful book, and knitting faroese shawls is relaxing.
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LibraryThing member Chellieanne
Beautiful shawls knit from the top down and wonderful scaves. A gem for gift knitting.

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