We have just received a copy of Melanie Berg's newest book, Colorwork Shawls. We were lucky to have collaborated with Melanie on one of the featured shawls, My Cryptonite (see below). Melanie kindly sent us a copy and I thought that I would do a small write up/review about the book, so you can get an idea of what's inside.
What first struck me was the amount of shawls (12 in total) featured in this book. They range in size and shape as well as difficulty levels, so there is certainly something for everyone. As a knitter, I also really appreciate the variety of techniques that have been used to create each of the colourwork pieces. Slipped stitches, mosaic knitting, simple stripes and short rows have all been employed to create these beautiful colourwork shawls. Melanie has also incorporated stockinette, garter, lace or eyelets into each design, giving each piece texture, lightness or contrast.
Throughout the book, Melanie has sprinkled through lots of interesting tips about knitting with colour, including how to select colours for colourwork and working with hand-dyed yarns. She has also included tips on working with various stitch patterns, like slipped stitches and mosaic knitting. The pattern layout and charts are clear and easy to follow. I also liked the bilingual aspect: the book is written in both German and English.
I really love the design of this book. The layout is visually appealing and the shawl photography is stunning. There are multiple pictures of each shawl design, so you really get a good idea of what they will look like and how to wear them. I've fallen in love with quite a few of these shawls, but the one that has really caught my eye is Spark Of Grey; it will be my next cast on.
Colorwork Shawls by Melanie Berg can be found on Amazon. Also, check with your local yarn shop as they almost certainly will have copies as well.
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