by Lisa Shroyer (Interweave, 136 pages, $24.99)
Shawls are hot! And they’re cool to knit and wear. With no worries about exact fit, you can just throw them on and go. Free-Spirit Shawls is a collection of 20 shawls from a variety of designers. Divided into four technique-based themes—color, lace, simplicity and texture—there are plenty of choices here for cool summer knitting. Or if you are cool in your air-conditioned house, pick a warm cabled shawl to work on in preparation for crisp fall days.
Beyond just patterns, editor Lisa Shroyer offers technical expertise on construction methods: circular, crescent, triangular, top-down, bottom-up and side-toside. Read those sections and you’ll soon be ready to branch out to create your own shawl masterpieces. Hop on the shawl bandwagon now!