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Weekend Wraps: 18 quick knit cowls, scarves & shawls

A copy of Weekend Wraps, 18 quick knit cowls, scarves & shawls from Interweave, arrived in time to be included in our July issue.  However, as the length of our review grew, we knew it would be better to devote a full  post to it instead.

Weekend Wraps is all about the cosy knit – think big scarves, chunky cowls and cuddly wraps.  The projects for this book have been designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Melissa LaBarre and 13 of their knitwear designing friends.

In creating their book Cecily and Melissa only had one design brief, the designs had to be for worsted or heavier yarns.  Using these bulkier yarns means the knits can be completed in next to no time, perhaps even a weekend?

Judging by the 18 designs included in Weekend Wraps, it’s clear to see that the designers were full of ideas.  The book is divided into sections: A Few Quick Cowls, Cozy Shawls, Wrapped in Wool and Not Quite a Sweater.

With designs we like in each, will we share?

Warm Cider Cowl Weekend Wraps Olann and
Warm Cider Cowl Weekend Wraps Olann and
Warm Cider Cowl Weekend Wraps Olann and

The Warm Cider Cowl by Thea Colman with its diamond motif, inspired by fallen leaves and the noise they make underfoot, is perfect for a stroll through the woods, and you’re never too old to play in the leaves.

The cowl is knitted back and forth in worsted weight yarn on 4.5mm needles and then joined. As you can see in the photos, you have the option to wear the cowl around your neck or stretched out over your shoulders, more cape like. The pattern could also easily be made longer if you prefer, or if time allows.

Hiker's Shawl Weekend Wraps Olann and
Hiker's Shawl Weekend Wraps Olann and

The Hiker’s Shawl by Melissa LaBarre is a very contemporary ribbed shawl.  Cleverly constructed by knitting from the centre out and decreased, before picking up your cast on stitches to work in the opposite direction.

Another worsted weight project, there is still a little work needed in order to have your Hiker’s Shawl, but with only approximately six hundred metres of yarn to knit, you’re sure to have it completed before you know it.

Gansey Shawl Weekend Wraps Olann and
Gansey Shawl Weekend Wraps Olann and

The Gansey Shawl, is without doubt, our favourite pattern in the whole book.  Kate Gagnon Osborn’s use of traditional gansey stitch patterns over a triangular shaped shawl in heavy worsted weight yarn is stunning.

As with the Hiker’s Shawl, there are only six hundred metres of yarn used in the design. However, we’d be the first to admit that the pattern is more intricate and therefore likely to take a little longer to knit. The extra effort would definitely be worth it and The Gansey Shawl is moving straight onto our ‘must knit’ list.

Nonotuck Wrap Weekend Wraps Olann and
Nonotuck Wrap Weekend Wraps Olann and

The Nonotuck Wrap by Bristol Ivy is the featured design on the cover of the book. It’s a straight wrap, think oversized, generously wide scarf and you have it.  The design uses a classic vine lace pattern, worked over a changing number of stitches, so it meanders across the wrap creating lacy waves.

Knitted in chunky weight yarn on 6mm needles, the Nonotuck Wrap would be super cosy and quick to knit.

Sailing Bolero Weekend Wraps Olann and
Sailing Bolero Weekend Wraps Olann and

The Sailing Bolero by Cecily Glovik MacDonald is one of four designs in the Not Quite a Sweater section of the book.  It’s easy to see why it was included, knitted in one piece from the bottom up, it will provide an extra layer of warmth and knit up in next to no time.

Knitted in worsted weight yarn, the Sailing Bolero has a simple lace detail running parallel to the front bands, and mid-length sleeves.  The design includes sizes from 33¼ to 59-inch chest with the largest size still only requiring less than 700 metres of yarn to complete.

As you would expect from most knitting design books Weekend Wraps contains a page of standard knitting abbreviations, glossary and a list of yarn sources at the back.  You’ll also find mini biographies for each of the 15 designers.

Weekend Wraps, 18 quick knit cowls, scarves & shawls, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald & Melissa LaBarre and published by Interweave is available to purchase from the Interweave Store and all book shops.

Image Copyright © 2016 by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre

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