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and Crochet Ponchos, Wraps, Capes & Shrugs!
by Edie Eckman
This book, edited by Edie Eckman in 2005, captured
my attention on the county library shelf because it was
cut in the shape of a cape. It surely couldn’t have
failed to be intriguing.
Each pattern seems very classic and creative.
The author gives clear, easy-to-read instructions. Various
steps of the procedure are set off in boxes to separate
one from another. Included are close-up photos of each stitch
pattern and schematics.
Almost one-third of the seventeen patterns
are crochet, but they are some of the most beautiful, including
a capelet in two different colorways, an openwork mesh cape
and a shirred neck scarf. Most can pretty easily be changed
into knitting since the crochet stitches don’t seem
to be very complicated. Also included are a set of rainbow
leggings and a pair of gauntlets. There are lots of detailed
instructions on making fringes and flowers as well as various
special crochet stitches. The collection concludes with
a splendid knitted Aran poncho with complex stitch patterns.
Designers whose work is represented include
Lorna Miser, Beth Walker O’Brien, Kathleen Power Johnson,
Jill Wolcott, Therese Chynoweth, and the author. This is
a worthwhile collection of a variety of the lovely “wraps”
that continue to be very popular.
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