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Knit and Crochet Ponchos, Wraps, Capes & Shrugs!

Edited 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.

-Review by Virginia Piacentini

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