Every once in a while you come across a pattern that you fall in love with immediately! Two personal favorites in that category come to mind right away: the “Hotel of Bees Shawl”, as well as the “Liula Shawl”.
The book launched a couple of weeks ago during a festive party at “Wolplein”, and it’s one of those gems that tick all the boxes!
For starters: the book looks beautiful! Both (graphic) design and photography are top notch.
Luckily the same goes for the contents of this wonderful book: “Sjaals” has 20 patterns, levels ranging from beginner to intermediate, some previously published, some new, but most definitely all delightful.
At the beginning of the book there is a section on materials (hooks, yarn) and how to care best for your crochet (washing/blocking); of course the crochet stitches used in the book are explained too.
Also included is information on how to wear/drape your shawl: I thought that was fun as well as helpful.
Another aspect of the book I really love: each pattern has two variations. So, every shawl is shown in 2 different colors and types of yarn (suggestions are included in the list of materials per design). Plus: every pattern comes with a chart, making all of them accessible even if you’re not Dutch!
The 20 shawl patterns from “Sjaals” were presented during the launch party in a lovely fashion show, meaning there were 40 shawls we could oh-and-ah about.
It was just fantastic to see how the same patterns kind of ‘transform’ into new projects, simply because they are crocheted in other colors and yarn. Crochet versatility at its very best: one of the reasons I love crochet as much as I do!
As I said, I instantly fell in love with one particular project: the “Tears Shawl”, knowing directly too what yarn I would like to use. Having crocheted with LangYarn‘s gorgeous “Ayumi” before, I was 100% sure of the 100% match of “Tears Shawl” and “Ayumi”.
I’m so thrilled everything worked out exactly as I had in mind… I absolutely love my new shawl! The delicate lace pattern, the very subtle color change of the “Ayumi”, from black to grey, back to black again, ahhh!
I needed two cakes (color #988.0024) to make mine and a 4 mm hook (did not completely finish cake number 2), and started from the inside on my first cake. For the second one I began on the outside of the cake, emphasizing aforementioned delicate transformation back to black again. Once I memorized the pattern (basically a 3-row repeat), I zoomed through this project, and loved every minute!
And now the very best for last: you can win a copy of “Sjaals”! “Kosmos Publishers” is graciously allowing me to give this fantastic book to one of you!!
On top of that will “LangYarns” send 2 “LangYarns Ayumi” cakes in your choice of color to make a “Tranen Sjaal” (or any other project from the book) to one of my blog readers in The Netherlands and/or Belgium!
All you need to do is leave a comment under this post, telling me where you’re from!
The giveaway for the book is open internationally; for the yarn only if you live in The Netherlands and/or Belgium.
It will close Sunday June 16, 2019 (24:00 CET); a random number generator will pick a winner. If I do not hear back from the winner within 24 hrs after notification, a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck to all!
PS: as a small gift for Sascha I punch needled the cover of “Sjaals”…