There’s so much to love about Curls: Versatile, Wearable Wraps to Knit at Any Gauge
- Auto-pilot with flair – once you get going you’re repeating the same basic set of charts but the end result is stunning
- Small cast ons – cast on counts range from 7 to 16 but most are in the 8-10 stitch range. This does mean the stretchy bind off will be your friend – you’ll have a lot of stitches to bind off. Hunter recommends Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
- Yarn flexibility – The designs are worked in yarns from laceweight to worsted. Or use any weight yarn you like. If you substitute a different weight you’ll need to determine the quantity. See my recommendation below about a scale.
- Stitch variety – simple textured stitches, eyelets, twisted stitches, lace and cables. Lots of options depending on your mood.
- Great shape – I envision new curl patterns popping up all over Ravelry.
- Awesome value – 14 curls for $19.95 (eBook) or currently $16.67 for the print book from Amazon
- Tells you the important tidbits – no guessing here about which slipped stitch edge to work and since the shape is new to a lot of us, she shows you how each shawl grows so you know what to expect. Lots of other info too. Hunter has you covered.
- Nice options for hand dyeds – even though she hasn’t worked up the samples in multi-shaded yarns, some of the patterns will look good in them as well
- Lovely overview of the new shape – Hunter goes over what makes a Curl a Curl – explaining the main components and giving us enough info in case we want to adjust the size for our yarn.
- Yarn (
Food) Scale – you need to get yourself a scale that weighs in grams. This one from Amazon is a nice choice at under 15 bucks and Amazon Prime – Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black. You’ll thank me later.
- Gauge – If you’re unsure about changing gauges, do up a curl in the recommended weight and needle size first. People will start posting projects to Ravelry with different weights so you can learn from them.
- Helpful pages– read the pages on Hints, Gauge, Needles, Sizing, Charts and Blocking. I know the last thing you want to do is read when you buy a knitting book but she’s included some great info.
- Styling – Hunter has included several pics with different styling options. Even if you’re not interested in all the Curls, take a look at the ways she’s styled them. They’re surprisingly versatile and she shows them draped, tied, knotted and with a shawl pin.
- Stitch Maps – Hunter has included Stitch Maps for many of the projects and she has a chart for every project – making it a great opportunity to learn stitch maps with the accompanying chart. If charts aren’t for you, give Stitch Maps a try. And even if you’re a chart-lover like me, click on to the site – there are over 1,500 patterns there for you to get familiar with Stitch Maps.
I’m so jazzed about this book – the shape and the stitch patterns look like fun to knit and to wear. Definitely give it a browse!
I’ll catch you on the purl side…