January 17th, 2012

Sweet Shawlettes Review

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Hi Everyone,

We’re participating in the blog tour for Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss. At the end of the post, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the book!

Sweet Shawlettes is the latest book by UK designer Jean Moss. It is a collection of 25 shawlettes, cowls, and scarves. You’re sure to find something you want to knit in this book.

Sweet Shawlettes is divided into four different categories – Country, Couture, Folk, and Vintage.


This book is full of impressive projects, many that don’t take a lot of knitting time. The black and white cowl above features shadow knitting, and I think that this project would be a great way to give it a try and get a finished project that has an incredible amount of impact.

You’ll find projects that span techniques and skill levels. From simple stockinette  to fantastic cables, lace, Fair Isle, and more, you have many options.

To win a copy of the book, please visit the project gallery for Sweet Shawlettes and come back here and leave a comment with what your favorite project from the book is. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments. Please comment by Friday, January 20th at 12:00pm EST. We’ll let you know the winner after that!

Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour:
Mon 2 Jan – More Yarn Will Do The Trick – Jean Moss
Tues 3 Jan – Wendy Knits – Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Jan – Knitgrrl – Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan – Yarnagogo – Rachael Herron
Fri 6 Jan – The Knitter – Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan – Rhythm of the Needles – Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan – Knit Purl Gurl – Karrie Steinmetz
Mon 9 Jan – CraftSanity – Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 Jan – Planet Purl – Beth Moriarty
Wed 11 Jan –  Sunset Cat – Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 Jan – A Really Good Yarn – Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan – knit 1 chicago – Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan – Go Knit In Your Hat – Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan – Redshirt Knitting – Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan – In The Loop – Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan – WEBS – Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan – Zeneedle – Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan – Knitspot – Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan – Urban Yarns – Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan – A Friend to knit with – Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan – Tentenknits – Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan – Fancy Tiger Crafts – Amber Corcoran
Thurs 26 Jan – The Panopticon – Franklin Habit

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148 Responses to “Sweet Shawlettes Review”

  1. Anita Cook Says:

    miss garricks is my favorite (I think!)  I like most of them!

  2. Dsimpsue Says:

    I love Madame Alfred.  These are stunning and unique.  Quite a nice selection.

  3. Julie Says:

    Lots of great choices, but I love Mantilla. 

  4. Sam Robbins Says:

    Penumbra would be my first knit.  It’s black, it’s white, it has cats.  “Nuff said…  :-)

  5. Debbie Says:

    Oh, I have a lot of favorites! One of them is the Bronte shawl. Thanks, Kathy!

  6. Kristen Says:

    Tough decision.  I’d start with Miss Garricks and work my way through many more.

  7. tien Says:

    i like the Drift 

  8. Airstream355 Says:

    Loved “Kitty” in the vintage section!  I’m attracted to animal prints, especially “kitty” ones, so would definitely knit this one!

  9. debbie Says:

    they all are wonderful! I love Grace, very 
    feminine. I would make many of them, my friends have requested cowls instead of scarves.

  10. Sierralakes Says:


  11. Katrin Says:

    I love frost. perfect to make something nice out of a small amount of yarn!

  12. Cynthia Donahue Says:

    So many cute patterns, but my favorite would be arabesque – thanks!  

  13. Maycaroline Says:

    The vamp shawlette is for me. It looks soft, feminine, yet warm.

  14. Janymae Says:

    But how cute is BESS?!

  15. Diy C Says:

    The one that really caught my attention is the Mantilla.  

  16. Mj Says:

    I really like that photos with garments on models are included….many very nice styles….

  17. Jocelyn Grayson Says:

    Love Drift and Polperro!  Great range of patterns.

  18. Janice Says:

    Purple patch is an interesting shawlette. Would look great over a solid color outfit.

  19. Naomi Goring Says:

    I like Enigma for the sheer two-layer look.

  20. diwolter Says:

    Bronte is my absolute favorite! Would be beautiful in all types/colorways of yarn…solids as well as stripes and variegateds.

  21. Poshi Mikalson Says:

    I love “Empty Circles”! My daughter will be moving back to Brooklyn and it looks like a fun design that will help keep her very warm!

  22. Kdbuckle Says:

    Although I do not own the book, from a quick glance I’m intrigued by the “Vamp” pattern, although the entrelac pattern is calling my name. The mantilla pattern is enchanting. Can’t decide which one to make first! 

  23. Judi Jones Says:

    I absolutely LOVE ceilidh !!  It reminds me of Scotland and the plaid pattern is just beautiful, it almost looks woven.  I would dearly love the challenge of knitting this plaid pattern and then wearing it. 

  24. Bonney Says:

    I love Bronte but Treasure is pretty nice too. What a lovely book!

  25. Judi Jones Says:

    I absolutely love Ceilidh !!  It reminds me of Scotland and the plaid pattern is just beautiful, it almost looks woven.  I would love the challenge of knitting this plaid design and then wearing it with pride. And it would keep me warm here in Michigan !!

  26. Norahann Says:

    The only word I can think of to describe the projects in this book, is my DIL’s favorite word, EPIC!!!  Love everything, what a great way to try a new technique and actually finish a project!!!  If I have to pick one, it would be Green at Heart, that one seems like it would make up beautifully in any yarn, but others look like a great way to show off our artistic skills!! 

  27. Vivian Davis Says:

    What a fabulous collection of patterns. It’s really hard to choose one favorite. I love Twine for the contrasting colors and textures, and it’s a type of project I’ve been looking for, so I’ll say Twine, even though there are plenty more I utter love.

  28. Kathleen A. Says:

    I like the Bronte, although I also really like the Mantilla too.

  29. Silver Knit Says:

    Ceilidh Shawl – Love It  Flows and wears perfectly for a walk with nature.  Colors go well with any dungaree, walking or daily pant and shirt.

  30. Andi Tippie Says:

    It’s so hard to pick just one! They are all so unique, which I find amazing with a simple cowl… I think my two favorites are Kardamili and Grace (yum! with super soft yarn!!). Gorgeous patterns!

  31. Magdalena Says:

    I can’t decide between drift and grace..  great designs!

  32. Patricia Says:

    This has got to be the hardest decision I’ve made in a while……I love Ceilidh, Purple Patch, Kitty, Bronte, and Mantilla…….The one that caught my eye first thing was Mantilla and then since I have 5 cats….I had to also pick Kitty.  Gorgeous, gorgeous patterns.LOVE IT!!!!!

  33. Pcmyers Says:

    Oh my gosh, how to pick a favorite?!  Overall, I’d say Madame Alfred would be my favorite, but I like the colors in Kardamili.  So many patterns, so little time…

  34. Kathryn Says:

    I’d like to knit the Mantilla shawl.

  35. Mimi D Says:

    My first on the needles would be Purple Patch with Fizz as a close 2nd. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Jeanne Stuart Says:

    Frost.  Because it reminds me of my favorite sweater ever purchased in Norway while studying abroad in 1981, and because it looks like a good introduction to colorwork :)

  37. Hwgang Says:

    Vamp is my fav, though I really like most all of them.

  38. Hwgang Says:

    Oops, got the name confused.  GRACE is my fav.  So many lovely designs!

  39. Errin Says:


  40. Mabuchan Says:

    I really like the Mantilla – definitely a shawl I would knit.

  41. Amsanford Says:

    So many to chose from, but I do like Enigma.

  42. Mimi F Says:

    Love Mantilla!

  43. Kdelegan Says:

    Polperro or Fizz are just beautiful and I can see them incorporated with many different outfits.

  44. Laurie Says:

    If I have to choose one, it would be Vamp.

  45. V_stammer Says:

    I’m torn between “enigma” and “miss garricks” – two projects at completely opposite ends of the style spectrum.  I’d like the adventure of doing “miss garricks” because I do very little color work, but I know that I would wear “enigma” much more in our warm (Arlington, TX) climate and in a business setting. What to do, what to do?

  46. Gussek Says:

    My fav is Harlequin.  thanks!  Debbie H  gussek on Ravelry

  47. Kelly D. Says:

    Ceilidh really caught my eye! My daughter is a competitive highland dancer, so many things in our home are tartan related. This would make a great cover for those cool mornings in the summer out at the Highland Games….knitted in my daughter’s kilt colours, of course!

  48. Lssscar Says:

    I am choosing Treasure-although ai like many of them.

  49. Judy M Says:

    Love Bronte and also green hearts. Would probably make both.

  50. Amy Says:

    If I had to pick, Treasure.
    I have lupus and I have to cover all my skin from UV rays. That means long sleeves all the time. Boring, plain and blah. Cowls, shawlettes and scarves like this make be look not-boring. I need that book! I want them all!

  51. Pruittmb Says:

    drift, but it was very close between several favorites.

  52. Allison Says:

    oh, this is difficult! i might have to make two or three… but kitty is my first choice.

  53. Dena Childs Says:


  54. Rcariello7 Says:

    Love Kitty!

  55. Stephanie Says:

    I  love Grace.

  56. Belchickie Says:

    Grace is beautiful

  57. Karen Says:

    I love the Mantilla piece, really look forward to making it for my next project.  Would love her book!

  58. katebissell Says:

    What a lot of comments already.  Deservedly a popular book.  My fave is Bess – to me it’s reminiscent of a burlesque corset which rather appeals to my sense of whimsy.

  59. Michelle McMillen Says:

    I’d have to say “Frost” is my favorite, because I love Fair Isle and own Shetland sheep!

  60. SusannahC Says:

    My favorite is Mantilla.

  61. SusannahC Says:

    My favorite is Mantilla.

  62. Amy Pilcher Says:

    My favorite is Polperro

  63. Marie Says:

    Green at Heart is perfect for walks in the cold weather

  64. Cdoerterl Says:

    I love love love the plaid in Ceilidh – it would be an interesting and challenging project.

  65. Christine Says:

    I like many of the deisgns, but I am most drawn to enigma. I could see myself wearing that one a lot!

  66. Princesspeanutsmommy Says:

    I love Ms. Garricks!  All my cowls are one color and the stranding will make them so much warmer.  The colors are gorgeous and I love the little tie.  Very feminine!

  67. Chi Says:

    I love the classic feel from Mantilla, the color and the design mesh so well!

  68. hotknitter Says:

    I like several, but if I had to choose just one, I pick evergreen because it’s different and would be fun to wear.

  69. Jmcconnellsoho Says:

    very cool collection- but Vamp is my favorite

  70. Lfl1955 Says:

    I love this new book. I looked all the project and wow . I hope get a copy, but if I don’t win I all definitely purchase. Thanks for the sneak peak

  71. Betsy Mackenzie Says:

    Oooh, tough choice.  I think my vote has to go to Bronte, but Vamp and Enigma are stiff competition.  

  72. Chris Says:

    Picking just one is really hard, but if pressed, I’d have to say “Twine”.  I love the colors and the different textures as well as the “dressed up” casualness  of it.

  73. Loricohen Says:

    I like so many of them, but I’d like to try Evergreen to start with.

  74. Bonnie Says:

    I have to vote for Enigma but it was a difficult choice – what a great array of creativity!  Thanks for posting.

  75. Marie Waterman Says:

    Treasure is my favorite. It covers the neck and also has those lovely ruffles cascading forward, so you simultaneously keep the neck warm while people notice it.

  76. Debd94 Says:

    It’s a tie between penumbra and harlequin.  Thank you for the giveaway.
    These projects are amazing.

  77. eviltammy Says:

    Mantilla is gorgeous! I have a friend for whom Fizz would be perfect, but I really really want to know where to get that cat pin in Penumbra!

  78. Pcwalling Says:

    I love the Evergreen scarf. What a neat concept!

  79. Carol1225d Says:

    These are fabulous patterns/finished projects.  They are very intriguing.  Love the different styles that are covered from folk to fair isle, from simple to elaborate, 

  80. Cate Says:

    I like penumbra

  81. Sandyknits Says:

    I am facinated with several but my favorite is arabesque

  82. Charlene Says:

    Green at Heat definately speaks to me. Not sure if it’s the color or the pattern, but I could cast that on tonight . . .

  83. Brigi B Says:

    I love Mantilla the best, but it was had to pick one :)

  84. Diane Says:

    Love the Madame Alfred.  So colorful!

  85. Tricia Werntz Says:

    Wow I love them all!  Ceilidh really caught my eye.

  86. Bfree2read Says:

    Looks intriguing. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  87. AutumnsMom Says:

    My favorite is Drift.  It looks very warm and cozy.

  88. Kat Says:

    I think kardamili is really cute. love the contrasting color edge and the little dangly bits!

  89. Susan Campbell Says:

    I really like the twine.  chunky and warm looking

  90. Deb Says:

    I like so many of them! But if I have to pick a favorite I’d say it’s ENIGMA – it looks ethereal, like a fairy would wear it.

  91. Nancy Says:

    It’s hard topic a favorite as they are all lovely but I think I’ve narrowed it to Enigma. It looks cozy and yet feather light and comfortable to wear all day. I think it would feel like angels wings wrapped around oneself.

    Nancy in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA

  92. Jeanmoss Says:

    The pin is made by the French artist Lea Stein. You can sometimes get them on Ebay. If you visit my blog you can find out more about her http://jeanmosshandknits.blogspot.com/2011/11/spent-all-day-yesterday-designing-new.html

  93. Sarah R Says:

    Hmmm…some are sort of silly (Empty Circle, I’m looking at you) but most of them are very appealing.  But my favorite has to be Evergreen…I love leaf patterns and this one has that in spades!

  94. JudyAnn Says:

    My favorite has to be the Penumbra!

  95. JudyAnn Says:

    My favorite has to be the Penumbra!

  96. eviltammy Says:

    Thank you! Some lovely pins :)

  97. Eshapiro Says:

    No contest, it’s Penumbra.

  98. Eshapiro Says:

    No contest, it’s Penumbra.

  99. Eshapiro Says:

    No contest, it’s Penumbra.

  100. Janice Says:

    Green at Heart is just my style!

  101. Janpat9 Says:

    Green at Heart is just my style!

  102. Robin Says:

    I love Mantilla.  It is so femine and elegant.  I’ve always loved lace knitting and this is just beautiful.

  103. eviltammy Says:

    Thank you! Some lovely pins :)

  104. Jennifer Skerritt Says:

    Penumbra! Love the classic black and white.

  105. ashestoashes Says:

    Love Penumbra! Classic black and white.

  106. judi7597 Says:

    What a difficult decision. So many pretty ones, but think the prettiest is Vamp,

  107. Pam Seymour Says:

    Loved the Harlequin.  I’ve been meaning to try the entrelac pattern.

  108. Karenza Says:

    Penumbra does it for me!  Shadow knitting just makes it more enticing.

  109. Teresa Says:

    I love the Frost Cowl!

  110. Ms. ohsewcrafty Says:

    So many beautiful designs!  I think my favorite is Vamp.

  111. Holeman Says:

    Wow it is hard to choose just one.  I will choose Vamp because I think a granddaughter would love it.

  112. Kate in AK Says:

    I like miss garricks a lot, though some others are intriguing, like evergreen.

  113. Kristin Says:

    My favorite is Harlequin. I love doing entrelac.

  114. Bmill Says:

    Evergreen or empty circle, hard to decide

  115. Prattsister Says:

    They’re all lovely but I think the Penumbra would be my choice.  I don’t think it’s beyond my knitting ability and I’m already imaging a custom made pin to go with it!

  116. Kamigaeru Says:

    Lovely! I’m torn between Enigma and Mantilla. I love knitting shawlettes and this looks like a fun book!

  117. Knithappened Says:

    I could only narrow down to a project in each category.
    Frost in Country
    Penumbra in Couture
    Polperro in Folk
    And Vamp in Vintage

  118. Jane Says:

    There are so many unique ones but I think my favorite is Green at Heart.

  119. Mrdarcycreations Says:

    I think I love Polpero and Fizz. Alp so different.

  120. Carvalho1246 Says:

    Green at Heart was the first one to catch my eye, and I have some yarn in my stash that I think would look fabulous!!  Keeping my fingers crossed that I am the lucky one.

  121. gail Says:

    I like the retro look of the penumbra.  The striping is groovy!
    Ravelry – GSHD

  122. mdctknits Says:

    Vamp is my favorite – love the ruffles!

  123. Hannahlou88 Says:

    My favorite is ceilidh
    Ravelry: hannahlou88

  124. Mali Says:

    I quite love Grace.

  125. Laurawinz Says:

    I’m loving kitty! Plus it would give me a chance to try my hand at colorwork.

  126. Sarah Julian Says:

    Green at Heart or Vamp are my favorites.  I cannot pick just one!  Shawls and shawlettes are my very favorite projects to knit up, so this book looks like a delight!

  127. Brenda Says:

    My favorite pattern shown is Mantilla.  I love lace and though I don’t usually like orange, it looks wonderful in this pattern.

  128. lorraine Says:

    harlequin :)

  129. Linda Rumsey Says:

    I love Frost – great for when it’s cold outside!

  130. Deidre Says:

    I can’t decide between Garland or Green at Heart.  I love them both. 

  131. Bearknitter Says:

    Love Grace!  Classic Shawlette.  Will work with any outfit and dress it up at the same time.  Of course, I’ll be happy to knit most of them as they are all very well designed.

  132. Nicky Says:

    Mantilla is gorgeous!


  133. Carmen Says:

    Everytime I look at the patterns I find a new favorite. Current is Frost

  134. Lisa Says:

    Hmmm. a favorite is tough to pick. I’d have to say enigma or purple patch, but am willing to change my mind. Aloha,

    Lisa on Maui

  135. Sara GL Says:

    My favorite is Frost – it would be so warm! Hard to choose just one!

  136. Jamie Saphow Says:

    My favorite shawl is polperro; it looks very warm and cozy and will display brooches and pins quite well.

  137. Slj1807 Says:

    Wow!  I want to knit everyone of them!!!!

  138. Rhea Says:

    I think my favorite would be Treasure but they’re all beautiful.  Thanks for the chance to win.

  139. Esai21 Says:

    Like having to choose a favorite child, but I’d have to say Mantilla – I love the lace! 

  140. Debby Says:

    I love most of the designs, but I’d probably knit Harlequin first — it looks as though it would go with everything. Thanks for the chance!

  141. Lisa Gehrke Says:

    Purple Patch is my favorite. Without question, I know I will knit it someday. I might change the colors to match my wardrobe or I may knit the pattern exactly as pictured. I would love to win a copy of the book

  142. neddycat Says:

    Purple patch – I love the color-blocked clothing from the 60s!  I certainly like and would knit many others, but this is the one that instantly jumped at me.  Would love to win a copy of the book!

  143. Julie Libonate Says:

    Love Mantilla….tangerine is hot this year and the lace is beautiful! 

  144. Susanzuke Says:

    Ithink my favorite would have to be drift, or maybe enigma. They both speak to me! Pleas enter me in the contest.

  145. Nglines Says:

    Green at Heart is my favorite. I can see myself wearing it

  146. meppybn Says:

    What a great line up of different designs – mostly love them all but I think harlequin is so wearable yet noticeable :)

  147. Lisa L-H Says:

    So hard to choose, but I think Frost may be my favorite.

  148. Srecore0622 Says:

    Definitely Harlequin- I love entrelac!

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