Jen Lucas, you make me very happy.
I remember the first time we met, it was 2009 and we were all at Sock Summit in Portland. You were still Jen Hansen, and you had not yet begun writing ridiculously accessible books for knitters. Then you did, and you got REALLY good at it.
This one is the best yet.
If you're looking for a book that will meet you where you are, this is it. Jen has taken each of seven pattern families and designed three accessories of: scarf, hooded scarf, infinity scarf,shawl, shawlette, poncho, cowl, dickie, cowl, cowlette and stole.
Who knew there were so many neck coverings to make?
The patterns themselves encompass simple texture, lace, colourwork, slipped stitches... with a little imagination, there are far more than 21 options that present themselves. For stash busting purposes, this book gives multiple options that could be used to blast through small amounts of yarns. All yarn weights are represented. This is versatility at its best.
Jen assumes some basic knowledge and provides a small technique section to fill in the gaps. Knitters of "experienced beginner" level and up will find something, learn something, and make something special.
Here are a few pieces that caught my eye:
Thank you to Martingale for providing me with an electronic copy of Stunning Stitches for the purpose of this review.