I first met Jen Lucas at Sock Summit in 2009. By the time the second Sock Summit rolled around, she was signing copies of Coffee Break Knits, a collaborative collection released by Kollage Yarns. When she announced a book was in the works, I was excited. When I found out it would be a shawl book, I was downright giddy.
Sock Yarn Shawls was released by Martingale in January of this year, and is available both in print and online here. The kind folks at Martingale provided me with a complimentary download of the book for the purpose of this review.
For anyone who has been knitting shawls in the era of Evelyn Clark and her wildly successful Knitting Lace Triangles publications, you will, having a basic understanding of triangular shawl construction, be able to dive right in to the patterns within this book. Every knitter will want to.
Beyond the basic top-down triangle, Jen has provided a number of variations. Allover lace, lace-edged, patterning worked from both sides, changes in depth and shape, and two-colour pieces. If you're anything like me, you're easily seduced by handpaints, and have a stash busting at the seams with delicious single skeins. This book would provide an excellent means of burning through stash, trying out new and unique fibre blends and enjoying the various colours in your yarn stash.
Jen also gives excellent guidelines on yarn selection (both colour and fibre) and garment size adjustment, as well as all-purpose knitting and finishing tips.
I imagine I will eventually knit my way through the entire collection... should the same urge strike you, be sure to share your progress on Jen's Ravelry Group. Until then, some random pieces of inspiration for you: