Sweet Shawlettes review / blog tour

by Shannon on January 4, 2012

Today I’m hosting a stop on the blog tour for Jean Moss‘ new book Sweet Shawlettes.

First of all: KITTY!!!

Sorry, I got distracted there for a second. Me and leopard print, we have a thing. You can win a copy of the book for yourself by leaving a comment on this post, and trust me, there are some great patterns to be had. Check out the project gallery here.

Why knit shawlettes and cowls and related items? Well, if you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a cowl kick myself lately (Minu, Stacked). They’re fast and fun to knit, you can splurge on the yarn because it’s not a huge sweater’s worth, and they tend to be very wearable. Plus, as gifts they can’t be beat, because sizing is rarely an issue.

Jean has 25 lovely patterns in her book, and they have a broad range of styles, from country to vintage-inspired to folk and couture-type pieces. (Those are the four sections of the book). What’s inspirational for me is the different shapes and styles — no blah “oh look, another triangle with patterns worked into it). There’s turtlenecks, ruffles, lace, colorwork, buttons…never a dull moment. If you want to step your shawlette-knitting up a notch, this is the book to get!

Check out other stops on the tour using the Sweet Shawlettes blog tour itinerary:

Mon 2 JanMore Yarn Will Do The Trick– Jean Moss
Tues 3 JanWendy Knits – Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 JanKnitgrrl – Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 JanYarnagogo – Rachael Herron
Fri 6 JanThe Knitter – Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 JanRhythm of the Needles – Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 JanKnit Purl Gurl – Karrie Steinmetz
Mon 9 JanCraftSanity – Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 JanPlanet Purl – Beth Moriarty
Wed 11 JanSunset Cat – Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 JanA Really Good Yarn – Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Janknit 1 chicago – Lynn Coe
Sat 14 JanGo Knit In Your Hat – Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 JanRedshirt Knitting – Erika Barcott
Mon 16 JanIn The Loop – Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 JanWEBS – Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 JanZeneedle – Margene Smith
Thurs 19 JanKnitspot – Anne Hanson
Fri 20 JanUrban Yarns – Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 JanA Friend to knit with – Leslie Friend
Mon 23 JanTentenknits – Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 JanFancy Tiger CraftsAmber Corcoran
Thurs 26 JanThe PanopticonFranklin Habit
TBDChic Knits – Bonne Marie Burns

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee Cockrum January 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

This book looks great! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Mim January 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

What a lovely book. I would love to have a copy. mimsfam at gmail dot com

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit January 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

Must get me a copy of that book — can you oblige by picking me? !

Anne January 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

Seeing as I have not a bazillion projects on my must-do list, count me in. I am sure I can find at least four or five to add!

sillylittlelady January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

Cute book! I haven’t seen it advertised before, but I really like what I see so far 🙂

NiseyKnits January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

This book is cute! And going by the pattern on the cover, it looks like there’s going to be even more cuteness inside the book. Lovely work Jean!

Suzie January 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The book looks great. I would love a copy!

WaywardLeaf January 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’m on a bit of a cowl ‘n’ cape kick at the moment – and you’re right, they make perfect gifts! I’m rather taken with ‘Frost’, in the photo gallery.

Savannagal January 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

All the garments I’ve seen so far are really cute. I can’t wait to see the rest of the book.

Elaine January 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Freezing in Michigan, love the book, need the book to knit some warmth into this long winter!!! Love your blog.

Linda January 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Yes, please!

turtle January 5, 2012 at 12:40 am

this book looks fantastic! (lol, so want it!)

Carolyn January 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

Fabulous shawlette! I would love this book!

lorraine January 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

the designs are so cool! i love the harlequin one..id love to finally have a chance to try entrelac

Heidi January 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Kitty looks amazing, as does the cover one. Would love to win a copy!

Maggie Winget January 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Shawlettes …. perfect for a sub tropical climate with mild winters!

Carmen January 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

The book looks wonderful – and I know my sister would love that leopard print too (one more item on the list of things I can make for her :P)

pattie January 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

the kitty is awesome, but a little too-too for me!

Linda January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Thank you for the review of Jean Moss’s Sweet Shawlettes book and for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

I join in your appreciation of Jean’s innovative designs such as Ceilidh – it’s like a combination of cozy turtleneck sweater and comfy plaid flannel shirt. I just want to cuddle up in it!


nannyjean January 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I like what I saw and heard about this book. I love the patterns and would like to make a few. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeanine January 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Great looking patterns! I would love to try some of them – thank you for the opportunity!

Debra January 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love the patterns, love the book. Hope to win!

Kate B January 7, 2012 at 7:03 am

Fingers and toes tightly crossed!

Sue January 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I love the entrelec shawlette on the cover. Would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.

Jessica January 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I have been craving some good cowl patterns! I just made one that didn’t turn out real well.. I could use more patterns as re-do’s!

Voie de Vie January 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Love kitty, as well as polperro (and where did she find that awesome blingy pin?)! Nice write-up, thanks.

Jill January 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

I would love a copy of this book! I’ve made a couple of cowls recently, and these shawlettes would be a fun new challenge. Thanks!

Janice January 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I just heard about your website from my sister, she got your book from the library and said it was fabulous. Please enter me in the giveaway I would love to win the book.

Gail Rector January 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm


Kristin January 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

This book looks great! I love the shawlette on the cover! And Green at Heart is beautiful, too!

Miriam Maki January 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Wow, these shawlettes are really appealing.

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