by Jean Moss
The Taunton Press, $21.95, 144 pages

British knitwear designer Jean Moss is passionate about good design, and her new book, Sweet Shawlettes, is right on the mark. Moss presents 25 patterns for knitting cowls, caplets, shrugs and scarves in this beautifully photographed book. She divides Sweet Shawlettes into four chapters – Country, Couture, Folk and Vintage – with projects ranging from very simple to those best tried by experienced knitters only. And, several of them lend themselves to stash busting, since they need only small amounts of yarn.

Whatever the knitter’s taste – be it stripes, plaids, lace, chunky or delicate – Moss offers up modern and vintage styles she playfully names “Vamp Boa,” “Bronte Fichu,” and “Frost Choker.” Knitters will find the usual information about skill level, suggested yarns, needed notions and gauge. Moss writes directions clearly and concisely, and any special techniques or stitches are noted at the beginning of each design. In addition, Alexandra Grablewski’s photos offer glimpses of the English countryside and streetscapes, which are perfect backgrounds for showcasing Moss’s designs.

Reviewed by JoAnn Boatwright