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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company; First Edition edition (25 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564779440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564779441
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheryl Thies is a successful quilt designer and teacher. She has also co-authored a number of quilting books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I now know why I prefer crochet over knitting. I LOVE the look of knitted shawls but the instructions are WAY over my head.

For example, one pattern says you need two different sizes of needles plus the stitch is TWIST 2 PURL. While I can certainly read the abbreviations and glossary section or the definition of the stitch pattern in the pattern itself, it is such a complicated stitch that it would take me several minutes to complete just that stitch. And to change needles in order to finish the shawl is only a pain. Another shawl has different instructions for very row and yet another works from a chart.

If you are an expert knitter, this book will give you 20 wonderful shawls. The front and back covers have a "built-in" bookmark so you don't have to hunt for the pattern you are working on when you pick up your knitting at a later time. The color photos of the items are well done and the instructions are clear (if you read "knit"!). There are even close-up of the shawls so you can see the detail of the patterns.

As an accomplished knitter, this would be a wonderful book for you to create a lovely shawl as a present or for that special evening out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 July 2010
Format: Paperback
To say I rarely see anyone wearing a knitted shawl, there have been a plethora of books on the subject and this one is on a par with the good ones. I would knit half of these and think this book is worth buying. From tiny neck warmers to the loving warmth of cocoon and the elegance of dragonfly this book provides enough choice to keep any knitter snug. Excellent photography, interesting patterns graded for skill, some with charts.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Wraps Inspired from Nature 2 Feb. 2010
By Bonnie Brody - Published on
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Sheryl Thies has written a new knitting book called "Nature's Wrapture". The author and her friend love to take daily walks. The author states that she realized that "nature could be knit, and the concept of for this book began to form." The book contains patterns for knitted wraps and this book, in particular, "incorporates fascinating aspects of nature - colors, contours, textures, and patterns". She states that the book should appeal to both the knitter and the weaver. As a knitter, it is the knitted aspects of the patterns that I am looking at. Many of the wraps are very lovely and I appreciate that most of the patterns do not incorporate charts, which I don't like to use.

I especially like 'Dragonfly', a shawl knit from primarily bamboo yarn; 'Fall Colors' knit from fingering weight merino; 'Flames' knit with Colinette merino yarn; 'Orchids' knit with yummy cashmere; There are other patterns in the book that are lovely to look at and it's obvious that the author has been inspired by nature's colors.

I always ask myself these questions when I purchase a knitting book.

Does the book contain projects that I will knit?

Can I use the book as a resource?

Are the patterns easy to read?

I can answer yes to all the questions, but not an absolutely, utterly resounding 'yes'. I rate this book a definite '4'.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Can't Wait to Cast On! 12 Feb. 2010
By L. C. Cook - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Nature's Wrapture" offers 20 graceful, lovely wraps to knit. The designs are ones I would actually wear, and be proud to give as gifts. It's a great book to take along in your travel bag--compact, with a brief compendium of techniques at the back, so if you're like me and can never remember how to do a double crochet edging, you don't have to wait until you get home to finish your project. You may think you don't need any more knitting books, but this one will earn its spot on the shelf. Full disclosure: I sell the yarns that are used in one of the projects in the book. But I was a knitter long before I became a purveyor of yarn, and it is as a knitter that I reacted to this book, ready to grab my needles and cast on something wonderful!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wasn't a shawl person until I was gifted this book! 18 Mar. 2010
By Felicia - Published on
Format: Paperback
Since receiving this book as a gift, I have thumbed through the pages over and over trying to decide which shawl to make first. I decided on making the 'Rose' shawl, because it was made with bulky yarn and I'd get some quick gratification because it would work up quickly. The pattern has no errors, the chart is very helpful, and I completed the back panel in two nights. I'm a very bad knitter though, I didn't swatch, and it did come out a little too big, so I'm going to frog it and try again with smaller needles (but that's my own fault, the book, as any good pattern, suggests swatching). This will be a lovely, functional shawl that I can wear in the office to keep the chills away. Looking forward to trying others in the book as well. Beautiful photos in this book show you just how the shawls are going to look when finished, and I really like the fact that they show the shawls being worn, not just draped over an object. I would recommend this book if you are looking for some creative, contemporary shawl/wrap patterns.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Interesting closures and natural yarns make these unusual and beautiful to knit 26 Jan. 2010
By Joanna Daneman - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for something new, this book might spark some creativity in your shawl knitting. The traditional lace and Shetlands are not here. This book has more unusual shapes, and a lot of interesting closures including a shell donut for drawing through a pebbly bamboo and bison neck wrap, button down Aran wrap and metallic closures on a beautiful fringed wrap.

The yarns are unique as well--featuring a lot of bamboo blends. That's the "nature" part of the title. The stitches range from dense texture to light airy all-over openwork. Several of these, including the beautiful Aran wide loose cable with buttons and the "Sandy Beach" neck wrap had me itching to cast on immediately and thinking of ways to adapt the pattern to other ideas. The shapes tend to be simple; rectangles, a triangular shawl that is a bit like a Faeroese shawl with a vertical lace section down the middle (but it's smaller and less complicated in shape.)

Not your traditional lace shawl, that's for sure. Elegant and easy shapes, with nicely textured open stitches. Beautiful!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Enwraptured 30 Mar. 2010
By The Enabling Cook - Published on
Format: Paperback
When a publisher sends me a book to review, there's generally one or two patterns in it that I'd like to make. But, when Martingale & Company sent me Nature's Wrapture: Contemporary Knitted Shawls, I had a pleasant surprise: I want to knit every pattern in the book. Seriously. No, really. Seriously.

Sheryl Thies's latest book contains patterns for 20 shawls, wraps, scarves. She has looked to nature for inspiration for these patterns. You'll find designs based on nature's colors, contours, textures, and naturally occurring patterns. The patterns have names such as, Snowdrift, Flames, Butterflies, and Heavy Rain.

Nature's Wrapture begins with a section on skill level. I am very happy to see the designer encourage knitters to try patterns outside their perceived skill level. This is something I've tried to do, and I think more knitters should. There's also information about yarn selection and what gauge swatching. Yes, she strongly urges one to swatch, something other shawl designers tend to downplay. She explains why this is important as well as the correct way to do a swatch.

Then come the patterns. All are beautifully photographed. Each are well written and very easy to follow. The designer does not assume knitters have information they may not have. And, these aging, tri-focaled eyes really appreciate the fact that the type is larger than in many other pattern books. Schematics are provided, which is helpful as some of the patterns may have shaping with which some knitters might not be familiar. Some patterns include charts, but written instructions are given as well.

The book concludes with the expected technique section. For those of us who hate seaming (and there are some patterns that require seaming), the instructions are clearing given, and I can even understand what I'm supposed to do based on the diagram. I don't know about you, but I've often found it hard to see what I'm actually supposed to be seaming to what. Okay, maybe it's just me.

Scattered throughout the book are Sheryl's notes, which give suggestions on how to adapt the pattern and even different ways to wear the finished project. In fact, one of my favorite things about Nature's Wrapture is that Sheryl Thies encourages knitters to adapt her pattern to their own likes and dislikes. I've read posts from designers who have been upset because a knitter changed something about his or her pattern.

As much as I like the book, there is something I'd change. In most cases, no indication is given as to what weight the suggested yarn is-laceweight, sockweight, etc. My displeasure with this may be caused simply by the fact that I want to knit so many patterns from the book; if I only wanted to knit one or two, it probably wouldn't have bothered me. Many knitters would be able to determine this based on the photo, gauge, and needle size. However, not all knitters have experience in making such decisions. The Craft Council of America yarn weight chart is included, however, and hopefully, less experienced knitters will make the effort to use it to determine their yarn needs.

If you enjoy knitting wraps, you should consider adding Nature's Wrapture: Contemporary Knitted Shawls to your knitting library. My problem now is deciding which I want to knit first. I know I want Snowdrift for me (love the cables), but I'm going to knit something from this book for my sister-in-law for her May birthday. She is being treated for ovarian cancer and is often cold. Maybe I'll do Flamers. Ooh, Butterflies is nice. And there's . . .
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