Ann Budd has edited and written a wonderful knitting book, Scarf Style 2. The book contains patterns by many well-known designers and some lesser-known ones. As she states in her introduction, this "is a book of scarves to knit and a book about knitting scarves." It contains 26 luscious patterns.
Some of my favorites are the Cottage Scarf, a classic cable design knit in worsted weight or two strands of fingering yarn held together designed by Jared Flood. This gives the knitter options. The Passing Through Shawl is knit in a light blue hue with worsted weight yarn and designed by Debbi Stone. It looks easy enough for the advanced beginner who knows some lace knitting. I love the Sea Spray Shawl in a deep purple. Designed by Angela Tong and knit with fingering weight yarn, it is lovely. It incorporates a four-row lace pattern making it accessible for the beginning knitter. Brioche Branches, designed by Nancy Marchant, is a two-color brioche pattern in a loden colorway. Each side has a different looking pattern. I think this is a project for the more advanced knitter. Star Palatine, a lacy shawl, takes my breath away by its beauty. It is designed by Galina Khmeleva and is knit diagonally and has star motifs in the center. It has a garter stitch foundation. The Tubular Fair Isle scarf is colorful and perfect for a cold winter day. Designed by Deborah Newton, it is knit with worsted weight alpaca so it should feel nice on anyone's neck. I love the Deep Shade Scarf designed by Jolene Treace. It is in a lovely green colorway and employs the Fibonacci numerical sequence. Nancy Bush's Ilme's Autumn Triangle is a golden cinnamon shawl knit with laceweight yarn. It incorporates Estonian knitting for which Ms. Bush is well-known. Alexis Winslow has designed Eufaula, an eternity scarf that can be worn as a loop or a cowl or even a hood. It is knit in a lovely shade of gold using worsted weight alpaca. The Airy Lace Scarf is worked in a double layer of garter stitch with a "channel closure at the end of one of the tails. Slip the pointed end through the channel and pull on it to adjust the fit." It is designed by Angela Tong and knit with laceweight, super fine yarn. The golden orange hue is bright and lovely.
There are many more patterns in this book that I have not mentioned that are lovely and wonderfully aesthetic. The book also contains a Design Notebook at the end which goes over specific patterns and provides additional instructions for their knitting and construction. This is much more than a scarf book. It contains scarves, cowls, shawls, and shawlettes . It is a book I would not want to be without in my knitting library.
As usual I asked myself these three questions:
Am I likely to knit the patterns in the book?
Are the patterns easy to read?
Is the book a good resource?
The answer to all three questions is a resounding 'yes'.