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Stahman's Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shaws from the Neck Down & Scamen's Carves Paperback – Feb 2000


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Rocking Chair Pr (Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967542707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967542706
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,481,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I hadn't seen a copy of this book before purchasing it, but had seen photos of the finished shawls, and wanted to make several!
I assume that the book is out of print, as it usually seems to be priced around the £40 to £50 mark, which was above my budget. However, I decided to check the Amazon listing to see if it was available as a Kindle edition. I was astonished to see a print copy listed for sale at the price of £4.15, despatched from a US seller.
It arrived today and I am very pleased with it. The book itself is in as-New condition, and as for the content..........
There is an excellent selection of both shawls and scarves, with detailed instructions. There are a lot of helpful hints and techniques, as well as information on customizing the garment size to make it tailor made. It is definitely a "sit down and read" book, as well as being an enormous source of future projects. For each shawl and SCARF featured, there is a lit of information provided, such as :- specific yarn used, gauge, finished weight (so that you can work out the required yarn yardage)
All in all, an excellent book that all provide many hours of both knitting and reading enjoyment.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
In appreciation of all Stahman's work 5 Feb 2002
By RBB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have knitted one shawl as presented in the book (Catharina), and one that I designed using Stahman's design guidelines. In addition, I have also made several Seaman's Scarves following her "Matthew" pattern (dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard). In all cases I used my own handspun yarns. While it took some concentration to adapt a totally different lace design to the Faroese shaping, I couldn't have done it without Stahman's many hours of planning and designing. I'm indebted to this book, and recommend it to adventurous novices or experienced knitters alike. [....]
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Know what you are buying before you buy it 1 Jun 2005
By A. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are new to lace or to knitting, the terms "faroese-shaped" and "seamen's scarves" refer to very specific shapes of garment. If this is the shape you want, this book is a great investment. I have made almost all the scarf patterns for gifts. While the basic pattern is always the same (moss stitch borders, ribbed center of the scarf so it will fit the neck better) Stahman uses different patterns for each scarf, so they are all unique. Like most lace, the scarves can be made with any weight of yarn.

I have not attempted any of the shawls, as Faroese is not a shawl style that I particularly care for, but the book was worth the scarf patterns, IF you don't mind that they are all exactly the same shape. They are perfect for gifts.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Appreciation for Myrna Stahman's work 10 Aug 2002
By June from Western WA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Myrna Stahman did a wonderful job with her research and planning for working a Faroese-Shaped Shawl from the neck down. Her information was detailed, informative, and creative. Her many hours of work have made my job so much easier! It does take some concentration to pursue these patterns. The end results are worth the challenge. Myrna Stahman has taken much of the frustration out of Faroese shawls. Her work allows you to pursue your own pattern designs with style and confident results.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Bible for Faroese shawls 29 Aug 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What is different about Seaman scarves and Faroese shawls? - they are shaped to fit an actual human body. Instead of knitting a triangle and trying to keep it around your shoulders, or knitting a long thin rectangle and trying to fit it between your coat and your neck, these patterns do the shaping so you can actually comfortably wear what you knit.

Explains in detail how to construct a Faroese shaped shawl. Several yarn weights and several difficulties of lace, although none are impossibly difficult. You will come away with a good understanding of how these shawls are constructed, how to modify them for size of wearer or weight of yarn. There are VERY few errors in this book - a marvel of self publishing if you compare with the error riddled books coming out of major publishing houses. I highly recommend the book and I recommend trying a few of her shawls before you jump into the fancier, lacier faroese shawls you can find. This book can keep you knitting gift items for years and years.

Seaman shaped scarves are ribbed at the back of the neck, and widen at the front of the throat. They are a great way to try a lace pattern before beginning the major commitment of making a shawl. For couples who are into such things, you can make a matching his/hers set. There are more scarve patterns than shawls - several solid textured stitches so they are not all lacy.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Top Down Faroese Shawls 10 May 2009
By Annika Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a great book to have in the lace knitting library. Not a "pretty" book (black and white photos only) but full of lovely patterns and suggestions for customizing. I will be knitting quite a few from this book. I primarily wanted this book for the shawls but the seaman's scarves are a welcome inclusion. I have often searched for "manly lace" as I like to knit for male friends and family. There are quite a few that fit the bill here, not too feminine, but still interesting for the avid lace knitter that I am.
If you love shawls and lace, this is a book for you.
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