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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a very cozy book to read.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Wrapped in Comfort

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Stitch patterns are written out AND charted in neat little charts.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This little chart explains so much.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Each shawl has a little story to go along with it.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love that the photograph of the lace is placed right next to the written instructions.

Wrapped in Comfort, by Alison Jeppson Hyde, is a great book for anyone looking for a slightly different kind of shawl pattern.

Top-down circular shawls aren't unheard of in the knitting world, but they don't always get the attention they deserve. This book contains 14 patterns for shawls and two for scarves.

The most popular pattern on Ravelry, from this book, is the Bigfoot Shawl. It uses two variations on Feather and Fan, which might be my very favorite easy lace pattern to knit. (There is a cute pattern for a scarf using this stitch here.)

Gauges, needles and yarns in this book are somewhat larger than most knitters would expect from a lace book. Bigfoot, for example, is made with fingering-weight yarn and #8 (5 mm) needles. Most of the projects in the book are designed to be made with a needle that is one size larger than that. It definitely makes the book more approachable for the beginning lace knitter.

One thing that is unusual, but wonderful, about this book is its dual nature. All of the instructions I've looked at included both written and charted versions. This is great because some knitters REALLY prefer one or the other. Everyone can be happy.

The photography in the book is nice and clear and the models are all on the younger side. It is fun to see lace shawls styled with everyday-looking outfits.

A small section in the front of the book provides some guidelines for designing your own shawl from scratch, including considerations for neck edges, sizing, and aligning patterns with each other.

Overall, a nice addition to the library of anyone who is interested in circular, top-down shawls.

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