There’s nothing quite like the comforts of knitting and crochet. Shawls are perhaps the ultimate example of this: they can be as elaborate and absorbing as you want them to be, or they can be simple and straightforwardthe perfect project for cosying up in front of the teev and a good movie.
Here we offer three shawls and variations on each, for beginners through to those looking for something more challenging. Writer Anne Bartlett (Knitting) offers her thoughts on the spiritual nourishment of prayer shawls, and we also cover the technical sidehow to read lace charts and how to block lace knittingso you can see your shawls through to a fine finish.
Issue 2 also touches on the gold you can uncover in your own stash, how to substitute when you love a pattern but can’t lay your hands on the right yarn, and a photo feature on finding just the right closure for your shawls, wraps and stoles.