Here is why I only gave 4 stars, as much as I wanted to give 5 I couldn't. I ordered this item a few yrs. ago and wanted to make the cover cuffed shrug with a hood, which I did complete, BUT, I also had to ask on a crochet forum for assistance in clarification of directions. Once I received the extra help I was good to go. It's a beautiful cuffed shawl and I will be making another one just as soon as I unpack my crochet/knitting/weaving materials.... It would seem whomever wrote and/or proofed the instructions didn't do a detailed job and correct job.
I have NO issues with Leisure Arts or the quality of the e-pattern. The photography is lovely and I had no issues downloading and printing. My issue is with the pattern instructions for the cuffed-blue shawl poncho. I stayed up all night ripping and redoing rows to get the correct amount of stitches. I had to make a choice and rearranged the increases to make them even. I still ended up with an extra stitch. Then I had to log all the changes in order to make a second identical piece. So really, if I have to calculate over 10 rows of mayor increases, then why should I pay for the pattern? I had to create a good portion of the pattern. I'm very disappointed. When the pattern says it is "Easy", that means it should be a breeze to make, and all the calculating is done. I DO NOT recommend this pattern. I rather take my chances following a YouTube video online.
The Cuffed Shawl and More! includes the following designs:
Cuffed Shawl (EASY, Bulky Weight Yarn, 6.5 mm (K) hook)
Ruffled Shawl (EASY, Medium Weight Yarn, 5.5 mm (I) hook)
Hybrid Scarf (EASY, Medium Weight Yarn, 6.5 mm (K) hook)
Button-up Poncho (EASY, Medium Weight Yarn, 5.5 mm (I) hook)
Each of the 4 designs include customization options.
I absolutely love this book of patterns. I do have one problem. The dark blue cuffed shawl pattern l have completed row 2-10 and don't end with 48 doubles. Took it out 3 times and still end up with 38. If some one can help I would appreciate it very much.
I purchased this and another e-book from Leisure Arts, and I must say I was extremely pleased. The purchase was quick and easy, Leisure Arts made sure I got my items as soon as my purchase was approved. I would recommend that people buy from Leisure Arts, they are a trusted company to buy from and they follow-up with your purchase to make sure it was received by you. Keep it up Leisure Arts.
Searched everywhere for a cuffed shawl for an upcoming trip to Great
Britain. This was exactly what I was looking for. Easy, quick and so many options. I'm making one with a collar, but collarless and hooded are two other options. There are a couple of other patterns which is a bonus. So glad I found this booklet.
I think the patterns are wonderful. I haven't finished my first one yet, but the instructions are very clear to me. So far my only difficulty is with the yarn suggestion. I am having a hard time seeing my stitches with the Homepun, but mostly on the foundation chain.