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A knitter for over 35 years, Alison Jeppson Hyde has been a contributing designer to several publications, as well as running a popular knitting Web site.
With lace still at the top of many knitters' to-do queues, Jeppson Hyde homes in on one easy-to-master type of shawl construction, mining 16 top-down circular gems. This shaping wraps nicely over the shoulders and drapes to stay put. The author casts on with a double strand to strengthen the neckline; from there, it's a matter of filling in the body with interesting patterning. Each piece is preceded by the story of its genesis in Jeppson Hyde's life: a purple clover chain for a long-llost elementary-school soul mate, frothy sea bubbles and jellyfish shapes after a day spent on the shore in Monterey, a fountain-lace pattern that mimics hands clasped in solidarity after 9/11 - there's emotion instilled in each stitch.* Yarn Market News *