Exquisite shawls made easy: knit them top down! (+ giveaway)

Seasoned knitters, newish knitters, and wanna-be knitters, today is your day! Five-time author Jen Lucas is back with a dozen lacy shawls to knit three ways: some are wedges, some are crescents, and others are half-circles. And they all start at the top!

Top-Down Shawls

Here’s what’s so fun about Top-Down Shawls: you cast on just two or three stitches to start, and then watch your shawl grow row by row. Both charted and written instructions are included, so you can choose your favorite way to follow along. And just look at the stunning shawls you can knit—talk about draping yourself in a dream!

From Top-Down Shawls

In addition to 12 cozy shawl patterns, Jen has even more in store for your next knitting adventure. If you accept her challenge, she’ll inspire you to unleash your inner designer with templates for wedge, crescent, and half-circle shawls, plus 18 stitch patterns to mix and match in mesmerizing one-of-a-kind projects. YOU choose the style and the stitches!

Lavendula shawl
Lavendula

Beautiful outdoor photography features each project in a nature setting, draped open so you can see all the beautiful lacy details. Each shawl is also shown on a model, so you can accurately judge sizes and see options for wearing the shawls you make.

Pekara shawl
Pekara

We’re excited to have Jen as our guest writer today to tell us more about Top-Down Shawls!


Jen LucasWhen I was growing up, I loved those Choose Your Own Adventure books. I started to ponder—what if I created a knitting book that had a choose-your-own-adventure element to it? It seemed like a fun idea, and Top-Down Shawls was born.

Whether you want an adventure in your knitting or you simply want to follow a pattern, you’ll find something you’ll love in this book. I’ve created 12 patterns for you to follow, or you can work the templates at the end of the book and make your own decisions about the shawl you want to make.

For Top-Down Shawls, I focused on three popular top-down shawl shapes. First, the wedge shawl. Triangle shawls continue to be a popular shawl shape, and I explore both two-wedge and three-wedge shapes in this book.

Kokedama shawl
Kokedama

Next, I explore crescent shawls. These shawls might be my favorite to both knit and wear. The crescent shawl typically has a longer wingspan than other top-down shawls, which makes it very easy to style.

Delicado shawl
Delicado

Finally, I visit the half-circle shawl. I love using the pi shawl shaping developed by Elizabeth Zimmermann for these fun and classic shawls. The best part of these shawls is that the shaping happens on just a few increasing rows. The rest of the shawl is worked back and forth without having to worry about any increases or other shaping.

Struttura shawl
Struttura

Top-Down Shawls is for all knitters. If you want to leave the thinking and design decisions to me, there are 12 shawl patterns ready to be knit. If you want a little more of an escapade, you can check out the design-your-own sections in the back of the book. There you’ll find templates for easy top-down shawl shapes and several stitch patterns to plug into the template. You can work one stitch pattern for the entire shawl, or mix and match the stitch patterns to create something truly unique for yourself.

I hope you enjoy the new book!


Top-Down ShawlsThanks for introducing everyone to Top-Down Shawls, Jen!

We’ve got a brand-spanking-new copy of Top-Down Shawls to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

When it comes to yarn are you:

a) A certified stasher
b) A use-it-as-you-buy-it knitter
c) A knitting newcomer

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start knitting with Jen, order Top-Down Shawls at our website and you can instantly download the eBook for free.


276 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Definitely a "certifiable" stasher, but I do use it too ;o)

    —Kristie Michalowski on November 9, 2018
  • definitely a certified stasher!

    —Louise on November 9, 2018
  • I would like to enter the contest. My answer is B.

    —Natalie Krall on November 9, 2018
  • I’d have to consider myself a b- Use it as I buy it knitter, but,,, I usually purchase beautiful yarn ‘just because’ someday the perfect pattern will arrive, and it looks like this book will be that ! ! !

    Luann Fischer on November 9, 2018
  • My daughter is the knitter. She’s a pro!

    —Nyla-Jean on November 9, 2018
  • I am a buy it to use it knitter; however, I have yarn for 2 projects available – would love to find a new project to use them.

    —Martha on November 9, 2018
  • I am a newbie again, having knitted baby dresses many, many years ago. I’d love to start a shawl project!

    —Gail Mackay on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher! If it’s on sale, I’m buying!

    —Caren Sherman on November 9, 2018
  • Try hard for B, but A gets in the way sometimes.

    —T on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher when it comes to yarn. Who can resist all those beautiful colors? Thank you, Martingale, for this lovely giveaway!

    —Linda B on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher; if it’s on sale, I’m buying!

    —Caren Sherman on November 9, 2018
  • If I would be lucky enough to win this I would use as a Christmas present for my daughter in law who is a hand knitting wiz!

    —MARY MALHEIM on November 9, 2018
  • I’m inexperienced, my sister is a pro and would help me… Love them all!

    —Marsha on November 9, 2018
  • I’m pretty much a use-it-as-you-buy-it knitter.

    —Sharon on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certifiable stasher with good intentions of using it all.

    —Michele on November 9, 2018
  • I’m absolutely a certified stasher!

    —Irene on November 9, 2018
  • Certified stasher

    —Tawney Mazek on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a Certified Stasher!

    —Nancy Thone on November 9, 2018
  • I would like to think that I am a use it as I buy it type, but my large stash seems to say otherwise. Thanks!

    —Joanne on November 9, 2018
  • A certified stasher! Would love to try to knit a beautiful shawl!

    —Julie D on November 9, 2018
  • I am a stasher and then when I see a patter I like, I have the materials needed for the project.

    —Dee Workman on November 9, 2018
  • Knitting newcomer!

    —Diane Osborne on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitting newcomer. Shawls are the perfect addition to a Florida winter wardrobe.

    —sandra m on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher – always with ideas to reduce the size, but . . .

    Barbara J Ronningen on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher. There are so many beautiful yarns out there, and so many fabulous patterns – I just can’t resist.

    —Jo-Anne Slaunwhite on November 9, 2018
  • Absolutely a certified stasher!

    —Irene Hopkins on November 9, 2018
  • Hands down I am a certified stasher! I also need to add this book to my library. I love several of the shawls. But they will have to wait until I get my Christmas presents made.

    —Cindy on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely c: a knitting newcomer. But I still love the beautiful shawls.

    —Dorothy McFarland on November 9, 2018
  • I try to be a knit it as I buy it. Although I do have a very small stash.

    —Virginia Over on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a use it as you buy it knitter.

    —Sheila on November 9, 2018
  • I try to knit what I buy. Although i do have a very small stash.

    —Virginia Over on November 9, 2018
  • I have a fabric problem but, only buy yarn for the project.

    —Gail on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher! You never know what you’ll need:)

    —Terri H on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely stasher I have two of Jan’s books One has traveled the cruise ships with us . Love knitting especially shawls

    Barbara Van Burger on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a knitting newcomer,. but my ideas and stash are growing! Love the idea of knit down shawl

    —Cathy on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely "certifiable" stasher I have two of Jan’s books One has traveled the cruise ships with us . Love knitting especially shawls

    Barbara Van Burger on November 9, 2018
  • I do not know how to knit but would love to learn as the shawls in this book are absolutely gorgeous!

    —Judi Rizzo on November 9, 2018
  • A stasher … but that means when I find a pattern in the middle of the night that can’t wait for yarn until morning, I can find a yarn that might work!

    —Karen J. on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a mixture of a & b. I try to mostly use it as I buy it because I already have a huge fabric stash that overflows available storage space!

    —Jan Carnes on November 9, 2018
  • Oh boy am I ever a "certified stasher" – certifiable too. I’m truly trying to work it down as even I admit to having just a little too much (like SABLE) to use in my lifetime. But I love yarn. And I won’t even go into the size of my needle collection except to say that my last count of fixed tip circulars was close to 100.

    —Leslie Sharr on November 9, 2018
  • I do some knitting. The shawl patterns look very interesting. I am a stasher for sure.

    —Peggy on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher! I have a closet full & I am knitting as fast as I can.

    —Trudy Stubbs on November 9, 2018
  • Use it as I make it knitter

    —Barbara on November 9, 2018
  • Reached master level certified stasher….although I did hear a great term the other day…stashing for retirement 😋

    —Diane Zongker on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher. These shawls are lovely. Hard to pick which one I’d want to make first.

    —stitching mom on November 9, 2018
  • I am an A+++, certifiable slasher. Yarn shops are my happy place.
    Nothing is more fun than looking through the stash for the perfect yarn for a project.

    —Sheila Hatler on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a stasher, and have been for all of my 65 knitting years. Now that I no longer drive, it’s particularly great to be able to choose yarn for my next project from what I have on hand. Lovely shawl designs.

    —Carol Fitzhugh on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher!!!! 🙂

    —Felicia on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher, both certified and certifiable! If I see yarn I like I buy as much as I can afford and still pay the bills, knowing I’ll eventually use it. Some of my favorite yarn combinations have resulted from multiple impulse buys.

    —Jane on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher!!!!! 🙂

    —Felicia on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a knitting newcomer. Beautiful work!

    —Sylvia Lutz on November 9, 2018
  • I have never knitted, but have a niece who is willing to teach me!

    —Eileen on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher. Thanks.

    —JoyceLM on November 9, 2018
  • a) A certified stasher

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher – the beauty of top down shawls is that you can use your stash- w/ bottom up it’s much easier to run put of yarn!

    Deirdre Bennett on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certifiable stasher who also uses the stash and makes many items.

    —Joan on November 9, 2018
  • I love to knit. Presently making small animals. I have knitted for many years and have a stash , give away once in awhile so I can buy more. I would love to make a shawl. These are stunning.

    —Mindy Dahl on November 9, 2018
  • I am quickly becoming a certified stasher!

    —Karen on November 9, 2018
  • I try to use it as I buy it. (ask me how well that is working!)

    —L Robertson on November 9, 2018
  • I am a stasher trying to use up that stash.

    —Kathy A on November 9, 2018
  • I’m usually a use it as you buy it knitter but do at times purchase yarns on sale – project unknown.

    —Sheila on November 9, 2018
  • I use and horde both. Some yarn needs to be stashed for that special thing.

    —k fein on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher, and I inherited my mom’s stash as well

    —Sue MacLeod on November 9, 2018
  • I am definately a "knitting newcomer". I have done a litte, but envy people who can sit and knit so relaxed. I am not at that stage yet!

    —Patty on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a newbie but have always loved yarn so I can see me getting a stash fast!

    —Rose Landon on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a knitting newcomer – I’m taking my first knitting class tomorrow!

    —Verna A. on November 9, 2018
  • I’ve knitted scarves and hats back in the day my children were small but knitting newcomer to beautiful shawls like these. My church has a "prayer shawl ministry" that I would love to contribute a shawl or two as beautiful as these!

    —Marianne Richards on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a newbie but have always loved yarn so I see a stash in the near future.

    —Rose Landon on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a certified stashed and would love to make some shawls

    —Fran Anderson on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher, but knitting all the time. It is my nightly “habit”, if I don have time to knit I can’t sleep. That must mean I am a addict. These patterns are beautiful.

    —Sharon on November 9, 2018
  • I am a stasher!! Enjoy touching my yarn!

    —Sherill V on November 9, 2018
  • Ohh I’m a cetified STASHER. But use it for my knitting and crochet.

    —Pala on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher. This book would most certainly help me make a dent in my stash as well as give me inspiration for my gift and charity knitting.

    —Janie on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stashers

    Mieko Po on November 9, 2018
  • It seems that I have suddenly become a stash builder, though I can’t imagine how that might have happened! My goal this year was to knit only from stash in order to bring things down to a reasonable size (didn’t work). Thank you for this generous offer.

    —bookboxer on November 9, 2018
  • I am a stasher! I always have plans for each hank of yarn.

    —Sherill V on November 9, 2018
  • *stands up and clears her throat* My name is Lorna and I am a certified stasher! My husband and children complain that our house is FULL of tubs of yarn. I refuse to part with any of it!
    I have never knit a shawl, I have been afraid to try! Would love to use up some of my abundance of yarn on something so lovely! Or maybe I will need to buy some new yarn?

    —Lorna Hill on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a certified stashed – sometimes I forget where I put them! What beautiful shawls!

    —Linda Voltz on November 9, 2018
  • I learned to knit as a teenager. And now I’m back to knitting in between quilting and adding yarn along side my fabric stash.

    —Barbara on November 9, 2018
  • Quickly becoming a "certifiable" stasher!

    —Karen Leigh on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a frustrated new knitter. I have to work at it… practice, practice, practice…

    —Margaret K on November 9, 2018
  • I’ve been knitting since I was a child. I made my first sweater when I was ten, and I still have it. I. find knitting very relaxing and soothing. The patterns in this book are absolutely amazing!

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on November 9, 2018
  • With knitting I am a “use it as I buy it yarn shopper/knitter. I even have patterns to use up leftover scraps of yarn. These are beautiful shawls. Can’t wait to share this book with my prayer shawl ministry group.

    —Julia Stavran on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a stashes who has great intentions!

    —Linda King on November 9, 2018
  • I dabble in knitting and do not have a huge yarn stash.

    —Elaine Litton on November 9, 2018
  • I’m mostly a former knitter. I would love to give this book to my daughter. I’m sure she would make a shawl or two for me and some for gifts to others.

    —Karen on November 9, 2018
  • I used to have a stash, but now I try to only buy when I have a project and use it right away.

    —Cindy on November 9, 2018
  • I try to be B use it as I go… but that’s just not happening. I’ve graduated into A a certified stasher. I so love the shawl patterns in this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. Love it!!

    —Joellyn Partyka on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitting newcomer.

    —Debra Rice on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitting new-comer. I have trouble with patterns and don’t knit well but can make a simple scarf on my own. However I have a friend who knits like this book, and she is a pattern tester all I can say to both is WOW!!!

    —Tonie Peterson on November 9, 2018
  • Absolutely a certified stasher, I love yarn, good yarn! Thank you!

    —Susan Spiers on November 9, 2018
  • I’ve definitely become a certified stasher and I’d love to use some of my yarn to make a few of the beautiful shawls in this book. Love them!

    —Joellyn K Partyka on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitting newcomer!

    —laura mitchell on November 9, 2018
  • Me, a certified stashed, however I do use and so enjoyed the products of my labors. Would love to win as it is getting to be shawl time here in the NW!

    —Marilynn on November 9, 2018
  • A certified stashed. I have yarn for projects l’ve lost the directions for.

    —Linda Towers on November 9, 2018
  • I would categorize myself as a knitting newcomer. I dabble from time to time & would love to make a shawl.

    —Stephanie D on November 9, 2018
  • Certified Stasher

    mandy whalen on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a certified stasher – one who has run out of room and must either knit more quickly or stop shopping!

    —Laure T on November 9, 2018
  • I’m somewhere between "buy it as I need it" and "certified stasher". I have a small stash of yarn from impulse buys, but somehow the skeins are never the right weight or the right amount for the project that I want to do. So I end up buying yarn for the project, use it up, and still have the same amount of stash.

    Barbara Johnson on November 9, 2018
  • A – Certified stasher

    I am actually entering for daughter. I am retired on a tight budget so if I win it will be present for my daughter who is a very talented knitter.

    —Diana Baule on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher, but have been distributing it too friends, as I am past SABLE.

    —Beverly Reeves on November 9, 2018
  • I think I am a buy it as I use it knitter. But those bins of yarn give away my secret.

    —Janet Beyea on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a newcomer! These shawls are beautiful.

    —Rilla Burnham on November 9, 2018
  • This Book looks so neat! "C" A Knitting Newcomer! Thanks for the Giveaway!

    —LINDA Douglas on November 9, 2018
  • A knitting newcomer

    —Karen Trombley on November 9, 2018
  • I really try to buy and use; but, a small stash is growing.

    —Jennifer Johnson on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a certified stasher!

    —Christine E on November 9, 2018
  • Expert certified stashed!
    Not enough hours in a day!

    —Sandy Kimmes on November 9, 2018
  • I tend to buy yarn as I need it.

    —Diane, p. on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a b)a use it as I buy it knitter. Love the patterns in this book!

    —Carol Gearey on November 9, 2018
  • I dabble in knitting, trying a new/different stitch/technique with each project. Sounds like my kind of instructions and challenges.

    —Shirley on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified slasher. A lot of that has to do with being thrifty. I love a bargain, and buy when yarn is on sale. I also just can’t resist beautiful yarn.

    —Janice Hixon on November 9, 2018
  • A little bit of both, I think…I buy for a project, never make it, forget what it was purchased for….and so the stash grows.

    —Nita on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified Stasher! I have enough yarn and fiber(to spin) for at least 2 lifetimes. I try to shop my stash first but if nothing jumps out as perfect for a project I happily buy more yarn.

    —Mary Whited on November 9, 2018
  • a knitting newcomer but this would get me hot to trot on a project – such gorgeous knits!

    —allie on November 9, 2018
  • I’m none of the above. I used to knit years ago, but have been quilting the past 20 years. Now, due to physical disabilities, quilting has become more difficult for me. I’m thinking knitting might be easier for me. This would be a good way for me to start again.

    —Joanne on November 9, 2018
  • Use it as I buy it. Great book!

    —Amy F on November 9, 2018
  • I’m more of a new knitter – not terribly experienced and a lot chicken! I mostly buy for a specific project, but recently inherited a lot of yarn from my late mother which has made me feel rich and able to experiment a wee bit!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on November 9, 2018
  • I do tend to stash a lot but I’m constantly knitting. The shawls in this book are beautiful.

    —Lynda on November 9, 2018
  • I love to collect balls of wool in various fibres and weights. I love to experiment with new knitting techniques. Currently I am obsessed with shawl patterns. I am really intrigued with the patterns in this new shawl book. It is an excellent addition to any knitting library.

    Warm regards,
    Donna Dabels

    —Donna Dabels on November 9, 2018
  • It is so nice that shawls are back. I will use some of my stash to make more.

    —Marva on November 9, 2018
  • Certifiable in all ways, but def a certifiable stashed!

    —Sue Marsh on November 9, 2018
  • A certified stasher, knitting every chance I get!

    —Carol Koehn on November 9, 2018
  • I an definitely a stasher and always wanting more. Love the shawl patterns shown in this book!!

    —Geneva Lowery on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitting newcomer. The book looks yummy!

    —Shari Kersey on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a knitting newcomer. These patterns look do-able!

    —Gale W. S. on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a definite newcomer. Ive crocheted in the past, wanted to try knitting, but didn’t know if I’d be any good at it. Thanks.

    —Lisa Timmer on November 9, 2018
  • You could call me a certified stasher since I can’t resist a good sale. Then there’s my love of hand dyed fingering weight yarns. I love knitting shawls and socks.

    —Barbara Colvin on November 9, 2018
  • I AM A CERTIFIED STASHER!

    —Beverly Burton on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher!,

    —Barb Nielson on November 9, 2018
  • Absolutely a certified stasher!

    This looks like an awesome book that I can’t wait to use!

    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway and I really hope I win!

    —susan on November 9, 2018
  • I guess I am a "stasher" — with good intentions to use it All, as I purchase it! 🙂

    —Carol Schon on November 9, 2018
  • Stasher, although I used to be a use as you buy person. I gave away a bunch of my heathered yarns to a friend who crochets, and live in REGRET. I used to knit a lot, but only simple items, even a knit doll… but these shawls are fabulous! Very tempting

    —Sharon Schipper on November 9, 2018
  • Usually B, but I wish I had a stash now as I’m knitting an endless sweater and would like to start something else!

    —Cindy S on November 9, 2018
  • I a newbie.

    —Arleen Curry on November 9, 2018
  • Certifiable stasher. Hope chest coffee table, full, drawers under bed full, baskets, boxes, bags,on order,being delivered and on wishlist.

    —Sandra Boff on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher. Love the shawls in this book. Hard to know which one I’d pick to knit first.

    —Doreen Borck on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a knitter newcomer! I started knitting years ago but stopped when I got married and life got busy. I’ve been making an effort to start again. This book would be good motivation to get started!

    —Karen Nelso on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher. If it’s purty or soft or bright, I must have it!

    This looks like a must purchase book.

    —SoozB on November 9, 2018
  • I am looking at getting back into knitting, and I was a relative beginner years ago when I had to stop because of hand issues! I just so love these shawls that I am so tempted to pick it up again……….

    —Judy Stolz on November 9, 2018
  • Not living very close to any Local Yarn Shops I am a certifiable stash Miser fo sure. I like to have my stash onhand so I can pick a pattern and pretty well always get right into it with my yarns. I’m a ‘wool snob’ too and proud of it!

    —Mary on November 9, 2018
  • I am A knitting newcomer. But it’s never to late to start…;-}

    —Rommy van Houten on November 9, 2018
  • My stash has been growing for 50+ years, for both hand and machine knitting (and crochet). Have an entire walk-in closet full.

    —Randie G on November 9, 2018
  • Oh I remember the choose your own adventure books too! I loved those. What a great idea you have for your new book! It looks wonderful.
    I am a certified stasher but my goal for 2019 is to be a use it as you buy it knitter and a use what you have before you buy more knittter as well! 🙂

    Congrats on your new book!

    —Nancy Roraback on November 9, 2018
  • I am a fairly new knitter, and I tend to buy what I need for a project. Of course, I have a longer project list than time. Thank you for a chance to win, I love shawls and the patterns are beautiful.

    —Jamie Todhunter on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stashed, definitely.

    —Patricia on November 9, 2018
  • I am a stasher. I am always happy when I find the perfect pattern for the
    yarn I have stashed – and I have enough! I love the top down patterns the best.

    Joyce Jensen on November 9, 2018
  • I’m not a stasher like I do with quilting fabric, but I do admit that I have several skeins tucked away!!!

    —Geri on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stashed, in fact I reached SABLE at least 25 years ago and it just keeps growing! I love these shawls, they are gorgeous.

    —Michelle Mccrillis on November 9, 2018
  • Jen has some beautiful designs!
    I’m definitely a stasher!!

    —Lee on November 9, 2018
  • I was a knitter in my early 20’s, but a decade later married life intervened. Spare time became a nonexistent commodity and my tools were donated to others. Thinking I would like to take it up again, I purchased a couple sizes of new needles and a few skeins of yarn. My, how yarn has changed over the decades; I am reenergized about knitting.

    —SandyMay on November 9, 2018
  • I try to be a use it as I buy it knitter, but there is so much beautiful yarn, I may be approaching yarn stasher status.
    It is already past hope for my quilt fabric stash.

    —Caryn G on November 9, 2018
  • Yarn Corner in my house has become Yarn Mountain. I am a certified stasher, with enough yarn and WIPs to fill my free time for the rest of my life and even beyond in that LYS in the sky.

    —Kerri Albertson on November 9, 2018
  • I am a newcomer to knitting.

    —Joanne L Wilson on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher. I love the feel of yarn and the colors are amazing. Making shawls is my favorite project.

    —Diana DeWitt on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely certifiable, with more wool than I think I can use in my lifetime

    —Pamela Dorman on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher to which my husband will attest after clearing out our storage locker!

    —Denise Bowen on November 9, 2018
  • I am not only a certified stasher, I’m a certified second-generation stasher – my late mother in law left me three cardboard storage boxes full of yarn, plus all of her needles, markers, and other items. Sadly, she left no finished shawls or sweaters which – just possibly – is an object lesson for me.

    Shay Simmons on November 9, 2018
  • I have just begun to knit again after 30 years lapse, so my stash is small.
    Looks like great book !

    —Eileen Maher on November 9, 2018
  • I don’t know how to classify myself. I’m a guy, just short of 6′ tall. My shirt size is comprised of 2 letters, and neither one is an S or an M. The total weight of my yarn is probably only 2 to 3 times my body weight. Well, maybe 5 or 6. I just remembered the Hallway to Nowhere, which used to be a hallway to somewhere.

    Is that enough to be properly considered a stash, or do I need more?

    —Kitten WAW on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely A! I use yarn for lots of things so I buy to stash when I can find something I really, REALLY like at a good price.

    —Cheryl R. on November 9, 2018
  • These shawls are lovely! I’m a knitting newcomer.

    —Amy Cofer on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher. I’d love this book to possibly use some of my stash.

    —Norma on November 9, 2018
  • Beautiful shawls!!! I am closer to buy it as you need it, but there is also a stash luring!

    —Lorraine Croy on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stasher

    —Sue Manson on November 9, 2018
  • I am a definitely a certified stasher (quilting, sewing, knitting) and so on. If I like it I will buy and put it away for when I have time to due it. My family just laugh and look forward to what will be coming there way in the future.

    —Denise S on November 9, 2018
  • I buy yarn as I find a project I like. I don’t have much time to knit, so I think this is the safe way to go. (It’s too easy to build a stash!)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful book—I think I will buy yarn for one or two of these lovely shawls…

    —Mary Jo on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a shameless stasher. Loud and proud. There’s always something on my mind for my next project and these lace patterns are on my mind!!

    —Cathy Mitton on November 9, 2018
  • I wish I could be a use it as you buy it knitter (and crocheter) but sometimes the sale is too good or the yarn is too beautiful. I have been itching to make a shawl and Jen’s crescent are the projects I’ve been looking for.

    —Diane S on November 9, 2018
  • Most definitely a certified stasher…..love that yarn!!! Thanks for the giveaways.

    —Barb on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher. Can’t get enough sock yarn!

    —Carol Trautmann on November 9, 2018
  • I am a knitter newcomer. I started knitting years ago but haven’t done it for several years.

    Tatiana Kishchinskaya on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a stashed. I have bits and pieces of too many projects just sitting in my cupboard waiting for that small project to come along. I also have yarn I bought for a wedding shawl that was too difficult to follow, so the yarn for that is also waiting for inspiration.

    —Peggy vargo on November 9, 2018
  • I try to use it as I buy it but I do have a ‘few’ museum pieces.

    —Yooper in Mississippi on November 9, 2018
  • I’m embarrassed to say I was stashing before I ever learned to make a stitch

    —Donna Nutt on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a knitting yarn hoarder. Right now I have some lovely sock yarns that would be excellent for some of these shawls. Also, some DK, some Worsted, some fancies – see, I told you I was a hoarder.

    —Marcia Gault on November 9, 2018
  • I too am a certifiable stashaholic. I only started knitting shawls about five years ago and I am so hooked. The patterns look beautiful, I would love to win the book.

    —Sherry Walls on November 9, 2018
  • I have a small stash right now, but typically I buy as I need it. I live in a very small apartment with limited storage space.

    —Rebecca Wilson on November 9, 2018
  • No doubts here. I am a certified stasher – of yarn, kits, and books. I try to use it up, but I just don’t knit fast enough.

    —joyce hancock on November 9, 2018
  • I am a buy as I use it, but I do have a stash of my mothers yarns.

    —Liz Sumner on November 9, 2018
  • yes, I am a textile hoarder. cannot pass up a colorful yarn or texture that catches my eye. goal now is to make shawls for those going through cancer treatments or dialysis.

    —r. knott on November 9, 2018
  • I’m somewhere between ‘a’ and ‘b’. If I wanted to start a new project today, I probably have the yarn. But my yarn stash isn’t nearly the size of my fabric stash – thank goodness!

    —Lerlene Nevaril on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher but I do use it for knitting and crocheting!

    —Joie Sasnett on November 9, 2018
  • I am new to knitting–have done a very little crochet (two unfinished afghans!

    —Barb K. on November 9, 2018
  • I am a 40 year certified stasher and that is not my age.

    —Jacqueline Gould on November 9, 2018
  • I am a SUPER stasher!! If I see a color I like and I feel of it, nine times out of ten, it is going home with me!

    —Karen Paessler on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a certified stasher.
    I’m financing my retirement. 🙂

    —yolanda v on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stashed, with quite a few projects started!

    —Jean Blythe on November 9, 2018
  • For me it is A and B. Lovely paterns! Thanks for the chance.

    —Hanke Fijnvandraat on November 9, 2018
  • I also have come back to knitting, something I haven’t done since my children were babies. I am loving it again!

    —Gail on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher. I never seem to have a project in mind when I buy, it’s usually yarn on sale so I stock up on colors and styles that I love to work with, then I find the patterns

    —Connie in Florissant on November 9, 2018
  • Oh yeah, sure! I’m a certified hoarder….. errrrrr stasher of yarn, fiber, fabric, books, notions, accessories, magazines……. And no, I am not ready to get any kind of help for this unless it is the enabling kind of help.

    —Cammy Cochrane on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher, ( or should I say a hoarder ). I feel sorry for my family having to clean it all out if, and when, I die.

    —Carol Brown on November 9, 2018
  • Knitting is just one of my fiber hobbies. I do tend to buy with no real project in mind…just because I love the yarn.

    —Peggy H. on November 9, 2018
  • When it comes to yarn I am definitely a certified stasher. I’ve never left a yarn store with only what I went in to get. I think I have the perfect yarns for many of these beautiful patterns already.

    —Christine Milway on November 9, 2018
  • I am definitely a certified stasher. Every time I vow to knit from my stash, something comes along that I just have to have! And so it continues to grow and grow. This book looks wonderful! Shawls are one of my all-time favorite projects to knit, especially top-down, as you can just go till you run out of yarn, or are tired of it.

    —Jane on November 9, 2018
  • Oh, I’m a dedicated stasher! And as I’m a spinner, too, I can keep topping up my stash with yarns perfect for shawls!

    —gayle m on November 9, 2018
  • I am a proud stasher!

    —Angela Linke on November 9, 2018
  • Haven’t knitted in over 20 years but this would be a fun project to get started again!

    —Duane Wiley on November 9, 2018
  • Because I am such a collector when it comes to quilt cottons, I have tried to purchase yarn when a project beckons. Alas, my eye is drawn to lovely yarns and I have now become a yarn collector too.

    —Colleen Gander on November 9, 2018
  • Hi!
    I’m totally a newbie! I love Top Down Shawls because
    I livein Texas where just something on my shoulders
    will keep me warm. I hope to win.
    Mary

    —Mary Salmon on November 9, 2018
  • Oh dear, I am a stasher!

    —diana o on November 9, 2018
  • A Certified Stasher for sure, I have a stash on top of my stash. Love all of Jen’s books, this new one might help me destash, but I will probably will just buy more more beautiful yarn!

    —TrailerNV on November 9, 2018
  • I am a newbie knitter. I hope to make one of these shawls someday soon!

    —Wanda B. on November 9, 2018
  • When it comes to yarn, I am a certified stasher!

    —Bridget on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher, I crochet but am new to knitting.

    —Kathy on November 9, 2018
  • Knitting newcomer!

    —Ashley on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a stasher, having been a knitter for (gasp) nearly 70 years. I have my own stash, plus my mother’s stash, plus I rescue yarn from friends who don’t love it any more.

    —Dot on November 9, 2018
  • Like your patterns.

    —Carolyn R. Miller on November 9, 2018
  • Definitely a certified stashed.

    —Marie on November 9, 2018
  • I buy yarn when I decide to make a garment, so it’s ready when I eventually get around to starting the project. Of course I have to put the yarn and project instructions together in a project bag or I will forget what yarn goes with which project. I have yet to make a shawl, but have been looking at patterns for them recently.

    —Anne on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a newbie, or knitting newcomer. But I did just complete my first (but not last) shawl. Lots to learn!

    —Debi F on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher as well as a novice knitter.

    —Barbara Morse on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a dedicated stasher but always looking and sometimes buying new yarns

    —Jan Sjostrand on November 9, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher! There are so many beautiful yarns out there and surely I’ll find a pattern for each kind I buy!!

    Gayle R. on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a stasher! There are so many beautiful yarns out there and there has to be a pattern somewhere for each kind I buy!!

    Gayle R. on November 9, 2018
  • Good evening…. I guess I’m a stasher… most of my knitting is done for charity and I some how get lots of yarn donations, but even with that I still can’t resist fondling yarn at the shops and stores… something always follows me home.

    These shawls have some inspiring shapes. Just looking at the pictures would be a mood boosting pleasure.

    Thank you
    Kay

    —kay on November 9, 2018
  • Card carrrying Stasher.

    —Karen Campbell on November 9, 2018
  • I am "A use it as you buy it knitter", I really don’t see any point in having hundreds of dollars of wool/yarn just sitting there waiting to be used.

    —Mark on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher, but work on projects off and on.

    —Linda H. on November 9, 2018
  • I use yarn as I need it to make a project.

    —Jackie Wisherd on November 9, 2018
  • I am a certified stashed. I am also a mad shawl maker and a Jen Lucas fan. I have several of her books and drooled through them many times and have even made shawls from all of them. They are even more gorgeous in real life than they are in her lovely books

    —Marilyn Holleystupka on November 9, 2018
  • Can’t wait to start knitting these beautiful shawls.

    —Marietta Herinckx on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a stashed! ! And, I would love to make some of these shawls!!! Thanks!!

    —Meg Matsaganis on November 9, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher! ! And, I would love to make some of these shawls!!! Thanks!!

    —Meg Matsaganis on November 9, 2018
  • I like small pieces of decorative yarn that I can use for embellishment. But I LOVE the shawls-my Mom could make them.

    —Linda Ahn on November 9, 2018
  • Like my patchwork, I’m a certified stasher! I even have some beautiful angora lace to make that heirloom shawl. Liz

    —Liz Tanner on November 10, 2018
  • I am a little bit past a beginner but I own a large stash of yarns. At the moment I am knitting a shawl which started with 3 stitches and it is now starting to look and feel like a shawl. I would love to own this beautiful book so thank you for the opportunity.

    —Jill Davies on November 10, 2018
  • I’m a certified stasher. I look at it and wonder how I’m going to get through it.

    —Cheriee Jones on November 10, 2018
  • I know how to knit a sock but do not knit shawls but that might be a nice change

    —A. Bouwman on November 10, 2018
  • I’m an Aand B knitter. I’d hate to miss out on a beautiful yarn 🤣🤣

    —Robyn Runge on November 10, 2018
  • Well, I try to be a "knit it as you buy it" knitter. I really do. But I do have yarn for a pullover, a wool hat, a cardigan and a few pairs of socks. I’m just deciding which patterns to use. I have a LOT of patterns.

    —Janice on November 10, 2018
  • Definately a certified stashed.
    When I see a yarn that I like I get it. When I see a pattern I like or have an idea for a project I want to be able to start it right away.

    —Marion Russell on November 10, 2018
  • I am a beginning knitter, but have been crocheting for almost 40 years. . . I’m really excited about the different patterns and techniques of knitting!

    —Erika B. on November 10, 2018
  • I started knitting about a year ago so a relative newcomer. The shawls look lovely.

    —Diana Napier on November 10, 2018
  • I’m definitely a certified stasher… My stash is like 18 boxes full of yarn and fiber… The 2 boxes inherited from my grandma NOT included…
    I’m the type of crafter who is really bad at waiting for material when inspiration strikes me so I usually have everything I need(and a little bit more) stashed. Although I would sometimes like to be a use-it-as-you-buy-it knitter – to be honest I guess that’s never really going to happen… Not in this life though…

    —Maria on November 10, 2018
  • I am a stasher! I buy yarn with colours I like, and for the textures. Plus I have a daughter who works in a yarn store so that can be a problem too!

    —Margaret Hynes on November 10, 2018
  • I am definitely a certified Stasher. I even hide it.

    —Lisa Garrett on November 10, 2018
  • I’m a newcomer to knitting. However, my son and daughter knit a little. In fact, my son knit (without a pattern) a little shawl that his wife wore for their wedding. I think he would love this book to knit more shawls for her.

    —Deborah B. on November 10, 2018
  • I wish I could always be a "knit it as you buy it" knitter but sometimes I find a fabulous yarn at a craft fair and cannot resist buying for future projects.

    —Regina Harris on November 10, 2018
  • Mostly just buy as I need. Would love to learn more lace knitting.

    —Becky L. on November 10, 2018
  • I’m a knitting newcomer but I’d give this to my daughter who is a serious knitter.

    —Cathy Wilson on November 10, 2018
  • My stash got a little too large and then I couldn’t recall exactly what my original plan was for such and such a gorgeous yarn, so I decided to knit my stash. I’m still making a great effort to NOT buy that beautiful yarn that is calling my name, but that does not always work. I am turning into a "buy it and knit it" knitter. Self-discipline actually works and I have a bit more room in the closet! Who knew?

    —Jacalyn J Schwitter on November 10, 2018
  • I am a newbie to knitting, these shawls inspire me to see all the beautiful possibilities.

    —Lisa on November 10, 2018
  • I am a combination of knit as you buy it type and a certified stasher. I buy yarn for a certain project, then for another one, and more often than not I do not have the time to actually do the projects. After some time I start knitting something entirely different from the yarns I have piled up. Eventually I do finish them…

    —Zsuzsánna Kövesdiné Lám on November 10, 2018
  • I am an A- a certified stasher

    —Cheryl Clemons on November 10, 2018
  • Hi, My answer is B. Thanks

    —Helen Bowie on November 10, 2018
  • The photos are lovely. Love the simple looking Pi shawls1

    —Charlotte Rutland on November 10, 2018
  • Pretty much a stasher, especially sock yarns!

    —Charlotte Rutland on November 10, 2018
  • I’m a spin it and knit (or weave) it….does that count?

    —Linda M on November 10, 2018
  • Definitely a certified stasher. I use but have a stash. Hu

    —Nancy Seitz on November 10, 2018
  • I am a knitting newcomer and would love to win a copy of Jen’s book. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

    —Bonnie on November 10, 2018
  • Total newbie.

    —Lorrie Potts on November 10, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher; my yarn has its own closet, and it’s fast outgrowing that! I have been crocheting for decades, and am just now learning to knit – I would love to have this book to inspire me to learn to knit better and sooner!

    —Karen on November 10, 2018
  • I strive to be a use it as I buy it knitter but don’t always succeed!

    —Linda Burkhart on November 10, 2018
  • I’M A CERTIFIED STASHER! Enough to keep me in stitches! Beautiful shawls—thanks for the contest, and the inspiration!

    Marilyn

    —Marilyn Schneider on November 10, 2018
  • Seem to collect – yarn, fabric- now just need to use it all..

    —Karen on November 11, 2018
  • A knitting newcomer! Still to knit my first shawl.

    —Cheryl Schneider on November 11, 2018
  • I’m a a) A certified stasher. I love art & craft supplies.

    —MelodyJ on November 11, 2018
  • I am SO definitely a stasher. I have good intentions to knit only from what I already have, but somehow it never works out, and beautiful new yarn magically appears. Would probably help if I just avoided yarn shops and stayed home to knit.
    Am in the midst of making a shawl for my Mother in law. It’s nice enough, but not nearly as beautiful as the ones in this book.

    —HelenW on November 11, 2018
  • I’m a Certified Stasher!

    —Deb G. in VA on November 11, 2018
  • Definitely a Certified Stasher. I have a few Knitting UFO’S. Fewer in number than my Quilt UFO’S by far.
    Thanks for sharing, I need to make a few shawls for my girls!

    —Mary Crowther on November 11, 2018
  • I am mostly a use it as I buy it knitter. I do stash yarns for socks, as I know I will always be knitting socks. But I rarely/never buy yarn that I don’t have a plan/pattern in mind. This book looks GREAT!

    —Deb on November 11, 2018
  • I am forever) A certified stasher! I love yarn of all types!

    —Nicole Sender on November 11, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher

    —sara bates on November 11, 2018
  • C. A knitting newcomer.
    These are so pretty and lovely!

    —Ann Austin on November 11, 2018
  • I am a beginner but these are so beautiful I might give one a try

    —Sue L on November 11, 2018
  • Addicted to yarn and would LOVE to win this book! Am a beginner in terms of skill level, but have occasionally stepped WAY outside my comfort zone to tackle more difficult projects. Beautiful patterns. Thanks!

    —Nancy Wynne Hoffman on November 12, 2018
  • I’d have to say I’m mostly a use-it-as-you-buy-it knitter. Thnaks for the giveaway!

    —Mary on November 12, 2018
  • I am a major Stasher.

    —SherryG on November 12, 2018
  • A "certified stasher" for sure.

    —Elaine on November 13, 2018
  • I am a certified stasher! though I have been trying to match up patterns with the yarn, I have a long way to go. I have even convinced my husband to build me bookshelves to put my yarn in (ready to start on bookshelf #4. If I can get to the bottom of my stash I am sure I have 2 or 3 yarns that would work with these patterns.

    —Dawn on November 13, 2018
  • Definitely a certified stasher!!

    Carmen on November 16, 2018
  • Certified stasher mostly, but sometimes a use it as you buy it.

    —Susan on November 16, 2018
  • I am a certified stashed so I love these beautiful top-down shawls as I might not have the same amount of yarn to make the original.

    —Linda Nakamura on November 16, 2018
  • I am a use -it-as-I-buy-it knitter. These shawls are beautiful!

    —Brenda Julovich on November 17, 2018

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