Learn it once, knit it thrice: Jen Lucas returns with Stunning Stitches (+ giveaway!)

Knitters, take note: these stitches are too stunning to knit just once!

Best-selling author Jen Lucas is back with her fifth book, Stunning Stitches, sharing more exquisite wraps that are way easier to knit than you might think!

Jen’s dreamed up an all-new system for knitting through her latest book: first, she chose seven of her all-time favorite stitch patterns. Then she designed three different wraps highlighting each stitch pattern in all its stunning glory. Once you learn each stitch, you’ll have a trio of gorgeous wraps to create, and you’ll feel confident knitting them all.

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Choose from 21 projects in a variety of yarn weights, from fingering weight to bulky, and knit every style of wrap: shawls, scarves, cowls, a poncho, a hooded scarf, a Mobius scarf, and more. Jen’s wraps make wonderful gifts—one size fits all!—and they’re so luxe, you’ll feel like royalty when you wear them.

Jen’s our guest writer today, and she’s here to tell us more about her beautiful new book. Welcome, Jen!


Jen LucasAs a designer, I’m constantly poring over the pages of my stitch dictionaries, looking for the perfect stitch pattern to use in my design. After I pick one, I use it once, check it off in the book, and most of the time, never use it again. It’s so sad. Some stitch patterns are just too pretty to use only once!

In Stunning Stitches, I explore using the same stitch in three different accessory patterns. You might find a beautiful lace panel used in a poncho, shawl, and scarf, just like in the Glarus set.

Glarus knitting trio
Glarus knitting trio: where a beautiful lace panel is the star of the show.

The book goes beyond lace stitches: I explore using cables, texture, and slipped stitches. There’s something for everyone.

Glarus stitch pattern
Detail of Glarus stitch pattern

Looking for something simple? The Cyprus collection features a stitch pattern that’s made up of only knits and purls. You can have the cowl, dickie, or stole whipped up in no time.

Cyprus knitting trio
Cyprus knitting trio: grab a soft and squishy yarn to knit these richly textured pieces.

Cyprus stitch pattern
Detail of Cyprus stitch pattern

You’ll also notice in this book that I’ve designed a few things that you haven’t seen from me before. There’s the poncho and dickie (pictured above), but I’ve also designed a couple of cowlettes—they’re triangle shawls that don’t fall off! If you like the shawls in my book Sock-Yarn Shawls, you’ll love these sweet cowlettes!

Bampton cowlette
Bampton cowlette

Pomelo cowlette
Pomelo cowlette

This book was a blast to put together, and I hope you love the patterns as much as I do!


Stunning StitchesThanks for showing us all your stylish and truly stunning new stitches, Jen!

What’s your favorite type of wrap to knit for yourself: shawls, scarves, cowls, ponchos? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Stunning Stitches eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck, and happy knitting!

See more from Jen Lucas:

Cozy Stash-Busting Knits Sock-Yarn Accessories Sock-Yarn Shawls II Sock-Yarn Shawls

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Karen, who says:

“I’ve learned to knit several times – having been a crocheter for over 40 years, that second needle still gives me trouble. But having these patterns as incentive would get me to finally learn to knit for real!”

We’ll email you about your prizes, Karen—congratulations!

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110 Comments

  • I’ve made a few scarves, but really want to try a shawl. They are all so pretty!

    —Shari K. on May 31, 2017
  • I enjoy knitting and the examples shown are stunning. Would be a great book to add to the knitting library.

    —Gail on May 31, 2017
  • I love to knit scarves. It’s a great way to try new stitch patterns.

    —Linda B on May 31, 2017
  • I love the new book but my favorite wraps are cowls, scarves, then ponchos. Hope I win a copy.

    —Bonnie Fortenberry on May 31, 2017
  • Scarves

    —AS on May 31, 2017
  • I like to knit a scarf for a quick gift.

    —MoeWest on May 31, 2017
  • I love knitting shawls and wear them daily. I look forward to some new ideas.

    —Rosemary on May 31, 2017
  • I like to knit new scarves each year using beautiful yarns that catch my eye and I am always looking for unique designs to knit. Wraps are also a favourite.

    —Ondrea on May 31, 2017
  • I love the cowlette — no worries about losing a precious handknit when out and about!

    Aunt Marti on May 31, 2017
  • I have made scarves. The cowls look stunning.

    —NancyB on May 31, 2017
  • Oh I love wraps and I need to become more confident with slip stitches – I would love this book the designs are lovely

    —Lynn A Swanson on May 31, 2017
  • I’ve learned to knit several times – having been a crocheter for over 40 years, that second needle still gives me trouble. But having these patterns as incentive would get me to finally learn to knit for real!

    —Karen on May 31, 2017
  • I enjoy knitting cowls (for a fast knit) and shawls when I want to take a bit more time!
    Thanks for the chance to win this book; it looks like a beauty.

    —LynneP on May 31, 2017
  • I’m very new to knitting but I’d love to try a scarf and work my way up to the more complicated stitching.

    —Meri M on May 31, 2017
  • So far I’ve only managed to knit scarves but I’d love to learn more & be able to knit like the photos from this book.

    —Amy Cofer on May 31, 2017
  • I haven’t knit a shawl yet, but think they are the perfect accessory. I’ve knit a few cowls that coordinates with my fall and winter jackets and love how they keep my neck warm yet are stylish too. Thanks for another great giveaway.

    —Denise on May 31, 2017
  • I love making scarfs and cowls. However, I just started a lace shawl and am so enjoying seeing this grow. This is my first time working with lace yarn and making a full shawl. Love the patterns in this book.

    —Diana DeWitt on May 31, 2017
  • I’m still deciding what my favorite is. I love scarves and shawls. I’m trying my hand at cowls. I am intrigued by your book! Can’t wait to get it!

    —Gretchen Abston on May 31, 2017
  • I love Love the shawls but have only purchased from another knitter. I’ve made mostly cowls and tons of scarves.

    Anita Jackson on May 31, 2017
  • I’m really into triangle and asymmetric scarves right now. This book looks amazing!

    —Steff WALKER on May 31, 2017
  • I like to knit shawls and cowls. Great for fall/winter knitting projects and good for gifts. The new book looks beautiful! Lots of projects that would keep me busy and out of trouble!.

    —Margaret Hynes on May 31, 2017
  • I have knitted a lot of scarves and a few shawls. I love trying new ideas for patterns.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on May 31, 2017
  • For me it would be a tossup between shawls and scarves. I love the look of a beautiful shawl and the functionality of a scarf.

    —Cindy on May 31, 2017
  • Cowls as they are quick, but a beautiful shawl when there is time to work one up, is also rewarding. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Lill on May 31, 2017
  • I’m into cowls right now. I love the Bampton cowlette!

    —Karen on May 31, 2017
  • Shawls right now but after this book who knows?

    —jennifer on May 31, 2017
  • Really, I like them all. I am contemplating a poncho pattern as I write this. I Have a shawl on the needles for my home knitting, for the car knitting bag I have two scarfs started and last season, I made several cowls.

    —JaniceCarole on May 31, 2017
  • Love all shown- but for me would rather have the shawls – but do the others for others, sister, daughters, grands, and great grands – Have a good day. Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions.

    Martha Hood on May 31, 2017
  • I’ve knitted scarves, and a few shawls, but really love the look of the fine knitting of more delicate scarves and shawls shown on your book.

    —Linda Tucker on May 31, 2017
  • I like shawls best, followed by cowls.

    —Marthese on May 31, 2017
  • Love to knit shawls. But like knitting beautiful scarves and cowls.

    —Lynette Wilson on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls but I only have 2 that I wear because the others aren’t wide enough to comfortably wear. I can hear my mother say when I was a little girl that I had broad shoulders. I want to make a ponch since they look easy and comfortable. I love the stitches that I saw in this book and would Love to win it.

    —Diana Salmon on May 31, 2017
  • I love scarves. I don’t hardly go out without them. It seems to be cold where I live so I always have one with me.

    —Dawn Tenneson on May 31, 2017
  • Could you tell us what size of needles are mainly used in this book? I’m an intermediate knitter and have no interest in all the tiny needles and double pointed needles used for socks!! But the cover shawl is something I’d love to try.

    Hi Suzanne, depending on the project in Stunning Stitches, Jen uses needles US size 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Suzanne on May 31, 2017
  • Relearning some knitting stitches and Jen’s shawls are what I fell in love with and were ‘doable’ as I revisited the knitting ‘slow stitching’ medium.

    —Shirley on May 31, 2017
  • I LOVE shawls, but living in north central Canada, I use a lot of scarves and cowls to keep the wind and snow out on winter walks.

    —Carol on May 31, 2017
  • I am a scarf person. though in my younger days,way younger age, it use to be a poncho.

    —Martha cook on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls and have tried a lace one one winter. I did not give it as a gift, though because it has a flaw in my knitting. I’d sure like some new instructions .

    Gail on May 31, 2017
  • Lately it has been cowls, but I also enjoy knitting shawls and scarves.

    —Virginia in AK on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls, the perfect wrap for fending off a bit of chill with style.

    —Barb Colvin on May 31, 2017
  • As I am a very beginner knitter, my favorite thing to knit is a scarf just using simple knit and pearl stitches.

    —Frances Claassens on May 31, 2017
  • I used to do scarfs but have recently gotten into doing more shawls.

    —Cindy on May 31, 2017
  • I knit more shawls than anything else. I give prayer shawls to people having medical and emotional needs. These stitches and finished items are all beautiful!

    —Mary Beth McKelvey on May 31, 2017
  • I love scarves & shawls. Can’t get enough of them. Thanks for a chance to win!

    —Mary Jo on May 31, 2017
  • I love to knit all types of items- cowls, shawls, ponchos, scarves and socks as well as sweaters occasionally! They are all wonderful to wear! With such a variety of yarns available, you can make all items for all seasons!! Jen Lucas – you have created some gorgeous designs!! I already have a couple,of your books in my knitting library and would always love to add more!!

    —Sandra Stokes on May 31, 2017
  • Beautiful stitches! I’ve done mostly cowls and scarves.

    —kathy on May 31, 2017
  • I love scarves! Knitting them as well as wearing them!

    —Diane on May 31, 2017
  • I have knitted scarves and cowls – would love to try one (or more!)of the shawls in this book!

    —Gwen Wehner on May 31, 2017
  • I love knitting scarves and I have knitted many. Gratification comes quickly!

    —Martha B. on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls and ponchos. Scarves are fun too, but shawls can be used so many ways and complete an outfit with class.

    —Louise on May 31, 2017
  • Shawls! Mmmm!

    —Nyla-Jean on May 31, 2017
  • I’m a beginning knitter and for now like to do scarves.

    —Debby Thompson on May 31, 2017
  • I’ve made shawls and scarves as gifts, but lately I’ve been making baby blankets! thanks for the chance.

    —Barbara on May 31, 2017
  • I don’t really know what my favorite might be, seems like every time I finish something, it flies out the door on someone else’s head, neck, shoulders … I’d sure like to find out, though, with this book and something yummy-luscious from my SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy)

    —SuLynn on May 31, 2017
  • I love to wear shawls. There are so many ways to wear them.

    —Janet Beyea on May 31, 2017
  • I am a very beginner knitter so I have only made scarves so far. Would love to know how to make these gorgeous shawls!

    —Debbie Miller on May 31, 2017
  • I love cowls!

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on May 31, 2017
  • I’ve been looking for the right shawl pattern to make a shawl for myself out of the lovely Irish wool my friend brought me back from his trip there last year. It’s such a lovely green that I know I will think of the source every time I use it. I’ll bet the right pattern is in this book!

    —Brenda on May 31, 2017
  • Yes, yes, yes and yes! I love scarves, shawls, wraps and cowls. And these lace patterns are gorgeous!

    Barbara Johnson on May 31, 2017
  • That looks like a great book! I love to knit lace shawls.

    —Lori on May 31, 2017
  • Though I don’t knit very well, my daughter makes amazing scarves and shawls. I know she’d love this book.

    —Sue on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls! A great way to showcase these beautiful patterns. Love how Jen designed 3 items for each pattern.

    carol on May 31, 2017
  • These are gorgeous patterns! Great books!

    —Jean Blythe on May 31, 2017
  • I am just starting to knit again after many, many years. I would have to say shawls and cowls.

    —Barbara B. on May 31, 2017
  • I’m a scarf girl, all the way. 🙂

    —Lea Jensen on May 31, 2017
  • I love shawls. I always have one on the needles. Always need new patterns.

    —Judy Levine on May 31, 2017
  • Scarves are my favorite!

    —Nell on May 31, 2017
  • My favorite to knit would have to be shawls. Love the beautiful designs in this book!!

    —Bonnie Bowmaster on May 31, 2017
  • I wear more scarves than shawls and ponchos, but have made all of them. Great designs. Thanks.

    —Maryellen on May 31, 2017
  • I like shawls! Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely book!

    —Lisa on May 31, 2017
  • Cowls and shawls.
    Such gorgeous texture w/the sock yarns too. Thank you Jen!

    —Diane Beavers on June 1, 2017
  • I love big shawls to wrap up in but also like cowls while driving my school bus, they keep my neck warm when opening and closing the door in the winter and don’t interfere with my driving. I’m short and anything long or dangling could get caught in the steering wheel.

    —Debrielle Welch on June 1, 2017
  • It’s difficult to choose just one as I love making shawls, scarves and cowls!

    —Rosalyn Douglass on June 1, 2017
  • What a wonderful book! I love shawls-I wrap up in one every morning before I go outside to sit on my porch! Thank you, Susan

    —Susan Spiers on June 1, 2017
  • I like to wear scarves or cowls. I love your creativity!

    —Karen Watkins on June 2, 2017
  • I usually give away what I knit, but I do love knitting shawls. This book looks like a fantastic source for my next shawl.

    —Sharon Decker on June 2, 2017
  • I love shawls because they are so versatile, and I like to wrap up in them

    —Marian Allen on June 2, 2017
  • I enjoy most things but have knitted a number of prayer shawls for cancer patients and others in need of prayer. Right now I am knitting hooded baby sweaters with a zipper up the back. I found the pattern in a magazine in 1982. Over the years I lost track at about 80 of these sweaters. They have been mostly baby gifts but now they usually go for new mothers in need.

    —Virginia Smith on June 2, 2017
  • Love the infinity scarves.

    —Welton Renee on June 2, 2017
  • I like knitting scarves because they’re easy – just a long rectangle! But I really want to knit some lacy shawls – they’re so pretty!

    —Kari on June 2, 2017
  • cowls or shawls

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on June 2, 2017
  • Usually scarves, but I love the look of those shawls!

    —Mary on June 2, 2017
  • Shawls!

    —Elaine on June 2, 2017
  • I love shawls and scarfs.

    —Nancy A on June 2, 2017
  • I haven’t knit a wrap for myself yet, but I find myself gravitating to shawl patterns.

    —joyce hancock on June 2, 2017
  • I love to knit and wear shawls. I have knit one Jen Lucas shawl and love it. I enjoy wearing scarves and cowls almost as much as shawls.

    —Pat on June 2, 2017
  • I like to knit scarves, especially for gifting. I’d like to try more shawls as they are so beautiful. This looks like a really nice book with lots of great projects.

    —Nicole on June 2, 2017
  • I keep on knitting shawls, mostly for myself, but sometimes for gifts.

    —bunny hand on June 2, 2017
  • I love to knit shawls.

    Karyn on June 2, 2017
  • I like the idea of cowls.. fun to wear and less likely to get lost while out working or running errands.

    —Kay on June 2, 2017
  • I like to knit shawls and scarves! They are both welcome gifts!

    —Nicole Sender on June 2, 2017
  • I haven’t knitted any scarfs, shawls, etc. but I would love to try.

    —Lynda M. on June 2, 2017
  • I love to knit shawls!

    —Laurie on June 2, 2017
  • I’m just beginning to knit my first shawl having previously knitted scarfs and hats.

    —Sheila on June 2, 2017
  • I love these but have never knitted!

    —Karrie Smith on June 2, 2017
  • Oops! I don’t knit for myself. I knit for others,–scarves, hats, prayers shawls, and blankets

    —nancy seitz on June 2, 2017
  • Such beautiful designs! I’ve knitted scarves before and would love to try some of these lovely treats!

    —Cathy Wilson on June 3, 2017
  • I have knitted scarves and crocheted shawls,

    —Linda Towers on June 3, 2017
  • Would love to knit a shawl!

    —Linda Towers on June 3, 2017
  • I’ve made shawlettes or shawls for people who need a boost, a reminder that they’re being thought of with love and compassion.

    —bookboxer on June 3, 2017
  • Shawls as it takes the chill off on cold nights….friends and family always grab one when they are over. They have made wonderful gifts as well.

    —Anne on June 3, 2017
  • What spectacular accessories! Could be done with a lightweight yarn for summer or something heavier for fall and they are quick enough to do that I could make several for gifts. Yeah!!

    —Mary Smith on June 4, 2017
  • I LOVE shawls – gauzy lace shawls,heavy cabled shawl, shawls of every type – and I wear them – and knit them almost every day – so this book with its stitch patterns would be great, might even persuade me into expanding to cowls and dickies, LOL. Seriously though, the patterns look lovely, and I will keep my fingers crossed.

    —Heather on June 4, 2017
  • Scarves and ponchos are my favorite to knit and wear.

    —Marilyn Nawara on June 4, 2017
  • I’ve made a few of each type. But my favorite to wear is the cowl. I never have to rewrap it while wearing it. And, maybe best of all, I can wear it inside when I’m cold, no need to take it off and hang it with my coat.

    —Pearl on June 4, 2017
  • Would love this one!

    —Carol K on June 5, 2017
  • I love making small shawls

    —Carmen on June 5, 2017
  • I love shawls and wraps. They make up quickly and thus are perfect gifts. I make them at my leisure and save them for those special occasions when a gift is called for. They are always well received – and size is never an issue! Can’t wait to start on some of your beautiful designs!

    —Marta Dilworth on June 5, 2017
  • I’ve been looking for the right shawl pattern to make a shawl for myself out of the lovely Irish wool my friend brought me back from his trip there last year. It’s such a lovely green that I know I will think of the source every time I use it. I’ll bet the right pattern is in this book!

    super mario world on June 7, 2017
  • I like to make shawls.

    —Elilzabeth Olson on June 10, 2017

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