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Review: Mythos by Erica Jackofsky

Mythos:  7 Shawls Inspired by Myth & the Magic of Hand Dyed Yarns, by Erica Jackofsky, 2012, 55pp.

Erica opens with a caveat:  Knit loose!  and details her reasons.  I have to think that she’s seen too many, too-tightly knit shawls, or had some sort of traumatic knitting or designer horror story — but her advice is spot-on!

After that, though, you get to dive right into the designs.

The collection was designed using Erica’s own hand dyed yarns and was initially available as a pattern & yarn club. Though the club’s long past, yarns in the colorways shown are available at the Fiddle Knits Fibers Etsy shop.

Each pattern, named for attribute of a Greek & Roman god or goddess, begins with a preface that details the inspiration, pattern notes, then the basic info (yarn, needles, gauge, notions, and finished size).

Each pattern includes both line by line instructions and charts.  Photographs show the pattern details well.  Several of the shawls are shown in alternate colorways as well.

My favorites include Wrought (inspired by Hephaestus/Vulcan, the god of the forge), a lovely triangular shawl with a strong geometric motif, and Allure (for Aphrodite/ Venus), a pretty sideways-knit shawl.

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Would you like to win your own copy of Mythos?  Leave a comment on this post by midnight PST November 16th with your favorite design from the ebook.  Good luck!

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…and congrats to Mujercita!  You won the pdf copy of Needles & Artifice from last week.

10 comments… add one
  • Rachelle November 6, 2012, 2:10 am

    I really like the Harvest Shawlette, it’s a bit different.

  • Bridie November 6, 2012, 3:25 am

    definitely Allure – and i love the name too

  • Lilie November 6, 2012, 8:47 am

    I love Solar Flare! 🙂

  • Susan W November 6, 2012, 3:39 pm

    Wrought is lovely!

  • Debbie H November 6, 2012, 4:10 pm

    My fav is Solar Flare. Thanks

  • Lisa Gravel November 6, 2012, 6:44 pm

    I love the pattern solar fleece.

  • Caitlin November 7, 2012, 5:16 am

    Oh wow. I love them all, but Solar Flare is particularly evocative.

  • Dawn November 8, 2012, 10:12 am

    Wrought is beautiful!

  • Sheila November 8, 2012, 11:17 am

    I like allure best.

  • Lynne Phelps November 8, 2012, 8:03 pm

    Solar Flare is gorgeous, it looks like wings! Icarus flying too close to the sun….

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