Monday, November 21, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Curls 2 by Hunter Hammersen

Earlier this year, I was sent two copies of Curls 2, the newest book of shawl knitting patterns by Hunter Hammersen. One copy has already found a treasured place in my knitting library, but the second one will be given away to one lucky blog reader (keep reading to find out how you can enter).

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If you're already familiar with the first Curls book (see my review here), then you already know the deal: each pattern is customizable for any yarn gauge or yardage, and they produce a shawl shape that is gentle curved on each end - it's probably best described as an asymmetrical shawl, because you begin with the smallest number of stitches and increase regularly clear up until you bind off.

Since each shawl is knit with the same formula, it's best to check out the Anatomy of a Curl section at the start of the book to help you understand the patterns themselves, which are mainly driven by the cleverly color coded charts and their accompanying color-coded schematics (all of which are explained clearly in this section of the book). This section is particularly handy if you want to modify any of the designs.

There are 14 designs total, each knit in gray yarn - I can recall the post on Hunter's blog where she shared several gray swatches and hinted at what was to come of them - I am pretty excited to see it carried through to completion, since I am also a lover of gray yarn. As far as I can tell, all of the pattern names are synonyms for one another, leaning towards some of the more fun/fanciful word choices (Taradiddle, Perfidy, Equivocation). By my count, there are 9 lacy patterns and 5 textured/cabled stitch patterns total.

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As in the first Curls book, it looks like the patterns in this book are arranged from simplest to most complex. For the purposes of this review, I wanted to have at least one project knit from the book, and I had originally started Prevarication, which is the third pattern in the book. For some reason, I just couldn't get the hang of it, and it wasn't due to any shortcomings in the pattern; you know how sometimes you just can't stop messing something up despite your best efforts? That was me with this pattern - I think I've just been very distracted this fall in general...

Anyway, I ended up frogging that and restarting Perfidy, which is the 5th pattern in the book - and while I did make a few mistakes here and there which I had to rip back and fix, on the whole, I had a lot more success with this design - here it is blocking:

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I'll be sharing the finished photos this Friday once I get a chance to take modeled shots. I am super pleased with how it turned out, and I would definitely give Prevarication another try if I knew that I had a quiet month without travel/holidays/etc ahead of me; I think the internal pressure I put on myself to hurry up and finish the project for this review probably didn't help either, so I am not willing to give up on that pattern just yet. It's so pretty!

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The other patterns in my queue are Equivocation:

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...and Chicanery:

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Trickery looks like it's earned its name a bit, by that texture is pretty hard to resist:

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Here are some other things you need to know: each print copy of the book comes with a download code so you can get the PDF version. You also have the option to buy the PDF only, if you prefer.

It's available directly from Pantsville Press or via Ravelry and also on Amazon (perfect for adding to your holiday wish list)!


Giveaway Time! 


As promised, one lucky winner will get a print copy of Curls 2. To be eligible in the drawing, just leave a comment saying which pattern from the book you'd like to knit (see them all here); be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that I can contact you if you win.

I'd also appreciate it if you followed me on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, though that is not a requirement for entry/ I also recommend signing up for my newsletter, which I send out only when there is something newsworthy (such as a new pattern or blog giveaway).

I'll randomly select a winning comment to announce here on my blog on Friday, December 2. Also, this contest is open to people worldwide. Good luck!

61 comments:

  1. So hard to choose. I love them all. I'd have to say I'd do Fakery first. Love the leafy pattern. I'm squiggi on ravelry

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  2. I think I would knit Subterfuge first. It looks so warm.
    Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm Calliopesmom on ravelry.

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  3. Oh I love the first book so much (one of the first ebooks I ever bought). I want to knit them all, but I think Trickery would be the first on my list! (And if I don't win it here, looks like I know exactly what to ask Rob to get me for Chanukkah!) Tollbaby on ravelry :)

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  4. Mendacity looks amazingly squishy, doesn't it? Tsita on rav

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  5. I would have to try my hand at Taradiddle. Looks fun!

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  6. I love the look of Trickery! I'm Chayacrochets on Ravelry, and I agree with Lynne, this would be a great Chanukah present!

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  7. I am equally in love with Equivocation and Trickery-although I really love cables as well as lace! Thanks for the chance to win--I recently finished my Springtastic Socks--I'm Suzieknittingmama on Ravelry--the project photos are in my project part of my notebook!

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  8. I'd love to knit Cozenage - I'm pretty sure it would look great made of one of my handspun yarns. My usual problem with handspun yarns "will it be enough for this particular pattern?" with "Curls 2" wouldn't be a problem :) (my Ravelry ID is mariadegustibus)

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  9. I really want to knit Fakery. It's such a lovely shawl. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving. Savannagal on Rav

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  10. I would love to knit Artifice!
    asteride on Ravelry

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  11. Oh my gosh it is no mean feat to pick a single one I most want to knit. After much deliberation, I landed on Cozenage! They're all really lovely though, as are the patterns in the first collection.

    ktsmurf on Rav.

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  12. Chicanery is calling my name! This is a beautiful book, thank you for the giveaway! I am Nailya on Ravelry

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  13. So hard to choose! I think I would knit Cozenage - the honeycomb pattern is so intriguing. Revelry ID is ClassySquid ��

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  14. Tara fiddle is my top choice.
    SwingCat123 on Ravelry

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  15. Chicanery would be on my needles so fast!, IG = @catsandyarns. I'm Catsandyarns1 on Ravelry.

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  16. subterfuge for me!

    Creativity! on Rav!

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  17. Artifice is beautiful! Although it looks tricky so I suspect I'd knit the first one in the book (whichever that is) to get the hang of it first. I didn't get very far with my curl from book 1 as I used an unrippable yarn and there are too many mistakes to continue! Would be good to start afresh. TamsinB on ravelry

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  18. I would LOVE to knit the Equivocation Shawl. It's beautiful! I love challenges. My Ravelry ID is witchylady.

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  19. I can't wait to see more! I'm going to check out other projects on rav right now!
    A few caught my eye but chicanery is calling my name! I really think this is a super cool idea and collection!
    Knithard on the rav

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  20. I love them all! Equivocation is catching my eye at the moment. I've wanted this book since I first saw it! Rav amchart

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  21. Falsity would be my first choice. I love how Hunter has embraced grey forvthese. I'd love a copy of the second curls book to go with the first one I own. ninja-knitter on Ravelry

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  22. I like the Equivocation first. knittenfeet on ravelry

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  23. They are all so lovely but I think I would try Taradiddle first. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Sisterrobinson on Ravelry.

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  24. I really like Equivocation so I would knit it first.

    Rachel-O on Ravelry

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  25. Cozenage is simply beautiful! I'd definitely want to try it first.

    fairysprite22 on Ravelry

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  26. I really like them all , but to pick one would be Equivocation,, blueyarnalways on Rav

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  27. I love Cozenage the best, but I like them all.

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  28. I would start with Artifice, Equivocation, and Falsity. But I'm sure I'd knit more of them if I was the lucky winner!

    globalite on Ravelry.

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  29. I would love to knit almost all of them, but I'd start with Fakery.

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  30. I think most of the patterns are beautiful, but my favorite is Equivocation

    purple on Ravelry

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  31. I love the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/taradiddle-2

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  32. Chicanery is my favourite. BUT it is hard to pick just one as a standout.
    poodlelady on Ravelry

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  33. Gorgeous!!! I would love to knit pretense (although it's hard to choose!) Thanks for the giveaway

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  34. I think I'd knit Taradiddle first.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  35. Chicanery would be first on my list, but all are lovely.

    NanaMamah on Rav

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  36. Fakery looks like an interesting knit.

    canuckeh on rav.

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  37. Privatization Sandee8908 on ravelery

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  38. I really love Artifice. It's lovely. Thanks for this chance.
    Rav ID knitter-pixie

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  39. Equivocation looks like fun! I'm yarnella on Rav.

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  40. Chicanery, hands down. Love the stitch pattern. misslillyknits on Rav

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  41. Definitely Chicanery! I was drawn to that one right away. I'm stitchedbysara on Ravelry.

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  42. Fakery.

    carolsumie on Ravelry

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  43. I love so many of them so it was a tough call between Chicanery and Prevarication.... but Prevarication wins (mostly because I've got a lovely skein of cashmere laceweight that has not yet found its calling... until now)

    I'm shoshie on ravelry

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  44. Absolutely love the detailed lace pattern on Falsity. I'm sure I have a skein in my stash to knit this beauty up. I'm theperfectstitch on ravelry.

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  45. Gorgeous patterns - i would knit Falsity first!

    Charlyfeathers on ravelry

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  46. Chicanery! Oh, I adore that shawl, in the same color!

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  47. Taradiddle would be the first one I would make
    Ravelry Id nhsarab

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  48. Taradiddle would be the first one I would make
    Ravelry Id nhsarab

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  49. I love Fakery & would have to make that first :-) I'm Laurpud on Rav

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  50. Chicanery! What a fun word, I'll have to try to use it three times tomorrow. But I'd probably knit Trickery first. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. I really like the way Prevarication turned out! That would be my first go-to. (lafileuse on Rav)

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  52. I would want to do Trickery, I am mypark on ravelry

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  53. Mendacity! I follow you on FB and IG 😍 RavID: DayanaKnits

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  54. I'm amazed at the amount of time and effort that went into the creation of this book. Each pattern is totally striking. Since I have to choose: Fakery might be the first pattern I would knit. Thank you for providing this giveaway.
    --LynneW

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  55. Equivocation would be my first pick because of the cables, but not an easy decision because I could see waves of water in Falsity and want to do it in a great lakes shade of blue. Rav Id: Kamaor

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