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Knit Shawls You'll Wear!

Jul 30, 2014

People have been knitting shawls for centuries. Shawls are knitted for practical reasons, such as keeping us warm, and for special occasions such as weddings or births. And some shawls are knit just for the fun and challenge of knitting them.

Kate Gagnon Osborn's Conifer Shawl
is a favorite of mine.

I have a friend who knits the most fabulous lace shawls. She's is not a fancy person, so I asked her one day where she wore her shawls. She said, "Oh, wherever. Alberson's, mostly."

I laughed out loud at her answer, but it's stuck with me for years. She knits shawls for the joy of knitting them, and what better reason is there?

I've knit several shawls, mostly crescent-shaped with a rounded edge, and I usually wear them like scarves, wrapped a couple of times around my neck and tucked into a jacket. I haven't knit a triangle shawl yet, but I want to.

I like the look of a triangle shawl worn with the point in front and the edges thrown around the back of the neck. I have a friend who wears her shawls with the pointy end in front, and it's a cute, casual look that shows off the shawl really nicely.

The Conifer Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn (shown above left) has been a favorite of mine since it made its debut in the Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene. Why have I not knit this yet?! It has so many pros: it's knit from worsted weight yarn, it's a smaller-scale shawl, and it's so wearable! I think this would look so cute knit in a bright-ish color, worn with the pointy end in front with a white shirt and jeans. The conifer has just jumped to the top of my list! I'm going to order the yarn, people, and knit this cutie. Maybe we should have a knit-along in the early fall!

Maria Leigh's Flamboyant Shawl, shown below, is a crescent shaped shawl, like the ones I've knit. It has a slightly curved shape that makes it easy to wear in a variety of ways. I think this shawl would be so cool knit in a variegated yarn. It looks so cute wrapped around the neck and shoulders, doesn't it? This is a great beginner shawl that's casual and fun to wear.

The Flamoyant Shawl by Maria Leigh. The crescent shape lends
itself well to being wrapped around the shoulders. Cute!


The Corvus Shawl by Caitlin ffrench

Another favorite triangle shawl is the Corvus Shawl by Caitlin ffrench, shown at right. The lace pattern creates feather motifs all over the shawl, and it's knitted from worsted-weight yarn, too. It's a large shawl—52 inches long—that you can really snuggle up in.

If you're new to shawl knitting, check out our new video tutorial, The Structure of Shawls, by Angela Tong. It's a fabulous introduction to knitting shawls. You'll learn shawl basics, choosing yarn and stitch patterns, increases and decreases, edgings and bind-offs, and the blocking techniques that are essential to bringing out lace patterns.

Get The Structure of Shawls today, and after you watch it, choose a shawl pattern and cast on!


P.S. How do you like to wear your shawls? Share your fashion tips with us in the comments!

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BeverleyC@2 wrote
on Aug 29, 2014 11:14 PM

can anyone help. Years ago while working in china I downloaded a shawl called Crowsfeet in the Snow. I finished it as my first attempt with a chart as opposed to written instructions. Have been trying to repeat the effort but get about 25 rows into the pattern and it goes haywire and I end up with extra stiches. So far I have undone it 15 times and am running out of patience. Is it possible to get another copy as maybe I have lost something in the moves. Thank you for your help Bev

Schnucki wrote
on Jul 31, 2014 6:00 AM

I knit shawls every now and than for myself and for the familie. Normally I create my own designs and try to find the right yarn for it. That way I have reversible scarfs with no wrong side and I can create scarfs that meet the needs and the style of the person who will wear it.

sjc wrote
on Jul 30, 2014 9:19 PM

I like making shawls with sock yarn, I've finished three of them but only kept one, gave the others away as gifts.  I think it would be lots of fun to do a shawl knit along for the early fall!  Worsted weight yarn would be easier to see what we're doing than a smaller weight for lace and charts.

on Jul 30, 2014 5:13 PM

I started a shawl several years ago with sock (?) weight yarn (been so long, I've forgotten but #3 needles come to mind). Somehow, couldn't get my mind around the pattern, so I would say I would really prefer to wear my shawls without the needles.

SusanE@3 wrote
on Jul 30, 2014 3:37 PM

I made a half circle shawl of sock yarn.  It is variegated in greens, blue greens, and bits of "goldie-tan" colors.  I wear it lop-sided:  that is, with both ends near one shoulder, overlapping, and then pinned with a large gold-toned leaf pin. Many times I wear it over my green dress jacket. Wearing my shawl in a lop-sided manner means that there is plenty of shawl fabric in the back. If needed, I can pull the excess fabric up around my neck to block drafts.