Do you ever notice that when you are knitting or crocheting a project you start seeing similar projects everywhere?
I start a pair of socks, I notice new sock patterns.
I work on a project with cables, I see great cables all over the place.
Start of my Asparagus shawl
Right now, my Asparagus Shawl is bringing a bevy of beautiful shawls to my attention.
Shawls Rock Because….
There are many reasons to knit and crochet shawls, aside from the fact that they are fun.
They are useful garments. You can easily toss them on and off without having to struggle with sleeves like you do with a cardigan.
Speaking of struggling with sleeves, shawls usually have minimal finishing. Weave in a few ends and it’s ready to wear!
Sizing isn’t an issue either. Sure, you want to check your gauge to ensure your dimensions are correct, but you won’t have to worry about whether it will fit.
Some people worry that wearing a shawl will make them look like an old lady (or man?). Um, what is wrong with looking like someone who is wise enough to be comfortable?
Besides, attitude is a big factor in how you look. Carry yourself with pride in the unique creation draping your shoulders and people will be dazzled!
Inspiration on Parade
Here is a taste of some of the shawls I’ve seen lately at local yarn stores.
You can find more inspiration on our main website.
Photo by Chelsea Yarns
Noro Feather and Fan Scarf
This Noro Feather and Fan Shawl is available as a kit from Chelsea Yarns. They have several colorways available. Every time I see a picture of a finished one I’m impressed!
Photo by River Boutique and Yarn
Windward Wrap in Noro yarn
This great shawl is the Windward Wrap at River Boutique and Yarn. I love how the design shows off the long color changes of the Noro yarn. It’s part of a class, but I bet they’d be happy to ship you a kit.
Photo by The Yarn Club
Adirondack Shawl knit in Noro Ayatori
This pastel beauty is the Adirondack Shawl from Ravelry. The Yarn Club used a beautiful shade of Noro Ayatori for their version.
Ayatori is a delicious 60% Wool, 40% Silk blend with approximately 156 yards per ball. The eight new colors bring vibrant primaries to balance the original pastel colors. You can see them all on our website so you know what to ask for when you call the store.
Photo by Crazy for Ewe
Flamenco Kitty shawl using Noro Silk Garden and Debbie Bliss Angel
The “Flamenco Kitty Shawl” is available as a kit from Crazy for Ewe. The long, soft ruffle is enchanting!
They used a combination of Noro Silk Garden (a 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Lambswool blend) and Debbie Bliss Angel (a 76% Super Kid Mohair, 24% Silk blend) to achieve the interesting textures.
If you don’t like the colors shown, check out other options on their Facebook page. They’d probably be happy to work with you over the phone to put together other colors.
Photo by Bliss Yarns
Espiral shawl knit in Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK
Speaking of Debbie Bliss yarn…Bliss Yarns, a local yarn store in Tennessee, sent us this pretty picture of their Esprial shawl (Ravelry link).
They used the beautiful new Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK in Blush for their charming version.
Wouldn’t that look great with a sun dress?
Photo by Tangle
Easy Summer shawl in Araucania Lontue
Araucania Lontue is a 50% Cotton 50% Linen blend that is great for warm weather garments.
This “Easy Summer Shawl” is a house pattern at Tangle and takes just two hanks of Lontue. Tangle is an online store, so it’s a simple matter to order the yarn and the pattern all at once!
Photo by Needlework Unlimited
Shawl using Araucania Lontue yarn
This is a great version of our free Macrame Scarf pattern at Needlework Unlimited. This is a quick and easy knit that has great results.
Photo by Green Planet Yarn
Eyelet Ponchini by StevenB in Elsebeth Lavold LinSilk
Sticking with the linen blend theme, is this great Eyelet Ponchini at Green Planet Yarn.
They used Elsebeth Lavold LinSilk yarn. This soft yarn has both shine and texture from the 50% Linen 30% Viscose 20% Silk blend and is available in 12 colors.
Photo by Apple Yarns
Dream Stripes shawl in Hempathy
This Dream Stripes shawl from Apple Yarns is another great shawl knit using an Elsebeth Lavold yarn. Hempathy is a 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, 25% Modal blend with six new colors this season.
Photo by Woolworks LTD Yarn Shop.
Dream Stripes in Painted Desert and a solid sock yarn.
Here’s another great version of the Dream Stripes Shawl. This one is from the Connecticut shop, Woolworks Ltd. They used our Knitting Fever brand Painted Desert yarn. This fingering weight, 100% Superwash Wool yarn comes in 10 self-striping colorways.
They mixed it with a coordinating, solid color yarn such as Ella Rae Lace Merino.
Photo by Orchardside Yarn Shop.
Ruffled shawl in Juniper Moon Farm Findley and KFI Painted Desert.
Another wonderful shawl using Painted Desert as a base is this one from Orchardside Yarn Shop, located in Virginia. They have kits made up that include the pattern and yarn.
I love the ruffled edge and textured body on this shawl.
They mixed in Juniper Moon Farm Findley. This beautiful 50% Merino, 50% Silk yarn is available in 22 solid colors and 16 dappled colors.
Photo by Yarn Folk.
Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled.
Speaking of Findley Dappled, I’m in awe of this shawl a Yarn Folk customer knit. This store is located in Washington. The pattern is Miralda’s Triangular Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush.
Since I’m not much of a lace knitter, I think this simple shawl from Altman’s Needle & Fiber Arts is more my speed.
Photo by Altman’s Needle & Fiber Arts.
Araucania Calbuco yarn.
The pattern is the 3S Shawl by Amy Meade and is available on Ravelry. Altman’s knit theirs using Araucania Calbuco yarn, a wonderful 84% Cotton, 16% Polyamide blend available in eight colorways.
This shawl has been so popular Altman’s sold out of this color so you should get it while you can.
Photo by Juniper Place Yarn
Bistitchual shawl in Queensland Collection Sugar Rush Jacquard
Another shawl that looks like it would be easy to make, but have a lot of “wow” factor is the Bi-stitchual Shawl from Juniper Place Yarn, located in Pennsylvania.
It is knit using Queensland Collection Sugar Rush Jacquard, a soft 100% Sugar Viscose yarn that has both shine and drape. It is available in 13 jacquard colors or 24 solid colors.
Photo by Papanana
Shawl using Queensland Collection Uluru
I will conclude my shawl gallery with this pretty crocheted shawl from Papanana in North Carolina.
It took just one ball of the very popular Queensland Collection Uluru yarn. This 55% Cotton, 26% Acrylic, 19% Polyester has a halo like mohair, but without including animal fiber.
It’s a great way to get that soft look if you are allergic! Uluru is available in 10 colors and has 410 yards per ball. Understandably, it’s been flying off store shelves.
You can see more projects using Uluru in this blog post.
Share Your Shawls
I hope you’ve enjoyed this shawl gallery and found some inspiration for your next project.
Share your thoughts on shawls in the comments!
Do you wear them or just knit and crochet them as gifts?
What type of shawls do you like to make?