A Closet Full of Crocheted Shawls
My crochet queue is filled with crocheted shawls. Each shawl design and type has a unique beauty and an ideal use. Instead of the perfect shawl, I think that we all need the perfect closet full of shawls. When designing my shawl wardrobe, I would separate my shawls into several distinct categories.
Shawls for Warmth
First, the traditional warm shawl. This shawl is worked in a dense stitch whose main purpose is to insulate the wearer from the chill. Frequently the main portion of this shawl is worked in a single simple stitch and edged in a gorgeous array of motifs, lace, or other beautiful edging. The Maya Medallion Shawl is a fabulous example of a triangular shawl worked in a solid half double crochet and edged with large, complex circular motifs that are joined as you go.
Lace shawls are a great way to add just a touch of warmth on a cool evening and a stylish elegance to your spring or fall wardrobe. These shawls range widely in complexity and design, and like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Many, such as the Midsummer's Night Shawl, lay like exquisite pieces of art carefully draped around your shoulders. The Midsummer's Night Shawl creates ethereal blossoms from laceweight wool yarn for the perfect blend of functionality and beauty.
Shawlettes are shorter and smaller than shawls but are similar in shape and design. Essentially, a shawlette is just a smaller version of a shawl. Many shawl patterns can be shortened to create shawlettes, by simply working fewer rows or repeats. Because of their smaller size, a beautiful shawlette can be draped around your neck, much like a scarf or kerchief, and worn with a dress coat in the winter. Or use this lace accessory to adorn a simple summer dress.
Wraps and Stoles
Then there are shawl-like accessories that serve the same function but go by different names. Wraps and stoles are generally rectangular in shape as opposed to their triangular-shaped shawl cousins. Like shawls, wraps and stoles can be worked in a broad range of techniques and styles from lace motifs to Tunisian crochet. I love the geometric patterning created with filet crochet for the Diamond Sage Wrap. This graceful accessory also incorporates bead crochet for extra sparkle and added weight.
And finally, every closet needs a capelet or three. Most capelets are no longer than your elbow and provide extra warmth and coverage. Capelets fasten at the neck, perfect for those times when you want to make sure your accessory stays in place. The Salon Capelet is a beautiful example of a modern capelet with a Victorian nod.
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