A Crochet Shawl for Every Technique

Spring is officially here! Time to break out the shorts. Okay, maybe not quite yet, but it is time to rearrange my closet and start thinking about warmer weather clothing. A great accessory for spring is the crochet shawl. There are a variety of techniques and styles you can choose from. A crochet shawl is a great layer on cool evenings, is the perfect addition to the little black dress at a function, and is a fashionable accessory.

Here are few of options for the technique of your next shawl. Which will you make first?


Filet Crochet Shawls

Filet crochet might not be the first technique you think of when you want to create a shawl. It's for table runners and dresser scarves right? Wrong, filet crochet creates incredible crochet scarves. Just check out the intricate dragon you can create with the Chinese Dragon Shawl pattern by Kathryn White (top). The two dragons mirror each other and the detail you can create with filet crochet is incredible.

Kathryn adds another element, combining filet crochet and beads, in the Eolande Shawlette (bottom). I am slightly obsessed with the incredible trim and there is something soothing and eye-catching about the repeating patterns.


Tunisian Crochet Shawls

Whether you are looking for a light and drapey shawl or a substantial swath of fabric that will keep you warm on cool nights while drawing admiring glances, I would recommend Tunisian. Yes, Tunisian crochet is a great option for lace as well. Many crocheters have never heard of Tunisian lace because it is not as popular, but I love working it and it has such incredible drape. Just check out the Cold Wave Shawl by Sheryl Means (top).

Of course, Tunisian crochet is a great option for a warmer shawl too. The Keyes Shawl by Joyce Lewis (bottom) pairs the Tunisian crochet bump stitch with lace inserts. The finished shawl is elegant enough to wear to an event but warm enough to combat the spring chill.


Quick and Fashionable Crochet Shawlettes

Sometimes you just want a little something to throw around your shoulders or a shawl that can be gathered fashionably around your neck. I love the look of these shawlettes when they are paired with a jacket. The Seafoam Shawl by Kimberly McAlindin (top) is one of my favorites. This little shawl works up quickly, as Interweave Crochet editor Marcy Smith can attest to-she has made several. And the openwork points are real attention grabbers.

Of course, a color is another great way to get attention-as well as use up leftover bits of your yarn stash. The Rist Canyon Shawl by Kathryn Merrick (bottom) is a fun accessory. I can see it paired with jeans and a t-shirt or a great skirt and sandals.

Take advantage of our sale and download the crochet shawl pattern (or patterns-because who among us can just crochet one?) that will add that special layer to your spring wardrobe.

Best wishes,

P.S. What is the most important thing you look for in a crochet shawl? Share your answer in the comments.

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