Move over, Winter – a Crochet Shawl for Summer Is the Thing

If you’ve been crocheting for any significant length of time, you’ve probably made a shawl or two. Most people think of them as projects for fall and winter, when you’re freezing and need all the extra warmth you can get. But I actually love shawls for spring and summer—they’re exactly what I need when the air conditioning is blasting in the office or when the nighttime temperatures plunge in the mountains. Shawls add just the right amount of warmth without being too bulky; in the summer, I usually stuff one in my bag before going out in the evenings so I can wrap up when I get chilly.

To see my love of shawls you need look no further than the back of my desk chair, which has not one but two shawls draped over the back, each of which serves a different purpose. The Pierpoint Shawl is made in a lighter-weight yarn and has a fairly open pattern, so it’s great during the summer when I just need a little extra warmth. (Shout out to star knitter Deb Gerish, who made my Pierpoint!) The Five Peaks Shawl uses a heavier yarn and Tunisian crochet to create a relatively dense fabric, so it’s perfect for those winter days when I just can’t seem to get warm. I love them both and use one or the other almost every day!

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Vickie Howell’s beautifully structured Silverlake Filet Shawl.

I’ve been thinking about supplementing my shawl collection with another lightweight piece for summer, because you can never have too many shawls, right? Fortunately for me, Interweave has published A LOT of shawl patterns over the years, so I have plenty of great options to choose from! As I searched through our store for the perfect project, I realized that the other great thing about shawls is that they’re accessible for crocheters of all abilities. There are plenty of simple, no-fuss shawls that are perfect for beginners like me, but there’s also a plethora of shawl patterns that incorporate challenging techniques suitable for intermediate and advanced crocheters.

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Kristin Omdahl’s Starry Night Shawl is a stunner.

That’s the beauty of shawls, isn’t it? There’s one for every skill level, occasion, season, and style. Need something light and lacy for a summer wedding? Try the Starry Night Shawl, which uses star motifs to create a gorgeous rectangular wrap that adds elegance to any dress. Want something hip and eye-catching for an evening concert? The Ventura Shawl’s spiral center motif expands to become a wearable (and very on-trend!) mandala. Need to ward of the office air-conditioning chill? Get your hook into the Silverlake Filet Crochet Shawl, a cool architectural-looking wrap that will keep you warm without weighing you down.

The Ventura Shawl brings summer to mind – but you’ll want to wear it all year.

After sifting through all the options, I decided to make the Torrance Triangle Shawl, a generous lace wrap with a cool bohemian vibe that’s perfect for summer. This pattern is part of a kit that includes 3 skeins of truly gorgeous hand-dyed Mrs. Crosby Satchel. (I helped put these kits together, and I can tell you that we were all drooling over this yarn!) I love the purple, but since I already have a purple crocheted shawl (the Five Peaks) I’ll probably go with the Bahama Woodstar colorway, which has a cool multicolor effect that will go with just about any outfit. I can’t wait to get started!

Another of Vickie Howell’s pieces: the Torrance Triangle shawl will get your hook moving.

Do you love shawls for summer? Do you have a go-to wrap for keeping warm on chilly evenings? Let me know in the comments! (And if you don’t, get thee to our kit sale!)

—Rachel


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