Exploring Shawls the Crochet Way

Crochet shawls are always an “it” item. Searching Interweave you’ll never lack for wonderful shawl patterns to hook into or for the many articles written by shawl enthusiasts (including me!) It is the simplicity of the shawl that makes it a great accessory for exploration. That same simplicity of use also lends itself to gorgeous embellishment.

Over the years, our magazines and books have seen countless shawls of every size, shape, design, and color. Our editors have chosen the best of our extensive crochet collection and created Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls. The shawls in this book range from elegant to outdoorsy, and from fun to funky!

Let’s take a look at three that are going into my “to make” list.

Endymion

Endymion is the proud cover project of Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls. It’s large in size, which provides many styling options, and lacy, which gives it visual appeal. The picot stitch border continues the lacy texture of the shawl, making the shawl as wonderful to show off as it is to crochet. Designer Sara Kay Hartmann suggests substituting a wool yarn to create a look perfect for everyday wear.

Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls

Pleiades

This fun bandit made of joined star motifs (on the left, above) is an accessory just up my alley. It’s fun and funky with beautiful drape and popping colorwork. Chelsea Norquay-Wales’ choice yarn, The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, a sock weight superwash wool makes this not only pleasant to work, but easy to maintain. I think this’ll be the first one that I make as it’s a perfect accessory to add a pop of color to my summer.

All-In-One Shawl

Interweave Presents Classic Crochet Shawls

As its name suggests, the All-In-One Shawl gives you options. I’m talking options in yarn choice, construction, size, and styling. The side-to-side construction gives you the flexibility to create a piece that’s perfectly you! Personally, I love Karen Whooley’s original dimensions (60” across and 25” deep at the point) because they’re perfect for a short person like me. Made with a basic crochet stitch vocabulary, this shawl is right up your alley and beautiful to boot!

As the most versatile accessory, there is definitely a shawl out there for everyone, including you! Do you have a favorite shawl that you’ve made or want to make? We’d love to hear from you!

—Lisa


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