New Crochet-Along: Midsummer Night’s Shawl by Lisa Naskrent

Crochet shawls are coming back into fashion. This is good news for those of us who have loved  and worn them, even when they were considered eccentric and antique—when passersby would wonder what that grown woman was doing wearing a security blanket in public. Well, I am that woman, hopelessly devoted to what I have always felt was the most practical and beautiful piece in a person’s wardrobe.

There’s a shawl for every occasion—from the kerchief-sized scarves that are popular today to dramatic lace wedding shawls as big as a bedspread. Shawls make great neck and shoulder warmers, can be worn as a hood to keep your head warm, or converted into a shrug. They bring comfort to those who are grieving. And they are a great canvas for beautiful stitch work.

I love intricate stitches. So it is no surprise that I fell for Lisa Naskrent’s Midsummer Night’s Shawl (Interweave Crochet, Summer 2010). When I meet a new shawl and my first response is “How did they do that?” I know I’m in for a new shawl adventure. And what an adventure this was! Crocheting this shawl was every bit as fulfilling as it promised to be. Addictive, even. Addictive enough that I want to make another one already! But this time, I’d like you to join me. 

So, to celebrate this pattern’s availability in the Interweave pattern store (along with the rest of the fabulous designs in the Summer 2010 issue), I’m launching a new crochet-along!

Come over to Crochet Me—I’ve set up a forum where we can stitch together and share our ideas and love of all things shawl.

See you there!


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