The 7 Best Airy Knitted Shawls for Summer

When you think of summer, shawls are probably not the first things that come to mind. But they should! Knitted shawls are perfect for weddings, the theater, fancy outdoor concerts, or nights when there’s a little chill in the air. I’m not talking about heavy wool, though—I’m talking about lace. I’m talking about shawls that are light and airy and so soft you almost forget you’re wearing them. Those are summertime shawls.

If you’re in need of a new shawl for your summer events—or if you just want to ogle some lovely lace—check out this list of my 7 favorite airy knitted shawls.

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Titania’s Shawl

When I think of airy summer shawls, Titania’s Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2017 is the first design that comes to mind. The eye-catching panels of alternating lace shimmer in a wonderfully soft silk yarn, and the beads take this shawl to the next level.

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Crystal Palace Shawl

The wonderfully light Crystal Palace Shawl from Knitting Traditions Fall 2017 was inspired by the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851. The palace relied on technological innovations to achieve its open, airy appearance, but the shawl only requires needles and yarn.

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We often see lightweight shawls in shades of white, but Nereid proves that bright colors can be airy, too! This stunning project from New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired by the Past was inspired by a doily, but it’s anything but old fashioned. Try it in your favorite hue to give your summer wardrobe a fantastic pop of color. (And if you love lace, you should definitely check out New Vintage Lace!)

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Wheeled Lace Shawl

The Wheeled Lace Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2011 features an allover medallion pattern and matching edging that are open and airy and absolutely perfect for when you need just a touch of warmth around your shoulders. Knit in a kid mohair/silk blend yarn, this shawl is wonderfully soft.

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Photo by Joe Coca

Kajakakiri Shawl

The delicate, almost filmy-looking Kajakakiri Shawl from Knitting Traditions Spring 2014 was inspired by the view from a bench on a promenade in Haapsalu Bay, Estonia. This piece incorporates traditional Estonian lace design elements and captures the lightness of a summertime sea breeze.

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Triangular Summer Shawl

The aptly named Triangular Summer Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions is perfect for summer. Lace and nupps work together to create a stunning piece that’s perfect for elegant evenings on the town. If you’re a lace lover, I recommend the whole book: it’s full of delightful knits, helpful tutorials, and a fascinating glimpse at the history of knitting in Estonia.

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Waxwing Shawl

Modern geometric lace and almost 900 sparkling Swarovski crystals combine to create the truly gorgeous Waxwing Shawl from Interweave Knits Winter 2017. It’s perfect for summer brides (can you imagine wearing this on your big day?!), but it’s great for wedding guests, too!

I hope this list inspires you to knit yourself a new summer shawl! Let us know what you’re wearing to all your summer events in the comments.

Happy shawl knitting!

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