Knit Shawls You'll Wear!

People have been knitting shawls for centuries. Shawls are knitted for practical reasons, such as keeping us warm, and for special occasions such as weddings or births. And some shawls are knit just for the fun and challenge of knitting them.

Kate Gagnon Osborn's Conifer Shawl
is a favorite of mine.

I have a friend who knits the most fabulous lace shawls. She's is not a fancy person, so I asked her one day where she wore her shawls. She said, "Oh, wherever. Alberson's, mostly."

I laughed out loud at her answer, but it's stuck with me for years. She knits shawls for the joy of knitting them, and what better reason is there?

I've knit several shawls, mostly crescent-shaped with a rounded edge, and I usually wear them like scarves, wrapped a couple of times around my neck and tucked into a jacket. I haven't knit a triangle shawl yet, but I want to.

I like the look of a triangle shawl worn with the point in front and the edges thrown around the back of the neck. I have a friend who wears her shawls with the pointy end in front, and it's a cute, casual look that shows off the shawl really nicely.

The Conifer Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn (shown above left) has been a favorite of mine since it made its debut in the Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene. Why have I not knit this yet?! It has so many pros: it's knit from worsted weight yarn, it's a smaller-scale shawl, and it's so wearable! I think this would look so cute knit in a bright-ish color, worn with the pointy end in front with a white shirt and jeans. The conifer has just jumped to the top of my list! I'm going to order the yarn, people, and knit this cutie. Maybe we should have a knit-along in the early fall!

Maria Leigh's Flamboyant Shawl, shown below, is a crescent shaped shawl, like the ones I've knit. It has a slightly curved shape that makes it easy to wear in a variety of ways. I think this shawl would be so cool knit in a variegated yarn. It looks so cute wrapped around the neck and shoulders, doesn't it? This is a great beginner shawl that's casual and fun to wear.

The Flamoyant Shawl by Maria Leigh. The crescent shape lends
itself well to being wrapped around the shoulders. Cute!
The Corvus Shawl by Caitlin ffrench

Another favorite triangle shawl is the Corvus Shawl by Caitlin ffrench, shown at right. The lace pattern creates feather motifs all over the shawl, and it's knitted from worsted-weight yarn, too. It's a large shawl—52 inches long—that you can really snuggle up in.

If you're new to shawl knitting, check out our new video tutorial, The Structure of Shawls, by Angela Tong. It's a fabulous introduction to knitting shawls. You'll learn shawl basics, choosing yarn and stitch patterns, increases and decreases, edgings and bind-offs, and the blocking techniques that are essential to bringing out lace patterns.

Get The Structure of Shawls today, and after you watch it, choose a shawl pattern and cast on!


P.S. How do you like to wear your shawls? Share your fashion tips with us in the comments!

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