Shawls for Spring: The Catlett Shawl
As previously discussed, shawls are a perennial favorite among knitters. As the weather warms up, it’s nice to have a smaller project to tote around and work on in public. Shawls are light to carry and don’t require a ton of yarn; there’s nothing worse than sitting in the sun with a hot, heavy pile of wool in your lap. They’re one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe, adding an elegant touch to a dressy outfit or simply jazzing up a T-shirt and jeans. Shawls add a bit of warmth without being heavy—perfect for a breezy spring day. The Catlett Shawl kit from Interweave Knits Fall 2016 is a great shawl to throw on over a sundress on chilly evenings.
One of the great things about this shawl is its crescent-shape, which is such an easy shape to wear. While triangular and square shawls tend to slip off your shoulders and circular shawls can be overly large and dramatic, crescent shawls drape nicely around your neck. There’s no need to constantly fiddle with them to keep them from falling off; simply loop them around once and they will sit neatly all day long. Designer Susanna IC uses clever shaping to make the Catlett Shawl’s crescent shape: the garter-stitch section is worked using short-rows to create the curved body, then the lace edging is worked even to create a gorgeous wide border.
The Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic included in this kit is a wonderful 100% American-made yarn. Green Mountain Spinnery is a mill in Vermont that works exclusively with American wool growers to produce locally made yarns.
Mewesic is a tweedy pure-wool yarn made from blending dyed and naturally colored fiber prior to spinning. The difference in shades creates a complex, heathery color. The color included in this kit, Atlantis, is a dark blue-green that is sure to flatter any skin tone. Pair it with a chambray shirt dress for the office, or throw it on over a little black dress for the symphony. The Catlett Shawl is just the thing for all your spring outfits.
It’s All About the Shawl