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Fall Into Shawls

September 9th, 2011

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This is a guest post from Karrie of

I don’t know many people who don’t enjoy the spoils of autumn weather: Friday night football games at the local high school, picking apples at the local orchard, bonfires, roasting marshmallows, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and fall foliage tours. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the remains of warm weather and usher in the beginning of cool weather. But what to wear? It’s not quite warm enough to wear a short sleeved shirt and yet a long sleeved shirt is too warm during the day. You can bring a jacket with you, but it may be a little too warm for that. How about a shawl?

Karrie in Sunshine ShawletteShawls add the perfect bit of warmth to cold shoulders; the perfect fashionable flair to an outfit; and the perfect addition to every wardrobe. Shawls can be knit or crocheted. They can be rectangular (stoles), square, round, semi-circular, or triangular (the most common shape). Shawls can focus on texture such as a garter stitch or single crochet shawl, cables, or a multitude of textured stitches which can be found in various stitch dictionaries. Shawls can be lacy and light, showcasing intricate or simple lace patterns to allow a beautiful and lofty pattern to emerge. And most importantly, shawls can be worn on the shoulders, asymmetrically on one shoulder, or around the neck like a scarf. Shawls are truly versatile, wonderful pieces to add to your wardrobe and knitting or crochet repertoire.

So now that I’ve convinced you to try your hook or needles at a shawl pattern, which pattern is right for you? To answer that, you need to consider two things: 1.) What skill level are you? Are you a beginner? Intermediate? -AND- 2.)What are you using the shawl for? Is it for warmth? Is it going to be a lacy accessory? Once you have answered those questions, you’re ready to search for a shawl pattern. Here are some of my personal favorite Lion Brand shawl patterns:

What are you waiting for? If you begin your project now, you’ll have a fashionable shawl to wear to that next bonfire.

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  • Tammy

    I love shawls and have knit or crocheted several of Lion Brand patterns.  What shawlette is the model wearing in the photo?  It doesn’t look like any of the patterns in the links.

    • Zontee

      Karrie’s wearing a Sunshine Shawlette (the first link in the “Lace Knit Shawls” section above) that she made. It looks like she may have used either bigger needles or only one strand of yarn for a more open look.

      • Tammy

        Thank you! :)

    • Karrie Steinmetz

      Tammy – I had to go back and check my project notes on Ravelry.  I used the pattern and the yarns LBY suggested without mod.  I DID use US Size 9 needles because I am a tight knitter and I really blocked the crumbs outta the shawl – especially the crocheted edging. :)

  • Jennifer

    I have a 10 year old daughter who I would like to make a shawl for. Do you have any suggestions for patterns based on her age and average height? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Hi, Jennifer. I’d say that the Sunshine Shawlette (featured above) is on the smaller size, so it’s great for any age.

  • Susheath62

    I am working on a “real” shawl right now! And I’m SO excited about getting it done! I wish I were a faster knitter!! I love scarves and have way too many (or so my new husband thinks! 😉 But now, I am totally going to jump whole-heatedly in to making shawls! Thanks for these cute and easy patterns to give me some variety!!!

  • Teresa aka Knittingdancer

    I have made the Easy Triangle Shawl by LionBrand a couple of times.  It is a good pattern for mindless knitting when you are in a group.

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  • Deb

    Beautiful shawls thank you for sharing now the problem which one do I want to start with LOL

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