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Shawls | Part 3

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Clare Devine | O Comments

Welcome back to the Shawl Series part three, this post is packed with inspiring shawls. Today we are looking at the fabric of your shawl; I have thoroughly enjoyed rooting around Ravelry for some interesting shawls to share with you.

 

Shawls come in all shapes and sizes (part 1) and can be started in all sorts of ways (part 2) … the next step is filling your shawl with glorious stitches. There are so many options out there but they can broadly be defined in some (rather wide) categories.

 

I have selected twenty magnificent shawls to suit all styles and abilities to guide us through the various types of knitted fabric you might find in hand knit shawls.

 

Texture

 

This may be the bumpy texture of garter stitch or a richly textured fabric made up by combining knits and purls. These types of shawls are warm and cosy; ideal for slightly textured yarn and the perfect accompaniment to knitting while cuddled up next to a roaring fire.

 

My favourite three garter shawls

 

Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli

 

 

Knit Night by Louise Zass-Bangham

 

 


Vector by Tanis Lavallee

 

 

 

My favourite three textured shawls

 

Rattan Shawl by Libby Jonson

 

 

Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood

 

 

Gill's Rock by Paula Emons-Fuessle

 

 

Brioche

 

Stephen West said in an interview I listened to recently that Brioche was the new garter stitch. There certainly are some interesting Brioche shawls about these days.

 

Brioche is a richly textured stitch that has long been championed by Nancy Marchant who has an excellent series of Craftsy classes.

 

My favourite three brioche shawls

 

Hey Little Songbird by Bristol Ivy

 

 

Lemon Difficult by Kate Atherley

 

 

Askews Me Shawl by Stephen West

 

 

Eyelets

 

Beautiful little holes sprinkled across your knitting, easy to knit and perfect for simple understated knits.

 

My three favourite eyelet shawls

 

Campside by Alicia Plummer

 

 

Cameo 8 by Paula Popiolek

 

 

Jet Stream by Heidi Kirrmaier

 

 

Bold Eyelets

 

You know the saying “Go big or go home” … these eyelets embrace that sentiment wholeheartedly.

 

My favourite three bold eyelet shawls

 

Esjan by Stephen West

 

 

Avebury by Kirsten Kapur

 

 

Mizutama Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

 

 

Lace

 

Lace shawls take on so many guises – ranging from the all over lace masterpieces to the large expanses of stocking stitch trimmed by with some delicate lace.

 

Lace can be worked on one side or both sides; if you are new to lace knitting I would recommend trying lace worked on one side only. It is so much easier to fix if something goes wrong and plain rows are an ideal time to rest after long rows of concentration.

 

Some important things to remember about lace shawls:

 

Stitch markers are your friends. Keep a selection of light, different coloured markers on hand to mark lace repeats and keep track of you knitting. You do not need to mark every repeat if you do not want to but I find a few well-placed markers are always helpful.

 

Smooth fine crochet cotton is perfect for lifelines – you can read all about lifelines in Lace | Part One

 

Blocking is very important to finish and let those delicate lace stitches shine. Read our previous blog post Blocking Your Hand Knits.

 

What if it all goes wrong? Don’t panic if you make a mistake, so much can be fixed in lace knitting. Laura Nelkin has a fantastic Craftsy class on fixing lace mistakes.

 

 

Lace Shawl Inspiration

 

I have picked some of my favourites for you. Some are iconic shawls knitted thousands of times others are gems I have fallen in love with as I’ve meandered through the shawl pages of Ravelry.

 

Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

 

 

Rock Island by Jared Flood

 

 

Henslowe by Beth Kling

 

 

Distinction by Hanna Maciejewska

 

 

Averin by Bristol Ivy

 

I hope you have enjoyed these amazing shawls. Please join us for the final post in this series where we will demystify shawl patterns, looking at types of instructions including a tutorial on knitting from charts.

 

Happy Knitting

Clare

 

About the Author 

Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.

She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.

  

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