Crochet and Knitting Shawl Patterns
by Roz Andrews
Shawls add a great finishing touch to any outfit, from a glamorous evening dress to a casual shirt and jeans. Shawls can be worn on any occasion, from a wedding to a cozy evening in by the fireside. Knit or crochet a shawl, wrap, shrug or cape using any kind of yarn - to suit the season, the outfit or the occasion.
Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or for something more challenging, there is sure to be a shawl pattern for you!
Shawls for Beginners
Crocheted in Super Saver
Crocheted in Unforgettable
Crocheted in Colorscape
Easy Knit Shawls
Knit in Soft
Knit in Super Saver
Knit in Super Saver Ombre
Cozy Shawls and Wraps
Crocheted in Chic Sheep
Knit in Soft Essentials
Crocheted in Soft Essentials
Knit in It's a Wrap Rainbow
Crocheted in It's a Wrap
Knit in It's a Wrap
Knit in Comfort
Crocheted in AUNT LYDIA’S® Fashion 3
Crocheted in Soft Yarn
In the nineteenth century, women wore shawls all the time. Elegant, lace shawls complemented the beautiful long dresses worn by wealthy women, while working women put on plainer, more practical shawls.
Today, an intricate lace shawl worn over an off-the-shoulder dress is the ideal choice for a spring or summer party, keeping you warm in the cool evening air.
At a wedding, a delicate lace shawl made from lightweight yarn looks lovely when worn with a wedding or a bridesmaid's dress. How about making matching lace shawls in coordinating colors for the bride and all the bridesmaids?
If you've just started to crochet, don't worry - there are plenty of patterns for beginners that you'll make in a jiffy and improve your skills and confidence at the same time. It's hard to believe that you can easily hook a glamorous lace shawl by repeating just two rows.
Or, if you've recently learned to knit, why not make an elegant, soft, warm ribbed shawl with a slit to keep it in place? Rest assured, if you can knit and purl, you can make this!
If you're in a hurry, choose an easy lace shawl that can be knitted in just eight hours.
A shawl is a very practical garment and it is easier to make than a sweater. A shawl can be easily taken on and off, keeping you warm whenever you feel cool. A shawl has been compared to a hug because it gives you warmth and comfort.
Choose between short shawls that skim the neck or the shoulders and longer capes covering the arms and the whole of the upper body. Shawls that can be easily kept in place with buttons or slits are a great choice if you often wear shawls.
Show a special person you care by making them a prayer shawl. When starting the project, dedicate prayers, blessings and kind thoughts to your loved one and think of them while you hook or knit the shawl. When they wear it, it will feel like a constant hug, reminding them of your love.
It's wonderful to wear a shawl in the spring or fall when the weather can be unpredictable. Heavier-weight shawls are great for the depths of winter, when you need to keep extra-warm, while lightweight, lacy shawls crocheted in cotton yarn are ideal for breezy summer evenings.
Whether you're making a shawl for yourself or for a loved one, you'll be sure to find a suitable pattern and you'll find that the finished shawl will attract many compliments.