Classic Crochet Shawls is the new book put together by the editors at Interweave. Whether your laid-back style is vintage, modern, or somewhere in between, a crocheted shawl is nothing less than a wardrobe essential. It can turn up the personality of any outfit, especially if it’s hand stitched by you!
For this stunning collection, Interweave dug into the their archive and carefully selected 20 of their most-loved crochet shawls. Not just for spring, these shawls vary in weight and warmth, from light and lacy for a warm summer evening to cozy and textured to protect against winter’s chill. So you can keep your hook busy year-round and explore new techniques while you’re at it. Try your hand at intricate lace work with the Eolande Shawlette. Explore a new motif with the Pleiades Shawl. Or add some beads to your stitching with the Emergence Shawl. Whichever shawl you crochet, it’s sure to make a statement when you step out in boho style.
Let’s take a look at some of the projects inside the book, shall we?
From top right, clockwise: The Eolande Shawl is designed by Kathryn White. The beautiful pattern of this shawl embraces your shoulder while the beads add beauty and weight. The Buttercream Shawl by Anne Petavy is all about the contrast between slick firm linen and soft fluffy mohair. The Jessamine Shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann has a vintage feel to it. It’s perfect for for late spring and summer evenings. The Sausalito Sparkle Shawl by Kristin Omdahl features a beautiful offset fan stitch pattern. Add beads to the final round of this shawl for extra weight and sparkle. The All in one Shawl, bottom centre, is a ‘one skein’ shawl. I love the colour of this shawl, the dusky pink is very on trend. The Parisian Gardens Circular Shawl by Mary Jane Hall is light as a feather and long. It can be worn as a scarf or a cowl. In the centre shawl is called the Bolt Shawl by Beth Nielsen. This modern bold graphic piece has random striping as well as strategically placed chevrons.
Aren’t all of these shawls beautiful? And this is just the tip of the iceberg. All the shawls in the book are a ‘must make’. The projects are in written and diagram form, so you can work from which ever you feel most comfortable. It is also worth noting that Classic Crochet Shawls is written in US crochet terms, so bare that in mind when working your projects.