October 20, 2010
I love shawlettes. I made my first one last year about this time, and was hooked from the start. I love that many of them are made out of one skein of fingering weight yarn (hello, sock yarn stash!), I love that they knit up relatively quickly, I love that you can wear most of them around your shoulders OR around your neck, and I love that that versatility makes them perfect for even the non-shawl wearers on your list, who will use them as a very pretty scarf. (Need more reasons? See my “Top Ten Reasons to Love a Shawl” post from last year.)
Today, I thought I’d share some great shawlette patterns with you, as you continue making up your list of things to knit for others during this holiday season. Ravelry patterns have an (R) before them.
Lighter Weight Shawls:
(R) Whippoorwill Shawl (I’m working on this one in Madelinetosh Merino Light Tart and Fig. Love it. Are you on our Loopy Ewe Facebook page? I gave some color combination suggestions over there on Monday.)
Traveling Woman (The red one, pictured here. One of my first shawls, and a great one for newer shawl knitters.)
Multnomah (The blue-green one, pictured, and the fall-colored one, pictured. I think this was my very first one. Try this. Easy peasy and beautiful.)
Ishbel (The yellow one pictured here. I made this one this summer and love how it turned out.)
(R) Clothilde (On my list. Love the pattern lines in this one, and it calls for DK weight.)
(R) 28′s Cousin 53 (Because I like the name! And it looks fun to knit. A good one for wearing like a pretty scarf.)
(R) Shaelyn (Another one that looks fun to knit.)
All of Wendy’s Shawlettes: Argus, Chevron, Lady Bertram, Miss Woodhouse, Printemps, Seaside, Transverse, Winter’s Morn, and Woodland Walk. (Because I tried to pick just one or two and found it impossible.)
(R) Maia Shoulderette (So dainty and feminine looking.)
Seascape (I know it is meant to be all gauzy-ish – Shibui’s Silk Cloud would be lovely, but I’d also like it done up in a fingering weight semi-solid like Madtosh Sock.)
Citron (The multi-colored Wollmeise one pictured here. Lots of solid knitting on this one, but I do like it.)
Try these yarns: Amy Butler DK, Artyarns Regal Silk, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk or Royal, Dream in Color Everlasting, Fiber Optic, Fiberphile, Kollage Luscious (great non-wool option), Lorna’s Laces Honor or Pearl, Madelinetosh Merino Light or Sock and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series.
I could go on and on with shawlette patterns. I just love them! But I’ll stop with the lightweight ones for now.
Heavier Weight Shawls:
Mara Shawl (I made two of these and kept them both. Green/teal one, pictured here, and the navy one, also pictured.)
(R) Tesni Shawl (I keep “getting ready to” knit this one. Still not OTN. Still love it.)
Frost Diamonds (Lots of fun squares worked into this pattern.)
(R) Olatz (Just a hint of lace and it looks nice around the neck).
(R) Glimfeather (Beautiful cables, all done up in a pretty red, how could this one not be on my list? Wow.)
(R) Summer Flies (I’d love to see this done up in Black Cascade Eco Alpaca. Warm and gorgeous.)
Try these yarns: Amy Butler Aran, Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca, Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, Cascade Eco Alpaca or 220, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage, Malabrigo Worsted or Rios or Twist, and Spud and Chloe Sweater.
Of course there are all kinds of full-sized shawl pattern options out there, too, but this is supposed to be a “quick and easy” list for you. Did you find any new ones you’d like to make?