When I taught myself to knit, my game plan was hats. Then socks. I tried scarves but hated the slog of knitting them. I never thought I would knit shawls because I didn’t understand wearing them. Then, I eventually realized how one is worn. And…I got sucked in. Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting fame has a ton of gorgeous shawls. She is the one whose patterns finally got me on the shawl game.
While I haven’t knit a shawl in a while now, I love the construction. I love the look of a fresh, just on the needles WIP. Nothing makes me happier, in regards to knitting WIPs, actually.
So, I thought it would be fun to show you guys my top 5 shawls!
One of my favorite shawls to knit was Clinquant by Lisa Mutch. It was hard to pick my favorite from Lisa but when I think of which ones I had the most fun knitting, Clinquant is definitely at the top. This is knit out of DK and is such a quick knit. It is like a hug that keeps you warm and comforted all day. I knit mine using NBK’s Merino Silk DK out of the Metallurgy colorway – the most perfect colorway to ever exist. This shawl features drop stitches, which I LOVELOVELOVE, and interesting construction. I have only worn it a couple of times as the last time I wore it, one of the dogs got their nails stuck in the drop stitches. I need to re-block and make sure nothing was ruined. [As far as I can tell, no threads were snapped, so I think we will be good.]
Next up is the Topography Kerchief by Melissa Stajda. I knit mine out of Knitty and Color’s Daydreaming colorway on her DK base, with a border of some Northbound Knitting DK leftovers in the Moonstone colorway. The pattern is so fun and easy to customize. Simple knitting with fun textures that makes the shawl really unique to you. And it is MADE for those special skeins that you buy because THE COLORS and then aren’t sure what to do it with it. This shawl really showcases the yarn without being completely boring.
Remember a year or so ago when gradients were EVERYWHERE?? Gradients haven’t gone out of style, of course. But I know that when the fad first started, we all added some gradient sets to our stash. Then…what do you knit? Gratitude by Deborah Frank is THE perfect choice. This shawl is perfect on-the-go knitting, easy to memorize and perfect to customize. I knit mine out of various grey and purple Northbound Knitting scraps that the Miss Deborah Frank had gifted me. I love this shawl so much.
The Brave at Heart shawl by Lydia Brown is one of my favorites I have knit. I was lamenting at WWKIP Day that I wished I still had this shawl. I gifted this to my boss and I still think she was the perfect recipient of this knit. When I think about to my knits, this is one of my most favorite. These are not colors I would wear, though, even though it was gorgeous. So knitting another one in greys/blacks or purples will definietley need to happen. Maybe very soon…. This shawl was written for sport weight but I knit it with DK. Easy to customize for that and very easy to make bigger or smaller, if needed. I used Unwind Yarn Company’s Touring DK in the Glamping At Its Finest colorway. This was a special edition colorway from the 2015 Into the Wool fiber retreat.
Last but not least, I feel like I cannot make this list without including the Pure Joy shawl by Joji Locatelli. This shawl features some of my favorite things: stripes, eyeletes, short rows. Easy and fun to knit and SO EASY to make fun combinations. I knit mine out of Hedgehog Fibre’s skinny single base in Quiver (multi) and Wobble (blue). I gifted this shawl to a dear friend and NEVER got a FO picture. Whoops! If you are a fan of shawls, I highly recommend this one. It is such a great knit, easy to wear, and just wonderfully written.
Have you knit any of these shawls? What other shawls would you add to this list?