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10 Unsung Shawls that are Awesome

December 11, 2016

There is an ever-expanding sea of knitting designs out in the world, so deep and wide it's bewildering to wade into. Too often I see inventive, gorgeous designs that cry out to be crafted. And yet among the shifting waves and sloshes, they get less attention than they deserve.


Below are just 10 of the many shawl designs I have saved and wondered at. Why are they not made in abundance? They're so cool!



10. Pera by Heather Zoppetti. Isn’t that pretty? Such high impact with an airy stitch pattern and cool shape.


9. Undertow by Toby Roxane Barna. Super genius. The stitch pattern grows elegantly and simply. (I’m about 2/3 through making my own.) Increasing needle size gives the bottom a lovely loft.


8. Beyond the Pines by Audrey Nicklin. This just looks like too much fun.


7. Sowerby by Annika Barranti. Pure simplicity. This shawl would be wonderful for a beginner or for anyone who has some gorgeous yarn to show off and who loves the glory of Garter Stitch. Lots of knitting at the movies or parties. Knit knit knit.


6. White Swan Shawl by Toby Roxane Barna. This shawl gets me every time I look at it. It just makes me want to be a swan-princess.


5. As Autumn Leaves by Claire Slade. A worsted shawl with a bold pattern that cries out for some bright yarn like the Manos Maxima shown in the sample.


4. Miss Lindy by Jaala Spiro. Another worsted shawl, this one a shallow crescent with a big lace pattern and bright edge.


3. Barndance by Megan Peters. Big tweedy stitches contrasted with a light, not-too-ruffly edging.


2. Halia by Anna Sudo. Another shallow crescent shawl with strong lines and just enough eyelets.


1. Jordi by Cynthia Spencer. The number 1 unsung shawl on my list today. Its bold blocks give a knitter the chance to play with color and use those gorgeous, sacred yarns that have been hiding in the stash. I can’t believe a hundred people aren’t making this.


And one of my own. So okay, that’s 11.


Dactyl by Larissa Brown. I have always wanted to get my Dactyl fingering weight shawl seen by more people. It’s a geometric, non-fussy design that would show off a special yarn, and I think it has a pretty cool shape. This one was knit by Penny Shima Glanz and she made it so lovely.





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