Classic Crochet Shawls (book review)

classic crochet shawls book

Classic Crochet Shawls is a crochet book by Interweave featuring 20 different crochet shawl designs by more than a dozen different crochet designers previously featured in the publisher’s books and magazines. These shawls come from people who are among the most popular crochet shawl designers including Mary Jane Hall, Kristin Omdahl, Annette Petavy, and Karen Whooley. The book is professionally written, with detailed instructions, photos, stitch instructions, symbol charts, and everything else you could ask for in a collection of crochet patterns.

From the Introduction …

Even as they continue to be a practical accessory, shawls also present a world of possibility. They are the perfect canvas for a crocheter to try something new.”

Stitches and Techniques to Explore

Filet crochet shawlette pattern

Eolande Shawlette by Kathryn White

This collection of crochet shawl patterns stays true to the idea of trying something new by offering a wide variety in terms of design. One of the really fun things is that there are so many different types of stitches and techniques represented in this book. For example, the Eolande shawl by Kathryn White offers the opportunity to practice filet crochet as well as bead crochet on the edging of the design. You can practice herringbone double crochet with the Jessamine shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann. Other fun stitches and techniques featured throughout the book include popcorns, spiral motifs, lover’s knot and broomstick lace – just to name a few. If you want to work with a wide variety of crochet stitches then this book is a great one for you.

Shaping of Crochet Shawls

bolt shawl crochet pattern

Bolt Shawl by Beth Nielsen

Crochet shawls can be made in so many different shapes and this variety is also represented in Classic Crochet Shawls. Several of the shawls are rectangular crochet shawls, represented in sizes as small as scarflike to large enough for a winter wrap. The Parisian Gardens Circular Shawl is, of course, a round crochet shawl; the semicircle and triangle shawl are also represented in the book.

One really fun shape is the The Bolt Shawl by Beth Nielsen which is a great classic chevron crochet stitch pattern created in such a way that the scarf itself is a zig zag with a deep V as the center. This shawl is designed to have random striping although there is the option to follow a stripe sequence provided in the instructions. This is just one example of how you can choose to either strictly follow a pattern in this book or adapt it to your own style.

There are also different options when it comes to construction. Some crochet shawls are worked top-down, others side-to-side, others through joining motifs.

Additional Variety in Design

Buttercream Shawl by Annette Petavy

Buttercream Shawl by Annette Petavy

You can find pretty much anything you want in terms of variety in this book. You can work with crochet thread and a 1.65 mm crochet hook for the Eolande Shawl, which is a shawlette sized 23″ long x 42.5″ wide. You can work with a worsted weight yarn and a size 6.0 mm hook for the Endymion crochet shawl pattern by Sara Kay Hartmann (featured on the cover of the book).

You can work with linen and mohair yarn for the Buttercream Shawl by Anne Petavy, a wool / silk yarn blend for the Bolt Shawl by Beth Nielsen, a baby alpaca / silk blend for the Parisian Gardens Circular Shawl by Mary Jane Hall or a rayon/ metallic yarn blend for the Dover shawl by Sara Kay Hartmann. As you can tell, most of these yarns are luxurious to the touch, with some great selections to really inspire your crafting. That said, you could also create your own variations of the Classic Crochet Shawls with your own yarn choices.

Blue Lagoon Swirling Hexagon Shawl by Kristin Omdahl

Blue Lagoon Swirling Hexagon Shawl by Kristin Omdahl

From the Back Cover

“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.”

Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

One Comment:

  1. Oh la la! What lovely shawls! Alas, I don’t know many people who enjoy wearing shawls. I guess I could make one for myself?

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