New Favorites: Crochet shawls

New Favorites: Crochet shawls

There was a whole lot of crochet going on around me on my trip last weekend, further stoking my urge to crochet right now. I’m holding steady on my no-shawl-knitting vow, but I wonder if the long rows would bother me as much with crochet, given the difference in how they’re worked? So I keep going back to these two beauties from Quince and Co’s recent crochet collection (all of it extremely lovely):

TOP: Celia by Sara Kay Hartmann is a mesh triangle with zigzag border that reminds me of bunting

BOTTOM: Leilani by Julie Blagojevich has a subtly swooping allover texture

(Note to Cal: One of these days, I’m taking you up on your offer of assistance is getting past granny squares!)

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PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: WATG knitted denim jammies

15 thoughts on “New Favorites: Crochet shawls

  1. It depends. Sometimes they are rocked in short rows from side to side. Quite a few are worked from a short tip, up and across, in which case you would start with 3 stitches or so and then progress from there. Others are worked in long rows top-down with a foundation chain, similar to casting on 254 stitches for a shawl that made my heart hurt just looking at the pattern. And then there are the motif styles that are made of small segments of a repetitive pattern that are joined to together at some point, either as you go (my preference) or later after you’ve made bunches of pieces that go together to form a pattern from there.

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  2. I both knit and crochet and crochet is so much more efficient at making lace that I will never knit a lace shawl again. Crocheting long rows is a drag although not as much a drag as knitting them as crochet goes much faster. Making a long foundation chain and working the first row is a pain, though, just like a very long cast on. I was hopeful that I could achieve the long row shape in crochet without misery but it turned out not to be true. Sob. I have a severe shawl habit and now crochet them all. Knitting makes better socks and plain sweaters.

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  3. Crochet is great for shawls. I recently finished an Elise with Quince and Co’s Chickadee (lovely yarn) and that one starts with a few stitches, and increases on both sides of a central “spine” stitch. It’s very similar to the yo/central stitch/yo construction of knit shawls. I honestly think anyone who knits can crochet, because you’re only manipulating one stitch at a time. Karen, you are totally ready to advance beyond granny squares!

    And yes, the Quince crochet collection is lovely. I am overrun with patterns but I might have to buy it!

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  4. Maybe it’s time to get my crochet on again. I did the day-glo granny square thing back in the late 70’s and can’t make myself enter that territory again. They’re the first thing that comes to mind when I hear “crochet.” These shawls, however, have a sophistication about them that could make me pick up a hook again.
    Also, why no shawls for you?

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  5. Crocheting shawls is fun, easy and fast. The thing to remember, though, is that the nature of hooking essentially doubles the yarn, so using a weight other than lace or light fingering, can make for a clunky fabric. For me, slippery silks (and silk mixes) are torturous to knit, but divine to crochet. And they make a shawl that drapes and wears beautifully, as a shawl, or as a scarf. Fairly all-season as well. And crochet makes for the best travel project ever.

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  6. Thanks for all of these comments and recommendations! I love crocheting small bowls and a few other little things but never thought of crocheting shawls until this post. I must try it! And with the lace weight recommended by Clare. (I usually knit shawls with fingering.)

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  7. For everyone who finds it challenging to crochet into a long foundation chain (me too!), have you tried foundation crochet stitches? Analogous to how a long-tail cast-on both forms a set of foundation loops and knits the first row into them all at once, foundation crochet both forms a chain and crochets into it in one step — with similar benefits. I find foundation crochet stitches to be superior to a foundation chain in pretty much every way (sturdy, flexible, better match to the main fabric, and less annoying to work once you get the hang of it).

    Two great resources :
    – Vashti Braha’s classic post: http://crochetpatterncompanion.blogspot.com/2011/05/which-foundation-stitch.html
    – Marty Miller’s Craftsy class (“Mastering Foundation Crochet Stitches”), which both explains the basics clearly and goes deep into the possibilities (how about a lacy foundation row for your lacy shawl?)

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