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Shawl Knitting Patterns For Spring


In this post, you will see a round-up of lovely shawl knitting patterns for spring.

Shawls are a staple piece in our wardrobes, in the winter we wear heavier shawls that can protect us from the weather and make our outfit pop.

In the warmer seasons, we choose lighter shawls that can be worn on chilly spring and summer nights and will keep the slight breeze away while looking fashionable or over a bathing suit at the beach.

shawl knitting patterns for spring

A Little History About Shawls

Throughout fashion history, shawls have been a statement piece. 

They originated in India and made their appearance in Europe in the late 1700s, especially in France and Britain. 

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Shawls were originally worn by the upper classes as they were very expensive, they were passed down and considered an heirloom.

It wasn’t until the early 19th century that more inexpensive pieces were being produced and the shawls finally reached the middle class.

The young wife of the wealthy Pierre Riel, Félicité-Louise-Julie-Constance de Durfort, with a Kashmir paisley shawl. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Read more here.

Shawls for the masses

As the 1800s progressed so did the shawls and their manufacturing towards the end of the century even working-class women would wear shawls of lesser quality.

But as the 20th century rolled around and women’s fashion introduced more fitted styles shawls faded away.

They did a small comeback in the late ’90s, early 2000s in the form of pashminas, a cashmere shawl that would accompany the strapless and sleeveless dress. 

A Variety of ways of Wearing Shawls in early 19th century France, Lithograph, 1802-1814.
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Knitted shawls become more in style

Nowadays, we love to wear and make knitted or crochet shawls in a variety of yarns, styles, sizes, and colors.

Squishy and warm shawls made with chunky yarn that you can throw on your shoulders or huge ones that you can wrap around your body in the winter, lighter ones that you can wear in spring, and even lighter lace ones you can wear in summer. 

There is a variety of shawl knitting patterns you can try depending on your sense of fashion, your preference in yarns, and your skill level. 


The Yarns Used For Knitting Shawls

Moreover, Lion Brand Yarns has a yarn line called Shawl in a cake that you can make an entire shawl using only one skein. 

Shawls can be knit in heavy bulky yarns for a fall/winter cozy vibe or in aran/worsted yarns for a warm yet lighter piece.

Perfect for knitting shawls is Cascade 220 yarn as there are so many colors to choose from.

cascade 220 yarn

Sontag Shawls

I love making shawls and one of my main inspirations is the tv show Outlander where you can see an array of Sontag shawls and other knitwear that includes: arm warmers, gloves, berets, and cowls.

All of the main characters wear beautiful shawls that I love to get inspired by and recreate.

You can see all of my shawl knitting patterns here: Shawls + Wraps and the Outlander Collection 2020 | Shawls, Wraps + Capelet Ebook

Outlander Claire Rent Shawl

Shawl Knitting Patterns For Spring

If you are looking to start making a shawl for your afternoon walks in spring or you want to make something for a friend take a look at the patterns below and you might find your next project.  

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    1. Hello Ann,
      I’m so happy you like the shawls, I hope you find one that you want to make.
      Happy knitting!