Our Favorite Spring Shawls
Shawls are one of our favorite all-seasons projects. However, there’s something about spring that lends itself to making shawls. Whether it’s about playing with color pairings or deepening our love of lace, a shawl exists to scratch any creative itch. Summer promises warmer weather, but when the sun goes down and the night turns cool, a shawl will always keep you warm.
We’re also highlighting the Lofty Ambitions Shawl, which is the subject of our current mystery knit along. The final clue was released on May 17, 2022—if you haven’t signed up for the MKAL, you still have time to join in. We’re giving away two $50 gift certificates to the Brown Sheep website to participants who post photos of their finished shawl to the Spinning Yarns MKAL Group and Instagram using the hashtag #BrownSheepSpringMKAL2022. Even if you know you won’t finish the shawl in time, you can still get the pattern by signing up here. Don’t wait—the pattern will only be available for free for a little longer!
Last year’s mystery knit along starred the Low Hanging Fruit Shawl in Prairie Spun DK. Knit in 3 colors, Low Hanging Fruit features striping, simple but addictive two-color mosaic sections, and a berry-licious border that really pulls the whole shawl together. We had so much fun making Low Hanging Fruit that our mystery knit along is now an annual tradition! Keep reading to see a sneak peek of this year’s MKAL shawl…
The Mountain Whisper Shawl is crocheted in two colors of Wildfoote Luxury Sock in an allover airy lace design that feels perfect for spring. We especially love the border, which the designer says is “just challenging enough to keep you interested.”
The Autumn Rain Shawl is our favorite kind of shawl. It’s large and perfect for bundling up, but because it’s knit in Nature Spun in the fingering weight, it’s deceptively lightweight and airy. Also, a totally reversible lace pattern means it looks great however you wear it. This is a shawl that moves effortlessly through the seasons.
There really is nothing better than a colorwork shawl in Prairie Spun DK! The Eagle’s Flight Shawl is one of our all-time favorites. The combination of graphic patterning and angular shaping, plus that subtle-but-sweet picot edge really elevate the design. It feels simple, but daring. Another plus? Eagle’s Flight is mostly worked in garter stitch, so it’s smooth knitting from start to finish!
Another shawl with a sweet picot (and eyelet!) edge, the Over the Sea to Skye Shawl meanders through sections of garter stitch, lace mesh, and eyelet lace. The asymmetric shape and generous width makes it easy to wrap in all sorts of ways. Knit in Cotton Fleece, this is a great go-to shawl—the kind of knit you find yourself always grabbing before you head outdoors.
The Cross Wind Shawl in Nature Spun boasts a beguiling lace pattern. The mesh creates a shawl that can be wrapped wide around the shoulders and also bundled tightly like a scarf. It’s an unusual pattern that mixes mesh lace and stockinette. Cross Wind calls for 4 skeins of Nature Spun, but you could also purchase 1 cone of Nature Spun to make two shawls!
The Spring Showers Shawl is a wing-shaped shawl. Crocheted with Nature Spun, the allover lace pattern grows naturally into the pointed lace border. This is a shawl that really comes to life after blocking. The blocking opens up the lace pattern, giving the shawl a broad width and breezy feel.
The mystery knit along for the Lofty Ambitions Shawl is still ongoing, so we don’t want to give too much away about it. If you’d like to see some of the shawls in progress, head over to the MKAL group in Spinning Yarns for some sneak peeks. We can tell you it pairs Lanaloft Sport and Lanaloft Hand Painted Sport, features striping and cables, and is asymmetrical. Otherwise, if you want to know more, you’ll have to sign up!
Do you love to knit shawls? Are you currently making a shawl? What’s your favorite shawl design? Let us know! We hope this post helped inspire you to cast on a Brown Sheep shawl this season!
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