I have a really good friend who is obsessed with shawls. When
I asked her how many shawls she owned, she laughed. Then she realized I was
serious. Several minutes of intense concentration later, she settled on about
two dozen. She has gifted at least that many-I myself have been a recipient-,
and she admits to beginning five or six that were never finished.
Crochet shawls are the perfect accessory. Use a dense
crochet stitch and a warm yarn such as wool or alpaca and create a stylish
addition to your wardrobe for the coldest days. Or choose a lace shawl and pull
out your silk, mohair, cotton, acrylic, or wool (most yarns will work in both
dense and lace designs) for a beautiful light-weight piece that is great for
both a touch of warmth or simply as a fashion accessory.
So how do you end up with two dozen shawls in your closet
and a queue easily three times as big? There are not only infinite number of
crochet stitches and yarns you can use, there are also a wide variety of crochet
Crochet Triangle Shawls
The triangle shawl is probably the most common shawl as well
as the style we first think of when we talk about crochet shawls. This is also
a common shape for prayer shawls gifted to friends and charities. Triangle
shawls are all shaped like a triangle, but they can be constructed in multiple
On common method is to begin at the top or widest point of
the shawl and decrease in subsequent rows until you reach the tip. This
construction is ideal for those people who worry about being sidetracked in the
latter stages of the pattern (the lure of the next new pattern can be so
strong). Because you decrease on each row or every few rows, you are
continually working fewer and fewer stitches and the shawl seems to work up
Another common method is to begin at the tip of the shawl,
increasing on each edge until you have reached the width and height you desire.
I love this construction method because it allows you to easily modify the
shawls size. Work fewer rows to create a small kerchief or shawlette or work
more rows to create a larger shawl.
You can also crochet a triangle shawl from edge to edge,
increasing on one side until you reach the tip and then decreasing stitches on
that same side. While this construction technique is not as frequently used, it
can create beautiful designs.