Now that I’ve finished my Lucy Hat, I’m on the hunt for the perfect worsted weight shawl pattern to knit with the rest of this delectable wine-colored yarn.
So I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorites.
I knit this shawl (Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn) way back in 2010 and I still wear it every season. Worked in Malabrigo Worsted, it is exceptionally cozy. It’s not a super wide shawl (with extra repeats mine blocked to 58″ wingspan) so when I wear it kerchief-style I like to secure the ends with a fun shawl pin (the wiggle one is my favorite), especially since thicker fabric doesn’t drape the same way as lightweight fabric does. I’m talking myself into knitting this one again… but let’s see what else is out there!
This one, Flourish designed by Rose Beck, has a very similar feel to the previous shawl, while being just a little bit lacier and more dramatic. It’s conveniently already shown in a deep wine color, too, so I have a pretty good idea of how my finished shawl would look! I’m really liking this one.
The Dane Shawl, designed by Jane Tanner, is a free pattern that has been in my queue for a long time. I queued it because its simple pattern repeat allows for modification in any weight of yarn, just choose an appropriate needle size and knit smaller or larger as needed! I would also like to give this more curved, shoulder-hugging shawl shape (vs. the traditional triangle) a try.
A similar-but-still-different shawl is Rosebud, designed by Tin Can Knits. The sample was knit in fingering weight yarn, but like the previous shawl, the entire shawl consists of one simple lace repeat that would be easy enough to size up or down for different weights of yarn. I think the rose motif would be especially striking in my wine-colored yarn.
And now for something completely different! This beautiful shawl (Loie designed by Beth Kling) is asymmetrically knit from side to side in a textured rib that ends in a lovely cable and lace edging.
Isn’t that border a gorgeous piece of work? It’s knit in DK weight yarn, but just up the needle size a bit and grab an extra skein for yardage insurance and I think it would work wonderfully in worsted. I would likely use some Codex yarn for this, rather than the Zaftig I have, because I like the way I imagine the silk blend would make the stitches shine.
And I can’t leave this post without mentioned this brand-spanking-new bit of loveliness:
This worsted weight shawl is Nacarat, designed by Hunter Hammersen. It’s part of her new collection, Curls, an entire book full of asymmetrical wraps/shawls. The book was put up for pre-order today (at a discount!) and the first 250 people to order get a little goody bag as well, so you know I’ve already bought mine. I can’t seem to NOT buy one of Hunter’s books anyway. There are a whole slew of patterns that I love but I’ll wait until I actually hold the book in my hands before a blab about it any more.
Do you have a favorite worsted weight shawl pattern, or do you prefer lighter weight accessories? What’s been inspiring you lately? Share with us in the comments below!
I usually use fingering for my shawls, but branching out into sport with the next one. Miss Dashwood by PaulinaP is next up for me in Tosh Sport. It can also be knit in DK. I also like Maluka, free pattern, since you can knit more motifs on the edge and make it any size you want. Looking into that Loie, lovely.
I’m not allowing myself to even think about a new shawl until I finish one of the 5 I have on the needles now…
While I don’t think I could pick one, I do think you should tackle something new. Springtime Bandit is an awesome pattern, but since you wear yours a lot, it seems like it would be nice to have a different one.
So, I’m loving all of these. Every single one. And the reasons behind your choices make these posts even more fun. I am especially loving Dane Shawl – i need more shaped and less triangle shawls as well.
I love your taste, you pick great patterns.
So many lovely options! I’ve been meaning to knit the Rosebud shawl for ages, but I’m still in search of the right yarn.
Love this round up! While I adore my giant shawls knit on tiny needles in lace weight yarn, there’s something really appealing about a shawl knit in worsted weight yarn – I love how each of those stitch patterns scale up.
LOVE a worsted weight shawl. Can’t wait to see what you pick. Loie and Nacarat are particularly eye catching.
Ooo. That Cabernet colored yarn is gorgeous. I’ve never knit a shawl, something I need to remedy. But, that Loie shawl really caught my eye. They’re all beautiful, and whichever you choose will be lovely!
So pretty! I bet these shawls are very gratifying too. (love that wine colored yarn also !)