In some parts of the country it appears that spring is still under wraps, at least for the moment. But we can rest assured that the warm weather will spur on the familiar whistle and warble of songbirds and the patches of hardened snow at the forest’s edge will quickly be replaced with trilliums in full bloom. What will be will be…..and from a knitter’s perspective that translates into a little more time for whipping up pretty spring accessories. This season the shawl is hotter than ever, transforming from the classic shoulder wrap into a fun bandana-style neck piece for sprucing up just about everything from a plain white tee to a long flowing sundress.
Not in the mood for fussing with a complicated lace pattern? Go easy breezy with this warm weather shawl featured in the latest beginner book from Katia. Its knit from end-to-end on jumbo-sized needles (10 mm) using only two balls of Tahiti, a brand new cotton tape yarn that boasts a range of nearly thirty tropical colours. Sun (shown above).
Variety is the spice of life, and if you like the versatility of the first knitted shawl, why not make a second one using Tahiti Beach? Its really the same yarn, only cranked up a notch in a fun range of transitional hues. Col. 300 (shown above).
Keep it pure and simple with Jaipur, a self-striping laceweight yarn in comfortable cotton. This triangle bib-style shawl combines the symmetry of garter stitch with a delicate crocheted edging. Col. 203 and 209 (shown above).
For sultry days ahead, whether its an outdoor wedding or a backyard barbeque, keep this fringed delight in mind. Not only is it a boho chic triangular shawl for covering shoulders, it will also substitute nicely as a dressy neck accessory. Knit in Sirdar’s sensational Beachcomber, a softly-textured cotton popping up in shops now with a choice of four multis and six solids. Windward (shown above).
Freshen up last year’s faded tees and camis with this full size shawl that offers up smoking hot stripe action and terrific coverage. Easy to knit in Katia’s Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 blend with a lovely cable twist, available in pretty close to twenty softened tones. Col. 52, 53, 55, and 62 (shown above).