Shawls for Spring!
We love The Crochet Project. The collective talents of Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin have produced some of the crochet world’s most popular shawls! Let’s have a look!
Crocheting a shawl is a fabulous way to learn new skills – and a wonderful chance to use a small quantity of a luxury yarn that you haven’t tried before! There are times we are desperate to jump straight into a new blanket project, or a CAL – or make a cardigan or a jumper – but it’s very useful to have a smaller accessory project on the go, especially if you’re travelling.
The Crochet Project is made up of two of the leading lights of crochet design, Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin. Both are designers in their own right, and both bring exquisitely different elements to the work they create together, as The Crochet Project. Their first mission was to encourage crafters to think differently about crochet – and several patterns and ebooks later, they are still achieving that mission and taking it further – crochet is not the dusty pasttime of days gone by, but the modern hobby of lovers of colour, texture and style!
So many of The Crochet Project shawls use beautiful yarns – and many of them 4ply weight. They worked with us on a fabulous crochet-along of their gorgeous shawl, Acer, using Louisa Harding Amitola and Cascade Heritage Silk and many of their beautiful patterns have used beautiful Fyberspates yarns too. Wearing these beautiful yarns is a treat indeed – and a stunning shawl can transform a plain or tired coat or cardi!
Shawls are perfect for the change of seasons – worn in so many ways – swirled, tied, draped – and you can work in either a solid shade, or in something variegated or semi-solid. Dream in Color, and Malabrigo both have exquisitely soft yarns that explore rainbows of hues, alongside Madelinetosh and Manos del Uruguay.
Let’s not forget the glorious business of choosing a fibre – whether you want alpaca and wool for warmth, or silk for drape – or even a cotton blend during the summer to shield you from the sun – you’d be surprised how much a delicate shawl can keep you warm – or cool!
Once hooked – and so many of us are! – jump right in and explore the two fabulous shawl collections in ebook form that The Crochet Project have produced. The Shawl Project: Book One contains six gorgeous patterns – my personal favourite is Your Mileage May Vary, because of the delicious edge motif!
There’s something very satisfying about crocheting one of these beautiful shawls in a yarn of your choice and making it your own. The patterns are easy to follow, clearly laid out and include schematics to show you how the shape of the shawl is created along with charts and written step by step instructions too. Both of the Shawl Project books include fantastic sections on how shawl design works, which are indispensable for understanding crochet construction!
We’d love to see your crocheted shawls! Share them in the Community, we’d love to see them!