Book Review: Classic Knit Shawls

Shawls have been in vogue for a number of years now - and what's not to like about them? They're warm, can be worn as kerchiefs or scarves, and can be very quick knits. One of the things I absolutely love about them is the math involved (I know, math nerd over here!).

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Interweave has done it again with their book, Classic Knit Shawls. They brought together 20 beautiful, interesting and very different shawls into one wonderful book. Make sure to make it to the end of the post, there's a giveaway at the end! Here are just 5 of our favorite patterns from its pages:

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy

I adore the simplicity of this shawl. A garter-stitch triangular shawl, it features a bobble knitted edging that makes this shawl stand out.

Recommended yarns: Breeze, Meridian, Wash My Lace

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Diospyros Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau

The leaf motif on this shawl is intriguing and stunning, while the nupps and beading lend both texture and sparkle. Knit top down using short rows, this lovely shawl will not disappoint.

Recommended yarns: Squishy, Luster, Lunaris, Nebula, Haiku

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Galax Shawl by Carol Feller

This curvy shawl has a beautiful edging with a zig-zag patterned body. Short rows help to add the body after the edging.

Recommended yarns: For Better or Worsted, It Could Be Worsted

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Impasto Shawlette by Susanna IC

Who doesn't love colorwork? This fitted shawl is worked with slip-stitches and reminds me of waves at the beach. You could make your waves any color you like!

Recommended yarn: Cricket

 Photo by Joe Hancock

Photo by Joe Hancock

Trillium Shawl by Manda Shah

This gorgeous lace half-circle shawl is knit top down, while the edging is worked perpendicular to the rest of the piece. The lacework is to die for!

Recommended yarn: Squishy, Luster, Lunaris, Nebula, Haiku 

Be sure to get your own copy this book to check out more fantastic shawls! Stop by your LYS to see if they have it in stock or order online here.

Interweave is so generous and has offered a copy to one of our wonderful readers! Tell us your favorite pattern from the book and which Anzula yarn you would use in the comments below. We will choose a random winner on August 10th!

Update: Congratulations to reader Flossie! We'll send your copy of Classic Knit Shawls as soon as we hear back from you with your details. Check your email for a message from us!