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rosir Posted - 07/07/2011 : 06:06:00 AM
To non-knitters and even some knitters, the word "shawl" brings visions of grannies in rocking chairs with her knitting needles poking out of her bun, or the ubiquitous "prayer shawl". I bring my knitting everywhere and people always want to know what I'm making. I find myself mumbling, "oh it's just a mumbledy, mumbledy, er, um, wrap, you know...." What is that about? Because when I say "lace shawl", they look at me dumbstruck. The questions hanging unasked are: "What in the world for, Why, Who's gonna wear that?"

Well I for one have to say that the crescent shape SHAWL/SCARF/WRAP is the best pattern genre to come along since the clapoti. Just type in the word crescent in the pattern search box on ravelry. NINE pages and those nine pages don't include all of the patterns available. I'm not sure who we have to thank for this type of S/S/W, but the first one I knit was from a pattern of Susanna IC. Since then I have knit S/S/W's by Liz Abinante, Birgit Freyer,and currently have one on the needles by Martina Behm .
So why am I loving these patterns? First they are all a little different in their approach to gaining that crescent shape, second, non-knitters understand them as "really unusual/beautiful/not odd" scarves, and readily accept them as gifts that they will wear. I also love the fact that most use one generous skein of sock yarn. For those of us who thought that we would like to knit socks and found out that we would not like to knit socks, this is a godsend.

So which patterns are your favorites? I'm always worried that I might have missed one.

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Lanea Posted - 07/08/2011 : 05:02:05 AM
Thanks for bringing this up, Rosi. I love to knit for my Mom, but she doesn't get much wear out of standard shawls because they're just too warm for her. I bet a crescent would be just the thing, and I certainly don't want for sock yarn.

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KathyR Posted - 07/07/2011 : 4:41:04 PM
I have knitted a Hitchhiker and absolutely love it! Of the designers Rosir mentions, I think that Martina Behm (who designed Hitchhiker) is my favourite - I seem to like all of her scarves!


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anderknit Posted - 07/07/2011 : 12:35:24 PM
Rosi, that is a perfect summation - took the words right out of my mouth, if I had the brainpower to get them in my mouth in the first place!

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Patshere Posted - 07/07/2011 : 10:16:53 AM
I've knit multiple Hitchhikers and, in general, much prefer the rounded shawls to the pointed ones.
NutmegOwl Posted - 07/07/2011 : 07:27:50 AM
Oh, ditto, Rosi, dear. I could not agree more. I have a special place in my heart for Susanna IC's Hawthorne. Romi Hill has several in her 7 Small Shawls that, if not crescents are takes on the crescent. Also, the Be Mine collection from Rose Beck are the same one-skein very wearable style. And the unique construction of Lazy Katy, too. (Sorry - at work, can't work in links at the moment!!!)

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LJ Posted - 07/07/2011 : 06:27:50 AM
I've knit Susanna IC's "Annis" several times. Right now it's being knit in worsted weight. Working on the short row math.

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