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Classic Knit Shawls

I was recently sent another lovely book for review:

This is Interweave Presents – Classic Knit Shawls: 20 Timeless Designs Featuring Lace, Cables, and More published in April by Interweave. It’s a collection of 20 shawl patterns from past Interweave publications. You can view all twenty patterns on Ravelry.

The book has a nice variety of different shawl designs, from a lot of different popular designers, worked in a variety of shapes using a variety of construction techniques — a little something for everyone.

Some of my favorites:

The Purple Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau is a cresent shawl worked from fingering weight yarn. The pattern states 430 yards, so it can be made from a single skein of sock yarn, if it is a larger sized skein. I like the shape of this shawl — it looks like it would stay on the shoulders nicely.

The Return Journey by Lisa Shroyer is a shallow triangle, cabled and with i-cord edging that you work as you go. It’s a lovely thick piece knit from worsted weight yarn and it is worked sideways.

Ilme’s Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush is a lovely triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn. It’s modeled after traditional Estonian lace shawls for which Nancy Bush is famous.

Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy is another triangle shawl knit from laceweight yarn, this one worked side to side. It’s quite plain — garter stitch — with a lovely little edging. While I love intricate lace, I also love large plain cozy shawls like this one.

That’s just a sampling from this great collection. Who’d like to own a copy of the book?

Leave s comment on this blog post telling me your favorite design from the book (you can see them all on the Ravelry link above) by noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at that time.

Loki says:

“All those shawls look like they’d be great for me to sleep on!”


  1. Definitely love Ilme’s Autumn Triangle. One can never go wrong with Nancy’s designs.

  2. Beautiful patterns there, Wendy. I’d love the chance to add that book to my library. I’ve got many of the Interweave compilations & this one looks great too.

  3. I love the Orangery shawl, it sits so nicely and the colour blend options are inspiring.

  4. Ennid Laceweight Shawl for sure. I love simple shawls.

  5. Ellen Z says:

    Shawls are just beginning to interest me. The one on the cover is especially pretty and Ennid looks so warm!

  6. Annette says:

    I love the Purple shawl! But the others are beautiful too.

  7. yolanda v says:

    My favorite pattern from this book is Wheeled Lace Shawl.

  8. Beautiful shawls! I think I would go for Ship that Shawl first. I like the title and I like the colors.

  9. Trudy Elliott says:

    I love the Enid lace shawl!

  10. I love Emmylou and the purple shawl

  11. Kelly Norman says:

    I really love the Emmylou shawl – what a lovely way to use some of my fingering stash 🙂

  12. Galax is my current favorite.

  13. They are all so beautiful but my favorite one is the purple shawl

  14. I love this book! I make a lot of shawls, and am always looking for beautiful patterns. I would make the Return Journey pattern first. I love the sideways cable pattern. Thank you Wendy!

  15. Love, love, love shawls! Would adore to have this book.

  16. Cecilia David says:

    Those shawls are really pretty. The book would look nice on my shelf with your books.

  17. Laraine Y says:

    I also like cozy shawls, so I go with Rhoeas. It looks cozy, very soft and very warm.

  18. sue atkins says:

    Love that Purple Shawl, looks like a fun knit

  19. Yes. Please and thank you.

  20. Anna Housholder says:

    My favorite pattern is the Ennis Laceweight Shawl, it looks like it would be cozy.

  21. Susan Picciano says:

    Oooooo Aaaaaaa! So beautiful

  22. Looks like a good book. I am sure Loki would love to curl up on any of them!

  23. I love shawl patterns-so elegant and graceful.

  24. These would all be great to knit!

  25. Love the Orangery shawl by Carol Feller. Thanks, Wendy!

  26. Lovely shawls by talented designers but the purple shawl by Andrea Jurgrau is still my choice.

  27. Ginger Klein says:

    My favorite is the cover pattern, Galax I think. I also love Grand Army Plaza or Grand Army Shawl Not sure of the name and two totally different pieces. But there you go.

  28. Robin F says:

    Purple shawl and Autumn Shawl are my top two picks- I love shawls and wear them as often as I can.

  29. I like the Emmylou shawl. Seems just the right size and amount of patterning.

  30. Hi Wendy,

    Yes, I’m still trying. I love all the shawls, the Purple stood right out at me. One of these days, I”m going to win one of your books….and I certainly hope this is the one.

    Hi to Loki from Cassie and Zoe.

  31. I love the Grand Army Plaza Shawl. It’s so lacy and open.

  32. Dorothy from Kentucky says:

    I love the Autumn triangle Shawl. And Loki is adorable

  33. Linda G says:

    Like you Wendy, I am partial to simple triangle shawls. My favorite is Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy. It will be a fun, easy, knit.

    Give Loki a kiss from me.

    Thank you for being so generous!

  34. Debbie M says:

    I’m going to choose The Return Journey by Lisa Shroyer. While I love all knitted lace and all these shawls are gorgeous, I’m crazy about doing cables, too, and this design is beautiful. When the link you provided didn’t work on ravelry, I did a search there for this book and nothing came up. It’s too bad. I would’ve like to see the rest of the designs. 🙁

  35. Denise Nash says:

    Ilme’s Autumn Shawl! I love all the interesting detail. How could you get bored making something with all the changes to pattern?

  36. Deb Smith says:

    Love the purple shawl. All are lovely

  37. Carol MacInnis says:

    I love shawl patterns ! I tried looking at all, however the Raveley link wouldn’t work. Of the patterns you referenced, the teal colored shawl on the front cover is my favorite. I’d love to add the book to my collection of patterns. Thanks for the opportunity.

  38. Venice Smith says:

    This would be a wonderful addition to my little library. I fell in love with shawls back when you would have your MKALs. Truly apropos. Thank you for this opportunity.

  39. For different reasons I love both Grand Army Plaza Shawl (so lacey!) and Rhoeas (so cozy!) – hard to pick just one.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Sandy Tanner says:

    Love the Ennid Lace Weight Shawl.

  41. Susan James says:

    shawls make me weak in the knees!! LOL! my fav is Ilme’s Autumn Triangle, or maybe Diospyros? then there is the Trillium? OY!

  42. Nikki Bufkin says:

    This is a tough one, they’re all beautiful shawls! I love the two color edge on Lindsay is really lovely!

  43. Sandy officer says:

    I would like to do the Purple,Shawl asap. Might have to,buy the pattern

  44. Deborah Gajee says:

    Hi Wendy
    The link won’t work for me but I love Illme’s Autum Shawl. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Sharen Warren says:

    Autumn Triangle and Return Journey are two shawls I’d like to knit. Thanks Wendy!

  46. Paulette Schirmer says:

    So beautiful 🙂 still enjoy seeing your pictures of your handsome cat!

  47. I love The Return Journey. It is beautiful

  48. I love the Purple Shawl and Return Journey.

  49. Liz Grec says:

    This looks like an amazing book. I’d love a copy!

  50. while ‘ Lale’ presents an interesting concept, I think the first one I’d tackle is the ‘Purple Shawl” I’d love to win., but even if I don’t I’m glad you shared this book with us. Thanks for doing what you do…………..and letting us watch.

  51. Ooh, I love the Autumn Triangle. Yes, please sign me up!

  52. Chris Reeske says:

    I can’t decide between 2. Ilme’s Autumn, or The Grand Army Plaza (what a name), both are lovely and I haven’t done any lace knitting for awhile, still working on the Indigo Shawl and making quilts.

  53. Sharon M2 says:

    I really like the cover shawl, Galax, as well as Ennid.

  54. Robin D says:

    I really like both the Purple Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau as well as the cover shawl

  55. elizabeth streeter says:

    I love the lace shawls and cable shawls any shawl so would love the book and love your blog thankyou for sharing

  56. I like the one Loki picks to sleep on.

  57. Love the Lale shawl and the Trillium shawl. Wonderful book.

  58. Christine Frostenson says:

    I love Ilme’s Autumn Triangle shawl! I have yet to knit with lace weight yarn so this would be a learning experience for me. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Tell Loki he can sleep on all my knits–no problem!

  59. catspaw says:

    Autumn Triangle for sure!

  60. Susan O says:

    The Madeleine shawl

  61. I’ve always been intrigued by the Wheeled Lace Shawl. Looks like a challenge.

  62. Love shawls – this is a book I would consider purchasing – but would love to win instead! 🙂

  63. Nancy Bush’s nod to Estonian lace. Looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for offering it to us. Hugs to Loki.

  64. J. Vaughn says:

    This looks like a GREAT book. I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Thank you for the chance to win this one!

  65. Soxy Jane says:

    Autumn Triangle would be my favorite, I think, with Emmylou a close second. Junius is lovely, too.
    It’s interesting to note that (according to Ravelry) every one of the patterns in this book has already been published somewhere else, in a magazine or other book by Interweave. They’re just recycling old patterns in a new publication.
    That said, I doubt many of us have every one of those books and magazines, so this book may be a good resource for some. I don’t have the other sources for the three shawls I like best, so it would be something I’d like to have on my knitting bookshelves.

  66. Patti Rounsevell says:

    Hello Random Number Generator! I’d love a copy of Wendy’s latest review book.

  67. My first choice would be Ship that Shawl, but I like Lale Shawl too…
    Hugs to Loki!

  68. I like Ennid and Rhoeas – but boy do I wish someone would figure out that when photographing very dark yarns you really need to pay attention to the lighting.

    Count me in for the drawing.

    And I don’t know if Ravelry changed something or what, but the link isn’t working. After some poking around, I think the “-2” in the link shouldn’t be there.

  69. I’d love to knit The Return Journey. That i-cord edge intrigues me.

  70. Hi,

    All of these are wonderful and useful. I would to win this book to begin a journey creating them.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  71. Thanks for the contest, Wendy. Shawls are my favorite thing to knit, so I’d love the book.

  72. Another wonderful give-a-way.
    The Purple Shawl has my vote.

  73. knittingdancer on Raverly says:

    I like the Orangery Shawl. It looks like it would stay on the shoulders.

  74. I have a friend who loves purple. She’d look great in the purple shawl.

  75. Ilme”s Autumn Triangle is my favorite but I would probably knit the plain one.

  76. Ilme’s Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush

  77. LaVelle Nott says:

    I like the Emmy Lou shawl and The Purple Shawl, they are both great. I think I would attempt to knit most if not all the shawls in this book. I love lace shawl knitting.

  78. The Ravelry link isn’t working this morning (message says it can’t be found) but of all the beauties shown here, I’d pick the Autumn Triangle as my favorite design but the color choice in the purple shawl is calling me, and I’m not usually drawn to purple.

  79. Ennid Laceweight Shawl by Lucinda Guy has a simple elegance with the added bonus of warmth. I especially like the edging!

  80. Bonnie B. Carr says:

    I am so addicted to shawls that I couldn’t pick just one! Looks like a fabulous book.

  81. I love the Ilme’s Autumn Triangle. They are all shawls I can see myself making someday.

  82. I love the Purple Shawl but I do like others too, such as Autumn Triangle.

  83. I love the cover shawl! I’ve been leaning more towards shawls without pointed edges 🙂

  84. Carolynz says:

    Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush, but they look all wonderful. Shawls are my favorite knitting project…I’m sure I’m not alone!

  85. What a lovely book! I am fond of the Lale Shawl with it’s pretty floral pattern.
    Loki, my girls say they would all be lovely to sleep on, too.

  86. Cheryl King says:

    I love the Enid lace weight shawl. So simple and elegant

  87. Heather Koncz says:

    Ilme’s Autumn Triangle by Nancy Bush, although the Grand Army Plaza shawl is very interesting, too. I think I would just have to knit almost all of them if I had the book, LOL.
    (Are you listening, RNG??) Maybe I’d have better luck rubbing Loki’s tummy . . .

  88. I love Orangery and Trillium.

  89. Be still my heart!! I love, love LOVE the Purple Shawl, especially in purple 🙂
    And Loki is gorgeous. He deserves multiple shawls to sleep on because he sets them off to perfection!

  90. Jackie Felix says:

    They are all so pretty! I like Diospyros, and the Purple Shawl!

  91. Who can resist a Purple Shawl? Love it!

  92. Love the crescent shawl…..some day!
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  93. I’m loving the purple shawl!

  94. Helena Dias says:

    Ilme is my favorite. Thank you.

  95. Lisa Loritz-Kieffer says:

    I am intrigued by the Autumn Shawl. I would love to try the different stitches. Thank you for this oppurtunity.

  96. SherryB says:

    This was a tough decision, but I think I’ll go with The Return Journey: a thick, cabled, lovely garment. I’d probably make every one of these designs eventually. Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. The Purple Shawl by Andrea Jurgrau would be the first shawl I’d knit from this book. The patterns range from comforting to stunning. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway

  98. Bridget says:

    I especially like The Purple Shawl. I’ve been researching gradient yarn recently. Perfect!

  99. Nancy Thone says:

    I like the Ennid, so plain it’s beautiful. Also like the sideways knitting!

  100. Susan Ipavec says:

    My favorite shawl is the Autumn Triangle is classic and so lovely! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!