52 Weeks of Shawls is a unique look into contemporary shawl knitting. The designers and images of shawls are just a sample of the 52 patterns which come from all around world. This collection showcases an exceptionally wide range of yarns, techniques and levels of difficulty and also includes two crochet designs. It is a true encyclopedia of shawls, a future classic for decades to come. 52 Weeks of Shawls is part of the Laine Books and Magazines Collection.
Venus by Marion Em
Venus is a large parallelogram-shaped stole knitted in garter stitch, with a delicate seashell pattern and lines formed by slipped stitches. The shawl is worked from one short edge to the other, and the shape of the stole is formed by making decreases on the right edge and increases on the left edge. Marion Em loves the sea and playing in the waves, and the seashell pattern represents this.
Feste by Hanne Kær Pedersen
Feste is a delicate cowl with reversible, cabled texture, Japanese-inspired twisted rib and lace, and a lovely chunky cable. The cowl is worked from the bottom tip up, first flat and then in the round. As much a woolen piece of jewelry as a layering piece, it can be worn indoors and outdoors, on festive and casual occasions alike. You can knit Feste either in bold or subdued colours, both will work beautifully.
Limelight by Anna Johanna
Limelight is a simple but beautiful crescent-shaped shawl with a fun and relaxing mix of garter stitch, short row stripes and simple lace. It is worked from the top down, starting with a garter-tab cast-on. Choose your favorite pop colour to bring a bit of brightness to this design! You can break the yarns between sections or just carry the other colour along by knitting the three edge stitches with both yarns.
Aloft by Rebekah Berkompas
Aloft is inspired by flocks of migratory geese that dot the sky over Rebekah Berkompas’ home. From the triangle shape of the shawl and pointed lace motifs to the feathery bobble “birds”, this airy shawl evokes their graceful flight formation. Aloft is worked from the centre top. Yarn over increases at the edges and along the centre line give the shawl its triangular shape.
Silta by Tif Neilan
Silta is a symmetrical triangular shawl worked from top to bottom. The shawl initially shifts through a variety of texture sections within a single yarn color. It allows you to appreciate each stitch pattern while still maintaining a cohesive feel. Silta was inspired by the architectural lines of an old bridge – hence the name, which is Finnish for “bridge”. The dark blue and dusty beige reminded Tif Neilan of vintage items, something old and loved.
Halliste by Aleks Byrd
Halliste is a triangular shawl knitted in the round from the tip to the wingspan. The shawl is steeked with the steek stitches unraveled to create a knotted fringe edging. Geometric motifs dot the shawl using the Estonian inlay technique called Roosimine in two colours. Aleks Byrd likes to play with her Estonian roots, and the initial inspiration for this shawl came from the idea of translating the beautiful embroidery style of Halliste, Estonia.
Marjie by Jeanette Sloan
Marjie is a trapezoid shawl knitted from the bottom up with stepped increases at each side. It features a central panel of what Jeanette Sloan calls ‘dipped cluster stitches’ with rows of giant eyelets and garter stitch ridges. The side wings are knitted in lace.
Fru Alstad by Anna Strandberg
Fru Alstad is a classic triangular shawl worked from the back neck down. It starts off with a double moss section, then goes on to various sections of different stitch patterns and ends with stars. Anna Strandberg wanted to create a piece with textures from Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden. In Skåne there is a long tradition of “Spede” sweaters (also called night sweaters) that are knitted in thin white yarn. The shawl is named after the village Anna Strandberg was born in.
Everyday Collar by Andrea Aho
This simple and classic collar is worked in two flat pieces from the bottom up. The pieces are then seamed together at the shoulders using a 3-needle bind-off. Andrea Aho loved the utilitarian nature of the original false shirt fronts (also known as “dickeys”) but added in extra texture and the oversized collar to make more of a statement.
Florence by Miriam Walchshäusl
This oversized triangular shawl conveys the feeling of being enveloped in someone’s arms. As a former intensive care nurse, Miriam Walchshäusl wanted to stand in for all the women taking care of others and also themselves, so she named the shawl after Florence Nightingale. The shawl is knitted from the bottom up with two yarns held together. The delicate organic pattern blooms on a simple reverse stockinette stitch base.
Iney by Nataliya Sinelshchikova
Iney is the Russian word for “frost”. This stranded colourwork wrap has a modern, geometric design that reminded Nataliya Sinelshchikova of icy patterns formed on the window glass during the cold winter days. Iney is a triangular wrap knitted bottom up in the round.
Mooi by Niina Tanskanen
Mooi is a lightweight rectangular scarf worked in an unusual way, in a z-shape form. One section consists of four parts, and the sections are repeated three times in total. Mooi means “nice”, “pretty” and “beautiful” in Dutch.
Windgate by Fiona Alice
This reversible triangular shawl is knitted starting from the widest side and the maximum number of stitches. Decreasing happens on every fourth row, making the rows become shorter and quicker as you work. Windgate is worked with two yarns held together.
Crosshatch by Rachel Brockman
Crosshatch is an asymmetrical triangular shawl that pays homage to the beautiful lines and texture found in nature. A gentle, undulating cable mimics the movement of a small stream running through the forest. Beside it, a bed of moss stitch is transformed by striping two coordinating colors.
Skarn by Evgeniya Dupliy
Cold weather, wild nature and rustic yarn inspired Evgeniya Dupliy – she wanted to create a perfect shawl for cold days. The triangular shawl is knitted on the bias from one corner to the opposite edge. It alternates between sections of seeded rib stitch and sections with purled stitch parallelograms.
Sulina by Stephanie Earp
Sulina takes all the best elements of a traditional Aran sweater, from undulating cables to satisfying textures of rib and double seed stitch, and turns it into a shawl instead. Worked from the back neck down, the pattern is easy to memorize and works up fast in chunky yarn.