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5 Great Summer Shawls

The summer of shawls!! Wait… That’s every summer, right? In my book it is!

 Lightweight shawls are easy to transport (preferably to the beach), good for stash busting those dang single skeins, and not too heavy and sweaty for summer knitting. Here are 5 shawl patterns I’m thinking about casting on this summer. 

Knit N’ Slide, by Stephen West 

Would it really be proper to consider knitting a shawl without at least glancing at one or two Stephen West patterns? No way! This ones got stripes and a unique lacy edge that will keep your interest as you near the end of the project. 

Succulent, by Maria Montzka

I wanted to include a genuine lace shawl on this post and I’ve had Succulent in my favorites for years now, always coming back to it. I really love top down triangular shawl construction; it makes it easy to decide the final size of the piece. 

Chevron Shawlette, by Annette Caughman

Another one that’s been in the back of my mind for a few years now. Just right for one skein of a speckled fingering weight skein that you’ve been saving. This pattern will show it off perfectly.

Macklin, by Susanne Sommer

Ok, so, confession. This pattern isn’t even released yet and I’ve already got my yarn and needles waiting! One of my most used knitted items is a worsted weight brioche cowl, and when I saw this pattern I dreamed of the lighter weight version, but better! A lightweight wrap with subtle stripes throughout, brioche short rows, and an I-cord finish. 

Fragment Scarf, by Kristi Morrow

A mini-shawl of sorts, this lightweight, textured bandana is the perfect accessory to a summer outfit. Another one skein (or less!) project good for toting around on your summer adventures.

Written by Emily Brewer, a knitting analogue photographer who has worked on and off in the knitting industry for 7 years for yarn shops, dyers and designers. Find her on Instagram as @tinydotsfibers and view her knitting pursuits at