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zknit08 Posted - 09/22/2009 : 03:48:46 AM
Hi everyone!
I wonder how many ladies under 50 wear shawls. I did not start wearing shawl until I'm in my 50's. I love wearing and making them for the convenient and warmth that they provide. Shawls are easy to put on and take off. It provides just enough warmth when needed. My favorite shawls are actually short capes that comes down to my elbow or halfway between my shoulders and elbow. These short shawls do not interfere while I'm working with my hands. I also make them to come down barely past my shoulders--these I wear underneath my winter coat just like a scarf for added warmth in winter.

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zknit08 Posted - 06/23/2011 : 07:03:40 AM
Shawls are really very handy to wear and easy to put on and take off, you don't have lots of buttons to undo when all of a sudden you feel too warm.
mkfromKansas Posted - 06/20/2011 : 1:45:12 PM
Well, I'm two years younger than dirt, but I have yet to see anyone around here (in Kansas) wear a shawl. BUT I do keep on making them and giving them away. What the recipient does with them, I don't know. oh yes, I'm beginning to use them in the winter, curled up with my Kindle.
mamarose22 Posted - 06/18/2011 : 09:08:52 AM
I made a triangular Solomon's knot (love-knot) triangular shawl many, many years ago. I had forgotten how to make it but a google search helped to refresh my memory. About 5-6 years ago I made one out of a synthetic mohair type yarn for my 40 yr old daughter. I made that one starting from the top and worked down to the point. I know that I used to start from the point so I figured out how to do that and I am now nearly finished with another one starting from the point for a friend of mine. Drops Design has a free pattern for this method.
PBELKNAP Posted - 06/01/2011 : 11:52:32 AM
I like thicker shawls, that one can wear in the winter around the house, if chilly.



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robinstephanie Posted - 06/01/2011 : 09:11:45 AM
For me, I'm 42 and have never been drawn to shawls, but now that I've learned to knit (last November) I find myself very drawn to them. I have several on my list to make for myself, starting with the easier ones, of course.


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donnawatk Posted - 06/01/2011 : 03:41:57 AM
Ive been knitting shawls for years for my sister she's in her late 30's. My Mom who is a Granny will not wear one. My sister takes them along in place of a sweater. I'm working on one for myself its a Solaris pattern that she posted. Donna
zknit08 Posted - 05/31/2011 : 03:06:58 AM
That is sort of funny. I made my mom-in-law one and she would not wear it either, even if she keeps complaining of being cold inside her house. This was the reason I made her one. I don't know what her reason for not wearing it. I made it in her favorite color too, green. Well I choose a forest green for her so that the color was more natural and not so bright.
Gelliott Posted - 05/30/2011 : 2:29:03 PM
I have been wearing shawls since my 30s (about 10 years) but my 80-year old mother doesn't want one--she thinks they are too "old ladyish!"

robinstephanie Posted - 05/30/2011 : 1:44:31 PM
Wow, Sharon, thanks for the Colourmart link. What amazing prices. I just bought myself some cashmere.


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busygirl Posted - 05/30/2011 : 1:12:00 PM
Originally posted by pjkite

My daughter is 25 and keeps one in her office to wear frequently; she also wears one to most dressy occasions. My daughter-in-law is 22 and does the same. My 7 yo granddaughter loves shrugs and shawls for both dress-up and around the house. And I started wearing them in my teens - although I'll grant you that that was during the 70's when EVERYBODY was wearing shawls!

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I remember wearing a shawl over my evening dress when I went dancing in the late 70's - as you say,everyone wore shawls back then.


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My Blog Posted - 05/30/2011 : 08:31:19 AM
Colorumart has wonderful prices on their cashmere--I'm sure if you do a search, you can find more info here on KR. Their yarn is from high end mills so you are getting the best. They are in the UK, but shipping is reasonable and they are so helpful! Also, their yarn is on cones, with tons of yardage, but they will wind it into skeins or combine it to make a heavier weight yarn.

kadiddly Posted - 09/24/2009 : 8:05:48 PM
Enough laceweight silk or cashmere for a shawl isn't necessarily a bank buster, and I've rarely found laceweight merino wool very scratchy at all.

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zknit08 Posted - 09/24/2009 : 12:16:38 PM

What a heavenly analogy! "wrapping oneself in a warm cloud!" I like that. I wonder if there is such a yarn that would feel warm and soft (and light) like you describe about your fabric cashmere stole. Biggest complaint that I heard from those who does not wear knitted or crocheted shawls is that they are scratchy. I'm on a limited budget so I really have not invested on very expensive yarns yet but one of these days, I will do it.

Happy Knitting and or Crocheting,

knitz2 Posted - 09/24/2009 : 06:18:57 AM
in my family shawls seem to have skipped a generation. I wear them; my daughter (almost 40) thinks they are "frumpy looking"; my granddaughters requested I make shawls for them.

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Katheroni Posted - 09/23/2009 : 9:41:42 PM
I wear shawls and I am 32.
kadiddly Posted - 09/23/2009 : 9:05:08 PM
I'm 28 and have a Lady Eleanor stole that I wear fairly frequently and ALWAYS get compliments on. Personally, I feel a shawl/stole/even a cape is frequently a better dressy alternative than a jacket, particularly in the summer. I don't have any lace shawls (yet, I've only actually finished one true "lace" pattern in my life so far), but I would wear them if I had/made them, and I have a couple really pretty woven/fabric stoles. (My favorite is cashmere one.'s like wrapping yourself in a warm cloud!)

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zknit08 Posted - 09/23/2009 : 07:09:04 AM
Thank you everyone for responding. I guess I'm looking around in my immediate locality to see what kind of knitted or crocheted items women wear. After all women cannot wear what's not available at the local stores. Perhaps this is a tremendous opportunity for making women in my area be aware of knitting and crocheting. Whenever I wear one of my crocheted shawls, I always get compliments and encouragements to make some for sale.

Happy crocheting,

Wen Posted - 09/23/2009 : 05:08:21 AM
Here's a selection of the ones I wear regularly!

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Wen Posted - 09/23/2009 : 05:06:14 AM
I wear a knitted shawl most days, I have been for a while now. Most of mine are rectangle, I have lace, cabled, ribbed...
If you are on Ravelry have a search through the shawl projects, you will see lots being worn by younger women. If you are not on ravelry you can search Flickr or any of the other photo sites and find lots of shawls made and worn by people of all ages.

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sgoldfried Posted - 09/23/2009 : 05:05:13 AM
i have converted many shawls from knit to crochet
the one i have made many times is the diagonal wrap
you actually just do the same as knit
crochet is so much faster

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