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zknit08
Chatty Knitter

USA
315 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2009 :  03:48:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

Happy crocheting,

Zknit


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sgoldfried
Seriously Hooked

Canada
769 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2009 :  06:03:14 AM  Show Profile Send sgoldfried a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hi
approxiametly half the world
kidding
all ages are wearing shawls and very creatively
they add to an outfit
better than acardigan
and they can be made in different shapes
the one i am looking for is the three button wrap
also they can be pinned or tied
there is one now that you cross in the front
and tie aroud your waist
sylvia
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pjkite
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Posted - 09/22/2009 :  06:33:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee
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Mocha
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Singapore
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Posted - 09/22/2009 :  08:23:55 AM  Show Profile Send Mocha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, come over here and you'll see a lot of ladies with shawl, although the more common are the rectangular kind. It's really common especially on rainy days.
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zknit08
Chatty Knitter

USA
315 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2009 :  11:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry Ladies, I did not communicate clearly, what I had in mind when I asked the question was crocheted shawls. I realize that there are lots of women who wear fabric shawls but I just have not seen a lot of younger ones wearing knitted or crocheted shawls. Oh well maybe, I'm just not exposed to the wide world of crocheting or knitting women. Still I'm glad to learn that crocheted shawls are not just for grannies.

Happy knitting and or crocheting!

zknit
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Kade1301
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France
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  04:24:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, my mother crocheted a shawl for me when I was a teen - and I loved it (still have it, btw - Im' seriously thinking about copying it in handspun). And why make a difference between a crocheted/woven/knitted shawl? The important thing is having a fabric that keeps you warm - and finding a way to stop it from sliding off your shoulders.

Bye, Klara

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sgoldfried
Seriously Hooked

Canada
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  05:05:13 AM  Show Profile Send sgoldfried a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
sylvia
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Wen
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Australia
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  05:06:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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Wen
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  05:08:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's a selection of the ones I wear regularly!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3590/3339740620_ee44218992.jpg

Wen


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zknit08
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USA
315 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2009 :  07:09:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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,

Zknit

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kadiddly
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  9:05:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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. Drool...it's like wrapping yourself in a warm cloud!)

You can't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
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Katheroni
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  9:41:42 PM  Show Profile Send Katheroni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wear shawls and I am 32.
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knitz2
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Posted - 09/24/2009 :  06:18:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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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zknit08
Chatty Knitter

USA
315 Posts

Posted - 09/24/2009 :  12:16:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kadiddly,

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,

Zknit

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kadiddly
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Posted - 09/24/2009 :  8:05:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

You can't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
Blackstage Stitches
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 05/30/2011 :  08:31:19 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

http://colourmart.com/eng/yarn_display

Sharon
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busygirl
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New Zealand
1673 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2011 :  1:12:00 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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!

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee
http://fiberlife.blogspot.com/


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.

Leslie





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robinstephanie
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USA
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Posted - 05/30/2011 :  1:44:31 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, Sharon, thanks for the Colourmart link. What amazing prices. I just bought myself some cashmere.

Robinsteph

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Gelliott
Seriously Hooked

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2011 :  2:29:03 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!"

Gelliott
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zknit08
Chatty Knitter

USA
315 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2011 :  03:06:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.


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donnawatk
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765 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2011 :  03:41:57 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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