Shawls seem to never go out of popularity, and we know why: They are super fun to knit, can be styled in so many ways, and can be considered a perpetual knitted hug when given as a gift; they can be fancy for weddings and the like, and utilitarian for everyday style, warmth, and comfort.
And so, in anticipation for our annual Shawl Week celebration, we're offering a look back at some of the many (well over 100 at this point!) gorgeous shawls we've published in the last 9 years, to highlight some of our favorites.
Our silky fingering weight Tern has a subtle sheen and is wonderful for any kind of stitch pattern you can think of.
An allover, lacy bellflower-inspired motif is showcased in Ann Budd's Bellefleur shawl, published at the end of 2010. Shown here in Tern Seaweed, the stitch pattern is easily memorized, making for a sweet, fun knit.
Texo, designed for us by Anjali M., was published in summer 2014 as part of our third Shawls collection. Shown in Tern Syrah, a new shade at the time, this pretty piece pairs gorgeous bands of basketweave cables with simple stockinette.
Marnie MacLean's Foothills shawl was featured in our very first Shawls collection in 2012. We love the almost tortoise-shell texture and deep, fluted border on this piece, worked up in Tern Boothbay Blue.
One of the foundations of knitted lace, pretty eyelets can be used in so many ways.
Abree was the first piece that Hanna Maciejewska designed for us, published in early 2017 as part of our Scarves, etc 6 collection. Worked up in Chickadee and shown here in Sedum, Hanna combined eyelet clusters and twisted stitches to carve out a striking graphic at the border of a reverse stockinette stitch body.
Euclid is one of our newer shawls, published in late November 2018, designed by Isabell Kraemer. With this piece, knitted in Phoebe and shown in Jupiter, Isabell pairs eyelets and cables, creating a stunning lattice-like fabric.
We loved Melanie Berg's collection, 5 Shawls, which we published in early 2015. Talamu has a sawtooth edge, a squishy garter stitch body, and contrasting stripes of eyelets, worked up in our beloved alpaca/wool Owl. Shown in Papuan and Snowy.
Slip stitch stripes
Such a fun and easy way to play with color in a knitted piece--only one color is used at a time, with slipped stitches creating the graphic.
Last June (2018), we published Trin-Annelie's Zeeland shawl, in Chickadee, as part of our Shawls collection. Subtle slip stitch stripes in pretty blues (Bird's Egg and Glacier) grace a neutral garter stitch canvas (Audouin).
Melanie Berg designed Waterscape for our Scarves, etc 2014 collection, published in late winter of that year. Knitted in Finch and shown in Aleutian and Slate. Mostly in cushy garter stitch, the shawl's sweet details—random-ish slip stitch stripes, an overall symmetrical shape, and a subtle ruffle on one edge—make this piece fun to knit and wear.
Paula Periera's Ágata shawl, which we published in October 2018 as part of our Scarves, etc 7 collection, combines no fewer than six shades of Chickadee (Kumlien's Gull, Clay, Audouin, Kittywake, Shell, and Maple). The two slip stitch motifs alternate so that the RS and WS can both be seen on the outward-facing side of the fabric.
Keep an eye out on Instagram over the next five days for five(!) giveaway contests—one a day, Monday through Friday. Each day we’ll be highlighting a shawl collection from our archives. Leave a comment to that post, telling us your favorite shawl design of that group. Each day, commenters will be entered to win a pdf ebook of that day’s collection, randomly chosen. Five chances to win a great pattern collection!
Plus, at the end of the week, we’ll randomly select a comment from any of the five giveaways to win our grand prize: A $50 gift card to Quince & Co!
Don’t miss out on the fun — make sure you’re following Quince on Instagram and turn on post notifications so you’re sure to see each post as soon as it goes live!
Details on how to enter will be included in each day's post. See you there!
For those of you reading who aren't on Instagram but would like to play along, we've got you covered: Leave a comment to this blog post, letting us know which Quince shawl is your favorite. See them all right here.
You have until midnight ET on Friday, June 21, to enter! Winner will be notified and announced on the following Monday.