Classic Crochet Shawls Book Review

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Classic Crochet Shawls includes 20 lovely feminine shawl designs. These designs were curated from various Interweave Publications (books and magazines) and include shawls perfect for many different occasions, seasons and styles.

Title: Classic Crochet Shawls
Publisher: Interweave Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc.
ISBN: 9781632506108

Classic Crochet Shawls

Classic Crochet Shawls features more than 12 Crochet Designers and I love how each pattern indicates who is responsible for the design. You can read more about each of the Designers at the end of the publication on page 126.

Many crochet techniques and styles have been used to create these beautiful shawls. This makes each design unique and different and allows you to choose from a wide variety of styles and stitches.

You will find shawls crocheted with:

  • top down construction
  • bottom up construction
  • side to side construction
  • circular construction
  • point to point construction

The patterns are written in American Crochet Terms. Each pattern begins with the details of the project, including the finished size, yarn or thread you will need, hook sizes, notions needed and gauge.

Following this is the Notes section and Stitch Guide. The Stitch Guide includes all the special stitches you need to work in the pattern and it also gives you the written explanation of how to make the stitches. I like this because you do not need to flip back and forth to the Glossary section to know how to make the special stitches.

Crochet Stitch Patterns

Shawls have been included using various stitch patterns. Some of the stitches and stitch patterns included are filet crochet, broomstick lace, shell stitches, fan stitches, motifs and Lover’s Knot patterns. Detailed diagrams, stitch charts and construction diagrams have been provided.

The text of the patterns is clear and easy to read. The headings and titles for the sections use alternate fonts (italicized or script) and the Round and Row Numbers are in a bold font so you can find them easily. The images included are beautiful to look at, in full color and show a lot of stitch detail for the designs being worked.

Yarn Selection

The yarns used in the projects featured in Classic Crochet Shawls come from various sources including: Berroco, Blue Heron Yarns, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Inc., Fyberspates; Knit One, Crochet Too, Lion Brand Yarns, The Loopy Ewe, Lotus Yarns, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Manos Del Uruguay, Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns & Fibers, Pierrot Yarns, Rowan, Shibui, Spud and Chloe and Universal Yarns. Each source includes an online website address to help you find the yarns used in the projects if you do not want to substitute.

The Glossary Section on page 123-125 includes basic crochet stitches and decrease stitches you will need to know to crochet the patterns. A written explanation of how to complete the stitches is included along with a diagrams outlining the steps you need to make to complete the stitches.

The Shawls included are:

  • Eolande – Kathryn White – Crochet Thread and 1.65 mm (Size 7) Steel Hook
  • Emergence – Kathryn White – Fingering Weight and 2.75 mm (C/2) Hook
  • Endymion – Sara Kay Hartmann – Worsted Weight and 6 mm (J/10) Hook and 5 mm (H/8) Hook for the edging
  • Buttercream Shawl – Anne Petavy – Laceweight and 3.5 mm (E/4) Hook
  • Jessamine – Sara Kay Hartmann – DK Weight and 4 mm (G/6) Hook
  • Bolt Shawl – Beth Nielsen – Fingering Weight and 3.25 mm (D/3) Hook
  • Tres Chic Neck Warmer – Mary Jane Hall – Worsted Weight and 6 mm (J/10) Hook
  • Blue Lagoon Swirling Hexagon Shawl – Kristin Omdahl – Chunky Weight and 5.5 mm (I/9) Hook
  • Flying Broomstick Lace Shawl – Brenda K.B. Anderson – Sportweight and 5 mm (H/8) Hook
  • Parisian Gardens Circular Shawl – Mary Jane Hall – Laceweight and 4 mm (G/6) Hook
  • Tiffany Shawl – Jill Wright – Laceweight and 3.5 mm (E/4) Hook
  • Dover – Sara Kay Hartmann – DK Weight and 3.75 mm (F/5) Hook
  • Orchid Faroese Shawl – Kristin Omdahl – Fingering Weight and 3.25 mm (D/3) Hook and 6 mm (I/10) Hook
  • Pleiades Shawl – Chelsea Norquay-Wales – Fingering Weight and 5 mm (H/8) Hook
  • Almandine Shawlette – Anastasia Popova – Fingering Weight and 3.5 mm (E/8) Hook
  • Torchlight Shawl – Jennifer Raymond – Sport Weight and 4 mm (G/6) Hook
  • All-In-One Shawl – Karen Whooley – Fingering Weight and 3.5 mm (E/8) Hook
  • Sausalito Sparkle Shawl – Kristin Omdahl – Laceweight and 5 mm (H/8) Hook
  • Shifting Shawl – April Garwood – DK Weight and 4 mm (G/6) Hook
  • Amelie Triangular Shawl – Mary Jane Hall – DK Weight and 5.5 mm (I/9) Hook

Here’s a little look inside:

To see more images please visit Interweave here: Classic Crochet Shawls

There are many beautiful shawl designs included in Classic Crochet Shawls.

My favorites include:

Dover – see above images

Eolande – see above images


Tres Chic Neckwarmer


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  1. I appreciate your review style, you cover all the important need to know information and provide just enough of the content to create a desire to purchase the product.

  2. These are Very Beautiful patterns. I love to make different shawls. I would love to have this book.

  3. love crocheted shawls and scarfs, I like to try different and new (to me) stiches and then gift the end results to family and friends on birthdays, Christmas and other celebrations.

  4. A shawl is next on my list…..after I’ve made a Sophie and a Mayan!! Review helpful thanks heaps!

  5. Another great pattern book to add to the collection! Thanks for the review!

  6. I have been considering getting this book. thank you for your review it has been very helpful

  7. I love shawls – I like the looks of this book. I will have to add this one to my Christmas list. Thank you for all the inspiration and knowledge you provide

  8. I would like to make a shawl after the holidays. This looks like it may be a good book with stitches that are new to me. I am adding this book to my Christmas wish list.

  9. Thank you for mentioning the various yarns used in the patterns- that’s an important detail for me!

  10. Wow! I am in LOVE with these shawls! (Which living in Alaska I have an excuse to wear to my heart’s content! yay!!) And these are all lovely! You know how some books have a few patterns you like and the rest not? I love all of these! Great book, and ALL crochet!

  11. I love this collection of shawls. I am always looking for new patterns for crochet shawls, and there are a few awesome ones in this book,

  12. I love shawls & I love that you gave a list of what yarn weight & hook size each shawl requires.

  13. I lead a prayer shawl ministry at church. These are wonderful patterns and very applicable to what we do.

  14. I like that there are so many unique shawls to choose from in this book. 🙂

  15. Shawls are my newest passion! I need this book! I want to recreate every single solitary one of these….in like 3 colors lol!

  16. I wanted to enter the raffle for the shawl book but it is not taking any more entries. The post says it’s open till 11:59 pm tonight and it’s only 8:20 pm. I’m disappointed I can’t enter. Thank you for offering all your raffles.

  17. This book of shawls looks amazing! All the beautiful shawls I want to make them all.