Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls are so much fun to make. Whether they are triangular with an increase on one side or some really weird shape altogether, they are not boring. And I’m only talking about the basic shape. Change the stitches every so often and you can have a crochet masterpiece. The possibilities are absolutely endless.
Way Back When…
In the beginning of my crochet career (oh, so many years ago), there were the standard triangle shawls and not much else. Sure, many were lacy with fringes, but they were all the same shape. I made a few, but quickly got bored as the sides became bigger and bigger. The larger the shawl became it started to take what felt like forever to get to the end of each row. I was bored.
My favorite shawl back then was the Seraphina Shawl, and not just because it had a “bat wing” shape that made it really easy to wear. The increase was in four places, not just on the ends of the rows.
When I got back into crochet several years ago after a long break, the asymmetrical crochet shawls suddenly started popping up in my internet searches. Soon after I joined Ravelry and the madness began. Immediately , I start looking for the craziest shawl I could find to match the newest member of my yarn stash.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match
In typical me fashion, I still have yarn and patterns waiting for the right partner. My latest weapon of choice in this never ending battle is a note book. One section is for the yarn while another is for patterns. A third section is for matches that have been made. This is what keeps the jumbled mental mess in order. Otherwise, I forget what goes with which.
However, with the vast array of patterns out there, I still have trouble finding the right one for a particular yarn. They just have not been born yet. Take for instance the Rainbow Singles I spun. The yarn can’t be crocheted into just any pattern. Nope. Can’t do it. And since it is handspun, I don’t want to frog it twenty-five thousand times. It has to be perfect from the start.
Another example of a yarn that is incredible nitpicky about finding the right partner to spend forever with is my one and a half cakes of Scheepjes Whirl in Green Tea Tipple. One of the cakes had a hard beginning in life. Half of it was made into something that my Mom can’t find or even remember what she made with it. It’s so sad. So my matchmaking involves finding a pattern where the two cakes (the other is a full cake) can be intertwined in romantic harmony.
Yarns such as the Scheepjes Whirl with long gradients are fantastic for patterns like the Crochet Between the Lines. Whether the yarns are different colors or one cake is pulled from the center while the other is pulled from the outside, the pattern has endless possibilities.
Some Really Cool Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls
Lizard by Jasmin Räsänen – I saw this pattern a while ago and finally found a yarn that would look interesting for the toothy effect.
Wingspan Crochet Shawl by Carole Marie Designs – The knitted version of this shawl is a favorite of the Knitting Social girls. I was happy to see a crocheted version so I can join in the fun. This is a paid pattern, but the price is well worth it.
This Way Wrap by Jessie Rayot – The arrow shape of this shawl gives this paid pattern an interesting look. This would look great with light to dark color changes that would dramatize the shape.
Hotel of Bees Shawl by Christina Hadderingh – For me, buying this pattern will be a solid investment as it may become my next go-to pattern. The color and yarn possibilities are endless.
These are only a handful of patterns. Why don’t you check out Ravelry yourself to see what craziness you can uncover?
**Sorry. No photos today. It is once more raining buckets so everything in my “photo studio” (AKA: the Great Outdoors) is soaking wet. I will add photos in the future.
Have an excellent day!