With springtime comes wedding season, and for knitters that often means it’s time to knit something that celebrates that momentous occasion. A wedding shawl can mean many different things; you might be knitting one for yourself to wear while saying, “I do,” or you may be making a shawl as an heirloom for someone important to you. You might be knitting a shawl for the mother of the bride or groom, or you might just want something extra special to wear as a guest at a dear friend’s wedding. Whatever your role, a wedding is one of those circumstances where the significance of hand-knitting comes into its own. Choosing a special yarn, knitting each stitch while thinking about a person in your life about whom you care, and ultimately wearing, or seeing worn, a beautiful object that will be tied up in someone’s feelings about such an important day in their life, are all reasons why wedding shawls are so wonderful to make.
Tilli Thomas Symphony yarn is the perfect ‘special occasion’ yarn. It’s an exquisite blend of kid mohair and silk with tiny beads sprinkled throughout. In the photos above, it’s used in our Beginner’s Lace Shawl, which is easy enough to be your first lace project, but beautiful enough to be an heirloom. And if you don’t fancy beads, this pattern can be knit in almost any lace or 4-ply yarn. It would look absolutely stunning in any one of these luxurious yarns below:
Or if you’re preparing for a late summer wedding, when it’s bound to be a bit chillier, you might try doing a lacy shawl in the slightly heavier, but absolutely divine Juno Alice DK:
There are, of course, many gorgeous shawl patterns to choose from at Loop, like this Shetland Hap Shawl. It’s quite a traditional pattern but can be worn in a beautifully modern way. Here we’ve paired it with the heavenly Shilasdair Luxury 4-ply – a blend of cashmere, baby camel, angora and merino.
Crochet can be used to great effect with the right pattern and yarn, like this timeless wrap from Blue Sky Alpacas, knit in sumptuous Metalico.
Or, if you want to make something with very little possibility of falling off the bride’s shoulders, you might try the Layering Shrug, a free pattern here on our blog. Part shawl, part cardigan, it’s perfect for pairing with a strapless dress.
We especially love this shrug knit in our BC Garn Jaipur Silk Lace which comes in a gorgeous array of colours and neutrals:
Whatever you decide, remember also that weddings don’t always need to be ‘traditional’. Have a look at the myriad styles and colours other knitters have gone for on Ravelry for even more inspiration. If you know the bride would love a hot pink or scarlet red shawl, then it will be that much more fun to knit. The best thing about making a wedding shawl yourself means that it can be personal and completely unique to the wearer and treasured as a special gift for a long time to come.