Posted by: thewoobdog | July 12, 2012

Shawls and Other Grandmotherly Things

Ok, what is with the crazy prevalence of shawl knitting?  Seriously, I Do. Not. Get it.  At all.  One out of every two knitting patterns I see is a shawl.  I have never ever ever ever met anyone under the age of 65 who wears shawls (and even the geriatric population usually has the good sense to keep their shawl-wearing confined to the privacy of their own homes), so what’s with all the freaking shawl patterns?  I mean, no wonder people think knitting is for old ladies – if you take a glance through most knitting magazines or publications, you mostly see shawls, and don’t even get me started on all the idiotic stuff in crochet magazines (toilet paper cozies and ugly bobbled baby blankets are not hip and not fun and not even remotely inventive or artistic). Do these designers even consider current fashion when coming up with these patterns?  I mean, there are some really, really cool patterns for some awesome stuff out there, and I give massive props to those designers who come up with new and brilliant stuff, I just wish more designers did that.  It’s no wonder people think yarncrafts are stuffy and stodgy and dull and boring – young, hip knitters of the world UNITE!  If we all start demanding patterns we actually want to knit, either for ourselves or as gifts (no one I know would ever in a million years want a hand-knit shawl), then maybe designers will get the point and start designing.

Sidenote: A lot of knitters like to knit shawls.  Crazy-intricate shawls made of yarn the consistency of spiderwebs.  Do what you love, love what you do, and if that happens to be knitting shawls, then go for it.  Whatever floats your boat.  But why all the shawl patterns?  Does anyone actually wear shawls?  And to those knitters who will defend their shawliness to the death, answer me this – did you start knitting shawls because you loved wearing shawls, or did you start wearing shawls because you loved knitting shawls?



  1. I want a hand-knit shawl.

    • Um. Hey, did you know they’re doing classes again at Michael’s? I wish you’d start knitting and/or crocheting – it makes me happy just IMAGINING the stuff you’d come up with.

  2. […] two – count them, two – people in my immediate circle (only one of whom had read that particular post) declared that they suddenly had a desire for a hand-knit shawl.  […]

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