Summer shawls

Scarves always go - even when it's warm

Maschenfein and scarves, they belong together like summer and ice cream. Yes, even in summer it is always good to have a scarf ready. On cool mornings or evenings, you can drape it loosely over your shoulder and be cozy against the cold. They also provide protection against the delicate drafts when air conditioners, fans or open windows do more than just cool you down. Summer scarves fit when camping or walking in the sunset on the beach just as well as at a summer wedding - a large scarf worn as a stole, is the perfect accessory to the festive outfit.
Therefore, we present you here a few scarves that fit perfectly in the summer. Basically, you can knit almost any shawl in a summer version. Simply replace the original yarn with a summer yarn in a suitable gauge.

Cool but still warming

Summer yarns are (partly) made of animal hair-free fibers, which is why they are less warm. Silk even has a temperature-balancing effect. Blended yarns with merino can be worn practically all year round and are wonderfully soft due to the merino content, but still not too warm. Pure vegetable yarns tend to be less warming and can be pleasantly airy. However, they can seem relatively hard when knitted. But that changes in any case when worn!

Airy through holes

Lace patterns - also called lace patterns - are especially suitable for summer. Lace knitting is based on the interplay of turnovers and stitches knitted together. By knitting off an envelope, a hole is created underneath the new stitch. Thin yarns are often knitted with relatively heavy needles. This makes the knitted fabric particularly light and airy. This technique is therefore ideal for summer knitting.

Summer Night by Evgeniya Dupliy from Laine Magazine Issue 14 is a great varied shawl. It is knit from the center of the long side out. Garter stitch alternates with a scallop lace pattern.
BC Yarn's GOTS certified yarn Bio-Balance is made of 45% cotton in addition to 55% virgin wool. It's soft and slightly warming and won't fuzz.

The Trio Scarf, a design by Irina Heemann better known as "Knitting without Seam", is an easy to knit triangle scarf that impresses with its plastic structure and an interesting colorfulness. It is knitted with three colors in the brioche pattern, working with only one color in each row. Both the border and the main part of the shawl consist of only two rows of the pattern. The lace border is worked in the darkest color in a pretty lace pattern as an accent.
Sparrow by Quince & Co. is perfect for summer tops and sweaters and for airy shawls. Sparrow is a fine 100% organic linen in a beautiful variety of colors. While knitting, it has a firm grip (as linen is known to do), but after washing and during wear, it becomes wonderfully soft, light and airy.

Liza 'sRomantic Summer by Elisabeth Piontek is a lovely large shawl for summer nights. The plain center section is edged with an intricate lace border. The back lace in contrasting color adds the finishing touch to the shawl.
Pinta by Pascuali is a beautiful 4-ply yarn made of 60% merino, 20% silk and 20% ramie. The high proportion of silk and ramie makes it excellent for summer shawls: Ramie provides excellent moisture absorption and the silk content provides temperature balance and a very nice sheen.

Without mohair - without Maschenfein

We at Maschenfein love mohair, as you know. So much so, that we can knit it in summer without any problems. But a shawl made of mohair can also be suitable for summer. A large and airy shawl that - loosely wrapped around the shoulders - warms on cool summer evenings. Simply cozy - even in summer. So it's no surprise that Marisa has already written a few tutorials on such airy, big scarves. Here are our favorites:

The Easy Triangle Shawl is, as the name suggests, a super simply constructed shawl that gets its special effect from a few turn-ups and the beautiful mohair yarn. It knits away quite quickly on 5mm needles and is the ideal companion for chilly evenings.
The matching yarn Mohair Luxe from Lang Yarns is 77% mohair with a 23% silk content. It is available in many colors, so you are sure to find your favorite color among them!

The shawl Hinata is THE maschenfein classic. It is knitted with one yarn and gets the special pattern by lifting stitches. Each row is always knitted with one color, so there is no need to change colors within the rows. The inserted lifting stitch triangles make the cloth "wavy". The pattern of the shawl can be repeated at will to achieve the desired size with other needle sizes or alternative yarns.
Kidsilk Haze by Rowan is a beautiful and versatile yarn made from Super Kid Mohair and silk. It can be used with a variety of needle sizes to achieve different effects and styles. It is especially suitable for lace work. It combines beautifully with other yarns and is available in many stunning colors.

The XXL stole is knitted in two strands, which makes it so wonderfully cozy. It is knitted stockinette stitch from the left short side to the right upper corner. The lace pattern is created by turn-ups and stitches knitted together.
Soft Sil kMohair from Knitting for Olive is a beautiful silk mohair yarn. It's wonderfully soft and available in a really great range of colors.

Small and fine

Actually, cloths can not be big enough. But sometimes something small is enough. Quickly stowed in the handbag, small cloths are the perfect companions for a stroll through the city or a sightseeing tour.

The Venezia Shawl by Joji Locatelli is a light and airy summer shawl. It is knitted from lace to lace. The shawl takes on a diamand shape and sits very lightly over the shoulders. The ribbed middle section is framed by a lace edge. The heavy needles make the knit very loose and airy. And the great thing is: you only need one skein of wool for this shawl - a true "one-skein-wonder"!
We have chosen Fino from Manos del Uruguay, which is especially suitable for fine shawls. It is a non-twisted wicking yarn made of 70% merino and 30% silk. The color palette of the hand-dyed yarn is a soft semi-solid blend - neither solid nor speckled, but with slight color gradients.

The I LOVE STRIPES Bandana by Paula_m is a small, simple triangle scarf in a striped pattern. It is perfect as a scarf with blouses and shirts, but also makes a great headscarf or hairband. Made from Pure Silk by Knitting for Olive, it's the perfect little accessory for summer. For those who want the bandana to be cozier, we've added a second kit made from Verona by Lamana. The shawl is knit in a striped pattern from the top center to the tip. Wide, plain knit stripes in the main color alternate with narrow, curly knit stripes in the contrasting color. For the perfect finish, the shawl is edged with an I-cord. The pattern include two variations, a smaller version for a head scarf and a slightly larger version that works well as a neck scarf. By the way, the shawl also looks great in one color, the stripes then come out very nicely as a textured pattern.
Pure Silk from Knitting for Olive is a pure and noble bourette silk yarn. The silk is collected after the caterpillar has already left the cocoon and is therefore animal friendly. Silk is a heat regulating fiber and can therefore be worn super all year round. Of course, this fine yarn is especially suitable for beautiful summer knits. And the great thing is: Two balls are enough for two I LOVE STRIPES bandanas, if you swap the main color and the contrast color.
Verona by Lamana is a wonderfully delicate blend of superfine merino, cashmere and silk. It's beautifully lightweight and can also be great combined with other Lamana yarns. With Verona you conjure up noble knits!

The Kukka Shawl is an uncomplicated to knit triangular shawl. It is knitted from the center of the top edge down and out. The increases are worked with turn-ups. The shawl has the typical small rice grain pattern of the Kukka collection in the main part, framed by a delicate cable pattern in the lower part. And if she really likes the shawl, in addition to the bandana variant, there is also the variant to knit it as a voluminous large cozy shawl.
The summer version as a bandana is knitted from Urugami and Sensai from ITO. A particularly exciting combination: Urugami is a yarn made of a finely twisted paper thread, covered with fine wool. This results in a very smooth yarn that creates a very clear stitch definition. It combines the lightness of paper with the softness of wool. Paper has similar characteristics to silk: cooling in summer and warming in winter. Sensai is a delicate mohair yarn with a silk content of 40%. With a yardage of 240 m per 20 g, it is feather-light and particularly luxurious. It is suitable for very light scarves and shawls, or very well as a supplementary thread for other ITO qualities.

With the right accessories to the perfect cloth

The right needles

Long circular knitting needles are particularly suitable for shawls. This means you always have enough space on the needle - no matter how big the shawl is.

Needle systems are particularly convenient. The interchangeable cables allow you to vary the length. This is especially practical for triangular shawls, when the number of stitches is constantly increasing or decreasing during knitting. You can also compensate for differences in the strength of the stitches in back and forth rows. Simply screw a thinner needle - or a heavier one, depending on how tightly you knit your right or purl stitches - to the end of the rope whose needle you will use to knit the back row.

Tension for the most beautiful cloths

In order to show off the pattern of your cloth to its full advantage, you should stretch it nicely into shape after washing. Stretching mats are particularly helpful for this.

Depending on the model, it is sufficient to smooth the cloth and fix it with comb pins. Straight lace patterns unfold best when you stretch the knitted piece under tension.

Tension wires are particularly helpful here - they give you the same tension along the entire edge.


About Louisa

I'm Louisa, live near Munich and since February 2022 I've been taking care of the English-language site, our newsletter and, with Sophia, all sorts of things concerning the blog. I have been a test knitter for Maschenfein for much longer and knit one model each year for the Mother's Day shawl and the Christmas shawl.

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