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Shawlapalooza: 1960s and 70s Shawls O’Plenty

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Shawls were big in the DIY 60s and 70s – they had the benefit of being considered both stylish and not too terribly difficult to create. Indeed, a shawl is more-or-less a big scarf, and everybody knows you start with the scarf when you learn to crochet, macrame and knit.

 

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As you can see, they came in all shapes and sizes.  When does a shawl suddenly stop being a shawl and become a tabard, poncho, afghan  or cape? For the purposes of this article, let’s forgo the semantics and call all “shawl-like” creations “shawls”.

Now, let the shawling begin!

 

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Where I come from, “Gypsy Shag” has a very different meaning.  I’m just sayin’.

 

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Bottom Right: There’s nothing more terrifying than a shawled cougar.  She will rock your world and leave you quivering in her shawl.

 

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Ah, the knit poncho.  The shawl’s obnoxious cousin.

 

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Of course, under the right circumstances, a shawl could be super hot.  Such is the varied nature of the multi-faceted shawl.

 

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It’s creations like this which gave the shawl its bad reputation in the following decades.  Seeing this, you can come to understand the anti-shawl movement of the 1980s.

 

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As I said earlier, the shawl was the go-to for the novice knitter.  I recall making a macrame planter in grade school that wasn’t that far off from this shawl.

 

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Shawl saturation levels reached.

 

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Is it just me, or does it look as though, if we wait around for a few more minutes, these two might start making out?

 

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Okay, now I know I’m not imagining things.  These Shawl Sirens are not the inhibited type.

 

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All these creations should come bedecked with bells to announce the approaching shawl.

 

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Ye Gods!  In a perfect world, only superheroes and magicians should be allowed capes.  No exceptions.

 

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Wow.  Is there such thing as Shawl Porn?  There should be.

 

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… and this is exactly how Shawl Porn should start.

 

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“Youcantoo” crochet: when applied to shawls, also known as the “Evenaretardcan” crochet.

 

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Is she naked underneath?  Only the shawl knows.

 

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I could have sworn I distinctly said “no capes”.

 

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To look upon the pineapple shawl is to be hypnotized by the essence of beauty.

 

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The Cult of Shawl

 

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We have much to learn from the shawl, but it’s time to bid farewell.  May the shawl be with you always.