Yarnover 2022 Shawl Contest Voting

Voting is now closed!

Welcome to the Yarnover 2022 Shawl Contest. We will be giving prizes away for the shawls that are voted best in colorwork and best in lace/texture. We will also chose one random winner. Winners will be announced at the May Guild meeting.

Look through this great collection of 39 entries. Pick one favorite for each of the two categories and enter its number in the form below. The number for each entry is above the picture. To see a picture larger, click on it to open a page where you can zoom in.

      1 – Jean Rav: JTGross Pattern: Pincha Yarn: Ewe-nited States of Fiber Merino

Woman with grey hair and glasses wearing a small knit multi color shawl and green shirt

2 – Audrey Rav: knitsbyaudrey Pattern: Changes Yarn: Knit Picks Aloft

Woman with grey hair showing a red lace shawl

3  – Tricia Pattern: Celtic Stole Yarn: Knit Picks Tweed

Woman with short hair wearing glasses and a black face mask. She has a brown, tweed shawl around her shoulders.

4 –  Leslie Rav: lkwansieski Pattern: Festival of Stitches

Woman with blond hair and glasses modeling a shawl

5 – Nancy Rav: nanellcam Pattern: Gentle Hug Yarn: Blackcat Fibers Nomad Sock

6 – Kristi Rav: socknubbins Pattern: Modulancho Yarn: Haute Knit Yarn & Cyborgs Craft Room

7 Barbara Rav: bjronningen Pattern: Ancient Gems Yarn: Cascade Heritage

8 Barbara Rav: bstrenge425

9 – Jo Ann Yarn: Merino

10 – Karen Pattern: Lustrous Shawl Yarn: Katia

11 – Barbara Rav: kanddmom Pattern: Knights Who Say Knit Yarn: Leon Alexander Countess Sock, The Yarn & Us Vanilla Sock and Paulene 80/20 Sock

Entry 11

12 – Thyra Rav: thynelson Pattern: 24 Skeins Shawl Yarn: Dragon Hoard

13 – Mary Jo Rav: toadknits Pattern: Swirled Capelet Yarn: Madelinetosh

14 – Laura Rav: birdette Pattern: Caladenia Shawl Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply

15 – Laura Rav: lkpiehl Pattern: Botanique Yarn: Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock minis & You Knit I Dye

16 – Elinar Rav: ellyarn Yarn: Fiber for the People in Trout

17 – Karen Rav: kcclerke Pattern: IKat Stole Yarn: Christel Seyfarth Lambswool

18 – Marilyn Rav: knittingcraze Pattern: Renaissance Yarn: Renaissance Yarn

19 – Megan Rav: knudsonknits Pattern: Garden Variety Yarn: Emma’s Yarn Merino Fingering

20 – Carolyn Pattern: Papillon

21 – Desyl Rav: fiberpiper Pattern: Briochealuscious Yarn: Artfil Belle

22 – Deb Rav: knittingquilter Pattern: Fox Paws Yarn: Sulka Legato

23 – Lynn Rav: lynnmr Pattern: Pennsylvania Road Trip Yarn: Meadowcroft Dyeworks

24 – Jillian Rav: jillianu Pattern: Cables Trellis Shawl Yarn: Westknits Tandem & Spincycle Dream State

25 – Jo Rav: jobenn Pattern: Katania Yarn: Cloud 9

26 – Sarah Rav: sebenn Pattern: Crown Wools Yarn: Madelinetosh

27 – Melanie Rav: melinmn Pattern: Nightshift Yarn: Handspun

28 – Gretchen Rav: gretchenl Pattern: Wild Swan Yarn: Wendy’s Wonders

29 – Nikky Rav: froggygirl72 Pattern: Feeling Spicy Yarn: Stunning Strings Studio Super Sport and Cloud in Plum Pudding

30 – Tamara Rav: clickity Pattern: Pelham Yarn: Linie Linelle

31 – Brittany Rav: zynli Pattern: Floaline Shawl Yarn: Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock

32 – Jodi Rav: jyarnin Pattern: Koro Koro Yarn: Harvest Hill Acres Wild Barn Yarn

33 – Deb Rav: debhegstrom Pattern: Midnight in Berlin Yarn: Wonderland DK

34 – Shirajoy Pattern: Drachenfels Yarn: Ella Rae Rustic Lace

35 – Nicole Rav: ashlain Pattern: Basics of Love Lace Shawl Yarn: Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton Sparkle in color “Twirls at Twilight”

Entry 35

36 – Sue Rav: suekjelvik Pattern: Gardens of Giverny Shawl Yarn: Border(MC): Malabrigo Sock in Solis,  Lace(CC): Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris

37 – Deborah Rav: weissmntc Pattern: Gresham Wrap Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted

38 – Scott Rav: scottdibble Pattern: Butterfly|Papillon Yarn: Louisa Harding Yarns, Pittura, the Scream & Malabrigo Yarn, Susurro, Fucsia

39 – Rebecca Rav: spockie Pattern: #17 Helios Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock

Every effort was made to tag each picture with the correct information as it was given to us. If you see an error, please let Kathy know at presidentmkg@gmail.com.

Only one vote per person please! Voting ends May 15th, 2022 at 10pm CT.




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