In 2004, Jessica Simpson wore several of designer Cecilia de Bucourt’s crochet shawls on her reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica. The shawl caused a fashion frenzy, with Cecilia de Bucourt’s signature shawls flying off the shelf. There was a surge of crochet patterns circulating at that time, duplicating the chunky knit shawl. I even ordered a shawl pattern from eBay and crocheted up two of these shawls myself back then. They were easy to crochet and turned out really well, even for a pretty basic crocheter like me.
What I find interesting is that this particular shawl pattern has been around for a long time. Case in point being this marvelous ‘Mallorca’ shawl pattern from the 1960s that I recently found. It’s pretty much an exact match to the de Bucourt shawl, with the open triangular shapes. Just goes to show you that there is really nothing new in fashion; what goes around comes around. And shawls, especially, seem to stand the test of time.
You can download the pattern here: Vintage Mallorca shawl crochet pattern
Now get crocheting! 🙂