I love shawls. I love the feeling of wrapping myself into something warm, soft, comforting and beautiful on a cool summer night or a winter or fall day. So, I have knitted shawls in different sizes, colors, types of yarn, yarn weights, and styles.
Many times my shawls start out as a very simple shawl, and then morf into something more elaborate and/or I add touches to make them more attractive or colorful.
I find that crocheting edges or motifs or edgings or adding more length or adding different but complimentary yarn colors to the shawl with crochet stitches makes for a more interesting and pretty finished product. Also, crocheting edges are easier than picking up a zillion stitches to knit an edge to a shawl. So, a SC (single crochet stitch) or a DC (double crochet stitch) or a picot stitching can really add pizzaz to a shawl without a ton of work.
This is one such example. I started out with a simple "V" (triangular) shawl, and then ran out of the particular color of yarn, so I added complimentary colors of the same yarn weight that I happened to have and the shawl turned out to be a lot prettier than I had imagined it at first.
In this case, I croched a SC around the whole of the shaw with the burgundy yarn. Then, I DC with the contrasting lighter yarn just on the V border part of the shawl. Then I switched to the original yarn (which I had made sure I had enough of in reserve) and did a choched picot edging around the whole of the shawl.
The thing to remember when crocheting the V or any corner, is that you will have to crochet three stitches into the same stitch to increase to accomodate the corner, or in this case, the V or the ends. That should be logical to a knitter, because you have to increase in corners when knitting also. So in other words, when you reach the V stitch, you will be SC or DC or working three of the picot stitches into that V stitch to accomodate the increase. Hope that makes sense. Otherwise, probably any crochet instruction book that talks about edgings will have instructions or illustrations to show you how to do it.
I am not really an expert crocheter. I learned how to crochet from my grandmother, and didn't know what the stitches were called, just how to do simple ones. I had to learn the name of the stitches by getting a "how to" book so that I could then actually be able to read patterns and follow directions for crocheting. Knitting is really my millieu and where I am more comfortable. But, I do think that a basic understanding and ability to crochet makes for some interesting and easier and complimentary additions to my knitting projects.
A few examples of books available that feature crocheted borders. The choices are endless and make for a more interesting and beautiful finished product.