Well, the main part was finished thursday evening, including sewing in all the little ends. Friday I played about with adding a border in Purple. The pattern showed a border which went all the way around the 3 sides of the shawl, but I didn't like the idea.
This is what my finished Shawl looks like now:
|Do the Butterfly!|
|Here you can see the pattern really well|
|Laid out flat (168 x 58 cm)|
|My own custom border in Purple|
In fact, you could say for me this summer was the summer of shawls!
Up to then, I had never tried to crochet a shawl before. (I made my own crochet Poncho in Primary school, but this is something else!)
Then I came across this pattern and I thought I would give it a go:
The South Bay Shawlette. (In fact, since then I started to collect their many free patterns!)
The South Bay Shawlette - this was my first attempt:
|Made with Apilou Acrylic in Coral (164 x 80 cm)|
Then came this:
|The smallest - crocheted with a 1.5mm hook and turned into a necklace! (16 x 8 cm)|
And a Chunky version or two!
|In Charcoal Chunky Merino Wool (92 x 40 cm)|
|In Deep Purple Chunky Merino Wool with added Border at the point and 2 little yoyos as ties (115 x 54cm)|
Ok, I think I got it now, let's get serious! (The largest!)
|With the most luxurious yarn: Silky Merino by Malabrigo in colour Indiecita (210 x 92 cm)|
|Each of the 8 balls of yarn was individually hand dyed and unique|
|Yes, you saw this before! Here! (132 x 61 cm)|
All together now!
|Layering the shawls|
|All 7 close up|
The two shorter chunky ones I will wear facing frontwards around my neck for the cold weather.
I also love the idea that you can use a pattern like this to make a necklace, because I love making necklaces from yarn. My upcycling idea is to use this as a piece of lace and sew it to a plain top or jumper, instantly adding new interest!
It has been fun making all of these! At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to learn and try out new things with my crafting, trying to push back some boundaries, and I believe that I am doing that. I also come to realize that a lot of being good at something is just practice, practice and more practice. Using one pattern and then trying it with different yarns, colours and ideas is so much fun! I know that I am not finished with this pattern, it has an easy going rhythm. If you have not tried it yet, download the free instructions and save it until you are in the mood for something new.
Do you have a favourite shawl pattern (preferably a free one), that you would like to share here?
(Please remember to link to the original site where it came from)
I hope I have given you all a bit of new inspiration here! It does not take long to make a shawl and soon you could be wearing it as the weather is getting cooler!
And hello to everyone who has recently started reading my blog, thanks for all your lovely comments, I enjoy reading them and hearing from you!
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend, and for my readers in the UK, enjoy your special Bank Holiday!