Thanks for your lovely comments on my recent posts. I realize I haven't talked much about my crochet shawls yet.
I subscribe to a few crochet magazines in England and I noticed there were some lovely shawls by the talented Elisabeth Davis de Herraiz. One that caught my eye was her 'All at Sea Shawl' so I dug out my copy of the Simply Crochet magazine and began making it!
You can find out more about this shawl (and photos of her original design) on her lovely blog here. I highly recommend it. I have been following her since last year and find her work very inspiring!
The All at Sea Shawl
|All at Sea Shawl|
|Crochet in the car after a music festival|
|The light and airy pattern|
The shawl was finished in late April and I started wearing it immediately. The colour is a fresh green, the acrylic yarn (Maya) was from Wibra.
However, about a week later I decided it needed something else and I added a large tassel from the same yarn. Now I love it even more!
|My finished shawl with the added tassel|
My Tahiti Shawl
This is the same shawl pattern I recently used for my Minty Shawl - here! It's such a nice pattern with a very easy 2 row repeat. This time the yarn I used is much finer, with a 3mm crochet hook. So it is growing a bit slower, but I don't mind. I will be quite large. I really like the colourplay!
|New beginnings: starting a shawl with variegated cotton yarn|
|Tahiti Cotton yarn by Schachenmayr|
|Crochet time on the balcony in the sunshine|
|Crocheting before my dental operation|
|Balcony still life - this is all I need!|
|... and cats keeping me company!|
The Festival Shawl
This was amongst my Ravelry favourites for quite some time. I suddenly decided the time had come to give it a go!
You will find the free pattern here!
After the initial few rows I realized how the pattern worked and had been crocheting happily along without further having to consult the pattern. I think that is the moment crochet really takes off!
I am using the wonderful Schoeppelwolle Zauberball in the 'Frische Fische' colourway. It is a typical sock yarn but with wonderful colours! Great for shawls, too!
And one more recent thing I learnt: some things do require blocking. Here you can see how the pattern is much clearer after a bit of blocking. Of course, the shawl is not yet finished. I recently bought a second ball of yarn and am continuing.
|Festival Shawl pattern|
Do you have a favourite shawl pattern - feel free to post a link, perhaps by ravelry or pinterest!? Do you prefer triangular shawls or the long rectangular ones (stole)?
What tip would you give to somebody who hasn't tried crocheting a shawl before?
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Have a nice sunday!