I’m taking a little shawl breather before I start the next round of sweaters! Finished one for mom, finished one for me and the next one is on the needles already!
First up, the Corona Shawl, a free crochet pattern from Universal Yarns. I had fun with this one, despite never really getting accustomed to the pattern. Unlike the knitting I do, there were lots of different stitches and the patterning changed nearly every row. This has definitely given me the confidence to crochet more complicated shawls but I will be looking for charted designs in the future.
I took lots of detail pictures with future crocheters in mind. In the absence of charts, having Ravelry’s database of photos was incredibly helpful.
The yarn is Lion Brand Mandala. It’s surprisingly nice for highly affordable acrylic. The softness is great and the colors are super. My one complaint though…I wish I could block it. I’m missing the crispness I could give all these details in a nice, natural wool. That said, I’m glad it’s crochet and not knit. I don’t think knit lace would be as forgiving without a blocking. Ultimately, I think I lucked into this pattern and yarn combo being a winner! And, as my dentist says, it’s better to be lucky than good!
My second shawl finish is another scrappy, striped Dotted Rays. Yes, another Dotted Rays. The first six are not enough. A 7th was necessary. I’ll still be saying the same thing when it’s the 10th, the 15th and even the 20th. I love this pattern.
It works with any & every yarn. It’s easily committed to memory. It’s got about a million options for customization. It’s easy to wear. And now I’ve got one for every day of the week!
I wasted no time casting on my next shawl. Another Stephen West, this time his newly release, Spring Cleaning Shawl. It’s got all my favorite components, garter stitch, short row wedges and lots of options for yarn customization!
I’m going fade with this one…starting off with this light color that will eventually fade from the light green with bits of yellow into the blue you see at the i-cord edge. I’ve got new project excitement at the moment so progress should be quick! This pattern has modular construction…I think that’ll help it along too. Fingers crossed because I’m excited about this one! These colors are swoon-worthy!