Monday, February 14, 2011
Shell & Feather Crochet Shawl
Somebody called this old fashioned, and I guess it is, but this shawl really spoke to me, the moment I saw it here for the first time. I fell in love with it, and wanted to make my own. First I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Not easy, but I did it. I tried our Libraries first, but no luck. Somebody else called it classic, and elegant, and I agree.
In the book it was a square shawl, which I wanted to make into a triangular shawl. The top edge is a bit iffy, I made mistakes, but finally figured it out. Crochet is still not something I'm totally comfortable with. The yarn had a rather mohair like feature, and didn't want to be ripped out too often.
Throughout the main body I was looking forward to the edging. I was confident that I would have enough yarn to do the whole nine rows. Keep in mind, that for the same sized shawl, you'll need a lot more yarn if you crochet it, compared to knitting it.
Here the color is shiny, golden in sunlight. It's more true, than the one with the green background. But without the sunlight, it's between the two of them.
pattern: Shell & Feather crochet shawl by Mary Konior from her book " Crochet Lace" An Illustrated Guide To Making Crochet Lace Fabrics.
yarn: Wandering Cat Yarns Fluffy Cat fingering weight, color Winter Wheat, 2 skeins, had only 5g left over. I've used 760yds (1.9 skeins).
hook: 5.5mm (I), I think I could have used a bigger hook to make it even more lacy.
size: 33" x 60"
start-finish: January 11-19 2011
This is # 2 of 11 shawls in 2011. I loved the whole experience. I've used this shawl more then any other knit shawl I've ever made. It just sits right on my shoulders, is warm, cozy, and fluffy, as the name of the yarn suggests. I think it's because crochet of any kind, is tenser, heavier, more substantial, even with all those holes in it.
Crochet will never be my favorite craft, but I love it now and then, especially for blankets, but also for certain shawls now. It's a fine line of like or dislike for me.
Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!