un chale pour un dimanche

I fell in love – once again – with a very beautiful shawl pattern.  And yes, I did purchase the pattern … that must tell you a lot since there are so many free ones available!

With a 5.5 mm hook, I started the main body with Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in color #1910 for 34 rows with a TC count of 140 TCs per side of ch-2 sp [280 total TCs – someone in the comments mentioned that 10 rows didn’t work quite right …]. From there I worked the pattern pretty much without hick ups despite this huge increase in size.

Remember that the pattern presents an errata on Row 38.  Here is the correction:  Ch3 and turn (count as dc now and throughout), 2dc into the next st, dc in each st to top, {dc, ch2, dc in ch2 space}, skip the first stitch after the tip, dc in each st to end, 3dc in last st [113 per side of the ch2 space]. This will give you the 113 either side of the tip.

In case you notice something wrong: know that each row increases by 3 per side of the V. There are a few things to check: are you working in the gaps between the stitches no the tops? Do you have 3 stitches in each of the corners and 2 either side of the chain 2?

For re-sizing details, troubleshooting tips and FAQ’s about this pattern please check out The little bee website.  The border rows rely on a count of 6 (per side of the V) which is achieved by the combined increase of two rows. Each new row of the shawl body increases the count by 3 stitches per side, so to increase or decrease the overall size of your shawl you will need to add, or subtract, rows two at a time. This will keep the patterns in the border intact, though it will affect the number of times each sequence will need to be repeated along each side of the rows.  Should you want to keep the same pattern of the 3 row repeat (it’s not completely necessary but will keep the shawl looking the same) then you could make your increases by 6 rows.

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saskia’ shawl

From the moment she saw my shawl, she wanted one.  Dear daughter of mine.

She wanted grey so I purchased Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash wool in Jet #1913.  I love that yarn … they have beautiful bold colors.  And better you can wash it at 40F.  Since mine was a bit too small, I made hers bigger: skeins resulting in a gr shawl.  I used a 4.5 mm hook.

The pattern?  ‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl’ that I just did a few weeks ago. Here is the link.

The edge …#52 of my ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’ book from Edie Eckman.  I made a row of single crochet, skipped the DC row and went for the last 2 rows.  It gives the shawl a girlie curl … just perfect.

And to make it all complete, I made a flower that I mounted on a very special safety-pin … the one from a kilt that Saskia received from her Bon-Papa when she was around 6 years old.  That kilt is long gone but I kept the safety-pin as a treasure and souvenir of my Daddy.

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margaret’s hug shawl was a success

I can proudly say that it is the first time that I manage to finish a project without having to frog it many times along the way… and that looks super good!

I had some difficulties – mea culpa, I am still a novice – to get started with the written pattern but luckily the author had posted a shaky video that put me on the right path.

Here is the version of the pattern in my own words for future reference – If you intend to do this shawl, please refer to the original free pattern [‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl].  Remember, this blog is for my personal use on the go, to ease my life …

  • Round 1 –  Chain 4 [counts as first stitch] then 3 DC in 4th chain from hook, chain 3 again, 4 DC in same chain, turn [= 11 stitches]
  • Round 2
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch] 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3
    • In the next chain 3 space,  work [1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC, chain 3, 1 DC, chain 1, 1 DC].
    • Skip the next 3 stitches and in the last chain, work 4 DC [= 17 stitches].
    • Turn.
  • Round 3
    • Chain 3 [counts as first stitch], 3 DC in same st as chain 3 then
    • * 3 DC in the next space between stitches of the previous row * Repeat until the corner
    • In the corner space, work [3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC]. Repeat until the last cluster;
    • In the very last space of the last cluster, work 4 DC, turn (23 stitches)
  • Round 4
    • Chain 3 (counts as first stitch), 3 DC in same stitch as chain 3 then * [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC] in the next sp between stitches of the previous row * repeat from * to * to corner where in the chain space you need to work [1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC, ch, 3, 1 DC, 1 ch, 1 DC].
    • Repeat * to * again to final the stitch; work 4 DC into final stitch, turn (29 stitches)
  • Round 5 to 40
    • Repeat alternate rows of rows 3 and 4, turn. [Each row increases by 6 stitches (245 stitches)].

I used pure merino wool, worsted Malabrigo yarn (made in Uruguay)  in #512 Chestnut with a 6 mm hook.  I just have to think to hand wash it and dry flat it …

Today – 12/16/2016 – I gave it to my friend Fabienne.  She loved it so much that I thought it was going to be a good reminder of me when she moves back to France in the Summer if 2017

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