Soft Green Spider Web Scarf/Shawl

This delicate scarf/shawl is made with a plush yarn that makes it surprisingly warm and there is a lot of length for wrapping around your shoulders on a cool summer evening.

Materials:

I lost the label for the yarn, but it’s a bulky plush. I’ve provided a photo so you can match it as closely as possible. I used a large ball (approx. 300 yds)

6.5 mm hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Large pearl-look dollar-store beads

Beading needle and thread

PATTERN:

Chain 176.

Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 2), 6 dc in same st, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 10, sk 10 ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, *7 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 10, sk 10 ch, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch; rep from* across, ending with 7 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-5, turn.

Row 2: Ch 5, *7 dc in top of 4th dc of next 7-dc group, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next dc, ch 10, sk 10 ch, dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, rep from* across, ending with 7 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in 3rd ch of beg ch-5, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until shawl is your desired depth. Mine measured a length of 80” x 15-1/2” deep.

Once finished, I neatened up both 15-1/2” ends with one row of sc.

TASSEL & PEARL FRINGE:

Next, I made tassels with pearl bead ends to attach to the last 7-dc group of the row, as shown in picture.

To make each tassel, I cut three 24” pieces of yarn; folded them in half; cut another piece of yarn about 10” long which I used to tied them together in the center of the fold with a knot; then kept winding that remaining piece of yarn into a knot until it because a round ball of a knot at the top of the fold where I made the first knot. Then I threaded the beading needle, stuck the needle in the bottom of the big round knot and brought the thread up through the top of the big knot, added a pearl bead so it sat on top of the big knot, then brought the needle up into the bottom of the last 7-dc group and stitched back and forth a few times to make sure the pearl and tassel were fixed securely in place. Then I knotted the thread and fastened off. I repeated this process along the bottom of the scarf/shawl, attaching pearls/tassels to the last 7-dc group of each row. I hope this makes sense. Refer to the photo (and my rough drawing below!) for visual description.

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Want to see my yummy purple pineapples?

shawl_purple pineapples1I’ve always been entranced by the look of pineapple crochet patterns—so lacy and intricate—yet I always shied away from attempting to work on one because they seemed so complicated and I consider my skills to be more intermediate than advanced. I once tried a pineapple shawl pattern that I’d found on the Web but got stuck at a point where the instructions suddenly became confusing, and thus ended up throwing up my hands and ripping it all out in frustration, thinking that pineapples are probably just too advanced for me.

bookOn a trip to the library, I spotted a book called Crochet Wraps Every Which Way written by a talented crochet designer named Tammy Hildebrand. The book featured 18 gorgeous shawl patterns, but the one that really caught my eye was called Purple Passion—of course it was a pineapple design.

After skimming the pattern instructions, I thought that they seemed clear enough for me to follow, so I signed out the book and decided to try my hand at tackling a pineapple pattern one more time.

Since I was wary that this shawl might not turn out (which can be so disheartening because of all the time devoted to the work), I chose to use a lower-cost worsted weight yarn instead of the fine silk mohair yarn that the pattern called for. Then, I got out my crochet hook and began.

Well guess what? Thanks to Tammy’s easy-to-follow instructions, my first pineapple shawl turned out perfect, even in worsted weight!shawl_purple pineapples2All I need to do is block it and it will be ready to wear this summer, paired with a lavender sundress.

For anyone who’s looking for gorgeous crocheted wrap patterns that are clear to follow, I recommend that you check out this book. I guarantee that you’ll be enchanted with the drool-worthy patterns inside.

Another crocheted shawl, y’all!

shawl_peacock1I’m on a roll these days making shawls, just because I enjoy the challenge of watching them evolve. I have to say that so far, this one is my favourite.

I bought the yarn down in Florida at Hobby Lobby and I wish I’d kept the label so I could tell you the name of it. It was one large ball—I’m guessing around 400 yards—and once I’d finished making the shawl and the fringe, there was literally nothing left but a two-inch long piece of yarn. So it was the perfect amount for this pattern.

shawl_peacock2It’s a simple mesh design and the variegated colours remind me of peacock feathers, thus the name of my shawl. I’m finding shawls to be a nice alternative to wearing cardigans; just throw one over your shoulders when it gets cool. And you can drape them in different ways that really look fashionable.

Without further adieu, here’s the pattern:

Peacock Triangular Shawl

Approx. 400 yards of a chenille-type variegated yarn, 5.5 mm hook

Chain 5; slip stitch to first chain to make a ring.

R1: Chain 4 (counts as beginning chain-3 plus chain-1);
1 dc in ring; (ch 1, dc) two more times; turn.

R2: Ch 4; dc in same stitch; (ch 1, skip next ch, 1 dc in next dc) across to last dc; ch 1; (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in top of beginning ch-3; turn.

R3 & remaining rows: Repeat R2. Continue repeating R2 until
desired width. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make desired length of fringe along edges (here’s a link to an easy step-by-step on how to make fringe: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-add-fringe-to-crochet.html). I cut a 16” length of yarn and folded it for an 8” fringe.
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