Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's a shawl roll call

I've really been enjoying knitting or crocheting shawls for our Prayer Shawl Ministry.   My first shawls were knitted, so I decided to try my hand at crocheting the next one. 
This shawl is based on the familiar Granny Square pattern, but made into a triangle shape.  For this shawl, I used the yarn from this scarf, which I never wore, so I tore it out and combined it with the rest of the yarn to make it into a shawl.  The pattern came from this website.

For the next shawl, it was back to knitting.  I chose this pretty heathery purple yarn,
and used a waffle weave pattern,
to make this shawl:
One really nice thing about the waffle weave pattern is that the edges didn't try to curl.

The next shawl was just straight garter stitch in a chunkier yarn.  It was a variegated yarn with color changes that were very spaced out, and the resulting shawl had a self striping effect.  I didn't get a photo of it before I turned it in, but here is the little bit of yarn I have left:

After the nice break of garter stitch, it was time for a challenge.  I had found a crochet pattern that looked like a large version of a crocheted doily, and I decided to give it a whirl.

After the first rows, I began to think it was going to be too small, so I started over again with a bigger crochet hook.

I'm so glad I did!  The resulting shawl was very soft and pretty, and I ended up giving it to my mom.  The pattern came from the Red Heart website .

Back to knitting for the next shawl.  I saw this very unusual color combination in a variegated yarn:
It didn't have quite the impact I thought it would have when I knitted it up into a basket weave stitch, although I still liked it:
I separated the yarn into colors to make the fringe, and I liked it better.

My most recent finish is another crocheted half-circle shawl:

This had just enough challenge to keep it interesting, and just enough repeat to keep it simple.  I found the pattern on the Lion Brand website.   I will probably use this pattern again.

My current shawl is on the knitting needles.  It will have to wait for it's own post.

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  1. So many projects! I love the variegated yarn you made into a basketweave. Crocheted half circle looks gorgeous! You're making great stuff!


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