Hello! Well, thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my Waterlily blanket. It is my most commented-on post ever!! (Apart from giveaway posts, which don't count!) It has been much used - I snuggle under it at every opportunity!
I've been a bit quiet since... but I have not been resting on my crocheting laurels... I've made a shawl!
Because I've always been a girl to wear a shawl... oh, wait... hmmm! Well, despite never wearing shawls, I saw this pattern and couldn't resist making it!! I even ordered the exact yarn the pattern says to use, which is very unusual for me - usually I find a cheap version somewhere!
And here are a series of photos of me modelling it for you - how very exciting for us all! (Excuse my eye-bags, by the way - my face wasn't really cooperating that day - most inconvenient! But we're here to look at the shawl...)
What do you reckon - does it look reasonably trendy, or completely granny-like?? I mean, when am I going to wear it?!?!
I am really pleased with it, though - I love the pattern. I'd better wear it, as I started the damn thing three times!!! The pattern says to make it with a 5mm crochet hook, so I obediently did what it said. After 15 or 16 rows (there are 50 rows in total) I realised that the pineapple shapes were WAY too small, and that it was going to end up as a very small tight rigid little shawl. This was already hours of work at this point, but I thought that I had to get this right. So... let's try a bigger hook - 6.5mm this time. After about 36 rows (YES, 36!!!!!) - let's not even think how many hours of my life that was - I realised it was still going to be too small! I'd had suspicions earlier, but I'd already started again once. I kept thinking, "it'll be alright, it's got to be alright". But suddenly, I knew... I was never going to be happy with it like this!
Out came the 8mm hook, and I started all over again!!!!!! This time the size was right. Here is a picture of the three different attempts:
In the middle we have the 15/16 rows with the 5mm hook. Underneath it, is the same number of rows with the 8mm hook - what a difference! At the top is what I made with the 6.5mm hook.
The pattern is fantastic and easy to do. You do need to concentrate, though, and you do need to keep using the pattern - it's not one that you can memorise after a few rows.
It's a design that definitely benefits from some blocking (again, something I very rarely bother with, but it was worth it)
Pattern: Sidewalk Shawl by Redheart.
Yarn: Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller - Bamboo Ewe: 5410 Mercury
Number of Balls: Pattern says 6 balls, I used 5 complete balls.
Hook Size: 8mm (pattern says 5mm - I am quite a tight crocheter, but that is a ridiculous variance!)