Have Your Cake And Eat It Too.
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Recently I taught a class called “Crochet Tips and Tricks”. A catchall class that covers yarn weights, materials, and preparation, hook sizes and materials, how to pick the right size hook, reading a pattern, untangling yarn, and a couple of techniques. What the class didn’t have was a project. I wanted something my students could make that would allow them to practice some of the techniques we learned in class. I searched the web for a suitable triangular shawl. None of which were EXACTLY what I wanted. There were a couple that were close, but not quite. So I designed my own.
I wanted it to be suitable for any fiber; cotton, wool, acrylic, blends, linen. Not everyone enjoys working with wool; budget, allergies, ethics. Modifying the fiber will affect the look of the finished project. I’ve worked 3 different shawls so far. The first in a Nylon, the second in an Acrylic/Wool Blend, the third in Mercerized Cotton. Each shawl has its own beauty, but the drape is slightly different for each.
Beginner Crochet Triangle Shawl
By Cinnamon of Miscellaneous Design Studio
EASY AND BEAUTIFUL
Wrap yourself up against the elements (or overly air conditioned spaces) in a beautiful shawl suitable for crocheters of any skill level.
Suitable for any fiber content.
Skills: Magic Loop, Increases, Chain, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet
Finished Dimensions: Small: 49” wide 17.5”deep, Large: 70-76” wide 30” deep
Gauge: gauge for this project is not vital, but to obtain a finished product of the approximate size with the approximate yardage given in this pattern use the listed gauge as a guideline:
3-3.5 sts/in, 1.5-1.7 rows/1”
Yarn: You can use any DK (size 3) weight yarn, in any fiber content, of your choice. You will need between 375 and 900 yards depending on the size you wish to make and your native gauge. Smaller shawls will use less yarn, larger shawls will use more yarn.
Sample A: 5 skeins Hand-Dyed Heaven (100% Nylon, 175 yards) in Jawbreaker by Lion Brand Yarns.
Sample B: 2 skeins Wool-Ease DK Cake (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 393 yards) in Meadow by Lion Brand Yarns
Sample C: 325 yards total Desert Flower (100% Cotton, 125 yards) in White, Aqua, Pink and, Yellow by Dark Horse Yarns (this yarn is discontinued)
Hooks: I/5.5 mm
Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Tips: You can easily make this project larger or smaller. Vary the gauge or the number of rows worked.
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
Chain: Yarn-over, pull through the loop
Double Crochet: wrap yarn around the hook, insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.
Treble Crochet: wrap yarn around the hook twice, insert hook into the next stitch of the previous row, yarn-over, draw up the loop, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through two loops, yarn-over pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.
Start with a magic ring.
Set-up row: Into the magic ring: CH 3, 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC, TR.
Pull the magic ring closed. Turn.
Row 1: CH 3 (2 DC) into the same first stitch, DC in every stitch until you reach the CH space in the row below, into the CH 1 space (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC), DC into ever stitch until you reach the last stitch (the last stitch will be the top of the CH 3 from the row below), work (2 DC, TR) into the last stitch. Turn.
Work ROW 1 every row until shawl is as large as you want it to be.
Weave in ends. Block.
Go grab a coffee wearing your new shawl. Let the compliments flow!