I crocheted a shawl! Sort of! Fine, I crocheted the Hybrid Scarf from The Cuffed Shawl and More!, but I feel like it's close enough because I can pose like this:
And that's how people pose when they've made shawls.
I really super absolutely love this project. It's fast, it's beautiful, and once you've set up your pattern you just zone out and crochet along with the Olympics and try to guess which color is coming up next. The book model is made with Red Heart's Boutique Treasure yarn.
But I looked at what my craft store had to offer and decided to use Lion Brand's Amazing. It's the Ruby colorway and I will use Amazing just about any chance I get. Because it looks like this:
I used a J hook instead of the recommended K hook for gauge reasons. I'm wondering if I should have used an I hook so this wouldn't be as holey, but I have to remind myself that this is kind of a shawl and those tend to get pretty holey.
Because I have to say, this is a bit holey. This isn't a super thick yarn, and it's crocheted into double crochet stitches. But because the yarn is super fuzzy (and about 50% wool), I know this will all felt together to the point of never unraveling ever in the next few days and I'm pretty excited about it. I want this to stick together a bit, get felty, and turn into a well-worn scarf-shawl-beautiful creation of warmth thing that I can enjoy for many more winters.
I left off the edging because it involves shells and I generally don't like the scalloping look that a lot of crochet projects tend to have. So I just didn't do it. I went crazy with another row, and then got carried away and tried to crochet another extra row.
I didn't quite make it. But it's not too noticeable since I usually wear my scarves all scrunched up.
Also: if you know how to work foundation stitches, I strongly encourage you to start your project with them. Chaining over 100 stitches wasn't a big deal, but I think working a row with foundation stitches would have given the edge a lot more elasticity. And that's pretty important if you plan on wearing this as a scarf instead of as a wrap or a shawl. That's definitely what I'll do the next time I make this.
I realize every time I talk about all the mods I did on a pattern--especially when it's on top of all the mods I'd like to add to a pattern--it sounds like I don't like the pattern. But I do.
|See? Look at how happy I am!|
I think a good pattern is one that has clear instructions (duh), gives you a beautiful project (duh), and is flexible. I feel like that third one deserves a 'duh' as well. Crafters should be able to add or delete pattern elements from their projects without the whole thing falling apart. And the Scarf Hybrid had a lot of opportunities to play around with the design--and even gave tips on how to make your shawl larger or smaller! It's a perfect pattern, and I really would enjoy making this again.
I think those are all excellent reasons, and you should definitely take my very biased word for it.