The Boy's blanket, as I mentioned before in this post, is very grey. And very square. It's cool and interesting and a great adventure too, but I took a little break from it to make up the Hearts and Flowers bunting (free pattern!), but it turns out that it was a bit like a gateway drug, just one little hit and all of a sudden I'm reaching for the pretty colours and making a shawl.
|The Leftover Shawl WIP, in white, pomegranate and duck egg so far.|
It's a really easy shawl to make, just a simple twist on granny stripes. After 2 set up rows, there are 2 pattern rows, repeated until the yarn is used up or your shawl reaches the desired size.
A quick note, I use chain 1, treble at the beginning of each row. It's not as perfectly neat as using a starting treble, but it leaves less ends for darning in and I like to have a proper stitch to work the next row in rather than fiddling with the top of a chain 3. Use whatever works best for you - so when I say chain 1, treble in first stitch, you can substitute a starting treble or chain 3 if you prefer.
Set up row 1: Chain 4 and working in last chain from hook, work 2 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble.
Set up row 2: Chain 1, treble in first stitch, chain 2, work 3 treble together, in the first stitch already worked and the next 2 stitches, chain 2. In the corner 2 chain space, work 3 treble, chain 2, 3 treble, chain 2 Work 3 treble together over the next 3 stitches, chain 2 and work 3 treble together over the next 3 stitches. Chain 2 and work 1 treble in the first stitch (which was where you worked the last of your 3 treble together).
Now, on with the pattern.
Row 1: Chain 1, treble in first stitch. Work 3 treble in each chain 2 space to the corner. At the corner work 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble. Work 3 treble in each chain 2 space to the corner. Work 1 treble in last stitch.
Row 2: Chain 1, treble in first stitch. * Chain 2, work 3 treble together over next 3 stitches. Repeat from * to the corner and work 2 chain, 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble in the corner. Repeat the chain 2, work 3 treble together over next 3 stitches up to the last stitch, work 1 treble in the last stitch.
These 2 rows are the pattern, lovely and easy to remember and perfect for Netflix crochet, or Car Share crochet as I was doing last night. (Crochet and comedy, made for each other.)
I am using oddments of yarn and will keep going until I have a fairly large shawl, but I can't give you a precise yarn requirement. I am working 1 repeat of the 2 rows in different colours, alternating with white and using duck egg for every other colour, just because that arrangement pleases me. I have a feeling that I will add some sort of pretty border at the end too, and I'll add that here when I get to it. I just wanted to share this now, because it's the perfect project for a long bank holiday weekend. The stripes of colour make it interesting, I love seeing how the colour combination develops, but it's easy enough to work on while you're in the car, talking to someone or watching a movie.
My yarn is Stylecraft Special DK and I have white, duck egg, pistachio, fondant, pomegranate and lemon.
What are your making plans for the long weekend?