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Topic: Prism Virus Shawl - my first attempt at the pattern  (Read 2735 times)
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« on: September 14, 2017 11:23:00 AM »



Finally got around to giving the virus shawl pattern a try!  I know I'm late to the party, but what are you going to do?  I started by printing off the chart, then pulling up a video on how to crochet it on youtube. I used the video to help me learn to read the chart, and by the time the video was done, I was able to work solely off the chart with the repeating pattern.  I've always been afraid of working from charts, so this was a big help.  JonnaMartinez on youtube also has some great videos on making the shawl, along with variations for adding a decorative border, or making a virus poncho or blanket.  I liked how clear her videos were, so if you're thinking of trying this, take a chance to check her channel out.



The shawl was made with 1.5-1.7 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism.  It is a worsted weight yarn, but I found it veery thin for worsted.  I used a 4.5mm hook.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but it has an electric blue metallic strand running through it. I bought the yarn months ago, specifically for this project, but had put it aside to finish some other projects that came up, including a pussyhat and a baby blanket, both made with Caron Simply Soft Party, which also has a metallic strand.  In working on those I became very frustrated, because the metallic strand frequently broke, and was finicky to work with.  So when I finally got around to this shawl, I was afraid the metallic strand would behave the same way.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It behaved much better, and I had no breaks in it at all, over the course of the entire project.  I would highly recommend the yarn.



I think I might make another one, since this one was so much fun.  And just for reference, this last photo isn't distorted.  The shawl is laid across my king size bed, so you can see just how long it is.  I made it to cuddle up in while working in my studio, which can get cold, so I wanted it plenty big!
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017 11:38:50 AM »

It turned out fantastic!! Your bravery in trying new things within the craft is inspiring!

This remains my favorite shawl pattern - I learned from a youtube video too! Once you get the basic pattern down, it gets easier and more instinctual  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017 11:55:38 AM »

It turned out lovely. Thanks for the links, I'll have to try it. Charts baffle me too but I get the feeling they are very easy to read, easier than abbreviations even, once you know how.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017 01:11:20 PM »

That is fantastic!  I made one too BUT my stitches didn't POP like yours do, you realllllllly have to pull it apart in order to see the variations.  Maybe I should've used a larger hook so my stitches weren't so on top of each other

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017 01:13:30 PM »

Hmm, good point. What size yarn and hooks did you gals use?
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017 01:17:15 PM »

I don't recall hook size, but I used sock yarn and thinner to get good stitch definition. Also, just personal preference, but I used solid colors and it really helps to make the pattern pop I think.



Here's my first one.

Also, blocking is super important to getting the pattern to show too. It looked a lot less defined before doing that.
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017 01:28:59 PM »

Hmm, good point. What size yarn and hooks did you gals use?
I used some cheap-o sock yarn that was on clearance from Hobby Lobby and a G size hook.  Maybe I need to reblock with starch this time.  Good point also about the solids working better, or maybe a variegated with a longer striping pattern.  Not against making another one to test out these theories...
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017 01:35:48 PM »

Oh boy, I am lousy with wool blend sock yarn that I'm afraid I will never learn to make socks with. My mister printed out the chart for me at his office today, maybe I can get this started soon. Exciting!
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2017 02:14:43 PM »

Wow! This is pretty! And, I'm later to the party than you are, because this is the first I've heard of the pattern (that I can recall, at least). The yarn is beautiful, so I'll have to look for it the next time I'm near yarn in the store. I like it in the solid and the multicolor, so I might have to make more than one!

Thanks for sharing the chart and the video!
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2017 02:18:03 PM »

I don't know anything about any Virus Shawl, but I know this is beautiful!
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