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« on: September 15, 2017 11:59:20 AM »


Shawls clockwise from top left by lizzy.cos, Mistress Jennie, sheepBlue, secondhandsusie, pottermouth, Beautifully Frayed, & Smeddley

Crochet Shawl-Along

This Crochet-Along has been updated to include shawls, shawlettes, and wraps of all kinds.  I have moved the information on the Virus Shawl & it's variations & edgings down to the bottom of this post.  I will be adding in links to new patterns as folks post them.  Furthermore, each trimester, we will have a challenge theme to help inspire us to create a new shawl.  You are more than welcome to participate in the challenge, or ignore it completely.  Not everyone will be inspired by the current theme, and that's okay.  We're just here to have fun, and create beautiful things.  

Why should we all crochet-along our shawls?
To share photos of our work, support one another, and pass on tips & information about patterns!  Smiley

Links to Shawl Patterns:
Anna's Shawl - Free Pattern
Beach Vacation Shawl - Free Pattern
Cockles of My Heart - Free Pattern
Crazy Eights - Free Pattern
Crescent Shawl - Crochet World Magazine, March 2018 (in Jennie's stash!)
Crochet Between the Lines Shawl - 1 (about $.82 cents)
Edlothia Shawl - Free Pattern
Erigeneia Shawl - Ravelry Download
Lizard Shawl - Free Pattern
Lost In Time Shawl - Free Pattern
Lunar Crossings Shawl - Free Pattern
Mostly Harmless - Free Ravelry Download
Mystic Morning Wrap - Free Pattern
My Story Shawl - Free Pattern
Namaqualand Shawl - Free Pattern
Never Ending Shawl - Free Pattern
Pentagon Shawl - Free Pattern
Saffron (Our Mrs. Reynold's) Shawl - Free Ravelry Download
Secret Paths Shawl - Free Pattern
Seraphina's Shawl - Free Pattern
Starburst Shawl - Youtube Video Tutorial
Summer Morning Shawl Free Pattern
Tango Shawl - Free Pattern
Teal Tenacity Shawl - $5.50
Virus Shawl* (see below for chart & video links)
What You Love Shawl - Free Pattern
Wonder Woman Wrap (Crochet Version) - Free Pattern
Wrap Me in Diamonds Scarf/Wrap - Free Pattern



Virus Shawl Information:
Virus Shawl Video Tutorials
The pattern is in the public domain, in the form of a crochet chart, available HERE from woolpedia.de.  Scroll down to the 3rd shawl on that list, and you will also find links to videos teaching you to hook it right handed or left handed.  These crafter in the woolpedia videos does have a German accent, and if you have trouble understanding here, there are numerous other crochet vloggers have also created videos about the pattern, so feel free to watch any of them that you feel comfortable with.  Here are a few:
Virus Shawl by Jonna Martinez video is done with US crochet terms
Virus Shawl by Bella Coco video is done with both UK & US crochet terms

Shawl Borders
Shawl Picot Border
Border Variation #2
Shawl Straight Edge Border
Shawl Fishnet Border

Poncho & Blanket Variations
Square Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
     V-Stitch Border for Virus Blanket
Rectangular Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
2 Pointed Virus Poncho Video Tutorial
4 Pointed Virus Poncho w/ Collar Video Tutorial


Completed Projects here on Craftster
Mistress Jennie's Prism Virus Shawl
pottermouth's Genie Virus Shawl
alwaysinmyroom's Burgundy Wool Virus Shawl
Mistress Jennie's Warlock Virus Shawl
craftylittlemonkey's Chimera Virus Shawl
curiousfae's Rainbow Virus Shawl
wendiek's Purple Wrap
wendiek'S Secret Path
wendiek's Lost in Time
Mistress Jennie's Tealberry Moon Shawl
sheepBlue's 'Creamsicle' Secret Paths Shawl
alwaysinmyroom's Red to Grey Secret Path's Shawl
pottermouth's Anna Shawl

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017 12:02:05 PM »

Shawl-Along Challenge
April 6 - July 31, 2018

Spring/Summer 2018 Theme: Stash Busting!
For this challenge, you may use any yarn and any pattern you wish, but at least three quarters of the yarn must come from your yarn stash.  Having the entire project come from stash is even better, but everyone knows sometimes life happens, and you end up having to buy an extra skein in order to finish something off, or get a new color to tie disparate colors together somehow, etc.

Fine Print: You may post your finished creation at any time during the term.  Please label your post with the following header, so I can tell you are submitting it for this specific challenge, and not just showing off a non-challenge related finished work.  You are allowed to submit as many entries as you wish in the allotted time frame, and you will receive 1 entry into the drawing, per completed shawl.  

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry:  (Name of Your Shawl)
Pattern Used: (with link, if possible)
Yarn Used:


Prize: This term the prize will be 2 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl-in-a-Ball/Shawl-in-a-Cake yarn in the winner's choice of color.  After all, if you stash busted, you totally deserve new yarn...  Wink  

Challenge Submissions
1. sheepBlue's Secret Paths Stash Shawl (aka the pretty hand-dyed creamsicle creation!)
2. curiousfae's Calypso Shawlette
3. pottermouth's Deep Sea Shawl
4. pottermouth's Subdued Irish Hippie Shawl
5. sheepBlue's Stash-busting Candy Sprinkles Shawl
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Suggestions for future challenges:
1. Try a new-to-you pattern
2. Crochet the rainbow
3. Use a new-to-you yarn type
4. Craft the Season
5. Specific color/hue
6. Sparkle or Embellishment
7. Unusual Shape (beyond the triangle or rectangle)
8. Floral (inspired by a flower, or adding flowers to shawl)
9. Using a Free Pattern
10. Using a Vintage Pattern
11. Complete a WIP
12.  Use a Single Yarn
13. Use Two (or MORE) Yarns

Possible Future Prizes: Shawl pins, new hooks, stitch markers, pattern book, yarns, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017 12:06:38 PM »

My first virus shawl, completed yesterday, September 14th, 2017.


I used Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism, and 4.5mm hook.  Here's a shot of the end of the yarn skein before I started:


And here's a closeup of the shawl to see how the color was distributed:
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017 12:39:58 PM »

Thanks for the extra photos, it's amazing how perfectly that yarn striped. I am so impressed and can't wait to make one for myself.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017 02:06:28 PM »

I started a virus blanket last night, while sitting in a hotel room, waiting to do a sleep study.  I think I'm on row 8 or 9, so not that far along.  Pictures soon!
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017 04:29:53 AM »

Great!  I will also search for yarn to make another!  I love this pattern and  think these will make nice gifts for my non-yarny buddies.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017 06:03:30 AM »

Pictures of the virus blanket that I started on Thursday...  I happened to have 6 skeins of this yarn that I had bought 2 years ago to make a sweater, but having made more crocheted garments now, I don't think the sweater will fit me well, or be very flattering.  Since I wanted to try something else in the virus pattern without spending more money, this seemed like a good alternative.  After doing the shawl, the blanket is so simple.  After the first round I turned the video off and just kept going.


Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly, and the hook is a size 6mm. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017 12:44:07 PM »

Here are all the natural fiber/blends I've got in stash.

My favourite is bottom row 3rd from the left, it's Lion Brand AMAZING in "wildflowers" and I can order more if that's the best one to use. My second fave though I can't tell how it will look hooked up and I'm not sure it's my fave for any reason other than there are already 2 skeins of it, ha ha, is the top left. All the solid colours to the right are "wool-like".

What do you guys think?
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017 12:58:14 PM »

It looks like the 2 skeins on the top left are sock weight, so it will probably mean a smaller hook (3.25mm or 3.5mm), and many more rows to create a finished shawl, meaning a longer time hooking.  The Lion Brand Amazing is a medium weight, that will mean a bigger hook (6mm), which would mean it would work up quicker, but you'll certainly need more skeins.  According to Lion Brand's website, the Amazing is 174 yards per skein.  I used 1.7 skeins of Shawl in a Ball, which was about 815 yards total.  So you'd probably need 4-5 skeins to do a full shawl out of the Amazing.  I'm not sure how many more you'd need for the Patons sock yarn, but more than 2 I think. 

So yeah, it's all about how quickly you'd like this to work up, and the texture you're going for.  The sock yarn will be a finer, lighter shawl, the amazing will be a warmer shawl. 

I'd say do a test swatch of each, and see what they look like and what you think of them.
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2017 01:19:15 PM »

Thanks Miss J Smiley.
I read the Amazing does not frog well which means if I start with that I should be committed to ordering more to finish. I'll check for something similar at michaels first, there is always a 1/2 off coupon going there. This colourway is just the thing for me, fingers crossed I find something I like as much.
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