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Topic: Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!)  (Read 4759 times)
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« on: September 15, 2017 11:59:20 AM »


Virus Shawl Crochet-Along


What is the virus shawl?
The virus shawl is a popular crochet pattern for the shawl, that has also been adapted into a poncho pattern, a square blanket pattern, a rectangular blanket pattern, and much more I'm sure!

Why is it called the virus shawl?
Good question! I have actually seen two different reasons for this.  
#1. The pattern spreads out from the center of the top, like a virus spreads through the body.
#2. The pattern became so popular, that it 'went viral' like a funny video or cat meme.

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


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
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017 12:01:49 PM »

I am in! I'll sort my yarn then ask you guys for your opinion on which to use. Jennie, what did the variegation on yours look like before you hooked it up, so I get an idea about how it will pattern out? Thanks so much for starting this!
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017 12:02:05 PM »

This is a place to post in progress pics, and pictures of finished project, but please be sure to do posts on the Crochet: Completed Projects Board.

Please also feel free to send me links to patterns, video tutorials, etc, that you think should be included on the first post!
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« Reply #3 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 #4 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 #5 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 #6 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 #7 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 #8 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 #9 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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