At The Crochet Project we love a good shawl, and we know you do too so we are back with another collection.
All the previous books in the collection featured designs for 4ply/fingering weight yarn. This one is a bit different: each pattern uses laceweight yarn.
I used to be slightly afraid of finer yarn, I found it fiddly and thought it took too long to work up. But as I started to play around with it, I created patterns that are naturally quick to grow and where the need to find tiny spaces to put your hook are minimised. Now I love laceweight: it gives a finesse to every pattern you create with it and the delicate stitches can add a layer of magic to even the most ordinary stitches.
The shawls themselves are light as a feather and so small to pack into a bag. As for the extra time? Just see it as better value for money on your hobby! The ultimate in slow fashion.
Find the joy of laceweight for yourself with this selection of five patterns.
This pattern is charted and written using standard UK crochet terminology (with US conversions given in the abbreviations)
This simple sideways shallow triangle shawl is designed to play nicely with highly variegated yarns. Tall stitches and a pretty bead stitch reminded me of strings of purple agate beads.
The shawl construction allows you to use up all the yarn you have if you weigh it and work to the half-way point. The sample below made the most of just 50g of 100g of laceweight yarn (1200m per 100g).
Carpet of Blossom Shawl
The inspiration for this shawl was the pattern of blossom on the ground after a first wind of spring, at the point where two trees with contrasting blossom met, the scattering of their petals on the pavement was so beautiful.
Created from a simple motif that is joined as you go. This modular scarf is almost a piece of art, a show-stopper that can be customised to use as many colours as you like and to create any shape that you choose as the motifs can be joined in any configuration. Let your creativity flourish.
Size and shape are fully adjustable, just join the motifs in any configuration. The full 200g of yarn can make an area of approx 4800cmsq/750insq
1 100g skein of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite (laceweight, 80% Falkland Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk, 800m/875yds/100g) in each of:
Col A: Rose (560)
Col B: Belgravia (585)
3mm hook (US D)
Cashmere Lace from Banshee Yarns is a good substitute for this yarn
Love Triangles Shawl
Starting with a simple granny stripe pattern that forms triangles in solid and relief, the pattern slowly transforms into more open triangles ending with a simple triangular lace edging.
The simple, unfussy lace and undyed yarn combine to make a modern, elegant shawl that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Length (on neck edge)145cm/57in
Width (at deepest point) 63m/25in
Shawl can be made bigger or smaller by adding/removing rows from the sections. As it is a right-angle triangle, width will increase/decrease with the length. Instructions for this are given in the pattern.
1 100g skein of Chester Wool Co Yak Lace Singles Undyed (laceweight, 65% Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Yak, 800m/100g)
3mm hook (US D)
24 sts and 13 rows in Section One pattern to 10cm/4in using 3mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Not so granny wrap
The wrap shape is ideal for snuggling around your neck in winter or throwing over your shoulders in the summer.
50g skein of laceweight, 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk, 385m/420yds/50g) in each of:
Col A: 2 50g
Col B: 1 50g
Col C: 1 50g
Col D: 1 50g
Piquant Pineapples Shawl
This edge-first scarf has a pretty lace border that is a variation on the classic pineapple crochet standard. The piquant part of the name comes from the difficulty rating that knitty.com uses; piquant means a pattern that is “daring but not exhausting.” Aside from the delightful alliteration, the description fits well: the fourteen row lace pattern isn’t for beginners but it is easy to memorise after the first few repeats. It creates a gorgeous undulating edge and once you’ve finished the edging the rest of the shawl comes together in a flash with simple short row turns to form a shallow crescent.
Length (along edging) 192cm/77in
Width (at deepest point) 19cm/7.5in
You can adjust the length and width of the shawl, instructions are given in pattern.
1 100g skein of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace (laceweight, 45% Silk, 55% Merino, 1000m/1093yds/100g) in Loganberry (517)
2mm hook (US B)
3mm hook (US D)
2 stitch markers