Friday, January 25, 2013

Crocheted shawl

This shawl worked up very quickly.  

It's for a friend who is facing lots of challenges right now (health and otherwise).  I wish I could do something that would actually make her healthy and ease her burdens, but I hope this shawl will at least bring some comfort.

The pattern for this prayer shawl is free on the Lion Brand Yarns website. (Here, if the link works.  You might have to have an account with them to access their patterns.) Like all prayer shawls, it's a simple pattern:  chain 43, then work in hdc (American terminology) until you get the length you want.  They recommend working this up in their organic cotton, but I wanted something cozy for winter, so I used their Superwash Merino Cashmere yarn instead, in the color parchment, and an N hook.  The N hook is huge for a worsted weight yarn, and the shawl turned out kind of stretchy, but I think it will hold up well.  And it is indeed cozy!  Even with that open lacy fabric, it wards off the chill.  I ended up using 8 skeins of yarn at 87 yards a skein.  

It can also be folded in half length-wise and used as a scarf!


Tammy said...

The shawl is lovely and certainly will bring your friend much comfort knowing that you made something especially for her. Like a warm hug enveloping her whenever she wears it. We can get organic cotton here but I would need lots and lots and lots of skeins in order to complete something like this. Yikes! I'd hate to think of the cost. The yarn you used is lovely and I think using the bigger hook was a good idea for the lacy look rather than it being so tightly woven. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

besomom said...

Fortunately this yarn was on sale, so it wasn't as expensive as it could have been. But I know what you mean...sometimes I see a beautiful project and want to make it, but when I look at the cost of materials I am shocked by the expense!