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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Garden Walk Shawl

I've just completed a new shawl, which will be available for sale on the Ravelry website beginning May 1, 2017.  This shawl is inspired by the "Pretty as a Peacock" shawl that placed second in the Thread category, in the 2016 CGOA design competition. The pattern is in a different weight yarn that is more quickly crocheted, and a bit easier for intermediate level crocheters.

I choose the Berroco Boboli Lace yarn after winning the yarn as a door prize at the CGOA conference.  I also received the pattern booklet that goes with the yarn, but was disappointed to find there were no crocheted garments available in that booklet for that yarn.  This particular color way was challenging to work with because I had concerns that it might compete with the stitch pattern I wanted to use.  The beauty of the Boboli Lace yarn is that it is available in so many color ways that you can easily find a different yarn color that suits your mood or wardrobe!  The drape of this yarn is amazing and was very enjoyable to work with!

I decided to make the shawl a three way convertible garment, and since there is no shaping involved, almost any intermediate crocheter can make this.  There are buttons to enable the garment to be worn various ways.  The shawl is cozy without being hot, and adds just enough warmth to take away the chill of an early spring or fall day.

Of course, this shawl would look lovely in a solid color yarn, and the pattern has yarn substitution guidelines.  I'm suggesting Berroco Ultra Alpaca light or possibly Berroco Summer silk.  You can adjust the gauge by changing the hook size if needed.  The stitch pattern was fun to work and interesting, because it changes from row to row.  The pattern contains full written instructions, professionally created stitch charts and a schematic.  There are two size options.