There’s this woman I “know.” You know, in the internet sense of “knowing” someone. And not only does she have an awesome sense of style, but she wears these AWESOME scarves. I mean, her scarf collection ALONE makes me green with envy.
So me, being the crafty person I am, decided to make myself one. It took me a while to find a pattern that would work the way I wanted it to (and ended up with one frogged attempt), but I finally stumbled on the perfect pattern for the Classic Cotton that I picked up from that charity shop a couple weeks back.
At first, I was having a hard time finding a pattern that spoke to me. So I asked for some suggestions on Ravelry. One of the suggestions I got was the “My Blue Jeans Shawl” pattern. So I tried that one first.
I LOVED the pattern, but unfortunately it wasn’t going to work. I would have run out of yarn LONG before I was anywhere near finished.
So I frogged it, and went looking again.
Most of the suggestions I got, I absolutely loved, but some of them just weren’t feasible for me right now. A couple were published in American crochet magazines – which I can’t get here. I have heard of other UKers being able to get their hands on a few, but I’m lucky to find a few crochet HOOKS here where I’m at. Crochet magazines? HAhahahahaHA!
There were a few that were pay-per-download, and while I really did like the look of them, I’m just not in the position to be forking out money for patterns right now. Not when there are millions of patterns available free on the web. (Okay, maybe not millions. Thousands, though? Definitely.)
And then yesterday morning, I was flipping through my Happy Hooker book while having my morning cuppa, and as soon as I opened the book, it fell right to the page where the Sweet Pea Shawl was pictured. (Linky-link takes you to the designer’s own website, but if I understand correctly, it was published in the Happpy Hooker first.)
Actually, I’ve been drooling over this shawl pattern for a couple of years now. I “met” Amie (NexStitch) on Crochetville a few years back, and as soon as I saw her patterns… I was in love.
And I’d bought my Happy Hooker book back in September (actually, I have a post in my drafts about the books I bought, that I never finished), but this is the first thing out of that book that I’ve actually made.
And I don’t know whose idea it was to do a symbol chart on the pattern – could have been Amie’s, could have been Debbie Stoller’s – but I am SO grateful that they did. (Edit: Got it straight from the designer’s mouth [or fingertips, to be specific]. It was Debbie Stoller’s idea to put the symbol chart in.) For one thing, having that symbol chart made it easier to adapt the pattern to a smaller size. For another, having that chart in front of me made it easier to visualize what I was supposed to be doing.
So, without further babbling on, this is what I ended up with:
Actually, if you look REAL close, you can kinda-sorta see the symbol chart between the open spaces in the scharf.
The length in front was perfect, but I felt like the sides (when wrapped around my neck) were too short. So I just took what was left of the yarn, and made tassels out of it. Perfecto!
Oh yeah, and this only took 2 of the 4 balls of yarn I have. I’m considering taking the remaining yarn and making some fingerless gloves to go with it. 🙂