trinketsbytracey

Laceweight Mystery Shawl CAL 2009

Suggested Materials (I do have others trying fingering and worsted weight yarns with larger hooks):

1000 yds. Laceweight yarn (I’m using Jojoland’s Harmony)

Size E/3.5mm crochet hook

(Clues 1 and 2 ONLY at this time! 😉 )
Special Stitches:
4-dc cluster: (yo once on hook and complete as for a dc, leaving last loop on hook) 4 times, yo, draw through all loops on hook

3-dc cluster: (yo once on hook and complete as for a dc, leaving last loop on hook) 3 times, yo, draw through all loops on hook

Dogwood shell: (4-dc cl, ch 5) 3 times in sp indicated, 4-dc cl in same sp

Shell: (dc, ch 2, 2dc) in space indicated

Beg-shell: ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp as ch-3

Instructions:
Center:
Ch 8. Join w/ sl st to 1st ch, ch 3.

Rnd 1: (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into same st as ch-3, *ch 5, sk next ch, shell in next ch. Rep from * around,  ch 5, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3. There should be 4 shells and 4 ch-5 sps.

Rnd 2: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, work beg shell in same sp, *ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp, ch 2, shell in ch-2 sp of shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st to ch-2 sp, beg-shell, *(dc, ch 5, dc) in sc, shell in ch-2 sp of next shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of beg-shell. Note: at this point, the work will seem to cup inward, but after blocking it will lie flat.

Rnd 4: Sl st to ch-2 sp, beg-shell, *dogwood shell in next ch-5 sp, shell in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Clue #2:

Rnd 5: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *ch 2, sc in 1st ch-5 sp of Dogwood shell, ch 2, shell in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp of Dogwood shell, ch 2, shell in shell. Rep from * around, end w/ ch 2, sc in ch-5 sp, ch 2, sl st to beg-shell of rnd.

Rnd. 6: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *(dc, ch 5, dc) in sc of prev rnd, shell in shell. Rep from * to end, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd. 7: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *Dogwood shell in ch-5 sp, shell in shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Clue number 3 is:

Repeat rounds 5-7 until size desired. The edges will curl up a bit due to the dogwood shell, and it will get a bit ruffly as you work; this is just fine, as it’s part of the intrigue of the pattern. For those who like symmetry, you will begin to see the almost-fractals forming, and for those who prefer a somewhat organic form, never fear! As the shawl begins to ruffle, it gets a bit more “interesting” to look at as you hold it up.

To be honest, I’m usually a person who loves symmetry: anything out of balance, off-center, or whatever drives me nuts. At the same time, the shape this shawl is forming combined with the colorway of the yarn I’m using gives the shawl a more “organic” feel, just because of the ruffles–they fall wherever they are wont to fall, and it’s great!

Clue #4:

Border:

Rnd 1: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *(5dc, ch 3, 5dc) in ch-5 sp, shell in shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 2: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *ch 5, (4dc, ch 3, 4dc) in ch-3 sp, shell in shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 3: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *ch 4, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5, ch 4, (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in ch-3 sp, ch 4, sc in 3rd ch of ch-5 sp, ch 4, shell in shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 4: Sl st to ch-2 sp of shell, beg-shell, *ch 4, (sc in ch-4 sp, ch 4) twice, shell in ch-3 sp, ch 4, (sc in ch-4 sp, ch 4) twice, shell in shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 5: Sl st to ch2 sp of shell, ch 5, dc in same sp, *(ch 4, sc in ch-4 sp) 3 times, ch 4, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp of shell. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to 3rd ch of ch-5.

Clue #5:

Edging: Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 2, (dc2tog, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from hook—picot made, 3-dc cl, p, 3-dc cl) in same sp, *(ch 5, sc in next ch-4 sp) 4 times, ch 5, (3-dc cl, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from hook) twice in ch-2 sp, 3-dc cl in same sp. Rep from * around, join w/ sl st to top of 3-dc cl. Finish off. Block according to fiber manufacturer’s instructions.

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