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In Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Here is an adaptation to the shawl, if you don’t like so much ruffling and/or want the yarn to last a little longer.

Work Rounds 5 and 6 twice, working into the ch-5 spaces as needed. Then work a Round 7. If you want to, it might even work out with yet another repeat of Rounds 5 and 6 (that is, you’d be working Rounds 5 and 6 3 times before working Round 7, which is the Dogwood round). I am experimenting with it, and it seems to be working out fairly well.

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Here she is, folks! Clue #5!

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm

This is the last clue of our wonderful, month-long CAL! Everyone has been wonderful, and I may post some adaptations so that we can get the yarn to stretch out a bit longer and to cut down on some of the rufflage. Anyway, here is the last clue, which is the very last round: The Edging.

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.

Clue #4 :)

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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 #3!!! :D

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2009 at 9:08 am

Alright, here it is, folks! Clue #3…Got your drum rolls ready? Great! Ready to groan? Because here’s the hard part–the clue!

(Clears throat)

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!

I hope you all forgive me for delaying this particular clue. As you could tell in Ravelry, I was really chomping at the bit to be able to give this clue to you since it’s the longest part of the shawl. It should keep you busy for a while, and, to be honest, by next weekend when I reveal the next clue, those of you using laceweight yarn will be clamoring for me to “stop!’ because “I’m not there yet! I’m sooo far behind!” But you know what? That’s okay, because the border and the edging are short enough that they won’t bother you a bit. You could probably get the both of them completed in one or two evenings once they are revealed, thereby catching you up with the rest of the group. 🙂

Anyway, I have to go because I need to get my girls ready to visit their grandparents for the day (the gps live an hour away). I look forward to your responses!

Clue # 2–Mystery Shawl CAL 2009

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2009 at 1:17 am

Here she is: Clue #2!! It’s been so nice getting to know most of you this week, and I’ll have more questions for everyone in the coming weeks ahead. I hope you all have fun with this pattern, as I have been since the days I put it together. I’m loving the actual shawl I’m working up, and as it gets bigger and bigger, I only hope I can get it finished before Easter, when I plan to wear it.

God Bless!

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.

Lace-weight Mystery Shawl CAL ’09 Clue #1!!

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Clue #1! Hookers, on your marks. Get set. GO! (Imaginary pistol/flare shot)

Okay, drama aside, make sure you have your hook. Check. Yarn is available. Check. The pattern. Well, partially checked, since only a part of it is available right now, eh? 😉

Here we go:

Clue #1:

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: (2dc, 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.


That’s it for now, folks!! See you here again next week. I’ll also add answers to any questions I find throughout the week in subsequent posts so that all may see the answers.

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You…

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

The new Mystery Shawl Crochet-a-long is coming in a mere 5 more days!! Woohoo!! In honor of National Crochet Month (aka, NATCROMO), I’m offering up a free pattern here on my blog to any and all who would like to join in. I hope you do!

All you need for this shawl is about 1,000 yards of laceweight yarn–whether it be brand-new, from a frogged sweater from the thrift store (oooooo….cashmere!), or even cotton sewing thread–and a size E/3.5mm crochet hook. If you choose to use a heavier-weight yarn (fingering is really nice!) be sure to increase your hook size accordingly if you want a similar drape or results to what I and the testers have worked.

The shawl will make a really nice shawl for the warmer months when the evenings are a tad chilly. It is worked in one piece and in the round, and the pattern is simple enough for an advanced- beginner who wants to hone skills or learn new ones.

So, keep coming on back every week to see the new clue, which will be posted every Sunday in March this year and the final pattern will be posted in April, as well as a final picture. I hope you join us!

Welcome to my new blog!

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I’ve decided to move my blog over here. It will take time to move the other older posts, but for the time being, I bid you welcome. Grab a cuppa tea, cup o’ joe, hot cocoa, or what have you, and sit down to enjoy the fibery goodness of all things fibery. Grab your implements of choice, whether they be two pointy sticks or a mighty hook and sit by the fire with me (at least while the weather is cold…Hopefully soon we can sit outside on the patio sipping iced tea or lemonade).