created Nov 3, 2019 - updated Jan 22, 2020
Early in the fall of 2019, I crocheted my first shawl. In recent years, I have crocheted many scarves and cowls.
For this second shawl, I decided to use the same, simple pattern that I used for the first one.
I used two skeins of yarn, produced by different companies and purchased from different locations at different times.
First yarn description:
- weighed 97 grams on my digital scales
- 100 grams for weight according to label
- 496 yards
- lace weight (21 wpi)
- Ashford Tekapo 100 percent virgin wool
- New Zealand wool dyed in the USA
- Official color name according to label: Walnut
- the color of the yarn was variegated, changing from dark or "burnt" beige to a light beige
- I bought this yarn at a fiber event held at Sauder Village, located in a little west of Toledo, in the fall of 2016 or 2017. We attended both of those years. It's a small, fun fiber event that features vendors from western Ohio, Indiana, and southern Michigan.
- the vendor for the yarn at the Sauder Village event was "Little Shop of Spinning," located in Fort Wayne, IN.
- the skein was pricey, costing $35
- (update: the Little Shop of Spinning is under new ownership, and the store moved to Roanoke, IN.)
Second yarn description:
- missing the label. drats. I had the yarn wound at the store, but I lost the label.
- I bought the yarn at a yarn store that was located near downtown Bay City, MI in 2016 or 2017. The store has moved to another location in Bay City.
- I'm guessing that the yarn is lace weight, since it seems as small or smaller than the above yarn.
- It's color is brown-grey
- the wound skein weighed 104 grams on my digital scales
For this shawl, I used the following hook size: E4 / 3.5 mm.
I could have dropped at least two more hook sizes. By using a 3.5 mm hook and double crochet stitches, the final shawl was drapey with ample spacing between stitches.
I'm very SLOWLY accepting the usage of small yarns. Normally, I dislike using yarn smaller than sport weight (size 2), and I even consider sport weight to be too small. But I'm becoming more open about using size 1 yarns in the future. And once I learn to spin my own yarn, I might try to create fingering weight or lace weight yarns.
I started crocheting this shawl on Sep 10, 2019, and I finished it on Nov 3, 2019. By finishing, I meant that I ran out of yarn.
Since I changed colors after two rows of one color, then I need to weave in ends and/or apply a border that hides the ends. I might buy a dark color to use as a border.
I did not crochet this shawl every day. And it took a while because of the decent amount of small diameter yarn.
Based upon the pattern and my final output, I could create a simple arithmetic formula that would tell me how many thousands of double crochet stitches that I used.
Anyway, the medium-sized to possibly large shawl is lightweight, and it's fluffy when rolled up and used like a scarf.
Since the walnut-colored rows and the brown-grey-colored rows have different widths, then I assume that the brown-grey yarn was smaller. Maybe the walnut yarn was fingering weight. It looked larger in the hands.
Wed, Jan 22, 2020 update
This update section contains similar text that exists in my post about my first shawl.
As of Jan 22, 2020, I still have not taken care of the ends and added a border.
Back in December, I bought two small dark-colored skeins of yarn from the Craft Fiber Mill, located near Monroe, Michigan. The place opened in early 2019, I think, but our December 2019 visit was our first. It's nice store with a cool business model. The store focuses on milling and selling alpaca yarn.
I might use one or both of the dark-colored yarns as a border for the above shawl. One yarn is a near black color while the other is more brownish.
I wore shawl number two multiple times during my walks with our dog Barney, during our recent cold weather spell, and the shawl worked surprisingly well at keeping me warm, especially when wind chills were slightly below zero.
When rolled up and wrapped around my neck, it makes for a bulky but fluffy scarf.
We have experienced a mild-ish winter with very little snowfall. We received 2 to 4 inches of snow back on Nov 11, 2019. That was followed by several days of cold weather with temps occasionally dropping to 10 to 15 degrees. That winter weather lasted about one week.
Then late last Fri, Jan 17, 2020, snow began falling, accumulating to around 4 inches before the precip changed to rain before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Temps warmed to the 40s on Sat, Jan 18. Then temps plummeted to the mid teens by sunrise on Sun, Jan 19. Temps were in the teens on Sun, Mon, and Tue and around 20 today.
I walked Barney twice on Sun, twice on Mon, once on Tue, and twice on Wed. We both enjoyed the wintry weather. Of those seven walks, I wore the above shawl two or three times, and I wore the second shawl on at least three walks.
I will never wear a shawl draped over by back and pinned in the front, unless I use that technique as a layer under other layers when bundling up for below zero weather. I could see that having good utility.
I will, however, wear shawls rolled up and wrapped around my neck like a scarf. That's how I wore my shawls during this chilly period, which will end now.
The shawls rolled up and used like scarves worked well, even the second one where I used fingering and lace weight yarns. The rolled up shawls become spongy and thick, which kept me warm.
The shawls use more yarn than my typical scarf pattern, but I can see the appeal to knitting, crocheting, and using shawls. People can wear fancy lace shawls purely for aesthetic reasons or maybe to provide a tiny bit of warmth in a cool setting. But those same shawls can be rolled up and used as warm scarves, which provide utility.
The first two shawls that I crocheted were simple and plain. I used different colored yarns in both, but not fancy stitches nor patterns were used. All that fanciness gets lost when it's rolled up and used as a scarf, which is how I will use shawls. But I might try my hand at crocheting with tiny yarn to make something more aesthetic.
Shawls can vary in size too, more so than scarves. I have seen some shawls that look like long, narrow blankets. Shawls and wraps can come in many different shapes. I like the triangle look. I've seen some that were designed to look similar to tall, skinny right triangles.
Shawls can be worn in many different ways. Again, most shawls use more yarn than scarves, but the versatility of shawls is fascinating.
Maybe for my third shawl, I'll use this simple pattern.
Wilma has created a lot of nice shawl patterns for crochet.