It seems that the craft of crochet is on the upswing, and that makes me happy. I learned how to crochet at camp when I was 16. I don’t even remember who taught me, but whoever she was, she taught me just the basics. The rest I learned on my own, first by looking at crochet books, and more recently by using YouTube videos. Recently, I realized that my technique is slightly off, most likely because I’m a lefty and whoever taught me wasn’t a lefty. Oh well. The vast majority of my projects still look nice. The main difference is that it takes me longer to make a stitch than it does most people. At this stage of the game, I doubt that I can change. 😉
This past year, I haven’t been crocheting as much, but recently I’ve gotten back into it. It’s both challenging, good for the brain cells, and so relaxing.
I was fascinated by a pattern that a lot of women in the Facebook crochet groups were talking about last year: the Virus shawl by Julia Marquardt. “Virus”, I wonder why she called it that? But in spite of the name, I decided to make one. Julia wrote the pattern in German, and it was translated into English. It came as a written pattern of row by row instructions, and it also had a visual pattern of the stitches. Perhaps because the English pattern was a translation, I found it very difficult to follow. When I started out, I needed to use both the written and the visual pattern. But even that wasn’t enough in the beginning. I googled “virus shawl left-handed”, and I found some videos that showed me row by row what to do. Till I got familiar with the pattern, I had to watch the video in addition to using the pattern. I’ve never had to do that before.
I would classify the virus shawl pattern as intermediate level – not because the stitches are difficult, but because the pattern is challenging to interpret and follow till you get the hang of it.
The first shawl that I made is in autumn colors, and I made it for myself.
The yarn I used was Red Heart’s Unforgettable, a 4 ply 4 weight yarn with built-in color changes. The autumn colorway is Polo. I believe I used a size 5.0mm hook (though the yarn says a 6, hmmm). According to the pattern, the shawl can be made with 3 ply, lighter weight yarn with a 4.0mm hook.
Since I had gotten the hang of the pattern, I decided to make another one that I had intended to give away.
The second one is in shades of pink and purple, and the yarn was Unforgettable Petunia.
They are both nice and cozy.
I’m on to a different shawl pattern that has 11 different colored yarns, actually mercerized cotton thread, and an interesting variety of three dimensional stitches. Stay tuned for that one in a few weeks.
Any new or experienced crocheters out there?