I put my crocheting away for months. I don’t know why, but I lost interest. Fortunately, I decided I needed to get back into it. Crocheting can be relaxing, and I can always use a stress-reducer.
To be honest, I have more scarves, hats and shawls than anyone I know, lol. I used to gift them, but I discovered that not everyone likes handmade items. Their loss. Now I make things that I enjoy wearing.
Another key reason I crochet is for the mental stimulation of figuring out the patterns. Many of them can be quite challenging. In fact, I’m about to begin a new shawl pattern that looks quite difficult. I have 11 different yarns that I’ll use to execute the pattern.
Before I started the challenging pattern, I decided I needed to undertake a quick and easy pattern to get back into crochet. I found a pattern called Sparkle Shawl from Lion Brand that is made with one big skein of Shawl In A Ball.
Shawl In A Ball is a multicolored, acrylic, lightweight yarn with a bit of sparkle woven throughout. Shawl In A Ball comes in 9 shades, and I chose Wind Chimes, with shades of blues, beige and brick. It calls for a size H, 5mm hook.
The pattern for the Sparkle Shawl is a good pattern for beginners. Usually the first thing you learn to do when you learn to crochet is the chain stitch. This pattern uses only two stitches: chain stitch and the double crochet repeated throughout. The shawl is worked up with chains and V-stitches (a V-stitch is created with double crochet, two chains and another double crochet in one stitch to make a V). It makes an airy, lightweight shawl that’s perfect for transition weather like we’re having now.
It took me about two weeks to finish my Sparkle shawl. I worked on it a little bit each day. I thought that was pretty quick!
And I like the results. It can be dressed up or it can be casual. The Wind Chimes shades go well with jeans, look good with my hair color, and the shawl looks great with a top I just got on clearance from Garnet Hill. Yay!
Have you ever tried crochet? What do you think of this shawl?