Winter shawl in Malabrigo Ivy yarn

A winter shawl

This project was beset with problems! For the first time, I was using a skein of yarn, rather than a ball. Having never previously had a skein, I didn’t know that you needed to wind it into a ball before using it so as to prevent a tangled mess. I found out the hard way, staying up until 1.30am determined to sort it out. Luckily I read this helpful blog post before attempting anything with the second skein.

Malabrigo yarn in ivyThen there was the pattern itself, which was very difficult to follow. I found the pattern as a free download on Craftsy and judging by comments left on the page, I wasn’t the only person who struggled. Luckily another user had written out some notes to clarify the instructions and once I’d followed them, it all became clear.

I didn’t have the required 7mm hook amongst my tools, and nor did my local craft shop, so I decided to press ahead with an 8mm one. After crocheting a few rows, I looked at the pattern to see if there were any notes about gauge and then I spotted an important instruction that I’d managed to miss – ‘this pattern is worked by holding two strands of yarn together’. Sigh. Luckily I hadn’t gone too far, so I undid it and started again.

Winter shawl in Malabrigo Ivy yarn

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I hadn’t crocheted two yarns together before and fortunately it was easier than I expected. I then couldn’t decide if I really liked this thicker look, or if I preferred the effect with just one strand. On the one hand, the thicker yarn was going to produce a nice warm shawl, perfect for this time of year, but on the other, the variegated colour looked better using the single yarn. Decisions, decisions. I carried on until I had 15 rows and decided to continue, after all I could always make another lighter shawl for the summer.

Winter shawl in Malabrigo Ivy yarn

It worked up quickly and, while I’m pleased with the end result, it’s not quite what I was expecting. I crocheted more rows than the pattern suggested, but it’s still not really big enough to wrap around and stay on, partly due to its weight. Maybe I should have stuck with one yarn and made it bigger. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but don’t be surprised if you see it reincarnated as something else next year!

Oh, and as soon as I’d finished it, I found my 7mm hook.

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