Mom got this great pink fuzzy yarn at a yardsale and there were 2 whole skeins so I wanted to do something kind of big with it.
A shawl seemed like a great idea but I've never really done one before so I browsed around on google to find a good free pattern. I happened upon a picture of a lovely shawl called the Sprout chains shawlette.
Crochetme.com has a great free booklet of shawl patterns here
with this beautiful shawl in it (top one in the picture to the left. I fully recommend this little pamphlet, and hey, its free so why not, right?
This was the yarn I used to make my version of the shawl. The pattern calls for E hook but I decided to use an I hook for the shawl as I wanted looser loops and E for the flowers because I liked the small delicate flowers more than the big fluffy ones.
I believe the shawl itself turned out slightly wider but as for length I stopped when I felt it was a good length, I'll be honest I didn't even count how many rows other than for the purpose of keeping track of the row transitions.
The pattern was very easy to follow, I especially liked the drawing on the side that showed the stitches. I am not normally a graph crocheter but I found this one easy to understand and helpful in visualizing the steps.
As a pattern writer I often adjust patterns as I am doing them so it is impossible for me to do a pattern without some changes. It is like a chef using a recipe, you just have to change some of the spices up a bit. Some patterns need more spice than others!
I feel you shouldn't ever feel boxed in by a pattern (even one I have written) - experiment with it, make a change here and there and you will grow as a crocheter and maybe some day even be a designer. Anyway I am done waxing poetic, look its done...
Here is the finished project! I love it as it is super soft and fluffy and warm without being stuffy. It can be tied in the front or draped elegantly over your arms. It could even be tied around your waist as a fun belt shawl. If you make one I'd love to see the pictures.