Lady Killer: WIP

I am not sure how to proceed in color on Lady Killer and thought I would put it out to you for some feedback.

As you can see, dark mauve is the dominant color. I began by using up the scraps of other acrylic and cotton yarns/threads to begin. Having exhausted all color-pertinent scraps, my original plan end with dark mauve/dark purple stripes, does not seem exciting to me anymore. I think I want to add more colors, but that could turn out bad.

So these are my only conceivable options:

  1. Resume with dark mauve because it is the dominant color and I want to end the cone
  2. Resume with dark purple, which would complete a manual gradient shift, and end with it despite technical difference in color
  3. Resume with dark mauve/dark purple striping, exhausting dark mauve and ending in dark purple block, if necessary
  4. Resume with dark mauve color block, end with dark purple color block

I think I am leaning towards option one because I love how Dark Lady came out with the reserved color stripes.

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Little Bit O’ Soul

Name

Little Bit O’ Soul by Music Explosion

Little Bit O’ Soul facilitated stitch development this time and – to me – relates to the meditative feelings from true prayer, and prayer let me to that feeling when it comes from your soul…joy!

Little Bit O' Soul

Project

As Like A Prayer and Church Of The Poison Mind are officially hibernating – one due to misplacement; the other due to lack of yarn to finish. So, as this is my third attempt at – what I have coined a prayer shawl: rectangular shawl/wrap with a repeating pattern; I added the repeating pattern part myself – I figured this was my chance to finally and actually finish a prayer shawl.

Dimensions: 14-inch width x 80-inch length (98-inch length)
Care: Recommendation is for dry cleaning, as fiber content is technically unknown.+ Suggested care would be cold hand wash, gently. Lay out or hang to dry.++

Little Bit O' Soul

Yarn

Thomas Hodgson and Sons Inc, Suncook

Color: 8 Mauve
Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

This cone magically reappeared in my stash. This time I would finish a prayer shawl because I know I had enough yarn now and because I have changed my attitude towards my stash and just grab what’s next just to get rid of all this yarn.

Little Bit O' Soul

Design Notes

Cast On: Multiple of 4

Boysenberry Stitch Pattern (developed by me, as far as I know)

Row 1: [k3, p] Repeat to end.
Row 2: [k, p3] Repeat to end.
Row 3: [k3, p] Repeat to end.
Row 4: [k, p3tog] Repeat to end.

Row 1: [p, k3] Repeat to end.
Row 2: [p3, k] Repeat to end.
Row 3: [p, k3] Repeat to end.
Row 4: [p3tog, k] Repeat to end.

Repeat 8 rows to end.

Little Bit O' Soul

+ Kathy's Curvy Corner; KathysCurvyCorner.com; Fabric Types & Care Guide: Laundry, Labels and Tips

++ AHookersWorld.WordPress.com; Hooker Leo

Lady Killer: On da Hook

Lady Killer

Considering this shawl is coming from the same cone as Dark Lady, I decided to remain with the Lady theme. Too bad, I didn’t think about this when I crocheted You’ve Got Your Troubles, which is also from the same cone of Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8.

To tell you the truth I am actually loving each shawl despite the old-fashioned color: dark mauve. I think the J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen on Dark Lady really changed my mind.

For Lady Killer, I am began with the micro-ball of leftover J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen, now completely gone. The second yarn will remain unidentified at this time due to my laziness to got get the ball, but in the pictures it looks better than it does on the shawl, though from my perspective right now – almost level, that yellow is really standing out.

I will be using a darker purple gradient next and if I have enough cotton, I will be ending with a solid deep purple.

You might notice that this is very similar to Dark Lady in construction. I am going to work between the post to shoulders and then begin the crescent formation. My next shawl will be only crescent formation.

Dark Lady

Dark Lady Crochet Shawl

Name

Dark Lady by Cher

The only relation I can make between the name and the shawl is that I had to re-crochet this shawl three times before I was happy with the outcome.

Shawl

After three attempts, I finally ended up with something I am happy with. The bonus: I think I have a true crochet crescent shawl! I’d love to hear from you if you agree with me.

Care (Acrylic): Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rinse well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block. CAUTION: Do not iron or dry clean.
Care (Cotton): Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
Dimensions:
45-inch Width x 22-inch depth

Dark Lady

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen

Color: 0030 Serenity
Content: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport Baby+++

 

Designer Notes

I wanted a design I could easily increase without much thinking. I accomplished this by working in double crochet and working between posts, increasing by two stitches on either side of each section, every row.

This did not work well when I wanted to change up the pattern because I kept losing one stitch each section. I then decided to change from between posts to working in stitches; this increase was easier to manipulate. By this time I had changed to treble crochets just to make this shawl grow faster.

I also had a ball of J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen laying around and I thought the colors might break up the dark mauve nicely; it did! By this time, I wanted to end. I had about three hundred thirty stitches; I was aiming for six hundred. However, I thought the shawl was big enough that I could stop.

I started with a scalloped edge, but the stitch count was off. I then began a crab stitch edging, which I really liked. Did I have enough patience to work on top of treble crochets and backwards? I did and I am so happy with the outcome.

Dark Lady
Dark Lady
+ Suggested care for cotton garments

++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

+++ Based on physical match, per touch

Dark Lady

Having decided to make Stairway To Heaven my portable project, I started another shawl today, using the same yarn I used for You’ve Got Your Troubles.

I was liking it until i got the bright idea of trying to turn this triangle/heart-shaped shawl into a crescent-shaped shawl. I think I will stick to heart-shaped for ease of crochet. I just hate that point. Grr!

I was quite impressed with myself for starting this shawl in a tab fashion. I started the shawl from the side and began increasing two stitches every row on one side. Pretty soon I had an equilateral triangle and decided to go around the side and begin working back an forth.

Dark Lady - Detail
Dark Lady – Tab Start

Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care