Dark Lady

Dark Lady Crochet Shawl

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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

You’ve Got Your Troubles

Started today after a stumble on the Stairway To Heaven, which has turned into a real pain in the ass, just like in real life. So, considering how easy Union of the Snake was, I decided to follow up with a quick crochet project for the next misstep on Stairway To Heaven.

That brings us to You’ve Got Your Troubles and a knitting dilemma/question:

Using my new WPI info I learned from the June El Segundo Slipt Stitchers guild, I wrapped an unknown yarn around a ruler for one inch and got 24! Yet, there is no 24 WPI yarn on Ravelry. Neither is if one of the yarn weights without a WPI number: light fingering, fingering, lace, or cobweb!

In my humble opinion the yarn pictured in the featured image is more similar to a sport or dk, but that is 12 and 14 WPI.

WHAT THE HELL IS REALLY GOING ON?

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

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

Like A Prayer Shawl: Work In Progress

About Like A Prayer Shawl

Like A Prayer by Madonna

I think I like “Like A Prayer Shawl” versus ” Like A Prayer Prayer Shawl.” What do you think? This ain’t a religious thingy. :D

So, this is another ODDBALLS project, whose destination – charity donation or Neighbors By Design item – remains unknown at this time. And whose current destination is the WIP  (Work In Progress) shelf because I have not found the right yarn to finish this shawl.

About The Yarn

The yarns pictured were acquired from an ESSS raffle. I was surprised to receive natural fibers.

FibraNatura Naturalin

Care: Wash by hand in cool water. Do not press or iron. Do not bleach.
Additionally, I would include lay flat to dry or even hanging.
Color: TBrown
Fiber Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Linen
Weight: Aran

Technically speaking, this was kinda stiff, and slippery on my metal needles. I had to adjust my tension to work with it – unfortunately for me, tighter. :(

Green Yarns

Care: Treat as FibraNatura Naturalin
Color: Well, that would be . . . wait for it . . . Green :D
Fiber Content: Natural Fiber, per burn test
Weight: Unknown

Again, technically speaking, the greens were a bit rough, at first. I thought it was like a twine, but the strands broke very easily. My first thought is WOOL! Baa! :D :) Because it was lighter in weight – I’d guess Sport to DK – than the FibraNatura Naturalin, I double-stranded the greens. As I have been handling the yarn I noticed them softening with wear.

No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl

No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) Shawl | USD $50.00

About The Project Name

No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) by Ella Fitzgerald, my most favorite vocalist in my lifetime – 54 years. The name correlates to the composition of this shawl: improvisation, no rules. This is the best way to design and, as such, this marks version one of my goal: a crochet crescent shawl.

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About The Project

This represents the first in a series of my crochet crescent shawl development. This one worked out okay, but too angular. An additional problem I encountered was carrying yarn for entire rows and working with different yarn weights: fine to dk. The excessive yarn carrying has cause puckering, which is not noticeable on Mergatroid, my model. My last complaint is that the tips don’t meet in front; I suppose that because of the shape/neckline, which I do like because of the fitting to the neck.

Dimensions:

Width: 39 inches
Depth: 35 inches, tip to bottom; 15 inches, neck to bottom

Price: USD $50.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount

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About The Yarn

There are about four to five yarns that I was unable to identify; at least three of them are natural fibers, per a burn test, though I can’t identify the fibers. Labeled yarns included:

Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton

Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Color: Mikonos
Yarn Weight: 2, Sport

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Brickfielder
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

New Hope Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Fleece of: Vanilla Chip
Yarn Weight: 1, Suri Fingering

Near Sawrey Farm Alpacas

Fiber Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Color: Yellow Onion w/Accents
Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering

Newton’s Yarn Country Nevada

Fiber Content: 100% Rayon
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Patons Grace

Fiber Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Yarn Color: 60409 Ruby
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head Shawl

Craving to make a crescent shaped shawl, I found Terribly Simple pattern by Caitlin French and started May 6, 2017…

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin

Craving to make a crescent shaped shawl, I found Terribly Simple pattern by Caitlin Ffrench and started May 6, 2017. The pattern is terribly simple and I did get a crescent-shaped shawl, but not exactly a crescent on July 23, 2017.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl

I used Netwon’s Yarn Country Softball Cotton (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Color: Mikonos; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport). I noticed earlier some puckering of the fabric, thinking it was yarn related as the cotton seems pretty stiff. I think laundering will soften the cotton which came on a cone and probably has some manufacturing chemical on it that removed softness for process and winding. Finally, I hope that laundering might increase the hue of the color, which are too muted for my tastes.

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl

The name of this project is a play on the irony of my unequal desire to make a crescent shawl and the ease of the pattern. However, I have looked at the other shawls made with this pattern and none of them have the hump at the neck. This is the second time I have made a shawl by pattern and ended up with the hump when none of the pattern pictures had one. What the heck?

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl

This shawl is for sale in the amount of USD $75.00, less 25% discount for friends/family.

2018-08-13: Removed from stock; donated to charity

Ain't That A Kick In The Head Shawl

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl

I started this project back on March 28, 2017 and just finished today, May 6, 2017. I knew I wanted to make a rectangular shawl and decided to keep it simple using single crochets in combination with treble crochets in a pattern. I also knew I would want to add fringe at either end.

The yarn is was from a cone whose origins are forgotten. Per a burn test the yarn turned out to be a natural fiber. At the time, and based on the texture of the yarn, I was leaning towards cotton/linen in maybe a thread or fingering weight. Now that I have washed it – which I do not recommend for future care – I noticed that my fringe began to felt together despite placing the item in a laundry bag. This plus the texture of the washed yarn, leads me to believe it might be wool now. The yarn bloomed into about a sport/dk weight and is so soft.

The project name – Holiday In Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys – is representative of the colors in the yarn. The measurements of the shawl are 59 (L) x 23 (W); 70 (L), including the fringe. I would like to sell this piece for USD $75.00.

Holiday In Cambodia Shawl
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