Sunday, 23 August 2015

MY CENTENARIAN SHAWL

 
MY CENTENARIAN SHAWL

A friend mentioned that her ma-in-law was turning a hundred years old next month  
Wow, that’s a grand age.. and I hear she's going to meet the Queen (yes, she's in England). Isn't that lovely ?  

I was fortunate to have made a shawl for another hundred year old about a year back, but didn’t write that pattern up. This time around, here are my notes, so let’s share this one around.

I chose this pattern as I loved that it can be worn with either side facing.  The use of fpdc's gives it a grand effect, and then the other side is just as lovely too, and the uniqueness of this pattern made it just right for a unique Centenarian lady.

There are so many patterns on the net, but I found this freebie that I found on Pinterest with a convenient chart.


Materials used : Indian 3-ply, light fingering yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; (Optional : Pearls / Beads for the edging)

This will be superb with our Indian Anchor cotton and a 3.5 – 4 mm crochet hook too.

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced skill level

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below.
yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One fpdc complete


Instructions  : (Using U.S terminology)

We start with a magic circle that will be the centre back spine, and will be that part that fits right under the neck.  We will then work our way down the shawl, ending with this absolutely stunning border.  Itching to get started, so let’s do it.

Start with a magic circle and 20 dc in that circle.  Pull lightly, but do not close.  Leave your circle as a semi-circle.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) till last dc.  Turn.

In our following row, we’ll use our fpdc (Front Post Double Crochet)

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, fpdc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) till last dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 5, sk the next ch-2 sp , sc in the next ch-2 sp) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; ch 12, sk next three ch-2 sps , sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp and dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; 9 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) once ; 20 dc in the next ch-12 sp ; 
sc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
9 dc in the last ch-5 sp ; dc in the last dc.  Turn

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; [sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; 
dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 19 dc ; 
rep [to] once ; dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the last 9 dc.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, fpdc in the next dc) ; rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; sc in
the next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) in the next 20 dc ; sc in
the next ch-5 sp ;  rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 7 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 5, sk the next ch-2 sp , sc in the next ch-2 sp) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
[ch 5, sk next two ch-2 sps and sc , sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) 3 times] ; 
ch 12, sk next three ch-2 sps,  sc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
rep [to] once ; ch 5, sk next ch-2 sp and dc in the last dc.  Turn.

Row 8 : dc in the 1st dc ; 9 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) once ; 
[10 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; 20 dc in the next ch-12 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; rep [to] once ; 
rep (to) 2 times ; 9 dc in the last ch-5 sp ; dc in the last dc.  Turn

Row 9 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; 
[sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; 
{ dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; rep [to] once }
dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 19 dc ; rep [to] once ; 
rep { to } once ; dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the last 9 dc.  Turn.

Row 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, fpdc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
{ fpdc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp }
fpdc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 19 dc ; 
sc in the next ch-5 sp ; 
rep { to } once ; fpdc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; 
ch 2, dc in the last dc.  Turn.

So how was this bit ? I love the design.. such an amazing pattern thus far. 


                                  Detail of fpdc side                     Detail of the other side 


Now this is where we need to make a few decisions. 

The chart shows the next section that has a plainer and simpler pattern of just dcs in each ch-sp.  The beauty of this bit is that it’s easy and will add to the light, laciness of our end product and depending on how large you want it, I guess you can increase this space.  The border pattern is a repeat of what we’ve created thus far.

OR you can continue with the pattern we’ve worked with till now.  Our pattern repeat for this section will be Rows 7 to 10.

Please remember though that as our project is growing, we’ll be adding one ‘shell’ every four rows (or pattern repeat), so the instructions will change that little bit.. but I’m sure you’ve figured that out too.

If you’ve decided to go with the lacy centre bit (as per chart), then follow on below.

OK.. so back to work then..

Row 11 : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next ch-2 sp ; (ch 2, sk next fpdc and ch-2 sp , 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp) ; rep (to) 4 times ; [sk next two ch-2 sps, and rep (to) 5 times] ; rep [to] once ; ch 2 , { 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc } in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; rep (to) 3 times ; rep [to] till end.  Turn.

Note : In the last 2 dc in the last repeat, do 1 dc in that last ch-2 sp and then next dc in the last dc… to mimic how we started this row.

Now the middle spine of our shawl is the { 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc } that we’ve just done.  May I suggest you place a marker in this ch-2 sp, and we will do the same { to } in these ch-2 sps for this full section.
Row 12 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; [ch 2, sk next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp] ; rep [to] till the middle spine / marked ch-2 sps ; { 2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc } in the ch-2 sp ; rep [to] till end.  Turn.
Once again, remember that we will mimic the start, and do the 2 dc in the last dc.

Row 13 - 17 : Rep Row 12

Row 18 : sc in the 1st dc ; ch 6, sk next ch-2 sp and 2 dc, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; *ch 6, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next ch-2 sp* ; rep *to* till the ch-2 sp before the centre spine or markers ; ch 6, sk next ch-2 sp and 1 dc, dc in the next dc ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; ch 6, sk next dc and ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; rep *to* till the second last ch-2 sp ; ch 6, sk the next 2 dc and last ch-2 sp , sc in the last dc.  Turn.

Remember to mimic the starting with the ending bit.

Row 19 : dc in the 1st dc ; 9 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; (ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) once ; *[10 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; rep (to) 2 times* ; rep *to* till the centre spine ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; 9 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; rep (to) 2 times ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 20 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; [sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp] ; *dc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till the centre spine ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; rep [to] once ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 21 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, fpdc in the next dc) ; rep (to) in the next 8 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp ; * fpdc in the next dc , rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; sc in the next ch-5 sp * ; rep *to* till the centre spine ; ch 2, dc in the next dc ; rep (to) in the next 9 dc ; rep [to] once ; rep *to* till end.  Turn.


Finishing :

A lovely shawl always needs a lovely finish. Though both the chart and finished shawl do not show it, I think a lovely picot edging would just perfectly end and tie this all up.  
So if you do decide on a picot edging, here’s a quick refresher on how to do that.

One could also add beads (as I have) to add a little bling to this already beautiful creation.  I’ve added my beads in a Row 20 repeat, and all I did was to add the bead in the ch-2 sps.  For this I did (ch 1, ADD BEAD, ch 1 and dc in the next dc).
But I’m sure you know how to add beads.

And here’s a quick link on how to add beads in your project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

And just in case you are trying to work out how to thread your beads onto your yarn, then here’s a lovely video link


Fasten off and weave in ends.

Block as per yarn requirements.. and then do show your lovely work off.  Please do tag me on Facebook when you finish your product, as I’d love to see your creation(s).

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