Saturday, 10 February 2018

FRANGIPANI SHAWL


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FRANGIPANI SHAWL


This beautiful frangipani shawl is being made for a lovely old lady for her 92nd birthday.  I’ve known this lovely person for decades – she is a soft spoken, loving person who has a green thumb like no other – and even today will be up and about in her garden, pulling weeds and planting something or other.
(I have to try and 'bully' ;) her into allowing me to post her picture(s)... so watch this space for her photos shortly .. and she obliged :))

edited to add photos

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The stitches used for this pattern make a little flower and I thought this was just right for this project.

This is my original pattern
The stitches used are simple - the combinations are a little complicated to start – once you get going though, you will wonder what the fuss was about – as you see the beauty of this shawl unravel. Come along, let’s create something beautiful together.

Materials used :Today I’ve used ~ 120 gms of our local Indian OswalCashmilon 4-ply acrylic with a 4 mm crochet hook
For Non-Indians :I’d say you can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this lovely project. 

Skill level :Advanced
Size made : 74” x 90”
This shawl can be made to any size.

Stitches used :
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

Split dc 4-tog : Split double crochet 4-tog :The split dc 4-tog is basically two sets of dc 2-tog worked over 2 sets of stitches.  For this we will work a dc 2-tog over the 1st set of stitches as indicated, and then work the next half of the dc 4-tog (so another dc 2-tog) over the 2nd set of stitches as indicated. 
[yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ;
Rep [to] over the next set of sts 2 times (5 lps on hk) ;
yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One Split dc 4-tog made.

                  

Instructions : Using U.S terminology



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Before we launch off into the pattern, let us visualize what we are going to create today.

Our shawl is worked bottom up from the centre spine and then worked out.
The whole creation is worked with dc 2-tog, dc 4-tog ; Split dc 4-tog and ch-3 sps to create the floral effect.

Please check the top of this blog for an idea of all these stitches.

For turning convenience, may I suggest that you start all rows with a ch 1 turning chain.
I also suggest that you look at and work the chainless standing dc.  In case you are unable to work that stitch, go ahead and start with ch 2.

For the 1st dc 2-tog (when using the chain start) : ch 2, yo, insert hk in the same st, yo and pull up a lp  ; [yo and draw through 2 lps] ; rep [to] once. 1st st complete.

Ok then, let’s get on the road with this pattern, shall we?

The diagrams below are mainly to explain how the split dc 4-tog works.

Start with ch 3. Turn and work a dc in 3rd ch from hk ;
ch 3, dc 2-tog in same ch (i.e 3rd ch from hk).  Turn. 
(2 dc 2-tog, ch 3)

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From this row on, we will use our Split dc 4-tog stitch.  Remember all we are doing is working two dc 2-togs over two adjacent stitches. Got it?

Row 1 : dc 2-tog in the 1st dc 2-tog ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-tog(split over the same 1stdc 2-tog and the next dc 2-tog) ;
ch 3, dc 2-tog in the next dc 2-tog.  Turn. 
(two dc 2-tog, one Split dc 4-tog, 2 ch-3 sps)

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Row 2 : dc 2-tog in the 1st dc 2-tog ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-tog(split over the same 1st dc 2-tog and the next dc 4-tog) ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-tog split over the same (last) dc 4-tog and the next dc 2-tog ;
ch 3, dc 2-tog in the last dc 2-tog.  Turn. 
(two dc 2-tog, two Splitdc 4-tog, 3 ch-3 sps)

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Row 3 : dc 2-tog in the 1st dc 2-tog ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-togsplit over the same 1st dc 2-tog and the next dc 4-tog ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-tog split over the dc 4-tog (just used), and the next dc 4-tog ;
ch 3, Split dc 4-tog split over this dc 4-tog (just used) and the last dc 2-tog ;
ch 3, dc 2-tog in the last dc 2-tog.  Turn.
(two dc 2-tog, three Split dc 4-tog, and 4 ch-3 sps)

I am sure you have now got the hang of what we are doing, haven’t you?
And now that you figured it out, you’ll see that it is not that hard after all, is it?

Rep Row 3, increasing one Split dc 4-tog with each rep, till you have a project of the size you desire.  This pattern makes a beautiful neck kerchief as well as a shawl – so go ahead, create and spread smiles.

Border
For the border, I really liked the simplicity and versatility of the border from this Vintage sweet shawl.  So not only are you getting a border here, but you are getting another free shawl pattern too .. how cool is that? Right? ;)

In the pattern, the designer says you work ch-4 sps all the way around, skipping the granny clusters.  In our pattern, we will do the same thing – we will just skip the dc 2-tog and work in the spaces between two dc 2-tog stitches.
What does this mean?
For our border, we will be working sideways – so our dc 2-tog will be horizontally presented to us – there is no real stitch or ch-sp between two adjacent dc 2-tog, but we will just work the sc in that space that is there between 2 sts (and call it a ch-sp).  Got it?

All you need to ensure is that you have your ch-4 sps in multiples of 2 (i.e  you need an even number of ch-4 sps on both sides of your shawl).  So before you end off for that last row, ensure that you have an even number of dc 2-tog along the sides of your shawl.  Easy enough, right?

Please visit https://haakmaarraak.nl/free-crochet-pattern-vintage-sweet-shawl-eng/ and follow the pattern for the border.

The beauty of this border is that if you decide you want it wider, you just work more rows of ch-4 sps before you work that final row.  The actual border pattern, per pattern, is only 3 rows – so check your gauge.  See how many inches you gain with these 3 rows before you opt to work 2 more rows.

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