Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ta Dah! Autumn Crochet Shawl

I decided that I really needed to take some crochet away with me on holiday.  What to take was the big question, all of my WIP's required a lot of different colours of yarn and I didn't want to be having to do lots of changes, plus with no scissors on the plane that was going to be tricky.  I have since discovered a great idea for a replacement to scissors though from Jill at Emerald Cottage, use an old dental floss box as the floss cutter thing cuts yarn and gets through security!

As I didn't know Jill's great tip at the time, I decided that something new was needed.  I saw a wonderful poncho at my nearby(ish!) yarn store and decided to have a go at something similar.  The poncho was made with James C Brett Marble Chunky and took two 200g balls of yarn.  I bought the yarn and had a go at starting off before we left for holiday as I decided that I couldn't work this out on the plane.

I didn't make a poncho!  After a lot of fiddling around I came up with this design and decided to make a shawl instead.  Lots of lovely autumny colour, but because the yarn changes colour by itself there was no need to change yarns.  It is sort of a variation on a V stitch.  Sorry though, no pattern, I just made it up as I went along.


Although I didn't finish it while we were away, I very nearly did, so over the weekend I completed it, and yesterday we had a bit of a photo shoot - the shawl and I!  I am looking forward to it being cool enough to actually wear it and I am already thinking of making another one I liked it so much.  It was great to have a fairly quick project that was quite straightforward to do.  I might make another one that I can keep on my desk chair as I find that in the winter when I am just sitting still working I can get very cold.







I used the last little bit of yarn to make a little twisty strand thing that I can use as a tie for the shawl if I want - I just slips through the holes on either side and I can tie it up.


It is pretty big, but I didn't just want a scarf or a shoulder warmer, I wanted something that I could really wrap up in!


Of course it can also be fastened with a shawl pin, or you could use a brooch. 


As I was nearing the end I decided not to keep on making a point at the bottom, but finished the row early and then DC'd around until I reached the other side.  I finished the row a little earlier each row that I worked.  I actually wish that I had started doing this a little earlier in the process and if I make another one I will do just that.


This is my new shawl pin which I am very excited about, it is just what I was looking for and was a great souvenir from our holiday.

Amy 

60 comments:

  1. Looks great Amy well done, I love the colours. Another couple of balls of wool for my stash now I fear.

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  2. Ah, now that is beautiful! I'm so in awe of people who make up patterns! The yarn is just delicious, perfect for Autumn! I'm looking fotward to colder weather and the opportunity to get out some of my bigger more snuggly scarves and shawls too! x

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  3. Yay! It looks amazing. The yarn looks so soft and fallish. I know you will enjoy wearing it. Great Job!!

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  4. It's fabulous, just the thing for these autumnal chilly evenings. I love variegated yarn, so much easier than having loads of colours on the go.

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  5. This is absolutely beautiful. Perfect colours, a gorgeous shawl pin, I am very envious.

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  6. Amy, It's lovely, you have picked such lovely colours. I have recently discovered crochet and blogging. I really enjoy making things and baking and it's so great when you have completed something yourself, don't you think?
    Am looking forward to more postsx

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  7. Wow Amy ! Im really impressed!this look absolutely beautiful! I love the pic with the pinch look perfec:)))
    I only make little things in crochet:)
    Love the colours too!

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  8. It's really pretty! I love the stitch and the colors.

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  9. Oh Amy, what a stunner!!!! It looks absolutely amazing! I would want to wear this straight away. It's so pretty, with the changing colours. It will definitely keep you nice and cosy!!! You must be very pleased with the result!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  10. Your shawl is gorgeous - love the pattern and the yarn colour. I've seen a poncho I want to make, but am really struggling to decide which yarn to use! x

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  11. That shawl is just perfect! Love the colors and the pin works perfectly with it. Gorgeous!

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  12. It's absolutely gorgeous..and I love the pin!
    Jane x

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  13. Really lovely, esp with shawl pin! Beautiful X

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  14. Beautiful! I love the colors and it looks so warm and cozy!

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  15. This is really gorgeous, beautiful autumnal colours. The shawl pin is perfect. Xx

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  16. Love love love it, just what I was thinking of making. I will be checking out the yarn :)

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  17. Love the colors, looks so autumnal!

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  18. It's beautiful, Amy. I love the colors. You did a great job with it.

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  19. Amy you're so clever, its gorgeous. Here's to lots of Autumnal snuggling !
    Kate x

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  20. Your shawl is so pretty and looks so warm and cozy! Love your shawl pin too!!

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  21. What a delight, it is beautiful. Love the colours. Perfect for snuggling into on a cold evening.

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  22. Oooh, now that is something special! I love James C Brett's Marble and the Monsoon comes in lovely colourways too. I adore the shawl pin too. Well done, Amy. Which stitch did you use and are you on Ravelry?

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  23. Wow Amy well done indeed, just beautiful and agree nice to snuggle into. The wool is stunning.
    Helen

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  24. Hello Amy,

    Oh my word what a fabulous and beautiful shawl, I just adore the Autumnal colours.
    I don't blame you for wanting cooler weather. A stunning creation.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  25. The shawl is very pretty - love the colours !
    And what a fantastic idea to use a dental floss box to take with you on a plane !! I always have that same problem, no scissors possible in handluggage. I used to take this into account when deciding what to make on holiday, but now, problem solved !!

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  26. Wow, that is a beautiful shawl! So great that you could just "make it up as you went along", and a great way to be productive during your travels.

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  27. Lovely colours, Amy, very autumnal. xx

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  28. I love the colours and the shape. I have a knitted shawl that is lovely and big to wrap up in on cold days ...... much better than the little ones which were all the rage a couple of winters ago.

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  29. It's beautiful Amy, I love that yarn it's very pretty, I usually end up making a baby blanket when I go away but this is a lovely idea, a great tip about cutting the yarn too. :) xx

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  30. oh it's gorgeous, and such subtle fall colours too x

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  31. Ooh, I just love it. The colouring is really great with sooo many colours. Take care.

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  32. It's fabulous, Amy. Well done. :o)

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  33. Great job, Amy!! You will really enjoy that one! And, I have shawl pin envy. ;) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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  34. Such beautiful autumn colours in your shawl.Sarah x

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  35. The shawl and your shawl pin are both gorgeous Amy. And thanks for the tip about the dental floss holder. Would never have thought of that!

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  36. Your shawl is goegeous. I love it! The colours are wonderful and it's the perfect size for wrapping up when it's cold. Well done! x

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  37. How very pretty and the pin is so special.

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  38. Thanks for dropping by my autumn post for a visit. I love the shawl you made, pretty colours and the pin is unique.

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  39. Hi Amy....
    Another "ta da" for you!
    Why not model it, come on......go for it!
    Great job...bet it is lovely and cosy♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  40. Such a pretty shawl Amy and I love the autumnal colours...your new shawl pin is a perfect finishing touch!
    Susan x

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  41. Great idea, the floss box and the shawl is just beautiful.
    Briony
    x

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  42. Well done! It's lovely! I love the colors you used on your cozy shawl. I like the shawl pin, too!

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  43. Holy cow is that shawl gorgeous! My mouth is on the floor at the moment....ok I pulled it back up!! The colors are just the prettiest ever! I want some yarn like that! You are one talented lady friend! I could so warm up with a piece like that! Happy making you! And a happy Wednesday! Nicole xoxo

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  44. Fabulous Amy, the variegated wool was a great idea for a travel project, and your invented design works beautifully. Love the shawl pin, a perfect souvenir, and great tip re the floss box. xx

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  45. Amy, your shawl is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way the colors worked themselves out in the pattern you designed! The shawl pin is perfect with it!

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  46. It's beautiful! The colors are wonderful. You did a fantastic job!

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  47. So beautiful! I love the colours and it looks like such a snuggly comfy yet elegant shawl! A lovely memento indeed :) xx

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  48. You are clever, Amy. Your shawl looks very pretty and very warm too:)

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  49. I really, really, really love this shawl Amy I have been looking at similar in shops in town. I think they are so gorgeous. I just wish I could do something like this.
    Leanne xx

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  50. It's lovely Amy, well done you. Lovely autumn-coloured yarn and your new shawl pin is perfect with it. Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Jane xx

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  51. It's absolutely lovely, and a really good size. I love the shawl pin too, it will be really useful. CJ xx

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  52. That's a beautiful shawl Amy. I love ponchos (going back to my childhood now), if my mum was still alive she would have knitted me one, like shawls they are so practical. Well done.

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  53. Wow! The shawl is just so wonderful, I love the chunky yarn and the color changes. Well done my friend.
    Meredith

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  54. Gorgeous colours! I love your shawl!!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  55. Oh Amy it's beautiful. I love it! Bee xx

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  56. That is gorgeous - I love the colours and the yarn you used. What a beautiful thing to wear. Posts like this make me wish I was more crafty and could crochet as I'd love to be able to make lovely items like this for myself!

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  57. Lovely autumnal colours - great idea to use that yarn, and not have to cut and change colours!
    Maria x

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