Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Ta Dah! Nordic Shawl all finished

If you are a crocheter and a blogger you are likely to have heard of the Nordic Shawl designed by Annette from My Rose Valley.  It was very popular at the start of the year especially and I decided that I wanted to make one.  The yarn was purchased and the pattern too, and the shawl was even started.  Then it sat and sat and sat doing nothing at all.  I finished other things, made other things and did all sorts other than finish my Nordic Shawl!

Of course the weather turned cold again and I kept thinking of how I wanted a big cosy shawl to wrap up in.  Although I have my Autumn Shawl, but I wanted something else.  The answer was of course to get on and finish my Nordic Shawl.  So over the last few weeks I have been busily crocheting.  I took it to work with me and crocheted as I sat in the rooms at Basildon Park while I covered volunteers lunch breaks.  That was quite amusing.  I heard several visitors telling people they were with - with great certainty - that I was knitting...  One lady also told me (quite fiercely!) that I wasn't crocheting properly.  I have had other people tell me that too.  There must be something terribly wrong with my technique!!  It doesn't bother me though, I just carry on.  I had several lovely conversations with different people about crochet and that was very nice!

The shawl is rather larger than the pattern as I did about 50% more rows of the main solid colour area than the pattern says to do.  This was because I wanted the shawl to be very snuggly, and wanted plenty of shawl to cover and wrap around me.

I did however reduce the number of rows after the coloured border as by then the shawl seemed so massive I was concerned then that it would be too big.

This all leads to my big Ta Dah!!  One finished Nordic Shawl, all ready for snuggling up in!









 
I love this shawl, and the pattern was really easy to follow.  This is the first item that I have made by really following a detailed pattern and I was pleased with myself for completing it and for understanding the instructions.  I have only been crocheting for about 18 months and I have come a long way I think.

The details of the yarn are Stylecraft Special DK, Mocha for the main colour, the border used Cream, Pomegranate, Pale Rose, Turquoise,  Sherbet and Meadow.  I did use the correct size hook for the pattern, but I think that because my yarn was thicker than required by the pattern and using a smaller hook than I normally would for this yarn meant that it has turned out to be rather more closely worked - which I like - but also rather stiffer - which I am not so keen on.  I am sure that it will all relax and soften as I wear and use it though.  In fact, I wore it to work on Wednesday last week and it has already loosened up a bit.

I am definitely in love with this shawl and already I am thinking about making another one in different yarn and a different colourway.  There are lots of other WIP's and projects waiting to be started though, so I better get working on those first.  It will probably be another year before my next Nordic Shawl is finished, but I don't mind as I have this one to snuggle in right now!!

Amy

64 comments:

  1. Amy I LOVE your shawl! Wow! As a new blogger I haven't yet come across the pattern but now I want to! What's all this nonsense about not crocheting properly?! The shawl is testament to the fact that whatever you're doing, it works! Everybody holds their hook differently. My friend holds hers like a pen whereas I have a firmer grip on mine. Likewise with knitting - I hold my yarn differently to others but it works for me. I now NEED a shawl in my life...how did that happen?! Xx

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  2. Hello Amy!
    Congatulations on finishing your Nordic Shawl, it looks very pretty! It is quite an achievement to make such a big item, so you got every reason to be pleased! :)
    And you are right, now is a good time to wear a shawl! The colours are lovely!
    Well done!!!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be/

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  3. Oh wow Amy it's gorgeous! I love the colours you've chosen for the stripes! Well done you- I'd love to snuggle under your Fabby shawl! J9x

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  4. I have never heard of the Nordic Shawl, but I certainly love it now, Amy. It looks so cosy and soft, and the warm mocha colour seems perfect. The colours of the border band are gorgeous. Well done you!! x

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  5. I have seen this shawl and would love to make it , I can crochet but get a little scared with big project, yours looks lovely..well done.
    Amanda xx

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  6. I adore this make, well done you. I love the colours and I think you may have convinced me to try to make one too!

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  7. I haven't heard of this shawl, but I really like the finished product!

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  8. Utterly beautiful.
    I truly LOVE it.
    I love shawls and ponchos.
    I love to crow-hooky (crochet).
    Warm Christmas HUGs

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  9. Dear Amy
    Good timing on your shawl - perfect for this frosty weather!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  10. It's gorgeous, just the thing for snuggling in now that the colder days are here. As for not crocheting properly, stuff and nonsense, you crochet perfectly well enough to produce beautiful things and that's all that matters.

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  11. It is lovely Amy, and just think how cosy you are going to be snuggled up in it this winter.

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  12. Everybody has there own way of crocheting, you must be doing OK to produce such a wonderful shawl, so take no notice. A real delight, perfect for these winter evenings.

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  13. It is lovely Amy, I would wrap myself up in it happily. x

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  14. Your shawl is really beautiful. I've been using some of the colours you chose for some of my projects. Well done on being able to get it made so well and understanding the pattern. It's hard to believe you have only been crocheting for 18 months.

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  15. Amy, absolutely lovely job on this shawl. I'll bet you can wear it with joy!

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  16. absolutely beautiful Amy and perfect for winter:))

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  17. beautiful shawl, I love the colors and I bet it is cozy warm to wear around the shoulders :) of course you'll make another!!

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  18. How very cosy and warm it looks, Amy - enjoy wearing it:)

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  19. Hi, have just caught up with your blogs. Is hubbys fibre optic tree an electric one ie plugged into the mains? If so don't leave it on unattended, I had one and last year it and it nearly caught fire - luckily I was home and smelled it scorching in time to turn it off!

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  20. Nice work, great shawl, who cares if you're crocheting correctly,it works for you.

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  21. It's beautiful Amy. I love the bright colours in the banding and the lacy edging. I'm sure you will feel quite cozy in it this winter. xx Pam

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  22. This is gorgeous!!! You are so talented

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  23. Is there anyone who hasn't heard of that pattern? :) Yours turned out great. Can't believe you've only been crocheting a year and a half. I learned one pattern when I was 19, taught by my cousin, but never could understand the written pattern. I picked up the hook again after I started blogging over 5 years ago and now patterns make sense to me, as long as they are written ... I still don't get the diagrams. And if there's too many fancy stitches and different rows to keep track of, I get all messed up, so prefer to stick with simple designs. I've made one shawl but would like to make some more. And slippers. Those are on my list, too. :) Happy Tuesday. Tammy

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  24. The shawl is wonderful! Lovely colours, and it will certainly keep you warm this winter. Good for you for finishing it!

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  25. It's lovely, so beautifully made. The comments from people about your technique made me laugh. However you're doing it, it certainly works. CJ xx

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  26. Truely a work of art, it is wonderful and you have been at it a long/short time. I often also hear others speak of what I'm doing and it is funny, I can hear well long distances but up close have to ask others to repeat. I can't believe someone is telling you your not doing it right, what a hoot. take care my friend

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  27. It's lovely well done. I've never followed a crochet pattern yet and keep wanting to try something but not managed anything yet

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  28. The shawl is lovely - well done on finishing it before the end of the year, meaning one less UFO to carry forward to next year!! I have a knitted one that is rbablt about the same size - I knitted it for when I had a stall at a street fair. I wore it crossed over at the front and tied at the back - I felt like Litttle Dorritt!!

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  29. Wow your shawl is beautiful!! I love the colours you chose, it is so pretty and it will keep you warm and snugly this winter. Don't pay any attention to anyone commenting on your style of crocheting.everyone crochets and knits differently, there are no rules! They are probably just jealous and being mean spirited. A lot of grinchy types in this world. But we can't let them get us down or ruin our fun!! Have a happy day!

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  30. That's absolutely beautiful. I can do the basic crochet stitches but the patterns defeat me!

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  31. Ta Dah indeed, it looks fantastic I bet you are really pleased with yourself. My crochet group made a shawl for their first garment but I was a meanie and gave them only a chart and no other instructions to force them into a corner. They all made a great job of it and said that they would never have used a pattern with a chart but now they would. Thanks for always stopping by my blog. Jo xxx

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  32. Hello Amy,

    What a wonderful TaDah, your shawl is beautiful and I LOVE your colours especially the stripes.
    You must be so thrilled with it. There are no rules in crochet, if it's right for you then it's right.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  33. Its always great to finish up projects! Great job on the shawl! Happy decorating at your house today! I think I am done here,,,just a few posts to share and then it will be time to take a break!!

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  34. Amazing to think that crochet can cause such a reaction (at Basildon Park). Great shawl. Could do with one tonight! Also love the positive reaction you have online from blogging about your shawl.

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  35. It looks beautiful and comfy and cozy. Perfect for winter!

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  36. Beautiful shawl, I really like your choice of colours - I fancy making one but don't think I could pull it off wearing it, I am not that brave.

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  37. Your shawl looks amazing, Amy. Ignore the people who're telling you you're not doing it "properly". What rot! What a boring world it would be if we all did everything the same way, eh?

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  38. Yay - finished just in time for the colder weather (snow, where are you when we want you ?!?) !
    Lovely colours you chose for your shawl !

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  39. Well done Amy it's lovely and there is no wrong way to crochet especially when you can turn out something as lovely as this, people say to me don't you hold your hook funny, i've never seen anyone hold it like that before, I just ignore them. It really is beautiful and it will keep you cosy and warm :) xx

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  40. This is just beautiful Amy! I love the mocha colour, and it drapes so nicely. Congratulations on finishing it!! Wendy x

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  41. Nicely done Amy, it looks really cosy. You must be glowing with a sense of accomplishment just now, and if you're not then you should be x

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  42. Hi Amy.....
    Great job!
    I am still working on a few things here....almost done!
    Enjoy the rest of your week....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  43. You did a fantastic job Amy, it is gorgeous.
    Meredith

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  44. Wow, you are so talented. Gorgeous shawl.

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  45. gorgeous work. i am amazed by your talent. thank you kindly for stopping by my blog. hope you have a great week. take care. ( :

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  46. I'm not a crocheter (or knitter), but I think that shawl is absolutely beautiful! I would love to snuggle up in it, too. Especially while reading. Perfect on a cold evening.

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  47. Beautiful Amy! Love the close up photo showing the amazing detail. Love the neutral brown that makes the color of the stripes pop!

    Great job Lady. ;)

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  48. It's turned out so well Amy. Love your colour choices. Good idea about making it larger too. I love mine so very much but do wish I had made it bigger. I too want to make another. New Year that's when I'll do it. X

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  49. It looks delicious :-)! Don't know why I was't already following your blog, but I am now...
    Love from Mirjam.

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  50. It's GoRgEoUs Amy! I have worn mine so much since I made it. As soon as the chillier weather comes it's the first thing I put on. It's such al lovely design and I truly love your colours. I'm laughing at your comment about being told you crochet wrong! I do too! I crochet like a knitter (which is funny, as I am pants at knitting),but it works for me, so who cares! Have a super rest of a week and I hope that you have the most marvellous christmas and New Year!

    Take care

    Vanessa xxxx

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  51. It's beautiful Amy and the colours are perfect.
    Marianne x

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  52. It's lovely Amy very warm & snuggly.

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  53. I know what you mean when you say that there are a lot of WIP's waiting to be finished before you'll start something new! I'm nearly done with making my mum a top, then I'll make a cushion cover (which will hopefully be ready for Christmas as it is intended to be a present), then I'll finish a blanket and THEN I can start something new!
    Lovely shawl, by the way. I really like the colors you chose!

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  54. Well done, Amy! You did such a great job.....it is beautiful!
    Helen xox

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  55. I adore those colors. What a great combination.

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  56. It's lovely Amy, I bet it's so warm and cosy, just what's needed! xx

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  57. It's a great shawl, Amy. The colours are pretty. Now I wish I have a Nordic shawl too. I think we all need one this week! x

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  58. Lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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  59. Amy, this is absolutely beautiful! Well done! xxx

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  60. WOW!!! I love this shawl Amy, I've been umming and ahhing over this pattern but I might now be sold!! xx

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