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!!