I am thrilled to be able to share my finished Sea Glass Shawl with you! Ta Dah!!!!
I really really love the finished shawl. It is all that I hoped it would be. Soft and gentle and drapey and just beautiful!
I started this at the beginning of August following a pattern from issue 33 of Simply Crochet magazine. You can see the photo from the magazine here.
I was able to make good progress on it and it came together much more quickly than I imagine. I worked my shawl in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace. It is like crochet spiders web, but in a beautiful way, and it works much more easily than I could have expected. I would definitely use this yarn again.
You most certainly need to block this shawl to open out the pattern.
This is the first time that I have ever blocked anything. To say I was terrified was an understatement. In fact, I bought the mats and finished the shawl and then it all sat for several days before I was brave enough to have a go!
I had made the shawl larger than the pattern because I like things to be big enough to wrap up in and to drape around me, but for a normal person (!) the pattern in the magazine would be plenty big enough when it is blocked. I added an extra row of motifs to the width and two extra rows to the length.
There are little pearl beads worked onto the sides and bottom edge. They give a lovely weight to the shawl and look very pretty too. Oh gosh though, threading them all on to the yarn. That was a lot of work!!
To block the shawl I used these pins which hubby assured me would be suitable because they are coated in nickel and nickel doesn't rust. He was right, no rust! I am keeping them specially for blocking. I bought two sets of these mats. They were on offer so I paid £15.00 for them which was much cheaper than any blocking mats I saw elsewhere. For the shawl in the size I made I needed two sets, but you would probably only normally need one set as they are quite large.
The shawl drapes so beautifully and feels light as air and is just like a cobweb! But a beautiful one with no spiders!
However I photographed it, I loved it!
I made the shawl to wear to a wedding that I am going to next month. Above is the dress that I am planning to wear. I still need to find shoes and a handbag. I also need to hope that it is still warm enough to wear this!! I might have to take a coat to wear outside!
I don't think that the shawl will keep me warm enough, but it will cover my bare arms which is what I wanted. I don't like to have my arms this bare and especially in church.
I have folded it up and put it safely away until the wedding, but I am sure that once it is over I will wear and use this a lot. Not just in the summer, but as a scarf too perhaps. I loved making this so much that I am already planning another in a different colourway. Perhaps in the pattern size and with no beaded edging as I think it would make a great scarf.
Would I recommend this pattern and this yarn. Oh yes! Most definitely!!!! Have a go!
I am joining today with Judith at Mosaic Monday and Julie at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.