Monday, 14 September 2015

Sea Glass Shawl Ta Dah!

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.

Amy

81 comments:

  1. wow, what a nice shawl. It really looks lovely! :)

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  2. Beautiful. That's Si impressive Amy. I'm crocheting a very plain shawl. Will scrunch it up and use it as a scarf too. You've made me realise that blocking is very important and there's hope for my shawl.

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  3. Oh wow! It is incredibly beautiful. It is absolutely gorgeous in every single photo and in every way you've display it and goes nicely with your pretty dress. Sure doesn't look like an easy pattern to me. But definitely looks like something you can get a lot of use out of.

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  4. That is stunning wear it with pride, its nice to see someone else blocking and using the interlocking foam blocks they are great and easy to store, you can get blocking wires as well you dont have t use so many pins and they hold the edges straight for you, be careful what pins you use as some will leave rust marks, there are blocking pins as well they are T shaped. you have done a lovely job and the pearls are a fab addition :-)

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  5. Ooh, Amy, that's just beautiful! It's like magic what blocking can do, isn't it? You're going to look amazing when you go to the wedding xx

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  6. wow - that is absolutely stunning! Well done!

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  7. What a absolutely beautiful result...clever you...the pearls just , well they just give it that extra wow. Maria xx

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  8. Hi Amy,
    Wow I love this shawl you made! It is beautiful and great job. It will look so nice with your dress.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Have a nice week.
    Julie

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  9. That is the most beautiful creation. Fantastic. Much better in cream than blue. x

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  10. What a beautiful shawl Amy! Perfect for a wedding too! Xxx

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  11. It's lovely Amy, clever you, I love to see these lacy patterns made up, they are always so impressive. It looks so pretty with the dress, a great choice. And well done for finishing it in plenty of time, no last minute rush! CJ xx

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  12. Oh Wowsers! that is something else. It is absolutely beautiful, you will look a million dollars. I bet you are really proud of that. Jo x

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  13. wow that's turned out beautifully. I've never done crochet lace before, only knitted. I find blocking addictive, it's one of my favourite parts of lace knitting when you transform a crumpled up bit of knitting into something beautiful

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  14. It's delightful Amy well done you, it really is stunning. I've struggled with mine lack of time I think to dedicate to it. Once I catch up with my Christmas makes I can then dedicate more time to it xx

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  15. That is beautiful and makes a stunning partner to your dress, a lovely outfit. Loved the added beads gave it some real distinction and eye candy.

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  16. Wow Amy it's gorgeous! You've inspired me to have a go - I have some Rialto Lace and the pattern but have been a bit nervous about such fine yarn, especially with my clumsy fingers. But the finished object looks so beautiful and tempting I might just have to overcome my fears :) xx

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  17. Beautiful shawl, it'll be perfect to wear with your dress for the wedding.

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  18. Wow! It's absolutely beautiful, you've done such a great job with it. It looks fantastic with your dress too, you're going to look a real bobby dazzler at the wedding. I bet you get lots of compliments on your shawl when you wear it.

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  19. It is such a pretty shawl Amy! Well done you. x

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  20. Absolutely beautiful, the tiny pearls, what a stunning finish xx

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  21. That's so beautiful Amy and will look stunning with that dress. I'm thinking of something similar for my own wedding but I'm not sure I could manage to crochet something so intricate. X

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    1. I bet you could Jules, just take your time and do it flower by flower, don't think of it as a huge project.

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  22. That's so beautiful and it goes wonderfully with your dress - I'll keep my fingers crossed for a spell of warm weather just in time for the wedding. xx

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  23. Very pretty Amy. It looks lovely with the dress too.

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  24. The shawl is absolutely stunning, one of the best I've seen. The flower pattern is so beautiful and the drape is divine. Love it. The perfect accompaniment to a wedding outfit.

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  25. Your shawl is lovely, Amy! Well done!

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous and so delicate. Love these~

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  27. Hello, I love your pretty shawl and the dress. They look great together! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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  28. I think we are all in agreement....that is GORGEOUS! A beautiful work of art! Hugs!

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  29. Amy, that is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I love it. Well done you. I've also learnt something new today- didn't know about shawl blocking before xxx

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  30. Gorgeous shawl Amy I love it!, mine is still having beads added, I used teeny tiny ones...show you soon!
    best love D xxxx

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  31. Oh that is so lovely and what a difference blocking makes. I really need to block my Elise lace weight shawl and have even looked at a few tutorials but have not summoned up the courage yet! The little pearls finish your shawl beautifully. Well done Amy.

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  32. Very beautiful, Amy....everyone will be jealous when you wear it!

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  33. Just gorgeous !!! Such a good idea you added the pearl beads, it gives the shawl that little "extra" !

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  34. Oh my Amy, this shawl is beautiful! You did an excellent job and I love the yarn you used. It looks like it has a bit of sheen to it. And the bead embellishment is so lovely. You've encouraged me to maybe make one. It's really lovely, congrats. Have a great week, Pat xx

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  35. Amy I am so impressed! What an utterly gorgeous shawl.

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  36. This is so pretty! Great job!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous! Please post photo's of the wedding when you wear it - you will look lovely! I'd be interested to know where you got your blocks from as I also need to have a go at blocking the many blankets I'm making (which also seem to be taking the house over.......).
    Ellen
    x

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  38. Amy, your shawl is absolutely stunning! Congrats on creating this beauty!

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  39. and....I'm thrilled to see it as it is absolutely impressive. It really look so beautiful draped over the dress you are gong to wear to the wedding! Good choice!!! Delicate and lacy and the beads on the edging just the thing to keep the edges from curling up. Well done!!!

    keep well

    Amanda x

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  40. Oh gosh Amy, that is absolutely gorgeous - it looks so light and drapes beautifully. Well done you!!
    Caz xx

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  41. Wow, now that is one lovely shawl! I might actually have to try my hand at one... when my yarn comes back out of storage once Ms. Winnie lessens her attraction for dangly bits that is! LOL! I really love that pattern and it looks fabulous with that purple and black dress! Gosh, I can't remember the last time I wore a dress!
    Hugs for now,
    Beth

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  42. What a BEAUTIFUL shawl Amy!! I am just amazed at this, it looks gorgeous in all the different photos. I like how you tried it over different colours. It really looks great and shows up so well on the dress you are going to wear! Congratulations on your hard work, it really paid off! You got it done in such a short time too!
    Wendy

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  43. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! And the dress, too. You will just need some rather nice plain shoes and bag, and you're all set for the wedding. And I do like your pretty padded coat hangers, too.
    Margaret P

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  44. The shawl is beautiful!! Perhaps you could get a long-sleeve silky top to wear under the dress if it is chilly?
    I know of a way to add beads to knitting using a crochet hook that means that you don't have to thread all th beads on before hand - I shall need to see if it would work for crochet too.

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  45. Wow Amy its stunning. who cares if your arms are still cold, we have to suffer for our beauty you know! And isn't blocking the most amazing thing ever ?!
    Jillxo

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  46. Crochet doesn't really interest me as a rule but that shawl looks amazing! What a fantastic patter and such a great piece to wear. Great work!

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  47. That is so beautiful - how clever you are Amy - it would look wonderful for a winter bride.

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  48. The shawl is gorgeous, Amy. Well done! :o)

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  49. Amy, your shawl really is lovely and all the pearl beads added to the edge give it a special touch. I'm afraid I'd be chilly wearing an open lace shawl this time of year but it's perfect for hot summery days. The shawl looks pretty over your dress. Have a great week.
    X Pam

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  50. Stunning. I love it....a true work of art. Blessings

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  51. Look at you girlfriend!
    What a super job you did on this!
    I have never blocked anything either...too scared!
    You will look awesome at the wedding....
    Hubby must be so proud!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  52. I'm so impressed, Amy! The shawl is gorgeous and I love the pearls you added. You're going to look amazing, my friend :)

    xo,
    rue

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  53. Your shawl is so very pretty!!! I love that you even took the time to add the beads to it! I've never done anything like it, and I'm truly impressed by you!!!

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  54. Amy - it is so beautiful! I'm so impressed. The pearl beads add another pretty touch.

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  55. Sea Glass is spectacular. The color you chose is perfect and the beads a lovely addition. You are going to look beautiful at that wedding.

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  56. I feel so happy for you to have made the shawl and to be pleased with the outcome Amy. It is feminine and you should get lots of compliments at the wedding.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  57. Beautiful job Amy! I just love it!! That pattern is so pretty. You should be so proud!! It's going to look so nice on you. Happy week ahead Sweetie! Xoxo

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  58. Absolutely stunning Amy. Take care.

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  59. Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous. Well done for getting it made and blocked so well! I know it can be very scary to do something like this for the first time. But now you see the amazing results you can get I can see why you are 'hooked'. I found my shawl quite warm; it will depend on the sort of day you get whether or not you'll need to wear a coat. I have almost a full 100g ball of my lace weight yarn left to I think I'll make a scarf or perhaps a slightly smaller version of the sea glass shawl for someone I know who is very petite. By the way - could I suggest you put tissue paper in the folds of your shawl when you aren't wearing it? This will prevent any fold lines from forming and keep it really pristine.

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  60. Gosh this is just beautiful - a real work of art. Such a shame you still have to go shoe and bag shopping - the things we females must put ourselves through :)

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  61. It's gorgeous and well done you for finishing in good time for the wedding. I only tried blocking once (it was a teeny tiny baby jacket). Yep, rusty pins!

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  62. Lovely! It looks so delicate, and perfect for a wedding xx

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  63. It really is beautiful Amy, like a delicate web spun by the fairies! You have blocked it beautifully too, and the pearl edging is exquisite. You will receive lots of admiring glances in this one :) xx

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  64. A masterpiece AMy!! I love this so much. Look absolutely beautiful!!

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  65. Oh, you sneeky little thing! Your shawl is simply stunning. So delicate and it looks just the bees-knees with your dress. I would wrap your shawl in tissue paper when you're not using it and maybe keep it in a box.....and then post it to me! lol Just kidding - I'm just wel-jel because I can't knit or crochet shawls for toffee!! Good Job, Amy.

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  66. Wow, so lovely, delicate and stunning! I agree it would be wonderful as a scarf and a wrap. Love all the details, the beading.... swoon!

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  67. Oh my gosh! I've seen this shawl around blogland being made, but I didn't know you were making one. It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! Very well done, my dear! I love that you made it in cream. It's my favorite for things like this. It just makes it even more classy and elegant in cream.

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  68. Amy, it's beautiful! Well done on a great finish, you'll look fabulous at the wedding, I bet you get lots of guests asking where its from! xx

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  69. Really beautiful Amy - I love it! Such a great job!!! The pattern is shown so beautifully - it looks really lovely. x

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  70. It's gorgeous Amy, beautifully done!

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  71. Your shawl is beautiful, delicate and ethereal, especially with the little beads ... clever you. Best of all, you know no-one at the wedding will have anything like it. M xx

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  72. Really beautiful Amy! You must be so proud of yourself, I know I would be if I managed to make something as pretty as that! You will look lovely in it I am sure. Lots of wedding photo's please! X

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  73. Okay based on you having 77 comments already I think this shawl is a big hit. It is gorgeous my friend, simply beautiful and it will look fantastic with that beautiful dress. I hope we get to see a photo of you all put together with it on. Love it, wonderful job.
    Meredith

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  74. Don't know how I missed this post, just read your latest post this morning where you mentioned about the shawl, so scrolled back and so glad I did. WOW Amy, it is truly a work of art and so delicate, a real heirloom piece, well done. I simply love it. Love, love, love.

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