Monday, 26 June 2017

Hygge Cal Shawl

And now for some...... crochet!!

If you are a crocheter or a crafting Instagrammer then you will probably have seen lots of pictures over the last few months of the Hygge Cal Shawl by Scheepjes.  I was enticed by lots of photos of the kits and ordered one in a moment of weakness at the start of the year.  The idea was that you would be making something that appeared to be a shawl with the pattern parts being revealed each week.  We didn't actually know what the whole finished item would look like all together - although we had some idea from the sneak peek preview photos.


This is my sneak preview for you!

There were three colourways available, although I see that two more were added, and I chose the pastel colourway.  You can find the kits here, I am not sponsored by anyone for this post by the way.

Way back in the middle of February we started the CAL - Crochet A Long - with the first weeks instructions and began by making a long strip and started adding bobbles.  Oh gosh those darned bobbles!  I found them very hard to do, but after some ripping out - easier when I realised that others were having to do the same - I eventually got them to look "right".


Week after week we continued and most weeks I kept up with progress to the detriment of any other crafting.  It was hard though.  I have to admit that this wasn't my favourite project.  I didn't like not knowing exactly what I was making and I found the background yarn - Scheepjes Stonewashed, which is a cotton yarn - to be hard work on my hands.  I even suffered a crochet related injury caused by my hook rubbing on my finger because of the way I had to work the yarn.


I carried on though progressing week after week, and I did enjoy working with the little balls of Scheepjes Catona which is a mercerised cotton yarn, lovely and smooth, and the pretty colours were lovely to use and see.


We carried on working row after row of background and then adding the design in cross stitch each week, working the "separator" rows which gave the effect of chain stitch, but which were in fact crocheted in place.  I tried embroidering them, but it didn't look right!


Eventually we reached the end and once again had to crochet more bobbles.  I have to admit that I had slightly loss the will to go on at this point and was unable to work out how to work the bobbles as the instructions told us to so I did mine the same as I had at the start and it worked better for me.  Lots of people had personalised their shawls or even made up their own designs as we had gone along so I didn't feel badly about making a small change to the placement of the bobbles!


Once the shawl was finished I had to decide what to do with it.  The back is not a beautiful sight to be behold and the instructions advise backing it with fabric and the photos that I have seen of shawls finished in this way look really good.  At the moment I haven't backed mine because I don't plan on wearing it as a shawl.  Instead it is looking good decorating the chair in my office.  I think the colours go well together don't you?  Oh, I should also say that I haven't blocked this.  It is just as it was when I finished crocheting it.  It looks fine to me and I am happy with it.  I should also say that I didn't finish the ends as per the instructions because I didn't like the way it looked, I also didn't add the picot edge as I wasn't keen on that either.


It is very long so I tucked the other end into the back of the chair and this helps to keep it in place.



So, overall what are my thoughts.  I know that I have mentioned a few gripes, the main one being down to my desire to know what I am making and not having all of the pattern frustrated me and I found that hard going.  That is down to me though!  It is not a fault of the shawl, but it did reduce the Hygge factor for me as I got quite stressed by it.  This is actually the first CAL that I have done so perhaps if I try some more I will worry less!


The other gripes were minor really, yes, I did find the stonewashed yarn hard to work with, but now that it is all finished I do really like it so I am over that and my crochet injury has recovered well - I have an embroidery one now!

On balance if you like making new things, want to try some new yarns and new techniques then I would recommend this for you.  Especially as all parts of the pattern are now released - for free - on the Scheepjes website - here - so if like me you want to know what you are making then you will not need to worry about that.

Overall I am glad that I made this and I am really enjoying looking at it now so it is all good!!

That just leaves us with the Ta Dah! moment.  Here it is all finished!!



Happy Crocheting everyone!

Amy

30 comments:

  1. It is absolutely gorgeous. Bravo for following through to the end. Like you, I don't like to work on something when I don't know what's next or where it's headed. I'm wishy-washy and a procrastinator when it comes to crafting so definitely would not have made it to the finish line. Those bobbles probably would have done me in from the very beginning. HA! I think it looks great as a decorative piece on your chair, or perhaps even as a table runner. Have a good week.

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  2. Amy, turned out so perfectly lovely and luckily your crotchet injury didn't cause any blood to spill! It is so lovely with the colors you used. Quite unusual for what would be normally chosen. I do like them all together and they sure pretty up the chair.

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  3. It's beautiful Amy. Well done for keeping going, even though it was an effort to do so at the time. I wouldn't have had the patience. It looks great on your chair. X

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  4. Beautiful. It looks so summery and a perfect accent for your chair.

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  5. It is beautiful and I could not imagine what was being created when you first began sharing. I could not do such a project with my strong need to know things, though I am glad that you persevered despite setbacks. It does look lovely on your chair. I also, untill seeing your project, had not seen two elements used together in this way...crochet and needlework...very cool!

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  6. I think it's absolutely beautiful, a work of art. I am envious of your hooky skill, and thanks for being honest about the difficulties you found in completing it and giving us all a bit of realism. Well done, Amy. x

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  7. Well done for persevering! I think I would have thrown the shawl in a corner after the first row of bobbles.... The shawl looks very nice on your armchair but it would look even better around your shoulders! I am no good with CALs or KALs, I don't like having a time frame for my projects.

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  8. It looks like so much work went in to making that. I can understand your frustration with all the intricate stitches and embroidery but now that it's finished you can exhale and take pride in your work. It adorns your chair perfectly.

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  9. The bobbles would have driven me crazy too. I've never done a CAL because I work slowly. I like your shawl, such soft colors. You should wear it.

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  10. Amy, it looks absolutely stunning! I've really enjoyed watching it come together over on Instagram. I like how you've displayed it too - perfect! I'm like you - I'd like to know what I'm making lol. Just impatient of me I think. I'm not one for surprises. Good for you for keeping going even when you found something difficult!

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  11. I've never done a CAL, I think I'd find it hard waiting for the next part to come out and knowing what it would be. I do love the finished shawl, it looks lovely on your chair xx

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  12. Congratulations for your perseverance and finish it looks amazing.

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  13. Lovely work. Thank you for posting.

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  14. THe stitches you make create such beauty! Nicely done

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  15. However you use it the shawl is beautiful, Amy! Thanks for sharing your process. I am impressed and encouraged by your perseverance. I am so pokey I have never tried a CAL! xx

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  16. That is definitely different, but oh so lovely. Lots of work there, so well done Amy. Take care.

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  17. Well done Amy, I think I might have given up along the way! Not sure I would enjoy making something without knowing what or where it was going. It is beautiful, lovely colours, and interesting stitches with the bobbles. I like it over the chair too.

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  18. Bravo you. Your 'shawl' is beautiful, I wouldn't have had the patience or time to keep up with a CAL. You chose a lovely colour way.

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  19. It is fabulous. I wish I had seen it in progress I would have cheered you on! It looks really good and it is always good to try new things. Jo x

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  20. Well done on finishing! The patterns and colours are lovely. I like the way you've displayed it. Lx

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  21. I love the 'folk art' feel of your shawl. You have really stitched it beautifully Amy. I'm rippling away on a blanket and keep trying it on the bed for size, but I've a long way to go.

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  22. What an interesting project, so much detail. I think it makes a great addition to the chair, or maybe a table runner. I like a shawl to be a bit more drapey, but I love what you have made Amy. Well done.

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  23. Well done on persevering. You have stitched it beautifully.

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  24. That's a masterpiece. I agree with you, it's difficult to get too excited when you don't know what you're making but it's turned out really well hasn't it. x

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  25. It's fabulous and you did so well to keep up with the CAL. I've got a crochet along and a stitch along which I still haven't finished even though the CALs were over long ago. Never mind, they'll get finished when I feel like it. I like the idea of the project containing both crochet and cross stitch, a lovely end result.

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  26. Very pretty - so much detail! Love your owl pillow, too.

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  27. Amy, that shawl is beautiful. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy working the stonewashed. I got the jewel and the rainbow colourways (presents) and I notice a distinct difference between the two. The Rainbow has dark grey background and that yarn is much softer. I'm only just half way on one shawl, so seeing yours finished is a real push! I do have a holiday in August, so that's my chance.
    I am so impressed you kept up with the CAL. It's actually hard to be that disciplined, and one missed week is a real no-go. Will you do another one? I know Stylecraft have one coming out in the Autumn based on flowers, I think.

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  28. It's beautiful Amy a real work of Art and worth all the hard work you put into it As you know I was thinking about making this myself but I really don't think that I'd have the patience however it is on my to do list so maybe one day. I always enjoy a CAL but I would have to know what it's going to look like before I started because I have done one or two just for the fun of it but haven't really liked the finished result. This is lovely though and looks just right adorning your chair. :) xx

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  29. that is beautiful! I love the soft colors and the stitching. This is definitely an heirloom!

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  30. This turned out beautiful Amy .I totally understand the frustration of the cal and such tiny stitches on top .I felt it was just like embroidery when I saw the kits released and just knew this be way too hard on my hands .
    Well done for completing it .

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