Now that Book Two is out in the wild (scroll to bottom for purchase details), its time to introduce you to the five patterns that make it up.
Humphrey is a slightly simplified crochet version of a Faroese Shawl. The design looks a little like a triangular, centre out shawl but with a central lace panel that gently flares the plainer wings out making a shawl that sits beautifully on your shoulders. It's an eminently practical design for such a glamorous shawl.
The shawl starts with the long lace border and decreases in a simple two row pattern repeat, with the occasional decrease rows inserted to slim the middle lace section as you race towards the finish with every shorter rows to work - a very satisfying way to finish! Raised stitches separate the wings and the centre panel to give an easy way to track where you are in the pattern which eliminates the need for lots of counting.
Humphrey is probably the most glamorous of the five shawls, it is the only lacy one of the set and the sample is made of a stunning undyed baby camel and silk blend yarn from The Chester Wool Co. The combination of the open lace and the silky yarn give it stunning drape and movement. Its sure to wow at evening events this Christmas party season. Any yarn with a soft sheen and great drape would work well, consider silk, alpaca and bamboo blends. It might also be fun, if you were that way inclined, to add some beads into the design. (In the lone treble in the centre of each cluster shell would be a good place)
So enough of the glamour and dreaming, here are the technical details for the shawl:
Finished wingspan: 122cm/49in
Finished depth: 36cm/14in
2 100g hanks of Chester Wool Co Silk Camel 4ply (4ply weight, 50% baby camel, 50% silk, 400m) in natural shade.
Note: Sample used 125g
4 mm hook
17 sts and 12 rows in V stitch to 10 cm/4 in using 4mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Difficulty Rating - Intermediate
Basic crochet stitches, raised (post) stitches, clusters (explained in pattern), working into chain spaces, working into stitches.
Worked from the border to the neck in ever decreasing rows. Based on a traditional Faroese shawl shape.
For the story of how the design evolved and how it got its name pop over to Joanne's blog.
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