Today I introduce Missed Kingfisher here and on the Not So Granny blog. I'm also very pleased to announce that the print books are now available and shipping worldwide. Scroll to the end for purchase details.
I think this is the crochet pattern that I have always wanted to design.
I've always adored the knitted colour block shawls such as Color Affection by Veera Välimäki and Dissent by Lisa Mutch. I love the way the stripes play and move and the general cleverness of using short rows to move colours around. I hadn't seen anyone make anything similar in crochet.
And fate all came together in one place, at Edinburgh Yarn festival as we were launching The Shawl Project book we decided in one car journey that there would be a second book and each shawl would be two skeins. The next day I walked over to the Ripples Crafts stand, picked out the perfect colours for the design that was already waiting fully fledged in my head. (hop over to my blog for the story between fully fledged design and pattern though, its never quite smooth sailing is it?)
I had a strong picture in my mind of a glimpse of a kingfisher's teal wing as it dives into the brackish grey waters on our local lode (a lode is somewhere between a canal and a drainage ditch that you find in my local area.) The way the ripples reflect the colours of the bird and and swell away from the impact. An image burned on my mind with the disappointment that that is as much of the kingfisher as I ever see.
I am beyond happy with the way this shawl came out. The solid fabric with such great drape, the ridges that accentuate the stripes, the bold swoops of colour, the sheer size of it. It is so so easy to throw on and wear as a shawl or as a scarf whether you are wearing jeans and trainers or a smart dress and heels.
So on to the technical details. The shawl starts at the top and is worked entirely in double crochet (US single) with very simple increasing and only one special stitch to get your head around that stops holes appearing when the short row is turned (a bit like a wrap and turn in knitting but much easier.) The main skill you need for this pattern is careful counting. Here is the full spec.
Finished depth: 45cm/18in
Finished wingspan: 185cm/73in
1 100g hanks of Ripples Crafts Na Dannsairean 4ply (4ply weight, 85% wool, 15% Nylon Donegal Nep, 400m) in Charcoal (Col A)
1 100g hanks of Ripples Crafts Na Dannsairean 4ply (4ply weight, 85% wool, 15% Nylon Donegal Nep, 400m) in Winter Sea (Col B)
6 mm hook
1 removable stitch marker or safety pin
13 sts and 20 rows in double crochet with alternate rows in BLO to 10 cm/4 in using 6mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Row gauge is the more important measure for this pattern.
Difficulty Rating - Easy
Basic crochet stitches, working multiple stitches into a loop (fully explained in pattern), working into back loops, working in rows, increasing, working into previous rows, short rows (fully explained in pattern), careful counting!
Starting from a semi-circle at the top, worked in rows with simple increasing on both right and wrong side create a shallow crescent shape. Short row sections create pockets of colour.
While it seems like a very large hook for the yarn, it ensures the double crochet stitches drape well.
Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)
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