Stash of Shells Shawl
This shawl pattern has been written to help you use a variety of your 4ply yarn up - whether it’s ends from other projects, a set of mini skeins from an advent calendar or a series of full skeins or balls, you can make it work. Whether you want to choose a riot of colours or pick a range of textures to make it interesting this pattern will work well, you can even work it in just one yarn if you have enough. The pattern is flexibly written to let you make the best out of the yarn you have.
Want to make it in a different weight? Go for it! You’ll need to adjust your hook size to make a drapey fabric and you may need a greater/lesser yardage to get a decent size shawl.
Size will vary based on yarn amounts you have.
Around 250g of assorted 4ply yarns in varying amounts.
We used the following:
A:100g skein Ripples Crafts Reliable Sock Yarn (4ply singles, 75% wool, 25% nylon 100g/428m) in shade The Happy Place (split into two balls of 35g each and two balls of 15g each)
B: 50g skein Coop Knits Socks Yeah (4ply, 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 50g/212m) in Labradorite (split into two balls of 15g each and two balls of 10g each)
C: 20g skein Rainbow Heirlooms Solo minis (split into two balls of 10g each)
D: 20g skein Vicki Brown Designs 4ply Sock ( 4ply, 75% wool, 25% nylon) in Amethyst (split into two balls of 10g each)
E: 20g skein Eden Cottage Yarns Brimham 4ply mini (4ply, 85% wool, 15% nylon) in Pennine Mist (split into two balls of 10g each)
F: 25g ball Lamana Milano (4ply, 90% wool, 10% cashmere, 25g/180m) (note: this yarn is very light and airy, the the yardage of this ball is closer to 50g of most 4ply yarns)
4mm (US G) hook
1 stitch marker
Note: There is no need to divide your amounts up as we have but it is worth knowing the weight of the yarns you have as this will help you choose yarns as you progress. My yarns were divided as they were due to my incurable need for symmetry.
If you don’t want to weigh then you can use the numbers of rows as a guide, this is given in each section.
There are various points in the pattern where repetition and symmetry can be used so to include those then using at least similar (colour or texture) yarns to make up the above (that is having a group of yarns totalling 100g to act as yarn A and another group of yarns totalling 50g acting as yarn B) will preserve the feel of the piece more.
3.5 shells reps and 10 rows in Shell1 Pattern (blocked) to 10 cm/4 in using 4mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Block at the end of the increase
section to check your tension/you are happy with the fabric as this will be around the same size as a swatch.
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, missing stitches, working into chain spaces.
A rectangle worked on the bias.
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