My version of the Crocheted Dewdrop Shawl also known as the Spring Scallop Crochet Wrap was designed by For the Frills. It was created using 2 skeins of light worsted weight Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in the Happy and Zen color ways. While there is some overlap in the shades of the two skeins, the Happy skein is generally in rainbow lollipop colors, while the Zen skein is cooler turquoise to darker blue green. Strands of white run through each skein so that the two skeins can easily be worked toegher. The body of the shawl was crocheted with a J (6.0mm) hook. The scallop border was crocheted with an I (5.5mm) hook. The Crochet Dew Drop Shawls is an ideal piece for spring and summer. The colors are bright and cheerful. The piece is substantial and drapes beautifully, but the yarns are lighter end of the worsted category. The shawl measures 68 inches wide and 26 inches deep. For the original pattern, see: https://forthefrills.com/spring-scallop-crochet-wrap-free-pattern.
The Dewdrop Shawl was actually my fourth attempt to integrate these yarns into one piece. My first two attempts were a gradient boomerang knitted style. By alternating the warmer and cooler color ways, I had hoped to achieve an interesting swirl of colors as the self-striping yarns played with one another. The pattern called for #8 needles , but after knitting for about 10 inches, I found my work to be tiny and insignificant. Even after I frogged the piece and switched to #10 needles, I was not happy. Therefore, I switched to crocheting an asymmetrical triangle by alternating two rows of warm and dark colors as I increased on on one side to form the shawl. The colors were networking for me.
When I found the Dewdrop pr Scallop Crochet Wrap, I knew I could start with the Happy Yarn and complete the piece with the Zen yarn.This top down shawl has an airy style. After the initial set up, there is generally a 4 row sequence.1} Double Crochet 2) Chain and Slip Stitch 3)Double Crochet in chain 4)Double Crochet. Increases were made in Chain 3 + 2 in first stitch and 3 DC in final stitch. The piece was also enlarged by crocheting DC-Ch2-DC in the center. A lovely scallop on two leg sof the triangle is the finishing touch.
I adapted the creator's design in three ways.
1)I started each row with a chain 3 instead of a ch 2 so that the shawl would lay flat and the wings would not turn up.
2)I used two coordinating skeins of Lion Brand Mandala yarn instead of an ecru or other spring color..
3)I began the scallop with a skip 2 stitches instead of a skip 3 so that there would not be a gap near the edge. I crocheted the scallop with an I (5.5mm) hook instead of a J hook.
I am thrilled to donate the Spring Scallop Wrap fo my local chapter of Threads of Love as we knit and crochet out way to 1000 pieces by December 31, 2022.I am proud that I persevered as I struggled to find just the right pattern for these delightful yarns. The piece is designed to put smile on the face of the woman receiving it.
As always I I appreciate your reflections and feedback. Have you ever kept exploring until you found just the right pattern for a particular yarn at hand? While I usually start with a pattern and find the yarn to work with it, in this case I reversed the process and started with the yarn. I welcome you to join me on my stitching journey. I hope you will enjoy crocheting this delightful wrap.