Life happens when you least expect it. You all probably remember my handsome hunk husband from my Man Shawl post. He is a wonderful guy who loves the outdoors and taking care of his family. However, on January 15, he was dealt a cruel blow when working in the garden with a friend. His boot lodged between two logs, his body twisted, and he has been laid up with a broken leg. Surgery went great, and he is on the mend, but there were lots of caring tasks for me to do in the early weeks. He is on the mend, and a full recovery is expected. We are both glad that he is regaining independence. At the same time my adorable granddaughter was spending a great deal of time at our house as her mother was returning to school. Unfortunately, blogging could not be my first priority. I was able to get in a could of short knitting posts, but a larger crochet project had to wait. Since many of the groups on Facebook and Pinterest where I share my work, are restricted to crocheting, many of my readers have not seen my posts for several weeks. Last night, I kept Bert company during the Superbowl, and managed to finish the shawl that was destined for Threads of Love. Before bed, I blocked the piece, and today, I am ready to share with my readers. I am so glad to be back.
When I saw the large skein of acrylic chunky dusty rose yarn that had been donated to our group, I knew that it could be transformed into a stylish and comforting shawl. I had already completed several triangular Granny Stitch shawls, and I was looking for a pattern that offered some variety. AS soon as I found the Amorous scarf, designed by Katja Loffler, I knew that this was the pattern for me. The pattern is available through Pinterest and as a FREE download from Ravelry. (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amorous-2 The pattern (available in English, German, and Swedish)includes a photograph of the shawl, written instructions, and a crochet chart.
My interpretation of the pattern was somewhat thicker and less draping than the original design that called for fingerling yarn and a 5.5mm I hook. To use the donated yarn, I went up to a 6.0mm J hook. The completed project is 70 inches wide from tip to tip and 25 inches deep from neck to bottom. I included a row grey yarn and a row of off-white yarn to provide interest and contrast. Since I was running out of rose yarn, I did my final row of the v-sides in a Half-Double-Crochet to provide a pleasing edging. I also used 2 HDC stitches in each opening along the top. I was pleased with the finished edge.
The last row of the repeating pattern calls for a Front Post Double Crochet in all stitches except for the center. Throughout the scarf, the crocheter makes 2 Double Crochets, Chain 2, 2 Double Crochets in the center space. From one side, the shawl is generally flatter. From the other side there is a ridge every four rows, produced by the FPDC. Either presentation is attractive. I look forward to our next collection meeting where members share their finished works and prepare them for gifting at Yale New Haven Hospital.