A Couple of Sprouts and a Call for Help

Mar 2, 2011

So, you may recall that I made the Sprout Chains Shawlette several weeks ago (the pattern is in Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl). More about it here and here. It took me just a week to finish. And it was so satisfying that I immediately started another, in Studio Silk by Stitch Diva Studio. I was giddy with the anticipation of instant gratification.

Yeah, well.

I did the first third on the airplane on the way to Colorado. Off and on in meetings over the next couple of weeks, I did the next third. And on the plane returning home, I finished the body of the shawlette. (So much good crochet time on a plane!)

And here it is, unblocked, sunning itself in the garden:

Notice anything to the left there?

There's this much left to go. And I'm out of yarn.

When I embarked on this second shawlette, I opted to go up a hook size from the pattern. The gauge difference ate more yarn.

And, in fact, this is the second time I've worked the little sprouts edging. First time, I made it just over halfway before running out of yarn. So I made some modifications: I took out the last row of chains, to gain some yarn, then I worked just four petals on the edging.

Alas, not enough modification.

So, here are options, as I see them:

1. Take out the edging and one more row of chains to reclaim some yarn. Rework the sprouts edging with four petals.

2. Take out the edging. Add back the lost chain row, plus another. Work a beaded edging (inspired by The Beaded Edge).

3. Get more yarn. (But then I'd feel obligated to make it bigger, and probably get myself in the same bind. Besides, this solution is too easy!)

4. What ideas do you have? I'm open to suggestions here!

And, to help inspire lovely thoughts, here's a picture of another sprout in my garden:

Hope all is lovely in your world!


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photogmomma wrote
on Mar 2, 2011 1:35 PM

Could you do a sprout every other one instead of every one? I have this on my list of projects, but other things keep pushing it down so I haven't made it yet.

On a side note, I literally had 2" left on my last project when I was down to 1" of yarn. Whoops! I needed more for some embellishments so I'm cool with it, but still. So frustrating to get so close and yet so far!

on Mar 2, 2011 2:27 PM

I would probably either buy more yarn, or make a three petal flower for the edging :)

yarn froggie wrote
on Mar 2, 2011 4:37 PM

Hey!  Been there, done that!  I made socks for my daughters for Christmas, and the 1st pair I was about 3/4 of an inch of the toe short on yarn.  I was not about to go buy another skein of a color I really didn't care for, so I snipped out the cream variegation in the other color (close, but not quite a match), which I had 2 skeins of, and peiced it into the short toe.  My daughter wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't told on myself later!!  

p.s.  I'm jealous of your crocuses...ours won't bloom until late April!

DonnaP wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 7:45 AM

Maybe a reader has a partial skein of the yarn you used. I had this happen once with a project using a discontinued yarn, and my LYS owner posted a request for me. Another customer came through with the yarn in the right color so that I could finish my project.

on Aug 25, 2011 10:58 AM

Sprout Chains Shawlette is finished with a bit of bling.

aura666 wrote
on Feb 9, 2012 9:42 AM

do you have a video tutorial on this becasue every time i start this project it goes funky i dont know how to explain it but i need help.