Crochet Slowly Blooming

Mar 5, 2011

All full of vim and eager for spring, we opened our Cool Wave Crochet-Along at the beginning of February, with a plan to complete it by the end of February.

Apparently I'm not the only one who's about this far along:

That's a little more than a third of the way along the first portion of the shawl. (The yarn: Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace in Aslan. The hook: Addi Click crochet hook.)

Slow-going though it is, I am really enjoying working on it. After the first few start-up rows, the pattern is established and you can just set aside the words for many (many, many) rows. This is not your instant-gratification sort of project (full disclusore: I have actually started and finished three other projects since I started this shawl). It is process crochet, where you get to know the movement of the hook and yarn—it's mesmerizing, really. I do a lot of good thinking while I'm working on this shawl.

So, given the slow-going-ness of the project, we've extended it through March! So you have plenty of time to join us!

It's really a terrific introduction to Tunisian crochet. Several members of the CAL have opted to work the pattern in DK-weight to make a scarf. This is a great idea if you're more into learning the method than making a shawl.

You'll find the gang here. We'd love to have you. If you have any questions, just ask. If you want to show us your WIP, post a picture.

Before long, it will be warm enough to wear this shawl! It's cooled off a bit here in North Carolina. But signs of spring are in my garden. Have a look:

Happy crocheting!

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Evie T. wrote
on Mar 7, 2011 8:49 AM

Thanks for the update!   My husband is out snowplowing this morning, we live in northern Wisconsin, so really liked the pictures.   I'm also looking forward to the spring issue, wasn't sure where to reply about that.   So many pretty sweaters!  I'm still practicing with my lace weight yarn and worsted weight yarn (to see the stitches better) and hope to once again chain those 150 chains!

sandsukii wrote
on Mar 24, 2011 3:56 PM

HI, I'm so glad to have found this! I am just starting the shawl and I'm having a hard time getting into the swing of things. Any suggestions? By the look of yours it starts out small and grows as you go. Can anyone explain how the RetP applies to the beginning? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Sandsukii