Dahlia Shawl Crochet-Along!

May 25, 2011

Crochet lace shawl . Well, I think I've dabbled enough in other projects for a while. It's time to get back to shawls! I've been frantically finishing up my WIPs for the last few months, all the while glancing at the Dahlia Shawl pattern from Interweave Crochet Spring 2011, not allowing myself to start until XYZ were finished (well...more like TUVWXYZ, but who's counting), and at last the time is at hand! I'm downright giddy to get started.
crochet lace shawl

Here's what I'm thinking for a schedule:

May 25th - June 6th: Get pattern and yarn.
June 7th - June 17th: Work first repeat.
June 18th - July 15th: Complete repeats.
July 16th - July 29th: Work edging.
July 30th - July 31st: Block.

The info you need to get started:

Dahlia Shawl
Designer: Lisa Naskrent
Finished Size: 70" wide and 35" tall. 
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Lace (70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, 5% cashmere; 439 yd [401 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): L2103 rosetta pink, 3 hanks. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Hook: Size G/6 (4.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle; st marker (m). 
Gauge: Rows 1–5 = about 4¼" wide (from corner to corner), 2" tall (from marked middle straight down to Row 1), 3" along side of triangle (from middle point to corner), unblocked.
crochet lace shawl

If you need a copy of the pattern, you can get a copy of the magazine here.

I'm staring at the 20 gallon bin of lace weight yarn I have in my storage room, and feeling a slight twinge of guilt at the thought of ordering more just for this project, but the Manos del Uruguay Lace has utterly seduced me. If I try to resist, I'll probably just end up ordering it in my sleep. But the great part about these Lisa Naskrent shawls is that they are easily adapted to different sizes, so I may have to make a smaller version as well, as a gift for a friend. I can stash dive for that smaller one, and appease the Stash Gremlins.

So let's start planning and chatting! Join me in the forums and we can get started!

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on May 26, 2011 10:09 PM

I would love to join in on the CAL.  How can you increase the size of this shawl? I know you can do extra repeats on shawls, but would you need to start out with extra chains or just follow the pattern and then just keep repeating it until you hit the size you need?  Thanks

Sarah Read wrote
on May 27, 2011 9:53 AM

Hi loomingatlarge,

You can increase the size of this shawl by working rows 7 through 10 as many times as you like! You can work them fewer times to get a smaller shawl as well.

I hope to see you in the CAL!



connieocd wrote
on Jun 4, 2011 5:32 AM

I am just now finding this. I'll order my yarn today!!

on Sep 2, 2011 2:39 PM

I wish I had found about this before I started this shawl. Believe me when I say I must have unraveled and restarted about 4x before I got to "finish" it. I don't know if I just wasn't used to the designer's phrasing  or what, but I had the utmost trouble interpreting the instructions. Anyway itis finished and awaiting blocking. I would like to make another one just to make sure I have gotten it right. I still think it is one of the prettiest shawls I've seen.