Lace Shawl Blocking

Jun 8, 2011

I think we need a name for the illness that practically requires you to finish a project when you have fewer than three rows left—even though you know that each row will take you more than an hour-and-a-half and it is already past your bedtime. OCD? Obsessive Crocheting Disorder?

In any case, my first Dahlia Shawl is finished! I made it a bit smaller than the original, stopping at 17.5" instead of 20" to 21". It still blocked out to 26.5" from center top edge to point, so it's a decent-sized shawl!

Here are my process pictures with some pointers for you folks making the shawl with me in the crochet-along, or those of you who'd like to make it in the future.

. Here is the start of the shawl! The lacy adventure begins...
Here it is after I finished the first repeat. It's a great easy-to-remember stitch pattern, so it became a wonderful project for working on while talking with friends or watching TV.
And here it is finished! Well, almost. This is an unblocked photo, with the wires woven through, just before I stretched it out and pinned it down. I've decided to call this the Daffodil Shawl, because of the lovely yellow yarn.
Here is a close-up of the edging before blocking. I used seven blocking wires: Two along the top edge, one down the center, one down each edge before the edging, and one on each edge through the chain spaces at the points of the edging. I lightly misted the shawl with my spray bottle, full of water and a little drizzle of Soak, before I stretched it out and placed the pins.
The wires saved me a lot of time and pinning! But it still took all of my two boxes of T-pins as well as a handful of safety pins to get every chain space pinned out. The pinning process took about two hours.
I really like the finished size. Bigger than a shawlette but still small enough that it's more of an accessory than a wrap. You may also notice that I've waited to weave in the ends until it is finished blocking. I like to do this with lace, so the woven ends don't restrict the natural stretch of the lacy stitches, and so they won't pull out of place when the fabric is stretched.
Here is a close-up of the edging after it was pinned. Once I pinned Every Single Point, I sprayed the shawl again, wetting it thoroughly. Now I must wait for it to dry.

While I wait, I can't help but start the next one. Is that a new illness, or are we still within the criteria for Obsessive Crocheting Disorder? All I know is, if there is a cure, I don't want it!

Until next time,


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on Jun 8, 2011 2:10 PM

Dear Sarah

That shawl is so beautyfull. I know that OCD desease. I suffer from it badly some times :-)

Kind regards


mandyangela wrote
on Jun 8, 2011 2:31 PM

I've had OCD for 36 years.  Isn't it great!!!

I'm also a knitter (with OKD!!!) who loves to make Shetland Cobweb shawls, so I know *exactly* the sense of satisfaction you get when you've blocked your work.

nvscrapper wrote
on Jun 8, 2011 9:00 PM

Hi Sarah

I am making this shawl right now with cashmere but I don't think it will work as I think it will be too heavy for the finished project.

Can you please tell me what yarn you are using for the yellow shawl particularly. It is very lovely.

Thanks, Marlie

Sarah Read wrote
on Jun 9, 2011 11:10 AM

Thank you! I'm glad to know I'm in good company with the OCD. :D

Marlie, the yellow yarn is Malabrigo Lace in Cadmium, and a more tonal orange-yellow contrast color for the border. I really like how it turned out!

The Manos Lace in Nixie is the yarn for the new shawl, and it is puuuuure luxury. I keep playing with it and forgetting to stitch!

nvscrapper wrote
on Jun 9, 2011 6:41 PM

Thanks Sarah, I appreciate the info

.lizziebelle wrote
on Jun 28, 2011 1:44 PM

Can you please tell me where I can find the pattern for the Dahlia Shawl. I think it is beautiful and woud like to make one for myself.  I would appreciate it if you could email it to me.

Thank You so much..


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mingolady wrote
on Aug 6, 2014 7:46 PM

Hi Sarah,

Lovely shawl!

What are you blocking it on, and where can I get it??