|Prompted by your questions on the construction of the
Petals Shawl and my own fascination with the shawl's playful use of
space, I pulled out a couple of skeins of yarn and a Tunisian hook and
chaining. Then I stopped and spent several minutes studying the pattern
layout diagram. Studying a pattern before you begin is quite possibly as
important as the gauge swatch. True some parts of a pattern will not
complete sense until you have crocheted to that point, but a familiarity
the project construction can go a long way to at decreasing
I will admit that I am not a great wearer of shawls but
love scarves. Seeing no reason I couldn't use this pattern to create a
fabulous Spring scarf, I used the foundation chain to number of
diamonds formula given in the notes to determine how many chains were needed
three diamond width scarf.
| The first diamond progressed pretty quickly. If you
never worked Tunisian simple stitch before this video can illustrate the
technique for you or help you visualize the stitches. Remember that for
first diamond you are not working in all of your foundation chains. The last stitch of the diamond is a slip stitch in the next unworked chain of the foundation chain.
The second diamond is begun by picking up loops in the
unused chains of your foundation chain. Now work the second diamond as
first. You're getting the hang of it now. If you are working more than
diamonds I am continue working across the chain.
After you have finished the
last diamond, you should have worked into all of your original chains.
Turn the diamond
counterclockwise and slip stitch your way up the side. Though simple, this is
one of the
most important steps. I forgot it a time or two, and it will cause your
diamond to twist and not join correctly.
The row of diamonds you have just finished is referred
a tier. My scarf has 20 tiers while the Forest Petals Shawl has 40
Remember a tier does not refer to the number of individual diamonds but
number of rows of diamonds.
In my next blog we will look at creating subsequent
and joining them as we go. Have fun playing with this Tunisian
found it terribly addictive.