Halcyon

Jan 3, 2006
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by Jo Anne Tracy

Introduction

[Halcyon -- A fabled bird reported to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice]

Halcyon ShawlThe Halcyon is a soft, rounded shawl with a little short-row shaping to help it drape across the shoulders. The center panel is framed with eyelets – to be woven through with ribbon if so desired. Two versions are shown. The one made with dark rose colored wool-acrylic blend is durable and machine washable, while the white mohair shawl with a ribbon embellishment is more delicate. Using a large hook gives a nice drape to these shawls, they are both very lightweight and surprisingly warm.

I also have it on good authority that a Halcyon shawl bestows a new mother with the power to calm the wind and the waves and enhances her natural ability to comfort her young.

Materials List

  • White shawl: Henry’s Attic, Kid Mohair (2000 yds/ 1372 meters per 16 oz/340 g), natural, 1 16 oz cone – though you will only use about 1500 yds. Dark rose shawl: Lion Brand WoolEase (197 yds/180 m per 3 oz/85 g), Dark Rose Heather, 8 skeins.
  • Hook size J/6 mm
  • 5 yds 3/4” ribbon (optional)

Notes

All sc, hdc, and xtr stitches to be made in back loop of previous row stitch.

*xtr – crossed treble crochet. Skip 2 st, tr in 3rd st, ch 1, tr in first skipped st working behind first tr.

US pattern notation used
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
hdc - half-double crochet
dc - double crochet
xtr* - crossed treble crochet
sl - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
inc - increase
sk - skip

The Pattern

Begin

Chain 12. Turn.

Row 1. 2 hdc in 3 rd chain from end, 1 hdc in each of next 8 ch, 3 hdc in last ch. Turn. (14 st including ch 2)

Row 2. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in next st, ch 2, hdc in next 10 hdc (do not skip any st), ch 2, hdc in next hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (22 st)

Row 3. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in next 3 st, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 10 hdc, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in next 3 st, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (28 st)

Row 4. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 10 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (34 st)

Rows 5 – 8. Repeat Row 4. (58 st at the end of row 8)

cuddlesRow 9. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, 2 hdc in next hdc (1st center panel inc), hdc in next 8 st, 2 hdc in next hdc (2nd center panel inc) ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (66 st)

Rows 10 – 12. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (84 st at the end of row 12)

Row 13. (short row) Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in next 19 hdc. Turn. (73 st)

Row 14. (short row) Ch 1, sk 1 st hdc, hdc in 2nd hdc. Hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in next 22 hdc. Turn (60 st)

Row 15. Ch 1, sk 1 st hdc, hdc in 2nd hdc. Hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc (count turning ch from previous row as one hdc and make another hdc in same st as hdc two rows below). 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (79 st)

Row 16. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc (count turning ch from previous row as one hdc and make another hdc in same st as hdc two rows below), 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (100 st)

Row 17. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 12 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (106 st)

Row 18. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, 2 hdc in next hdc (1st center panel inc), hdc in next 10 st, 2 hdc in next hdc (2nd center panel inc) ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (114 st)

Rows 19 – 26. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 14 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (162 st at the end of row 26)

Row 27. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, 2 hdc in next hdc (1st center panel inc), hdc in next 12 st, 2 hdc in next hdc (2nd center panel inc) ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (170 st)

Rows 28 – 35. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 16 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (218 st at the end of row 35)

Row 36. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 6 st. ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (226 st)

Rows 37 – 44. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 18 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (274 st at the end of row 44)

Row 45. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 7 st, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 7 st. ch 2, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (280 st) (Note: On this row, the increases are in the center of the center panel, as opposed to being in the ch spaces, to prevent this panel from becoming bowed -- moving the increases towards the center on one row seemed to fix that.)

Rows 46 – 50. Ch 2, 2 hdc in first hdc, hdc in each hdc to ch space, hdc in ch space, ch 2, hdc in next 20 st, ch 2, hdc in ch space, hdc in remaining hdc, 3 hdc in turning ch. Turn. (310 st at the end of row 50)

Row 51. Ch 3, 2 dc in first hdc. Sk 2 st, tr in 3rd st, ch 1, tr in first skipped st working behind first tr. [Crossed treble (xtr) made]. Xtr another 46 times. Make 1 more xtr by skipping two st working 1st tr in ch space -- 2nd tr in 1st sk st. Make next xtr by making 1st tr in 2nd st past ch 2 space and 2nd tr in 2nd ch (of the ch 2 space). Xtr 6 more times across center panel. The last hdc of the center panel should be empty. Make next xtr: skip last hdc and make 1st tr of xtr in 2nd ch of ch 2 space and 2nd tr in the skipped hdc. Make xtr another 47 times, 3 dc in turning ch. Turn. (103 xtr)

Row 52. Ch 3, 1 dc in first st, xtr working 1st tr in 3rd dc from previous row and second tr in same st as 1st dc. With each xtr sitting directly above xtr stitch of the previous row, work another 103 xtr. Make one more xtr in 3 dc, 2 dc in same st as 2nd tr. Turn. (105 xtr)

Row 53. Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, dc in next st, xtr in xtr from previous row and in each xtr across. Dc in second to last st, 3 dc in turning ch. Turn. (105 xtr)

Row 54. Ch 3, 1 dc in first st, xtr working 1st tr in 3rd dc from previous row and second tr in same st as 1st dc. With each X stitch sitting directly above xtr stitch of the previous row, work another 105 xtr across. Make one more xtr in 3 dc, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (107 xtr)

Row 55. Ch 3, 2 dc in first st, dc in next st, xtr in xtr from previous row and in each xtr across. Dc in second to last st, 3 dc in turning ch. Turn. (107 xtr)

Row 56. Ch 2. Hdc in first st, and in every st across, 2 hdc in last st. Turn.

Row 57. Repeat row 56. 

Row 58. Repeat row 56, but do not turn.

Top edge

Sc across top working 2 sc in each hdc row and 3 sc in each xtr row. Turn. Ch1. Sl st in each st across row. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut ribbon in half so there are 2 – 2.5 yd pieces. Fold each piece in half and weave through eyelets starting at top.


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Comments

Donna wrote
on Jun 1, 2006 3:38 PM

I have a question about the Halcyon Shawl if anyone has made it or if the designer is out there (Jo Anne) can you help me? Are the "2 hdc in 1st hdc" at the beginning of the rounds done in the chain 2 or in the actual first hdc? My count was off and I am doing something wrong!

Thanks, Donna

samm wrote
on Oct 7, 2006 1:49 PM

I'm having difficulty too, with the count. I've started four times now and can't get it right. I'm thinking that in the beginning rows before the increases to the center there are ten stitches every row??? I'm gonna try that tonight and see if I can get it to work. I love this shawl! I'm going to keep trying! Help! samm

whittle_1105 wrote
on Sep 28, 2007 10:54 AM
Sharon in SC

As soon as I finish a Baby Blanket I am working on, I WILL make one of theses. It looks so soft ans will wear nice on cool days. Will let you know when I finish.

ReneeC@17 wrote
on Oct 28, 2007 10:44 PM
I am having the same problem & then some. In row 1 it sez "2 hdc in 3 rd chain from end" I just can't make sence of that. Where do you put the 8 hdc's?? I'm so confused and for course the counts are all off.

I think we need a search party to find Jo Anne so she can explain this!@!!!

martiehawk wrote
on Jan 16, 2008 3:38 PM

I made this and gave it to my mom for Christmas. It turned out beautiful using off white Red Heart yarn. We didn't do the ribbon since I couldn't see a picture of exactly how it was done at the top.

Thanks!

Martie
Wife to Terry

Mom to Sarah, Savannah, Sandi & Skylar

SwapnaE wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 1:22 PM

Just a query. About the recommended yarn quantities. Is it 16oz or 340g? They're not the same...

leighanne1 wrote
on Dec 5, 2008 5:49 PM

row 1 should read: 2hdc in 3rd chain from hook, that should help in the future.

on Oct 20, 2009 8:36 AM

I made this out of some Caron 1 Pound I had lying around. IT IS SO TOASTY. Seriously. It's almost like a blanket (except it's, y'know, a shawl). Brilliant pattern!

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

shefley7 wrote
on Mar 25, 2010 12:31 PM

The count is off on the shawl, so I cannot figueout if I am doing it right or not. I have started over 6 times with the same results. HELP!!!

silvia elias wrote
on Aug 3, 2010 5:02 AM

Pueden , por favor , escribir las explicaciones también en español.

Gracias . Silvia