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Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Project

I still remember the first time I tried to knit lace shawl. My first shawl was Kiri. I didn’t like the process at all. I guess it because I used the wrong yarn and wrong needle. Now, since I use addi lace needle and hand-dyed yarn, knitting lace shawl is much more enjoyable.

I got another new shawl project on my needle. I love the result so far. This time I use worsted yarn, although I think it will also looks good in DK or sock yarn. I am still testing it now, I hope I can publish it next week.

Here is the sneak peek:

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cassandra Crocheted Shawl Pattern for Sale



Cassandra Shawl is a somewhat circular shawl. Because of the shape, this shawl can be worn in many ways. You can wrap it around your neck and shoulder easily, and will stay put without a pin.Cassandra Shawlis crocheted from the top down. I recommend making this shawl using fingering weight yarn. However, you can substitute DK or even worsted weight yarn for a bigger shawl. As usual, this pattern comes with row-by-row written direction in US crochet term and charts.





Technical Editor: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn. Around 800 yards. I used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Sock (Fingering/4ply 100% merino, 114g/395 yards per skein) in Dahlia colorway, and had about 33 yards yards leftover. I am a tight crocheter, please prepare another skein if you are not.

Hook: 4.5 mm (G) (adjust hook size accordingly if you use thicker yarn)

Notion: Removable stitch markers for crochet

Gauge (for sock or fingering weight yarn): See Instruction on the pattern

Finished Size (for sock or fingering weight yarn): About 95 cm or 37.5" in diameter.
I blocked the shawl loosely.

All posts about this projects: click here.

How to Buy: Pattern is 8 pages in PDF includes charts and written directions. Payment by Paypal and delivery by Ravelry, no accounts required. Credit cards accepted.

Errata: Here

USD 6.00,-

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Or you can buy the e-book: Shawl Collection to Crochet. Consist of 4 patterns: Garden Path, Gathering Leaves, Cassandra, and Remember Me.


USD 18.00,-
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

FO: Cassandra Crocheted Shawl

I am super lazy to blog about my knitting or crochet projects lately. Most of the time, I only blog about it when it is already become a FO (Finished Object). I know I should post the progress or the process of the making here as this is my craft journal. The problem was, I had to start and frog this project many times, in the end I gave up documenting it. As you see that it took me more than a month to finish this shawl and I only did this shawl exclusively. No other projects ongoing.

The reason why I wanted to make this shawl crescent or semi circular was because I know some people doesn't like triangle shape, as they don't like the way the tip of the triangular pointing to certain place of their body (read: butt). Another reason is that crescent shape will stay put in the shoulder without a pin.
Although, I personally like triangle shawl (that is the only shape that I have so far), I was curious about how do I feel about other shawl shapes.

My choice of yarn to make this shawl is Madelintosh Sock yarn. I only have 2 skeins of yarn, so I made sure that I maximize the usage of this yarn but not run out of yarn. Before blocking, the shawl looks small. However, it grew substantially after touching water. I only lightly blocked this shawl.

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This is my first using Madelintosh. I bought the yarn from detash in Ravelry in a bargain price (I only paid USD40.20 for both skeins including international shipping!!!). The color is deep, vivid and glowing. The yarn itself is a pleasure to crochet. I definitely will use this yarn again.

Madelinetosh Sock Dahlia

Anyway, here are the important details about this project:

Pattern: Cassandra Shawl
Source: here
Materials: Madelinetosh Sock, fingering/4ply 100% merino, 114g/395 yards per skein in Dahlia colorway, and had about 33 yards yards leftover.
Qty: 2 x 114 gram (395 yards/100 gram, 790 yards total). I had about 33 yards yards leftover.
Needles: Clover Hook 4.5 mm (G)
Cost: USD 40.20 (including shipping)
Start Date: 1 Oct 2010
Finish Date: 4 Nov 2010
Finishe size: About 95 cm or 37.5" in diameter



Special thanks for my technical editor: Chaitanya Muralidhara.