This shawl is a combination of some of my favorite techniques:
- It starts by treating the slip knot as a chain stitch – this gives a really smooth beginning point.
- The main body is worked side-to-side, allowing the rows to be relatively short and giving a vertical stripe texture to the piece.
- It contrasts solid and openwork areas. The main body is a simple ground allowing the openwork edging to pop. I particularly like how it looks using a simple solid color yarn.
- Putting a single bead on each point adds just a touch of weight and interest.
At the time I was developing this shawl, I was reminded of the phrase “points of light” as a description of volunteers and the help – the “light” – they bring to communities. I wanted this shawl to emphasize that positive part of the world around us.
I love adding beads to the shawls I design. On this piece, the beads along the lower edge of this piece are little ‘points of light’.
Berroco Fiora(40% Cotton, 30% Viscose, 15% Alpaca, 10% Nylon, 5% Wool; 264yds [225m]/3.5oz [100g]), color 3856 teal, 2 skeins
Or approx. 170g DK weight yarn
Size H (5.0mm) hook
Or size needed to obtain gauge
15 sts and 8 rows = 4″ [10cm] in pattern (dc)
15” (38cm) deep x 60” (152.5cm) long, unblocked
Tapestry needle, Stitch markers, 21 Beads (Optional): size 4/0 (I found that the typical 6/0 size was tight on the DK weight yarn).
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About the Designer: Margo Bauman
Artistic crafts have always been a huge part of Margo’s life. As a young child, she learned to crochet from her Grandmother. She has also spent time doing embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, craft painting, candle making, braiding, card making, origami, photography, and book folding.
While she spent some time working on crochet projects while growing up and in college while studying Engineering, she didn’t devote much time to it until the 2000s. Since then, she has crocheted MILES of yarn. She has won a considerable number of awards for her exceptional crochet work.
Margo (aka flyingflower on Ravelry) started writing crochet patterns in 2015. Her very first pattern was a Crochet Awards (aka the Flamies) Judges Nominee.
She is a member of New View Fiber Works – Home of the Fuzzy Farmers (a women’s cooperative of fiber enthusiasts in Southern Maryland), and the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).
Margo spends most days living the philosophy: Eat. Sleep. Crochet. Repeat.