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The Lace-Lace Cowl – Crafting with Corona II

This blog is part of a series. If you haven’t yet read the previous one, please do so.

On Monday, I had a melt-down. I was crying, screaming and swearing for a day. Eventually my husband got me calmed down. It was then that I decided that I had to stay positive. Instead of falling victim to fear again, I started focussing on staying positive and living with gratitude, cause let’s face it, there are people far worse off than most of us.

Several people I spoke to had the same. A massive melt-down, lots of tears, and after that they too felt better. So if that is what it takes to get you to survive this lock-down, go right ahead and have your melt-down. Cry it all out. When you are done, wash your face and regain your focus. You can.

As with my previous Crafting with Corona project, I used my special yarns. This is Fluffy Mink from Prince Yarns, a 70% Longhaired Mink and 30% Angora blend. It was initially somewhat scared of the long hairs as it seemed to be guard hairs. I was worried for no reason. The cowl is so soft!

This is a gift for my youngest daughter. She loves scarfs in all shapes and sizes.

Well, you can join me. Go and grab some special yarn.

Requirements

  • 50g light fingering yarn (±600m / 100g)
  • 4mm circular knitting pins with a short cable
  • 4.5mm knitting pins
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook
  • 5 mm knitting pin

Abbreviations

  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • st – stitch
  • yo – yarn over

Pattern

Using the 4.5 mm knitting pins and crochet hook, cast on 120 sts with the crochet cast on method. Switch to the 4mm knitting pins and join to knit in the round. Place a marker to indicate the start/end of the round.

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit

Row 4: purl

Row 5: *yo, k2tog, rep from * to end

Row 6: knit

Row 7: purl

Row 8: knit

Repeats rows 5-8 until the cowl is long enough. I recommend about 30cm. End on row 8.

Last row: purl

Use the 5mm knitting pin and cast off using your favourite cast off method.

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The Therapeutic Shawl – Crafting with Corona I

Corona. Covid-19. Words that suddenly fill every screen, every news bulletin, every newspaper, every magazine. Our world has changed so much in a few weeks. I have never been a fearful person, but this thing is messing with my mind. I am one of those with compromised immunity. I stay in my house. But my husband has to work. He mingles daily with people who make use of public transport. This morning I realised, no matter what I do and how much I stress, it won’t make a difference. The chance that I will contract this virus is big. I might as well come to terms with it.

Yesterday I simply could not concentrate on a difficult design I am working on. Eventually I just gave up. My concentration is horrid at this point in time. So I decided it is time for some meditative crochet. And you know what? I went to my stash and took out some of the most expensive and the most special yarns I have. Why not? Let me be honest about my reasoning. If I die because of this virus, I would have missed the opportunity to work with this yarn. I would have missed the opportunity to wear a garment made with this amazing yarn. So why leave it in the stash? For when? For who? For what? It doesn’t make sense any more. Yes I know I can die right now of a heart attack or whatever. We all know that but we don’t think about it daily. Corona forced us to think a bit more about death being inevitable. Who knows when and how it will come? I don’t. So stuff this. I will use my special yarns right now. I am not even looking for some fancy pattern that I previously would have thought to be worthy of this yarn. No. I am doing a granny shawl. Simple. Meditative. Therapeutic. The border will however be elaborate to finish it off. But I will worry about the border when I get there. For now, I am just enjoying the yarn.

I bought all of these a year ago when we visited our oldest daughter in New Zealand. For a year my poor yarns have been in lock down! Think about that!

Here is my challenge to you: Do some stash diving. Take out the most special yarn you have and join me. Crochet a granny meditative shawl for yourself. This shawl is triangular, worked around the corner and can be as big as you want it to be. Mine will be massive. I want to be able to wrap it around and give myself ‘n hug on a bad day. The border will be fancy, but that will only be posted next week.

Light Grey: Touch Possum Yarn (60% Merino, 30% Possum Fur, 10% Silk)
Dark Grey and Black: Naturally Amuri (75% Merino, 25% Possum)
Cerise: Misti Alpaca (50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Silk, 10% Nylon)

Pattern

Please note: this pattern has not been tested yet. If you use it, please post any errors you may find in the comments below. Your help is much appreciated.

Abbreviations (US terms)

  • 3dc-c – double crochet corner (dc3, ch2, dc3) in one st or sp
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • tr – treble

Start with a double magic loop and crochet round 1 into the loop before closing it.

Row 1:    
ch5, dc3-c, ch1, tr: 1 granny cluster on a side

Row 2:    
ch5, dc3 in the side ch-space, ch1, sk3, dc3-c in the corner 2-ch-space, ch1, sk3, (dc3, ch1, tr) in the  side ch-space: 2 granny clusters on a side

Row 3:    
ch5, dc3 in the side ch-space, ch1, sk3, dc3 in the next ch-space, ch1, sk3, 3dc-c in the corner 2-ch-space, ch1, sk3, dc3 in the next ch-space, ch1, sk3, (dc3, ch1, tr) in the side ch-space: 3 granny clusters on a side

Row 4:    
ch5, dc3 in the side ch-space, (ch1, sk3, dc3 in the next ch-space) x2 times, ch1, sk3, 3dc-c in the corner 2-ch-space, (ch1, sk3, dc3 in the next ch-space) x2 times, ch1, sk3, (dc3, ch1, tr) in the side ch-space: 4 granny clusters on a side

Repeat row 4 until you have 70 clusters on a side. With each row, you will have one cluster more on each side. Combine yarns. Change colour when you feel like it. I am not prescribing when you should colour, that would imply looking at a pattern and counting – not at all what we need right now. Just cruise. Don’t think about it. Just enjoy it.

Edge

Row 1:
ch5, dc2 in the side ch-sp, *dc3, dc1 in next 1ch-sp, rep from * to 3 sts before cnr, dc3, (dc2, ch2, dc2) in cnr 2ch-sp, **dc3, dc1 in next 1ch-sp, rep from ** until you are in the side ch-sp, (dc1, ch1, tr1) in the side ch-sp, turn.

Row 2:
ch5, dc1 in the side ch-sp, ch1, dc1, *ch2, sk2, dc1, rep from * to 2 sts before cnr, sk2, (dc1, ch2, dc1) in cnr 2ch -sp, **ch2, sk2, dc1, rep from** to before side ch-sp, ch1, (dc1, ch1, tr1) all in side ch-sp, turn.

Row 3:
ch5, sc1 in the side ch-sp, *ch5, sc1 in the next 2ch-sp, rep from * into cnr 2ch-sp, ch5, sc1 in the same cnr 2ch-sp, **ch5, sc1 in the next 2ch-sp, rep from ** into side ch-sp, ch1, tr1 in the cnr ch-so, turn.

Row 4:
ch1, sc1 in side ch-sp, *dc7 in next 5ch-sp, sc1 in next 5ch-sp, ch5, sc1 in next 5ch-sp, rep from * to 5ch-sp before cnr, dc9 in cnr 5ch-sp, **sc1 in next 5ch-sp, ch5, sc1 in next 5ch-sp, dc7 in next 5ch-sp, rep from ** till only the side ch-sp remains, sc1 in side ch-sp, turn.

Row 5:
ch5, dc1 in 1st st, sk1, ch2, *(dc1, ch1) x4 times, dc1, ch2, sc1 in next 5ch-sp, ch2, sk2, rep from * into the last 5-ch-sp before cnr, (dc1, ch1) x6 times, dc1, **ch2, sk2, sc1 in next 5ch-sp, ch2, sk2, (dc1, ch1) x4 times, dc1, rep from ** to 2 sts before side ch-sp, ch2, sk1, (dc1, ch1, tr1) in side ch-sp, turn.

Row 6:
ch1, sc3 in side ch-sp, (sc2 in next ch-sp) twice, ch8, turn, ss in the 1st of the row, turn, (sc5, picot, sc5) all in the 8ch-sp, [(sc2 in next ch-sp) x6 times, ch8, turn, sk7, ss in next st, turn, (sc5, picot, sc5) all in 8ch-sp] x32 times, (sc1 in next ch-sp) x4 times, ch8, turn, sk5, ss in next st, turn, (sc5, picot, sc5) all in 8ch-sp, (sc2 in next ch-sp) x4 times, ch8, turn, sk5, ss in next st, turn, (sc5, picot, sc5) all in 8ch-sp, [(sc2 in next ch-sp) x6 times, ch8, turn, sk7, ss in next st, turn, (sc5, picot, sc5) all in 8ch-sp] x31 times, (sc2 in next ch-sp) x4 times, sc3 in side ch-sp, ch8, turn, sk5, ss in next st, turn (sc5, picot, sc5) in 8ch-sp, e/off.

Weave away all your tails. Block to open up the lace. Give yourself a yarny hug every time you wear it. It is gorgeous.