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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.

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9 thoughts on “The Therapeutic Shawl – Crafting with Corona I

  1. love your idea, Hilda! I am in and I can’t wait for the knitted version.

    Stay save!

    big hug from
    linda

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  3. What is a granny cluster? There is nothing in your abbreviations to show what this is.

    1. The three dc next to each other in little groups, are commonly referred to as a granny cluster.

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  5. Thank you for your honesty, it’s so refreshing! Many thanks for this gorgeous shawl, I’ll start working on it now.

  6. Today I happened upon your blog and loved this post. I am scared too! I have been very careful about going out, and now with the weather changing to the higher 60s and sunny, I’m afraid it will be much easier to want to go outside. I have two medically challenged family members (daughter and grand daughter) and it’s a worry every day.

    So now I say, “stuff it”! I’m off to find some pretty yarn and knit a pretty new shawl! Thank you for the boost!

  7. Baie baie mooi. Verseker gaan ek dit nog in die jaar vir my maak. Daar is mos koue dae in somer ook.

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