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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.