It’s the first week for our CAL (crochet-a-long)! We’re extending some of the love from National Crochet Month in March into April!
Everyone was very excited when we saw Linda’s Sugar Sparkle Shawlette so it was an easy decision.
For the CAL you’ll need:
* 775 yards of a light Fingering weight yarn: the pattern calls for Malabrigo Sock, but you could also use Valley Yarns Charlemont or Valley Yarns BFL Fingering. I’m using a coned wool that I’ve had in my stash for a few years but the color makes me happy and I’m getting gauge!
* US size D/3.25mm and US size C/2.75mm hooks, I’m using the Addi Color coded hooks. You won’t need the smaller hook till you get to the border.
* 675 size 6/0 seed beads. If you’re lucky enough to be local to our store the Northampton Beadery has a great selection of colors in this size!
* you’ll need a beading needle and a yarn needle, for weaving in ends.
I’m also going to suggest locking ring stitch markers, it’s always a good idea to have a few of these around.
The main body of the shawl is worked sideways from point to point with all the increases, and subsequent decreases, happening along the same side. You may want to place a marker, every couple rows, on the side with all of your increases. It can be easy to loose track of which side that is when your work is just a few, short rows and it will remind you what side the decreases will happen on when you get to them! You can also keep a small notebook handy and tick off each increase/decrease row as it’s made.
Here you can see my shawl, Mary’s(Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Raspberry), and Tina’s(Valley Yarns Charlemont Kettle Dye in Purple Passion), all just beginning the decreases.
This center section is fairly easy and moves along quickly. Next week we’ll look at bead choices, stringing your beads and working the first 2 rows of your border.
What yarn will you be using?