Adapting a Pattern to Suit Your Needs

Feather and Fan Shawl Adaption
Adapting the Feather and Fan Shawl into a cowl

There are many times that adapting a pattern to suit your needs is something that you have to do.  Whether you don’t have enough yarn or you need to adjust the size, the pattern as it is written may need some tweaking.  In this situation you need to step out of your comfort zone and do a little math with some trial and error before you get the result you want.

Sometimes you may need to scrap the pattern altogether and find another project for your yarn.  I’ve been known to put my yarn aside for quite a while as I wait for the right pattern to come along.

Happy Spring!  Though the weather outside is frightful, my heart is warm and toasty.  It has been a good day so far and it’s not even 10 am.  Now that I have my Wednesdays free, the ice and snow in today’s forecast don’t bother me in the slightest.  Don’t get me wrong, I would prefer a nice day full of warm sunshine.  I’m looking forward to taking Loki onto the deck so we can spin.  But when life gives you lemons…  Well, you get the idea.

The Pattern

Close up of the Feather and Fan Stitches
A close up look of the Feather and Fan stitchwork

Today’s pattern is an adaption of the Feather and Fan Shawl by Kristen of haakmaarraak.  See the link for the full pattern.  I did the diagram as it is printed using almost  the entire cake of yarn before sewing the ends together to create a cowl.

The pattern is easy once you get the repeats down, though you really should pay attention a bit.  I’ve gone on my merry way to discover that I miscounted a few rows back and my project was a bit crooked.  Sigh!  But at least with crochet you don’t need to jump through hoops to get yourself back on track.

The Yarn

Once again I used Lion Brand’s Mandala, but this time I used the color Pixie.  Originally, I was going to do a wide scarf.  However, there was only enough mint green at the beginning of the cake for one row.  For me it didn’t look quite right.  I got lucky when there was enough mint green at the end to give me a wider block of color.  I sewed the two ends together to create a cowl.

The Many Spring Colors of the Sprite Yarn
Aren’t these lovely spring colors? Now if Mother Nature would only act like it was.

The cowl can be draped down  your chest or it can be wrapped around your neck twice for warmth.  The light, spring colors are great for days like today when you really wish Mother Nature didn’t have such a sarcastic sense of humor.

Have you ever tired adapting a pattern?  How did it come out?  Did you struggle with making the adjustments?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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