Making Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls is So Much Fun

Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls are so much fun to make.  Whether they are triangular with an increase on one side or some really weird shape altogether, they are not boring.  And I’m only talking about the basic shape.  Change the stitches every so often and you can have a crochet masterpiece.  The possibilities are absolutely endless.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Quick Crochet Stitch Review

Single thru Treble stitches
Single thru Treble stitches

Today I want to do a quick crochet stitch review of the stitches you have learned so far.  Consider this a “cheat sheet” so feel free to bookmark this post.  Though I haven’t mentioned the treble crochet stitch yet, you should be able to figure it out until I do that post.

The photo to the right should give you a good indication of how each stitch looks.  So if your stitches don’t match, please review the previous posts.  I will add links to the original posts next to each stitch for your convenience.

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WIP Tuesday – Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl

Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl
Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl – Try to say that three times fast.

Being in the midst of a hot and heavy summer, I decided it was high time to finish my Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl.  I don’t live too far from the “Jersey Shore”.  As a child I would spend a week with my extended family, enjoying the sun and sand.  When I got older, the trips were mostly with friends in the off-season to avoid the insane traffic.  But the allure of the sea lapping the sands remains with me to this day.  It’s mystical, ethereal, and haunting.

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Beginner Crochet Series – The Double Crochet Stitch into the Next Row

Today’s lesson is doing the double crochet stitch into the next row after the chain (and beyond).  This is where most people get frustrated if they don’t understand the parts of a stitch because they were not properly taught.  Those picture instructions in the back of most crochet books don’t spell out where the last stitch of a row needs to go.  This leads to wonky and lopsided projects.  Believe me.  I’ve done it on several occasions in the past.  I still have the afghan to prove it.

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WIP Tuesday – Finally Done with the Single Crochets on the Hygge CAL

Close up of my progress on the Hygge CAL
Close up of my progress on the Hygge CAL

I am finally done with the single crochets on the Hygge CAL that I am working on for the Farm Fair.  Yipee!  Job well done, me! 🙂  Now comes the “fun” part.  Okay, once I get started it won’t be as bad as my pathetic brain keeps making it.

This is just a short (I hope) post about my progress so far.  As I went along, I placed a bright colored thread in the 1st, 10th, 20th, etc. rows so I would have a guide for the cross stitches.  I then tied these threads together to keep track of each part of the CAL.

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Finding the Right Pattern for the Yarn You Have

One and a half cakes of Whirl
One and a half cakes of Whirl – lots of yarn to play with

Finding the right pattern for the one and a half cakes of Scheepjes Whirl I have just been given is going to test my resolve.  Recently, my mom bought some yarn from a website and asked if I wanted some of the Whirl since it was on sale.  Who am I to pass up an opportunity like that?  As an added bonus she threw in the remaining half of a cake she had gotten several months ago.  Double win, especially since they are the same colorway (Green Tea Tipple)!

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WIP Tuesday – Changing Strategy

It only looks like a hot mess
It only looks like a hot mess. The index card has all my important notes while the scrap yarn lets me know where each row is.

I decided that changing strategy was going to have to happen with the Hygge CAL I am working on.  I was getting such anxiety that it came to a grinding halt and I almost called it quits.  At the rate I was going, that wrap wasn’t going to be done by the end of the year much less by mid-July.  So rather than doing each part with X amount of rows of single crochets followed by that part’s cross stitch, the single crochets needed to be done all at once.

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Minecraft Crochet Patterns – Two of My Favorite Things Meet

Minecraft crochet patterns?  Yes, please!  Whether it’s an iconic Creeper or an adorable cow, the thought of a finished Minecraft crochet project sitting on my bed makes me smile.

Minecraft’s pixilated graphics translate incredibly well into crochet stitches so it’s relatively easy to create one of your favorite characters.  You can even create one of the many blocks that make up the world around you.  Diamonds, anyone?  How about some grass blocks?  Dirt blocks?  The possibilities are as endless as the world seeds.

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WIP Tuesday – My Three Scheepjes Crochet Projects to Date

White and Black Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn
White and Black Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn

I brought all three of my Scheepjes crochet projects with me to the library this morning.  Since I couldn’t make up my mind which one to put in my bag, I took all of them.

With the forecast calling for heat and humidity, the cotton blend of the yarns were a good choice.  It’s usually a temperature control lottery in the library when the weather changes dramatically.  Today the room was relatively comfortable, no doubt because the heat wouldn’t arrive until later in the morning.

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