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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Misc. Monday – Are We Back to Normal Yet?

After working my bunny bum off trying to get the Hygge CAL completed in time for the Farm Fair, I am hoping that things in my life are now back to normal.  I know that the word “normal” is all relative and keeps changing, but can I have my life back now?  That would be great.  Thanks.

I completed the wrap on Saturday just after noon. The lining is done.  So is the cross stitch, overlay crochet, and all the bobbles.  This afternoon I hand it over to the judges and hope they appreciate all the blood (from pricking my finger with a needle), sweat (from the hotter than hell July), and tears (not really, but it was close at times) I put into this project.

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Misc. Monday – Getting Close to Crunch Time

It’s getting close to crunch time on my Hygge CAL.  The Farm Fair is one day more than two weeks away.  Yikes!  And though I have finished the first half of the cross stitch, there is so much left to do.  So I must apologize in advance if blog posts are next to nothing for the time being.  I’ll try to make some update posts, but I can’t make any promises.

I literally wore my butt out yesterday trying to get the first half completed.  Not exactly 100% completed since I realized after I rolled her up that I forgot three red stitches in the top right corner.  Oh well.  I’ll do them today.

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Misc. Monday – Procrastination is the Name of the Game Today

Today is a great day for procrastination.  It really is.  I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen in front of me.  It’s not all that hot outside, but my metal roof is really starting to bring in the heat.  Every time I have ventured outside this morning I have been surprised at how comfortable the temperatures are.

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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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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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