Evening Evelyn

Oh I have NO idea where Drops get the names from for their patterns but ignoring the name, this shawl is quick and easy to work up.

170 38 Crochet ShawlI was given a skein of the delightfully soft Juniper Moon Farm “Herriot” dk.  It’s 100% baby alpaca and it is wonderful to work with.  I used a 4mm (G) hook but as this is an open lacy design it is really up to personal preference on your yarn and hook.  Work a small sample, try other hooks or yarns.  I love the versatility of lacy work!

Over time you will come to realise that I love shape and space (as the UK government currently insist we call geometry in schools).  I love how shapes interact and create new patterns.  Here we see lots of diamonds (a rhombus for the maths teachers) connecting to form stars and 3d cubes.  Tessellation in a simple way.

Evening Evelyn 170 38

 

Drops pattern no. 170-38  Evening Evelyn

I have re-written the pattern as so many people struggle to understand a Drops pattern in it’s original form.  I’m just hoping they don’t object.

ABRREVIATIONS – please note these are UK terms.

ch – ch

ch sp – chain space – work the dc into the space not into a particular stitch.

dc – double crochet (US – single crochet)

dtr – double treble  (US treble)– wrap yarn twice around hook before entering stitch, wrap, pull through, *wrap, pull through 2 loops*, repeat twice more

qtr – quintuple treble  (US quadruple treble) – wrap yarn 5 times around hook before entering stitch, wrap, pull through, *wrap, pull through 2 loops*, repeat 5 times more.

 

THE PATTERN

Row 1: Chain 13

Row 2: ch4, (dtr, 5ch, dtr) into 11th ch from hook, ch3, dc into first ch

Row 3: ch10, (dtr, 5ch dtr) into dc, ch3, dc into 5ch space, ch3, (dtr, 5ch, dtr) into 4th ch after last dtr of previous row, ch3, qtr into same ch

Row 4: ch10, (dtr, ch5, dtr) into qtr, ch3, dc into 5ch sp, ch3, (dtr, 5ch, dtr) into next dc, ch3, (dtr, 5ch, dtr) into 4th ch after last dtr of previous row, ch3, qtr into same ch.

Row 5 and all following rows: ch10, (dtr, ch5, dtr) into qtr, ch3, dc into 5ch sp, 3ch, *(dtr, 5ch, dtr) into next dc, ch3, dc into 5ch sp, ch3,* repeat from * to * until end of row, (dtr, 5ch, dtr) into 4th ch after last dtr of previous row, ch3, qtr into same ch.

The chart has been re-drawn using typical chart symbols.

NOTE: as there is no symbol for the qtr I have used the nearest applicable.

Evening Evelyn

Once the shawl is the desired size (or you run out of yarn as I did) finish a row, neatly sew in the ends and block.

Blocking – used to open out the lacy design and to encourage the correct shape of the shawl.  Blocking will need to be repeated each time the shawl is washed.

There are 2 ways to block.

Flat Blocking – dampen your work by putting it in a bowl of cool water.  Squeeze through so all the fibres are just damp.  Lay the shawl on a large towel (you may need to fold it) and then roll the towel up.  Squeeze out as much moisture as possible.  Next, lay the shawl on a large surface such as play mats or the spare room mattress(!) and pin to shape.  Ideally a set of KnitPro Lace Blocking Wires are good for this as you can ensure the straight edges are kept straight and you can provide an even tension across the shawl.  Once pinned, leave the shawl to dry naturally.

Steam Iron – not really the best method if using an ironing board as you can’t really stretch the work fully to get the shape correct. Pin the work to stretch it, making sure the rows are as straight as possible.  Gently hold the steam iron over the work, hovering about 1cm above.  The steam will dampen the work and it will quickly dry in shape.  Once the piece is dry, unpin and repin the next section.

 

 

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