Introducing the Spring Sampler Shawl CAL!
It’s almost spring – and that calls for a crochet-along! Welcome to the Spring Sampler Shawl Crochet-Along with the fabulous Kate Eastwood!
A CAL is a great way to learn new skills, and Kate Eastwood’s Spring Sampler Shawl is the perfect way to learn new stitches! This beauty is a deep rectangular shawl that includes Suzette Stitch, Bobble Stitch, Zig Zag Stitch and Waffle Stitch, with a pretty ruffled edging! A perfect spring wrap for chilly evenings, morning strolls or even as a beautiful baby blanket! We’ve got videos to help you master the stitches, and lots of help and support on Facebook and our blog throughout the CAL!
Choose your yarn, choose your colours!
Kate’s design is perfect for DK weight yarn – she’s made her shawl in Willow & Lark Nest, a gloriously soft wool yarn with added cashmere, a luxurious treat for someone special. We’ve made ours in two alternative favourites: Paintbox Yarns Simply DK and Paintbox Yarns Baby DK!
Willow & Lark Nest comes in 29 stunning gentle shades, classic muted, melange and pastel shades for gentle wraps with beautiful drape. Paintbox Baby DK has 25 joyous pastels and brights in an acrylic/nylon blend to choose from, and Paintbox Simply DK gives you a whopping 60 shades to combine for your shawl from neutrals and pastels right through to neon brights!
The fun is in the colour choice! Kate’s shawl uses three shades, but you can use a single shade, or as many as you like – the choice is yours! The Spring Sampler Shawl will shine in any colour combination!
We’ve put together some of our favourite combinations for you, using Paintbox Yarns Simply DK:
Similar to Kate’s colour palette, we love this warm combination of Light Caramel, Soft Fudge and Blush Pink, it’s simply delicious!
Lilacs, purples and soft greens just sing spring! If you’re feeling floral – this might be the palette for you: Misty Grey, Pistachio Green, Pale Lilac and Dusty Lilac.
Another warm combination with Light Caramel and Soft Fudge – this time with Vintage Pink, which brings an orange based tone combination into play.
Monochrome combinations are great favourites and will make a fabulous statement shawl! Here we have Pure Black, Granite Grey and Misty Grey.
Blue skies and oceans of depth work wonderfully if you love your blue tones – this combination of Sky Blue, Kingfisher Blue and Royal Blue can’t help but bring a smile!
This is the colour palette that Louise from our Smiles team has chosen – she loves her greens! Slate Green, Pistachio Green and Spearmint Green will come together beautifully with a hint of Racing Green!
Sunshine and heavenly warmth come together in this zesty combination of Mandarin Orange, Melon Sorbet and Light Caramel!
How much yarn do I need?
In total, you will need approximately 2,300m (2,515 yards) of yarn.
Choose which colours you are going to use for each section of the shawl:
Kate has used the same colour for all the stitch sections, and two other shades for the dividing lines and ruffle edging.
For the stitches: 1,500m/1,640 yards
As a generous estimate, we recommend you allow 200m for the Suzette, Zig Zag and Waffle stitch sections, and 250m for the Bobble section.
For the Divider strips: 60m (65 yds) per strip
For the Ruffle edging: 350m (382 yds)
Yardages per ball:
Paintbox Yarns Simply DK: 276m (302 yds) / 7 balls for main colour, 1 balls for dividers, 2 balls for ruffle
Paintbox Yarns Baby DK: 167m (183 yds) / 9 balls for main colour, 2 x balls for dividers, 3 x balls for ruffle
Willow & Lark Nest: 115m (126 yds) / 13 balls for main colour, 4 x balls for dividers, 2 x balls for ruffle
I’ve used different yarn colours for the stitch sections (Vanilla Cream for Suzette, Dusty Lilac for the Bobble and Waffle sections, Pistachio Cream for the Zig Zag section) but you can work this shawl in any combination you love!
If you’d like to make your shawl exactly the same as Kate’s, using Willow & Lark Nest (using a 3.5mm hook) you will need:
- 13 x balls Sand (or your main colour)
- 4 x balls Rose (edging and for divider rows)
- 2 x balls Mushroom (divider rows)
Videos and patterns
There will be videos for each stitch in our blog posts on March 1st, 8th and 15th, along with Kate’s written patterns and photo tutorials, and we’ll post links to the posts on the Facebook group. There is no sign-up for the CAL – just join in with us on Facebook or here on the blog.
Hooks and tension/gauge
Kate has used a 3.5mm hook with Willow & Lark Nest, I’ve been using a 4mm hook with both Paintbox yarns and Louise has opted for a 4.5mm hook because she knows that she crochets very tightly and would prefer a fabric with more drape. The shawl is a gentle throw so there is no gauge specified, but if you know your personal tension is either tight or loose, you may wish to experiment with a swatch to go up or down a hook size before you start. Our yarn estimates are generous to encompass tension differences.
Finished size: approximately 165cm wide, 60cm deep – but everybody’s tension is different, and so this is an approximate guide.
We’re here to help!
Merion, Kate, Pauline and Louise will be joining you in our LoveCrochet CALs Facebook group to answer your questions, and you’ll be able to ask us about the shawl techniques and construction – and of course show us your progress!
To join the group, click here!
Show us your progress on Instagram!
We’d love to see your pictures on Instagram! Use the hashtags #crochetcrew and #pickyourpalette to show us your progress!
Explore more of Kate’s free tutorials on the blog, and follow her on Instagram here!