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Published on March 1st, 2018 | by Kate Eastwood

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Spring Sampler Shawl CAL Part One!

Are you ready? We’re so excited to share the first part of Kate Eastwood’s Spring Sampler Shawl Crochet-along! Curl up in your favourite chair with your hook and yarn and let’s get started!

When I was putting together the design for this shawl I wanted to create a piece of work that would showcase the varied textures that come from using a variety of different crochet stitches. To make these two things stand out as the feature, I decided to work the individual stitch bands in one colour and to have coloured dividing strips that would highlight each block of stitches.

There are two different designs to choose from for the final edging, either a soft ruffle or a crisp flat edging of double crochet (single crochet US).

To accentuate the width of the shawl the stripes are worked lengthways:

shawl

shawl

The shawl is worked in four different stitches: Suzette Stitch, Alternate Bobble Stitch, Zig Zag Stitch and Waffle Stitch.

Each stitch works up to give a close but draping texture that makes for the most wonderfully warm wrap. Each row throughout the shawl is 300 stitches.

There are two designs for the dividing strips, so you can choose to work whichever one you prefer! Option A – the Sand and Rose Shawl dividing bands are worked in a combination of Rope Stitch and double crochet (single crochet US), giving a luxuriously thick feel or Option B – the Pistachio and Slate Green Shawl dividing strips that are worked as four rows of double crochet (single crochet US). This gives a flatter, less structured feel to the finished shawl.

The finished shawl measures approx: 165cm long x 50cm wide.

The pattern has been written for a DK yarn, and is written in UK terminology with US terms in brackets.

For my sample shawls I worked one in Willow & Lark Nest with a 3.5mm hook and one in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK with a 4mm hook.

For the Willow & Lark Shawl I used: 13 balls of Sand 205, 4 x balls of Rose 221 and 2 x balls of Mushroom 207.

yarn

For the Paintbox Shawl I used: 6 x balls of Pistachio 124, 2 x balls of Slate Green 126 and 2 x balls of Washed Teal 132:

For the first part of this CAL we will be working two of the stitch bands and two of the dividing strips.

The first stitch band is worked in Suzette Stitch and the second is worked in Alternate Bobble Stitch.

The dividing strips can be worked as Option A or Option B.

Let’s begin!

Using your chosen yarn with the correct hook size work a chain of 300.

The first stitch band is worked in Suzette Stitch as follows:

crochet stitch

Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook *work a DC and TR (SC and DC US) in to the same stitch. Skip a stitch* and repeat from * to * to the end of the row, making your last stitch a DC (SC US). Chain 1 and turn. 299 sts.

Row 2:  Work a DC and a TR (SC and DC US) in to the first stitch. *Skip a stitch and work a DC and TR (SC and DC US) into the next stitch.* repeat from * to * to the end of the row, making the last stitch of the row a DC (SC US). Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 four times. 299 sts. Finish off.

suzette stitch

How to work the dividing strip:

Option A – used for the Sand and Pink shawl, a Rope Stitch & Double Crochet (Single Crochet) band

Option B – used for the Pistachio and Slate Green shawl – a band of Double Crochet (Single Crochet US)

shawl

Option A divider:

 

Row 1: With the right side of your work facing you, join in your new colour at the top left hand corner of your work. Working in to the back loops only, work a row of Rope stitch (DC (SC US) worked from left to right).  We need to increase the stitch count to 300 along this row – do this by working two rope stitches into one stitch, anywhere along the row. At the end of the row chain 1 but do not turn. 300 sts.

Row 2: Work along the row, from right to left as usual, working DC (SC US) on top of your row of the Rope Stitch. 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 but do not turn.

Row 3: Working in to the back loops only, work a row of Rope stitch. 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 but do not turn.

Row 4: Work along the row, working DC (SC US) on top of the row of Rope Stitch. 300 sts. At the end of the row finish off.

Option B divider:

Row 1: With the right side of your work facing you, join in your new colour at the top right hand corner of your work. Working in to the back loops only, work a row of DC (SC US) – and because we need the stitch count to come back to 300 sts, work TWO DC (SC US) into one of the stitches anywhere along this row. At the end of the row chain 1 and  turn. 300 sts.

Row 2: Work a row of DC (SC US) 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2.  Finish off at the end of Row 4. 300 sts.

Alternate Bobble Stitch

crochet bobble stitch

The second stitch band is worked in Alternate Bobble Stitch as follows:

 

The pattern:

To make a bobble: work 4 TR (DC US) all into the same stitch, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. You will now have 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Row 1: With the right side of your work facing join in the colour for the stitch band at the top right hand corner and chain 2. Working in to the back loops only and starting in the first stitch, work a row of TR (DC US). 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: This is Bobble Row 1. Now working in to both loops again as usual, DC (SC US) 2. Make a Bobble in the next stitch. *DC (SC US) 3, make a bobble.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. The last 2 stitches of the row will be DC (US SC). 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 2 and turn.

Row 3: Work a TR (DC US) into each stitch all the way along the row. 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Row 4: This is Bobble Row 2. DC (SC US) 4. Make a bobble in the next stitch, DC (SC US) 3. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. The last 4 stitches of the row will be DC (SC US). 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 2 and turn.

Row 5: Work a TR (SC US) into each stitch all the way along the row. 300 sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 5. 300 sts. Finish off.

With the right side of your work facing you, rejoin your yarn for the dividing strip and work either Option A or Option B.

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!

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




29 Responses to Spring Sampler Shawl CAL Part One!

  1. Bryony Anderson says:

    I absolutely love this and am I am so inspired to make it and about to order my yarn now! If I were to follow the instructions for the Sand & Rose Option A shawl but using Paintbox Simply DK (as the recipient can’t wear wool), do I need different amounts of yarn to that stated for the Option B shawl?

    Basically, if I wanted to make the Option A shawl in Paintbox Simply DK would I still need 6 x main colour, 2 x stripe colour, 2 x border colour?

    Thanks so much, Bryony

  2. Merion says:

    Hi Bryony! Yes, you’ll need the same amount of Paintbox Simply DK in your chosen shades. The only difference between the two shawls in terms of patterns, is that one uses a simpler dividing strip – and you can choose to have the ruffle edging or a plain flat edge.

    Kindest, Merion x

  3. Debora says:

    Love your design and color ways. Wondering if I can make this pattern as a square blanket for a baby. If so how many chains across for the pattern. Thanks.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Debora,

      Yes, it would make a lovely baby blanket! There will be a blog post at the end of the CAL with more information about how to do that, but we estimate 151 chains across.

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  4. Nina says:

    yes, I would also love to make this as a square baby blanket. so, how many chains across for pattern and would this change the amount of yarn I would have to order? Thanks!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Nina,

      There’ll be a blog post coming up about how to make this as a baby blanket, and we have estimated 151 chains across – so you would need approximately half the amount of yarn.

      Kindest, Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  5. What weight yarn is equivalent to your DK? I’m in Texas, USA. (I’m guessing Sport weight??)🇨🇱

    • Merion says:

      Hi Rhonda,

      You’ll need Light weight yarn (3) – that’s the closest – although sport weight would work here too. You can still order Paintbox Yarns Simply DK on LoveCrochet.com and you’ll get it pretty fast through our shipping!

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  6. Jane Garry says:

    Hi,’ Ive just started this fab cal. Can I ask on row 2 after I’ve chained one which stitch do I go into? Is it the treble from the row below or is it the DC?

    • Merion says:

      Hi Jane, are you working on the Suzette Stitch section? On row 2 you are working into the dc from the row below.

      Hope that helps!

      Kindest, Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  7. Jane Garry says:

    Hi, I’ve just reread the pattern & my fault I finished the 1st row with a DC & treble, & realised its just a DC!!!!

  8. Nancy says:

    Beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing it, and your time to help us with it. Just a quick question–in the bobble pattern row 5, we are doing DC (US), and not SC as stated in the pattern?

    • Merion says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Actually the bobble row itself uses SC in-between the bobbles, and the alternate rows are DC (US) – so it is absolutely as written. I think you can see a little bit more clearly in the video if that helps!

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

      • Connie says:

        There is actually a mistake in the pattern. It states row 3 is Tr(DC US) and then on row 5 it states TR ( SC US) it can’t be both. So just curious are we doing SC or DC between the rows of bobbles. Thanks

  9. Diane says:

    Quite excited to join your CAL!!!
    Please, is there a print friendly version? And, I too would like this pattern in a square.
    Thanks,
    Diane

  10. Alison says:

    Hi

    Any chance of a video of row 2 and 3 showing the rope n dc, just can’t work out wheee to stitch 🤔

    Beautiful shawl

    Alison x

    • Merion says:

      Hi Alison,

      With the rope stitch, you are literally working over the top of the rope – we haven’t got a video at the moment but you are literally putting your hook into the bottom of of that stitch and working over the top!

      Hope that helps!
      Kindest,
      Merion x

  11. Lynn Perrin says:

    what is the st multiple to adjust the size please tia

    • Merion says:

      Hi Lynn,

      Because each stitch band is slightly different, Kate has calculated the total number of chains to fit – but Suzette, Waffle and Zig Zag all work on a multiple of 2 – and the alternate bobble can be adjusted to fit that (depending on your bobble placement).

      Hope that helps!

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  12. Carol Sullivan says:

    Will this pattern work as an afghan? The different stitches are so intriguing . I have so many balls of yarn that I’d like to make an afghan of many different colors. I hope this will work out as an afghan. I love it.`

    • Merion says:

      Hi Carol!

      Yes, it would make a gorgeous afghan! The current width uses 300 chains, and I suspect if you double that, and then keep working the stitch bands until your afghan is deep enough, you’ll be fine!

      The finished shawl is 165cm long x 50cm wide, so if you double that width ways, it will be 100cm wide – and then just keep working until the afghan is long enough.

      In a week or so, there will be a blog post about how to convert the shawl into a baby blanket, so I will ask Kate about more accurate measurements for an afghan too!

      Hope that helps!

      I am very keen to make one in chunky yarn!

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team! x

  13. sharon says:

    This is my first time to do the crochet along project. How many weeks will it take to finish?

    • Merion says:

      Hi Sharon,

      This is a three week CAL – but you can follow along at your own pace! The posts will stay here on the blog indefinitely for you to follow.

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

  14. this is a great looking shawl and I started a big wrap so it’s longer than this one but I’ll try to adjust it and incorporate the rest of it with this pattern. I have a few items started, not finished because I’m usually making for others.and whatever I make for me if someone says is pretty, they like it I give it away and for a few years have kept nothing. now this one surely is for me. thank you very much for sharing.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Silvia, I am just the same! I end up with nothing left for me at all! Make sure you keep this one just for you!

      Kindest,
      Merion x

  15. Theresa says:

    where can I find the blanket pattern I want to make it

  16. Theresa says:

    can you give me the link to the baby blanket version

  17. Elaine says:

    Thanks for the great pattern! I think bobble stitch row five should say “Row 5: Work a TR (DC US) into each…” instead of “Row 5: Work a TR (SC US) into each…”

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