Birthday Crochet Cloister Shell Shawl.
All went well until the yarn ran out!
I wanted to do something special for my mother’s birthday this month and found this great pattern and tutorial from Fiber Spider. Scroll down for all of the related links. Here’s a close up of the pattern…
His video is very easy to follow and I really appreciated that he completed several rows for those of us who take a little longer than most to catch on to the pattern. If I can do it, anyone can! Once I got in the groove, I continued until I literally ran out of yarn. Oh yes! Read on to see my solution.
When I saw this yarn and had to use it for something. Katia’s Spring Rainbow in Col. 53, Mauve, rose clair, rosé is stunning. It’s a 50% acrylic and 50% cotton bend that us super soft and feels amazing. The colors are gorgeous and the subtle change is so gradual it’s beautiful.
What to do when your yarn runs out? Think fast!
There was just one problem. Once my Spring Rainbow ended, it was a bit too short. I wanted the shawl to wrap easily around mine and mom’s shoulders. So, what’s a girl to do when she’s pressed for time and needs a nearly perfect color match? I headed to my local Philar shop and was over the moon to find this Phildar Coton 3 yarn in Lavander or Lavande and 100% cotton. It was a bit thicker and was not nearly as soft as the Katia Spring Rainbow, but it was so close in color, I didn’t mind at all. I was able to complete the shawl and send the parcel to my mom in time for her birthday. Phew!
So, here’s a look at the shawl close up so you can see the colors and the cloister shell stitch…
In the end, I was quite happy with the results. I hope my mom is too. She can be picky, so I hope she not only likes it, but wears it. She has an upcoming holiday and shawls are great for easy packing packing and throwing on when the night air gets chilly.
This color scheme is lovely for adults, but let’s not forget about the kids. My daughter really liked the shawl and the colors. Pink and purple – what’s not to love?
Scarves aren’t just to wear over your shoulders. They’re as a great cowl too! Wrapping it around the front is a fabulous way to stay warm and enhances your look with a sweater, jacket or coat.
Some have asked why I’m looking down. I’m definitely not a selfie person…nor a photograph person. Something I must work on. Luckily, my daughter is a very good photographer at 7. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
Here’s how the shawl appears from the back.
• Here’s where I purchased the yarn (in Europe):