Ombre Ombre!

I’ve just finished my first crochet project for a while, after getting more than a bit distracted with other crafts. Oops. Anyway, this is a scarf/shawl made using a Scheepjes Whirl in Lavenderlicious.

The pattern is the ‘Ombre Shawl’ by Sarah Shrimpton of Annaboos House. It was really easy to follow, and with lots of repeats in it I found it a really relaxing pattern to do – not too much counting and I could definitely ‘switch off’ when doing it. I just made a couple of changes – I added a couple of extra rows of trebles so that I could include more of the darker colours in the yarn, and instead of finishing with a reverse double crochet I just did a row of ‘normal’ double crochet. I’d never done the reverse version before, and just kept making a mess!

The yarn calls for you to use a 3.5-4mm hook, but I decided to go with a 5mm (yes, I’m a bit of a rebel) because I wanted the shawl to have more of a lacy look. It’s a bit more than I would usually pay for yarn, as it was £20.99 for 220g, but I love the subtle colour changes and it feels really soft as it’s 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. Everyone seems to have different ways of working with yarn cakes, but in this case I decided to start from the outside as I wanted the edge of the shawl to be the darker colours.

I’ll definitely use this pattern again, as I love the size and shape of it. A lot of shawl patterns out there don’t seem to be quite wide enough for the style I like, but this one is perfect (even without the extra rows I did). I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this shawl!

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