NaBloPoMo 9: WIP Wednesday

Thanks to a not-so-bad night’s sleep and a little more light in the sky this morning, I feel like my brain is slowly coming back online. Hopefully by the weekend, I might be vaguely human again.

It’s days like this that I want to crochet something comforting. Not too complicated but interesting enough to hold my attention, and something that I really want to get finished so I can wear it. So I picked this:



Craft: Crochet
Pattern: Juliana shawl on Ravelry
Yarn: The Yarn Yard Moondance, 2 skeins.
Notions: 6mm hook, 3mm hook.

I have to be honest at this point: the first part of this shawl is not an interesting make. Back and forth, back and forth until it measures the right width. It was a great travelling project, and good for taking to my lunchtime stitching group, since I could crochet and talk at the same time, but after a while, it gets a bit monotonous. Now that I’m onto the mesh section, it’s getting much more interesting. After some serious blocking, I think it’s going to be a great shawl to wear. Sticking with the ‘being honest’ theme, I should add that this is not a beginner’s pattern, or at least, not a beginner pattern-reader’s pattern. The way the repeats and increases are written is very concise and clever and makes sense to me, but could seriously confuse a beginner. If you’re used to knitting patterns, you’ll be fine, but you need a few under your belt before making sense of this one, I think. On the other hand, if you can read a basic pattern and are looking for something a little more challenging but not full-on lace yet, this is a great place to start.

To see what everyone else is working on this week, head over to Tami’s Amis here or by clicking the picture below.

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9 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo 9: WIP Wednesday

  1. It looks fab – but sounds a little too complicated to me (definitely a beginner here! I’ve only made one thing in crochet so far)

    In answer to your question on my blog, re doing the sleeves 2 at a time, you knit them from different balls, so I cast on from 1st ball, move the stitches further down, cast on from second ball. That way you knit normally, just making sure I’m knitting from the correct ball!

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    1. I’d definitely say get a few other patterns under your belt before tackling this. The solid section is dead easy, but the mesh section has a rather confusion way of describing the increases.

      Ah, that makes so much more sense! although I guess you have to be careful to always knit from the right ball 😀

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  2. Looks great, Laura! I like the colour contrast.

    I’ve just come to the end of a huge, lace shawl (trying to work out where to block it!) and am starting a scarf pattern that is supposed to be suitable for beginners … and I’m having problems understanding the pattern!!! It’s not supposed to happen that way round!!

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  3. It looks lovely. I really like the colours. I think it’s beyond me yet. Although I’ve made and designed quite a few things I tend to stick to basic stitches. I look forward to being capable of making it in the future 🙂

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