Starry Evening Shawl

mini with starry evening

I have finally published my first shawl pattern for sale on Ravelry. It’s called Starry Evening Shawl and is available here. Above you can see my cat Mini modeling it. Technical details for this shawl are on my Ravelry projects page.

This was my first crochet design, if you don’t count Tapestry Crochet graphs, and for some reason I decided to just dive in and make a shawl. The yarn “starry” by Dream in Color was my inspiration for the design. I wanted to make a pattern that showed off the silver flecks in the yarn and also to echo the “starry” motif in the stitch pattern.

Here is the shawl as done by untanglingmymind.

In the process of making the pattern I was introduced to the art of hand drafting. My friend Kurt lent me a drafting table and some tools and little by little I learned how to use them well enough to write out a crochet chart. My friend Annette was kind enough to scan it so I could convert the chart to pdf.

My sister, who has been crocheting all of her life, helped with the written pattern. She’s a real stickler for precise language and I learned how to write clear and concise instructions.

The version above was made with Crazy Zauberball yarn. Technical details here.

The next step was having the pattern tested. I am fortunate to have made contacts with quite a few excellent crocheters through the networking site Raverly and also through a local crochet meetup group Crochet Connection of Chicago. I have to give a big shout out to my testers, who go by the Ravelry names, marycat, untanglingmymind, nancyp, pixie56, jgoodnow and akatonbo.

By now you’re probably getting the idea that a lot of people had a hand in helping me make this pattern. I feel really thankful for all the support I have gotten from friends, family and my crochet peers. To everyone who helped me with this project I say Thank You!

The original Starry Evening Shawl made with Dream in Color Starry yarn. Technical details can be found on my Ravelry project page.

Weather in Chicago: HOT

 

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9 Responses to Starry Evening Shawl

  1. robinbrz says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job! The pattern is beautiful and really does reflect it’s name.
    Nicely done!

  2. What a beautiful shawl. This is a pattern is light weight enough to be worn in the south most of the year where I live. Great job!

    Southernraised (on Ravelry)
    Lynn in Cary, NC

  3. Great pattern … love the feline model! =D

  4. Jane B. says:

    Hi Kathy,
    This is your cousin Jane here. I’m so impressed with your beautiful blog and gorgeous creations! Tried to phone you, but couldn’t find the no. Merry Christmas and sending my love to you, Lu, family and pets. Jane

  5. Maria says:

    Kathy this shawl is gorgeous! And I have added it to my raverly, it is a must make for me! Thank you!!

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