Last summer (2019) when I was at the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) Chain Link Conference everyone was raving about the multi-colored 1000 yard cotton yarn skeins manufactured by Scheepjes and I could quickly see why! The colors were bright and eye-catching and the gradual changes from one color to the next were so pretty. I was drawn to these giant skeins but delayed in buying any since I had many projects already in the works.
Well, later in the summer while I was browsing in ACMoore I came across similar yarns and they were on a great sale – only $5 each! Of course, now was my chance to purchase and start brainstorming on what kind of stitch I wanted to use for my 1000 yard shawl.
I wanted to create a shawl that was more than a simple triangle so that it lays over your shoulders and stays in place due to its shape. So, I experimented with these cluster stitches and how to use them to create increases each row.
I love how the clusters stitches create an illusion of flowers and petals. There is an extensive stitches explanation below – don’t let it scare you. Once you get the hang of it, the same grouping repeats over and over. Would you believe that after Row 5 this project is just a one row repeat?
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Here is the video tutorial to take you through all of the stitches and steps:
Unfortunately, ACMoore went out of business this past year and this Nicole Stitch Studio no longer sells this type of yarn. So, here are some options for you (affiliate links) if you would like to make a shawl like mine – just click on the image or name to purchase:
Skill Level: Intermediate
Neck to bottom edge: 22″ (55.88cm)
Across top edge: 50″ (127 cm)
1000 yards cotton yarn (see links and info above) – Fine (2)
C/2/2.75mm hook (This hook is great because it helps to prevent your hand from cramping with the silicone handle)
Large piece of cardboard or foam core board
Towels to cover entire board
Rust-proof straight sewing pins (about 150)
Notes about Pattern:
Shawl is worked from the top down
Shawl has 4 sections that have 1 increase per section per row (for a total of 4 increases each row)
If you use a 100% cotton yarn, I highly recommend the finishing stage of blocking your shawl to make the stitches lay flat and the spaces more definitive
Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
Dtr (double treble) = YO 3 times; insert hook into st indicated, YO, draw up a loop; [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 4 times
Beg. dtr-Vst (Beginning double treble V-Stitch) = Ch 8, dtr in same st or sp
Dtr- Vst (Double treble V-stitch) = (dtr, ch 3, dtr) all in same st or sp
Beg. dtr-CL (Beginning double treble cluster) = Ch 5 or 6 (see note below), YO 3 times; insert hook into st indicated, YO, draw up a loop; [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times (leaving 2 loops on hook); YO 3 times; insert hook into same st, YO, draw up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook]3 times (now have 3 loops on hook); YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook
**Note: You may need to experiment with this starting chain; If you tend to crochet tight chains, then ch 6; Otherwise, ch 5 – you want this chain to be about the same height or a little shorter than the other legs of the cluster, not longer; If it is too long, it will push out and not look right
Dtr-Cl (Double treble cluster) = YO 3 times; insert hook into st indicated, YO, draw up a loop; [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times (leaving 2 loops on hook); YO 3 times; insert hook into same st, YO, draw up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook]3 times (now have 3 loops on hook); YO 3 times; insert hook into same st; YO, draw up a loop; [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times; now have 4 loops on hook; YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook
Dtr-CL-V st (Double treble cluster V Stitch) = Dtr-CL, Beg. dtr-CL in top of dtr-CL just made, dtr-CL in same st (as 1st dtr-CL just made)
Row 1: In 8th ch from hook: (Tr, ch 3) 3 times; tr. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 8, (dtr-CL in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp; ch 3, dtr in next tr, ch 3) 3 times; dtr-CL in 2nd ch of next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dtr in 5th ch of turning ch. Turn.
Row 3: Beg. dtr-V st; [dtr-CL-V st in next cluster st, ch 2, dtr-V st in next dtr] 3 times; ch 2, dtr-CL-Vst in next cluster st, ch 2, dtr-V st in 5th ch of turning chain. Turn. (1 dtr-CL-V st in each section)
Row 4: Sl st into dtr-V st, beg. dtr-V st, ch 2, (dtr-CL-V st in 1st cluster of section, dtr-CL-V st in next cluster st, ch 2, dtr-V st in next dtr-V st) 4 times. Turn. (2 dtr-CL-V st in each section)
Row 5: Sl st into dtr-V st, beg. dtr-V st, ch 2, (dtr-CL-V st in 1st cluster of section, dtr-CL-V st in each cluster on left side of each V-st across section, ch 2, dtr-Vst) 4 times. Turn. (3 dtr-CL-V st in each section)
Repeat Row 5 until there are 19 dtr-CL-V sts in each section for a total of 19 rows. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Unwind yarn ball until reach desired edging color and join with sl st in 1st dtr-V st. Beg. dtr-CL, ch 6, sl st in front loops of top of dtr cluster; dtr cluster in base of ch-6 loop, sl st in next cluster;
(Beg. dtr-CL (in same cluster as previous sl st); Ch 6, sl st in front loops of top of dtr cluster; Beg. dtr cluster in base of ch-6 loop, sl st in next cluster) across. Fasten off.
Wet entire shawl with cool water
Roll in a towel to remove excess water
Lay towels over cardboard (or foam core board)
Lay shawl on top of towels and pin along edges so stitches are opened and edging points are accentuated
Let dry completely
Now your Summer Petals Shawl is complete! I hope you are pleased with it and receive many compliments on it.
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