Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn

Gemstone Lace Shawl

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Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn
Wish we’d taken a before picture but it’s pristine now!

 

Busy Busy bank holiday! Trying to get through all our jobs, but we have one down: the garage is gutted! We had a lot of stuff leftover from when we moved in (most of that went), a big cupboard at the back (where the gap in the paint is) and a carpet on the floor (icky… that went) and now it looks beautiful! A blank canvas! The floor even got a wash!

Today is sunday dinner, that makes it a write off; no chance of painting and moving stuff when I’m full of yorkshire pudding and cake and custard! So we’ll see how tomorrow goes.

 

I did have a small mishap when I tried to start my mirror project…. I may have somehow managed to smash the mirror while trying to take it out the frame…. I just don’t know where my hulk strength comes from! I think next time I may just tape it up rather than try to pull it out. However I do still have a functioning frame so I’m going to use it as chalk paint practice and if it ends up looking acceptable then it can be a photo frame.

As for the coaster I’ve been planning for about a month… yeah I still haven’t started them.

 

 

 

Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn
Posing for shawl shots… my least favourite part of blogging

I’ve been feeling a bit low on crochet projects recently, there’s so much to do around the house that the DIY seems to be coming first at the moment. I did enjoy todays project though; I wanted something a little more lacy, a bit more detailed than my virus shawl so I decided to go with this lovely pattern for a Gemstone Lace Shawl by The Lavender Chair.¬†This is a really lovely pattern once it gets going but I have to admit I wasn’t quite trusting it for the first few rows…. I couldn’t feel the repeat and my little triangle was splaying out very dramatically. I neglected to take any progress photos of this of course; I was crocheting in bed and was pretty sure this project wasn’t going to happen so no need to take pictures.

After few more rows I began to get a feel for the repeat, it’s a bit more complicated than the virus shawl but it wasn’t too long before I was hooking away without the pattern in front of me anymore. It does take a bit more thought though, a bit of concentration…. A few times when I was going over a row I discovered I had missed the little ‘gem’ stitch on the previous row but I decided to plod on, it gives it personality right? Well once I was blocking it I couldn’t even find the bits I’d missed so I’m glad I just left it.

 

 

Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn
I love the edging on this shawl!

 

The yarn worked out beautifully for this project. I used my Strawberry and Cream Caron Cake¬†which has such beautiful colour changes! I particularly like the coral colour, quite muted compared to other Caron Cakes but a lovely spring/summer colour. The colour changes didn’t happen quite where I wanted them (ideally exactly at the end of a row!) but I don’t think you can tell too much in the final project and you get a lovely striped effect getting thinner as it goes up.

 

This project used just over 1 ball of caron cake yarn, using the start of the next ball for the edging. You could probably leave off the edging if you wanted to use 1 ball however I feel like the edging really makes this shawl. My yarn started to turn from green to orange a bit sooner than I would have liked on the edging so I cut the edge short 1 row, making the shell part of the edge to be the only part that was orange.

 

 

 

 

I still wasn’t sure if I was ok with it: part of the orange edge is thinner than the rest because of when the colour change happens but I put it out to public opinion (ie. the fiance and his friend) and they couldn’t find anything wrong. Good enough for me! A quick block and off we go!




 

One addition I did make to this pattern was that I added little tassels to the top corners; for some reason my corners didn’t look quite right so I used some of the leftover orange yarn and it finished it off quite nicely.

Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn
You have to try and have fun during a photoshoot

I’m getting a rather large collection of shawls now… might be time to start giving some away!

 

Gemstone Lace Shawl: Crochet in caron cakes strawberry and cream yarn
Sometimes he can catch a picture of me when my smile is working

I have linked up with Waste Not Wednesday and The Really Crafty link parties wander on over for more inspiration!

What are your favourite caron cake projects? Comment below and show me what you’ve made!

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