Pistachio Virus Shawl

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I was so excited to begin crocheting with my new Caron Cakes. So excited! In fact I managed to make a shawl in 4 days which for me is pretty darn fast! I was rather lucky this week that we had a 2 hour drive to a spa night this week so I had a free 4 hours of solid crochet which got me through a good 50% of the shawl. After having a bit a of a dry spell -a few weeks with no crocheting whatsoever – it’s been nice to have inspiration! Sometimes all it takes is some shiny new yarn…

Virus shawl with shawl pin crocheted in pistachio caron cake, can be worn two 2 ways

So the Caron Cakes passed the squish test (mmm soft), they passed the colour test ( so pretty!) so all they needed to do was pass the crochet test. I have had some beautiful yarn before that was soft and pretty and didn’t crochet like a dream…. My favourite project of last year was some lovely crocodile stitch gloves and scarf made with Debbie Bliss Luxury Sock yarn, which I still maintain is a truly beautiful yarn, however I made a few mistakes on that project and frogging it was a real nightmare. At one point (thankfully near the start of the project) it had knotted badly enough that I simply had to give up and start again… not that a challenge would ever put me off pretty yarn of course, I will be using that yarn again!

Now my newly acquired Caron Cakes came with none of these problems, it crocheted like a dream, felt lovely in the hands and was beautifully simple to undo when I made a mistake.

Which I did do.

Of course.

More than once.





I really wanted to use my first ball of this lovely yarn to make myself a shawl, the most popular of which at the moment seems to be the Virus Shawl. I used the Crochet Crowd’s quick guide to access the website that is the source of the pattern and began to follow the chart. This is a wonderful pattern that looks so intricate and complicated but once you’ve done the repeat once or twice it’s super easy to follow.

If you can’t read crochet diagrams there are written versions of the pattern out there however I would recommend giving diagrams a go as once you can read them it makes your life so much easier! Not only does the diagram look roughly like how the finished project will look, but you won’t have to worry about patterns written in other languages as diagrams are always the same. The virus shawl being a prime example of this as it is a german pattern.

Now I was a little disappointed that my colour changes in the yarn didn’t take place at the ends of the rows but once it was finished, it does actually look as if the colours start at the beginning of the row. One the perks of the pattern it would seem!


Stretched out on my playmats… I mean blocking boards

I wasn’t entirely sure 1 Caron Cake would be enough for a shawl, I was beginning to think I may need a teeny bit extra to make it big enough. However I finished my row with a little bit of yarn leftover and decided to trust the yarn and
block it. Perhaps the blocking would give it a bit of extra width. And boy did it! It’s turned out a lovely size and I
cannot wait to wear it! The only thing I can’t decide is whether or not add some pretty tassles to the top corners, what do you guys think?




I even ordered myself a wooden shawl pin as a treat to really show it off! And as a side note, everything with KnitPro Symfonie written on it is truly beautiful!

So first Caron Cake project out of the way but there’s no rest for the wicked! Inspiration has hit again and I’m back on the hook! Time for a Funfetti Cowl! You can’t see the result until next week, but I will give you a sneak preview….


1 Cake down, 5 more to go!
I’m taking part in Nifty Thrifty Sunday and the really craft link party, why don’t you come along to see all the lovely crafty things or join me on Pinterest for more inspiration —> Pretty Potato


  1. What a fun pattern! 🙂
    Thank you so much for linking up with us!
    XO, Vanessa

    1. Thank you, I really enjoyed making it, think I’ll have to make another one or 10!

  2. Teresa says:

    It’s a really pretty pattern, and I so love the colors. That you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Party this week. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m in love with this yarn, such pretty spring colours

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