A few weeks ago, I was chatting with members of the Underground Crafter Ravelry group about a summer crochet-a-long (CAL). Everyone agreed that the project should be both portable (for summer travel) and lacy (so it could be used right away).
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I found Malabrigo Sock in a beautiful colorway, Lotus, at my local yarn shop, Knitty City. I spent some time swatching and thinking about special techniques, like broomstick lace or hairpin lace, but I wasn’t convinced that carrying the extra equipment around would meet the portability requirement. It’s no secret that I love pineapples, and I eventually settled on this lovely stitch, which reminded me of a picnic basket.
If you peek inside, you can see that the bag is only half full, even with 2 skeins of yarn, a scissor, the hook, my pattern notes (including several extra pages of revisions and handwritten notes), and my Chibi tapestry needles and case.
The finished shawl will roll up small enough to fit easily into your picnic basket.
The Picnic Basket Shawl pattern will be released free on the blog in 4 weekly clues during the CAL. (If you’re feeling impatient or want an easy-print format, you can opt to buy a PDF version of the pattern on Craftsy!)
I’ve shared a schedule below, but of course you can crochet at your own pace, and you can make your shawl larger or smaller. To be entered in the giveaway, you must share a picture of your completed shawl by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, August 31, 2015. More details about prizes will be available in after all the clues are released.
Picnic Basket Shawl CAL 2015 Schedule
Wednesday, July 1: Gather your materials!
- You can find the full materials list here on the Ravelry pattern page. Don’t forget to add the Picnic Basket Shawl to your favorites!
- Ravelry members, join us here in the Underground Crafter group to chat. Use project tag picnic2015.
- Facebook friends, say hello on the Underground Crafter page.
Monday, July 6: Rows 1-3
Monday, July 13: Rows 4-6
Monday, July 20: Rows 7-9
Monday, July 27: Final Row and Fnishing Instructions
Monday, August 3: Giveaway prizes and how to enter
Crochet at your own pace!
I’m looking forward to crocheting together!