Picnic Basket Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares in 4 parts with video #tutorial. Available at http://undergroundcrafter.com/picnic2015A 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.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet patternAnd this shawl definitely meets the portability requirement.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern
Everything you need for the shawl fits into a project bag.

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.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

The finished shawl will roll up small enough to fit easily into your picnic basket.

Picnic Basket Shawl CAL with @ucrafter, free #crochet pattern

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!)

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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!

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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!

Monday, August 31: The big reveal: Flash your shawls on Ravelry, Facebook, G+, or Twitter, and/or your blog for a chance to win awesome prizes!

I’m looking forward to crocheting together!

If you’ll be joining in, let me know in the comments!

Announcing the Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long!
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