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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My hands can do this --- Classy Leafy Shawl


I was asked by a former colleague to make a shawl for her when she saw me wearing this project. I agreed and told her to buy her own favorite yarn and choose its color.  She bought a red yarn. One break time, she was very glad to inform me that she wore it during one occasion she attended.  And her friends gave her a very good comment about the shawl I made for her.   I wasn't paid for this project because I made it for friendship's sake. But hearing a good compliment about a project I make is already enough to make me feel great and happy.  It's not always money that counts.

So whether in winter time or attending an informal or formal occasion, this beautiful, unique shawl is something to be proud of while wearing it.  It’s an elegant looking project that can add style and make you more attractive with your attire. It can be worn in other ways  you can desire to try on —as a scarf or hood. Pick your choice.   


*CLASSY LEAFY SHAWL
  
Materials:
(2)  Homespun, 6oz/170g/185yd/169m (wild fire 408)
(1)  button
       straight knitting needles, size 11
       crochet hook, size  F5/3.75mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficultyeasy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)             knit
(YO)        yarn over
(st)/(sts)   stitch(es)
(WYIB)   with yarn in back
(tog)         together
(K2 tog)   knit 2 stitches together
(ch)          chain
(sl st)        slip stitch
(sc)/(scs)  single crochet(s)
(FPdc)      front post double crochet
(tr)            treble crochet
(lp)           loop
(sp)           space

Special Instructions:
(FPdc) – front post double crochet – (YO), insert hook from front to back around post of (st) indicated. (YO) and pull up a loop even with loop on hook (3 loops on hook),  (YO) and draw through 2 loops on hook twice.

(tr) – treble crochet – YO twice and insert in next (sc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops thrice.

Instructions:
Making a slip knot
1) Pull a 240 inches length of yarn from the skein.  Make a circle and place the yarn coming from the skein under the circle.  The excess yarn (the longer one) will be used to crochet this side end later. Roll it up and tie it temporarily with a rubber band to keep it from getting tangled while you knit.
2) Insert the needle under the bar just made and pull on both ends of the yarn to complete the slip knot. The slip knot counts as your first cast on (st).

Making a slingshot cast on
3) Hold the  needle with the slip knot in your right hand with your index finger resting on the slip knot.
4) Place the short end of yarn over your left thumb, and bring the working yarn up and over left index finger.  Hold both yarn ends in your left palm with your 3 remaining fingers.
5) Insert tip of the needle under first strand of yarn on left thumb.
6) Bring needle over and around the first strand on your index finger.
7) Pull the yarn and needle down through loop on thumb.
8) Slip your thumb out of the loop, then bring thumb toward you, catching yarn end to form new loop on thumb and gently pulling to tighten new (st) on needle.
9) Repeat steps 5 to 8 to cast on another 38 (sts). Practice until you feel comfortable doing it.

Knit Stitch
10) Hold the needle with the first cast on (st) in your left hand.  
      Hold the empty needle in  your right hand. 
11) (WYIB) of the needles, insert the right needle into the loop of 
       the first (st) closest to the tip of the left needle.
12) Hold the right and left needles with your right thumb and index
      finger while you bring the yarn beneath the right needle on top
      of the right needle with your left hand.
13) With your right hand, bring the right needle with the loop of
      yarn toward you and through the (st) slipping the old (st) off
      the left needle.  Tighten the new (sts) on the shaft of the right
      needle.
14) Repeat steps 11 to 13 across the row until you become
      comfortable doing it. Remember, there should be only 40
      stitches in a row.
15) To begin the next row, turn the needle with the (sts) to your left
       hand and the empty needle to your right hand. Repeat steps 11
       to 15 until it measures  30 inches long. Don’t stretch it. To
       make variation in its size, I based the measurement not by the
       number of rounds these (sts) are made, but by the   actual size
       when it is put around  your neck and its ends reaching up to the
       middle of your chest.  

(Note:  The actual size of your neck and up to the middle of your chest vary individually. It means that you have to try it on first and see if it can already cover your neck and its ends reaching up to the middle of your chest.

Binding off loosely
16) (K) 2 (sts).
17) With the left needle,  insert it to the first (st) on the right needle
       and bring the right needle with the second (st) through the loop
       of the first (st)  and then off the needle.
18) (K) the next (st).
19) Repeat steps 17 to 18 until one (st) remains on the right needle.
      Don’t cut it yet.

Crocheting (1st side)
20) Remove the right needle with the yarn and insert the crochet
      hook into the last (st). Make (ch) and then turn around. Make
      (sc) in-between (sts). Continue making (sc) until you reach the
      last in-between (sts). Be sure to take the project up through the
      light to see clearly in-between (sts). Make (ch) and then turn
      around.
      Result – 38 (sc)
21) (Sl st) on first (sc). [Skip next (sc). (Sc) on next (sc)] 18X. Be
      sure to take the project up through the light to see clearly in-
      between (scs).  (Sl st) on last (sc). Make (ch) and then turn
      around.
      Result – 18 (sc)
22) Skip (sl st).  (Sl st) on first (sc). [Skip next (sc). (Sc) on next
      (sc)] 8X.  Be sure to take the project up through the light to see
      clearly in-between (scs).  (Sl st) on last (sc). Make (ch) and
      then  turn around.
      Result -    8 (sc)
23) Skip (sl st). (Sc) on first (sc).  [Skip next (sc). (Sc) on next (sc)] 3X. Be sure to take the project up through the light to see clearly in-between (scs). (Sl st) on last (sc).  Make (ch) and then turn around.
    Result -   4 (sc)
24) Skip (sl st). [(Sc) on first (sc). (Sc) on next 3 (sc).  Make (ch) and then turn around] 3X. Leave a 12-inch excess yarn,  cut, and tie it once.
    Result – 4 (sc)

Crocheting (2nd side)
25) Untie the excess yarn.  (Sl st) on first in-between (sts). Make
      (ch) and then (sc) on same (sp). (Sc) on next in-between (sts). 
      Be sure to bring the project up through the light to see clearly
      in-between (sts). Continue making (sc) until you reach the last
      in- between (sts). Make (ch) and then turn around.
      Result – 38 (sc)
26) Repeat steps 21 to 24 (Crocheting 1st side).

 Making of Leaf Pattern (2 pieces)
27) Repeat steps 1 to 2 (Making a slip knot).
28) Repeat steps 3 to 9 (Making a slingshot cast on).
29) Repeat steps 10 to 14 (Knit Stitch)
30) To begin the next row, turn the needle with the (sts) to your left
      hand and the empty needle to your right hand. Repeat steps 11
      to 14 (15X).
31) Knit decreases - (K2 tog) – insert the right needle into the front
      of the second, then the first stitch on the left needle as if to knit
      and knit them together as if they were one stitch and then off
      the needle.
32)  Continue doing the knit stitch singly across the row. (K2 tog)
       the last 2 (sts).
 
33) To begin the next row, turn the needle with the (sts) to your left
      hand and the empty needle to your right hand.  Repeat steps 31
      to 33 (19X).
34) (K2 tog) the last 2 (sts). Cut the yarn and tie it twice. Hide the
       excess.
35) Repeat step 25 only (Crocheting 2nd side).
36) Repeat steps 21 to 24 (Crocheting 1st side).

Connecting the Leaf to the Body
37) Both the excess yarns of one side and the leaf should be on the
      same side. Insert the hook into the first (sc) and pull the excess
      yarn of the leaf to make a loop. Insert the end of the 12-inch
      excess yarn of one side and tie them both together twice. Don’t
      cut the excess yarns yet.
38) Insert the excess yarn of the body into a yarn needle. Position
      both the ends of the body and the leaf  adjacent to each other. 
      Connect the leaf to the body of the project by inserting the
      yarn needle into each (sc) of both sides.  Pull and hide the 
     excess yarn of the leaf as you sew. Tie together the excess yarns
      twice at the end, but don’t cut them yet. This is the center area
      where the flower will be attached later on. Make another leaf
      pattern by following the same steps from 27 to 36 as shown
      above and then steps 37 to 38.

Making of Flower
1st Rnd – Don’t forget to hide the excess yarn as you crochet. Use your crochet hook to   make 6 (ch) and join with (sl st) to form ring. (Ch), 12 (sc) in ring.  Join in with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 12 (sc)
2nd Rnd – Make 3 (ch) and (dc) on same (sc).  [2 (Dc) on the next (sc)] 11X.  Join in with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result – 24 (dc)
3rd Rnd - Make (ch). Work (FPdc) around first (dc). [(Dc) on next (dc). Work (FPdc) around same (dc)] 2X. (Sl st) on next 2 (dc). [[Work (FPdc) around same (dc). [(Dc) on next (dc). Work (FPdc) around same (dc)] 2X.  (Sl st) on next 2 (dc)]] 4X. Work (FPdc) around same (dc). [(Dc) on next (dc). Work (FPdc) around same (dc)] 2X.  (Sl st) on last (dc).  These stitches form 6 petals of the flower.
Result –– 3 (FPdc) and 2 (dc) per petal X 6  = 18 (FPdc) and 12 (dc)
4th Rnd – (Sl st) through the first 3 (dc) of 2nd Rnd at the back.  [Make 4 (ch).  (Sl st) through (dc) in the center of the next petal] 5X.  Make 4 (ch). (Sl st) through (sl st) of the 1st (lp).       
Result – 6 (lp)- (4 ch per loop)
5th Rnd – (Sl st) on 1st (lp). Make 3 (ch) and (dc) on 1st (lp).  6 (Tr) and 2 (dc).  (Sl st) on next (lp).  [3 (Ch), (dc), 6 (tr), and 2 (dc) on next (lp). (Sl st) on next (lp)] 4X. 3(Ch), (dc), 6 (tr), and 2 (dc) on last (lp).  (Sl st) on beginning (sl st). Leave a 12-inch excess yarn, cut, and tie it twice. This forms another 6 petals.
Result -  6 (tr) and 4 (dc) per petal X 6 =  36 (tr) and 24 (dc)

Connecting the Flower and Attaching the Button
Insert the hook into one side of the center of the flower and pull its excess yarn out. Insert its end into the back hole of the button and tie it once. Using a yarn needle, insert the excess yarn into the other side of the center of the flower. Do this again twice to strengthen the hold of the button on the flower. Bring together both sides of the body of the project.  Put the center area in a cross position. Position the flower in the center area. Use the excess yarns to attach the flower and sew them all together. Sew even the sides of the center area to strengthen the hold. Insert the excess yarns through the (sts) to tie them all together twice at the back center. Hide them through the (sts) and then cut.     


*CLASSY LEAFY SHAWL

*This project was featured in my knit designer profile at All Free Knitting as "Winter Sunrise Shawl."  Posted # 1 in What's Hot - Top Knit Shawls Projects (Dec. 22, 2013). Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.

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   This project was featured also in my crochet designer profile at All Free Crochet as "Classy Leaf Shawl." Posted # 1 in What’s Hot - Top Shawls Projects (Nov. 23, 2013). It's listed as #1 among my Top Knit Projects.  Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you very much to all viewers.


*Though this ranking is not permanent, I'm very glad that this project was consistently featured and still posted as # 5 in All Free CrochetWhat's Hot- Shawls - dated Nov. 14, 2015 as shown below.   Thank you very much to all viewers. 


What's Hot

1.       It's a Sunny Day Shawl
2.       Hooded Blanket Wrap
4.       Open Air Shrug
5.       Classy Leaf Shawl
6.       Irish Crochet Shawl
7.       Falling Leaves Shawl
8.       Comfort Crochet Shawl
Happy Crocheting and Knitting to All (-.-)