UPDATE: This pattern now includes a stitch diagram for ease of use!
How about kicking off the New Year with a new crochet pattern? Those of you still feeling the effects of the Polar Vortex are sure to appreciate this one, as it's a woolen lace shawl.
This is our second design for A Hundred Ravens, who will be making this pattern available as a kit with their Iachos fingering weight wool.
For this design, we looked to photos of Victorian fashion for inspiration, and what we found was buttons, lace, and an abundance of shorter shawls that could be fastened at the neck so that a lady might go about her day without fear of losing her covering.
We included instructions on how to crochet your own buttons, so you needn't worry about that pesky chore of finding just the right ones (unless, of course, you enjoy the hunt!).
And here's a fun treat for those of you crochet geeks out there who would like to enhance your knowledge of crochet mechanics: this shawl is actually a bit of a lesson in how different crochet stitch patterns relate to one another! We have dubbed it the Transformation Shawl because as you work, you will see how small shells transform into larger shells, then shell lace, and finally pineapples.
While the pattern instructions are given for one size only, we have designed it to fit up to a 16-inch neck circumference and 37-inch should girth. The fit around the neck may easily be adjusted simply by changing the placement of the buttons, as explained in the pattern.