Beginning the Forest Petals Shawl: A Scarf Story
|Prompted by your questions on the construction of the Forest Petals Shawl and my own fascination with the shawl's playful use of negative space, I pulled out a couple of skeins of yarn and a Tunisian hook and started chaining. Then I stopped and spent several minutes studying the pattern and layout diagram. Studying a pattern before you begin is quite possibly as important as the gauge swatch. True some parts of a pattern will not make complete sense until you have crocheted to that point, but a familiarity with the project construction can go a long way to at decreasing confusion later.
I will admit that I am not a great wearer of shawls but I love scarves. Seeing no reason I couldn't use this pattern to create a fabulous Spring scarf, I used the foundation chain to number of diamonds formula given in the notes to determine how many chains were needed for a three diamond width scarf.
| The first diamond progressed pretty quickly. If you have never worked Tunisian simple stitch before this video can illustrate the technique for you or help you visualize the stitches. Remember that for the first diamond you are not working in all of your foundation chains. The last stitch of the diamond is a slip stitch in the next unworked chain of the foundation chain.