Lace Shawl Blocking

I think we need a name for the illness that practically requires you to finish a project when you have fewer than three rows left—even though you know that each row will take you more than an hour-and-a-half and it is already past your bedtime. OCD? Obsessive Crocheting Disorder?

In any case, my first Dahlia Shawl is finished! I made it a bit smaller than the original, stopping at 17.5" instead of 20" to 21". It still blocked out to 26.5" from center top edge to point, so it's a decent-sized shawl!

Here are my process pictures with some pointers for you folks making the shawl with me in the crochet-along, or those of you who'd like to make it in the future.

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. Here is the start of the shawl! The lacy adventure begins…
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Here it is after I finished the first repeat. It's a great easy-to-remember stitch pattern, so it became a wonderful project for working on while talking with friends or watching TV.
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And here it is finished! Well, almost. This is an unblocked photo, with the wires woven through, just before I stretched it out and pinned it down. I've decided to call this the Daffodil Shawl, because of the lovely yellow yarn.
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Here is a close-up of the edging before blocking. I used seven blocking wires: Two along the top edge, one down the center, one down each edge before the edging, and one on each edge through the chain spaces at the points of the edging. I lightly misted the shawl with my spray bottle, full of water and a little drizzle of Soak, before I stretched it out and placed the pins.
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The wires saved me a lot of time and pinning! But it still took all of my two boxes of T-pins as well as a handful of safety pins to get every chain space pinned out. The pinning process took about two hours.
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I really like the finished size. Bigger than a shawlette but still small enough that it's more of an accessory than a wrap. You may also notice that I've waited to weave in the ends until it is finished blocking. I like to do this with lace, so the woven ends don't restrict the natural stretch of the lacy stitches, and so they won't pull out of place when the fabric is stretched.
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Here is a close-up of the edging after it was pinned. Once I pinned Every Single Point, I sprayed the shawl again, wetting it thoroughly. Now I must wait for it to dry.
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While I wait, I can't help but start the next one. Is that a new illness, or are we still within the criteria for Obsessive Crocheting Disorder? All I know is, if there is a cure, I don't want it!

Until next time,

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