Pattern of the Week: Soothing Shawl
The Winter 2018 issue of Interweave Crochet is packed with amazing projects. To be real, my Ravelry page has just about everything from this issue in my favorites. The Soothing Shawl by Susanna Tobias immediately drew me in because it just looked so comfortable! I don’t want to say I chose to make this because I wanted to have a blanket to leave at work, but yeah, I did. The only issue is that it is made using Tunisian crochet, which I didn’t know how to do.
Tunisian crochet patterns can be incredibly intimidating, especially for someone new to crochet in general. When I first started looking at patterns, I loved the ones using the technique, but always assumed it was too advanced and that I would just need to wait until I had more experience under my belt. I am here to tell you, it is not as difficult as it seems, and you too can easily pick up this stitch!
The best part about this design is the knit stitch in the center. This makes it easy to follow because you just have to keep the same amount of loops on each side of the centerline. I used a stitch counter to keep track, but for the most part, the stitch makes itself known. Like any new technique, it might take a couple of tries to get the gauge correct, but after the first few rows, it is easy to plug into an audiobook and fly through this project.
I used Premier Yarns Mega Tweed Blue Tweed, which I think gives it a richer, darker look, but I would try it in any of Premier’s beautiful colors including Burgundy Tweed, Mint Tweed, or Honey Tweed. If you want more neutrals, I would recommend Gray Tweed or Cream Tweed. You really can’t go wrong with this super-bulky yarn, perfect for your blanket (oops, I mean, shawl).
Finished Size 70” wide and 40” deep at center, excluding fringe.
Yarn Premier Yarns Mega Tweed (97% acrylic, 3% viscose; 74 yd/6 oz): #1007-11 soft blue tweed, 7 balls.
Hook Size P/Q (15 mm), 32”–40” Tunisian cable hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions Yarn needle.
Gauge 7 sts = 4” and 8 rows = 6” in patt.
Have you tried Tunisian crochet? Did you enjoy it? What color will you be making your blanket shawl in? Let me know in the comments!
Assistant Editor, Beadwork