Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pink Pineapple Shawl



I finished the Pineapple Shawl! Actually, the pattern I used isn't a shawl pattern...it's a chair back pattern supposed to be done in thread. I'd seen several people use yarn and a larger hook and use it for a shawl and thought it was so pretty. I couldn't find a pattern I liked as much at the time, so that's what I did too. I've since found some actual pineapple shawl patterns that I like and want to try also. This particular pattern can be found HERE, but you'll have to join the Yahoo Group to have access. It's free, and there are tons of nice patterns there.

I used an H hook and made a conscious effort to crochet more tightly than I normally do. Mine measures 52 inches across the top and 33 1/2 inches from top to the bottom tip. It's really big!

(To find the pattern once you've signed in, go to Files and click on that, scroll down to Chair Sets and click on that, then scroll down to PineFanChairSet.pdfPineapple Fan Chair Set - Favorite Designs Book No. 205 - The Canadian SpoolCotton Company - 1944 - with corrections.)

I don't believe I have ever enjoyed crocheting anything as much as this shawl. I loved the way the pattern just flowed and made perfect sense. It was very relaxing and it felt as if I had crocheted the pattern a hundred times before. Do you know what I mean? The only thing was that it kept tricking me into thinking I was nearly finished when I wasn't. I think I said for three days in a row that I was going to be finished that night, only to find that I really wasn't close to finishing at all. You'll see what I mean if you try the pattern yourself. It took me 20-24 hours of crocheting to complete, but I think I'm a slow crocheter.

I'm a little disappointed about the yarn I used. If I had known how much I was going to like the finished shawl, I'd have used a much better quality yarn. I just used plain old Red Heart Super Saver and I feel like it just doesn't do the pattern justice. I think the next one I do I'll use a baby-weight or sport-weight or maybe Caron Simply Soft yarn. I'd use JoAnn's Rainbow Boucle, but I'm afraid the pretty pattern would get lost in the colors. I learned that lesson the hard way before. If you want the pattern to show up, and you definitely do for this one, use one solid color.

It's been washed on the gentle cycle in cold water and then dried for about five minutes in the dryer, and then I blocked it on a quilt on my dining room table.