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Thursday, July 11, 2013

So Simple Box Stitch Shawl

This is a simple shawl pattern, similar to the popular Granny Square Triangle Shawl.  Made with the Box Stitch Pattern it does not display all of the holes of a true Granny Square Stitch.  It is worked with worsted weight yarn and it is what I would consider a very generous size shawl for those of us who dislike bare arms and want lots of coverage.IMG_4518 Materials:

16 oz any soft worsted Weight yarn  color of your choice

Susan Bates U.S. Size I – 9 crochet hook

Size approximately 80" wide by 40" deep including border


Row 1:  chain 6, sl st in first st to form ring.  Or start with Adjustable Loop
Row 2:  chain 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc in ring, ch 1, turn ( 8 dc)
Row 3:  sc in space between first 2 dc, chain 3, sc in ch 2 space, ch 3, sc in same space, (point made) ch 3, sc between last 2 dc, turn.
Box Stitch Shawl
Row 4:  ch 3, 3 dc in first single crochet, (this adds a new cluster to the beginning of each dc row) 3 dc in ch 3 space across row to the 3 chain loop (point) work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in loop, 3 dc in next 3 ch sp, across row ending with 4 dc in last single crochet, turn. Your shawl will gradually form a natural curve at the ends as double crochet rows are added.
Row 5:   ch 1, sc between first 2 dc, chain 3, skipping 3 dc, work a sc between the dc stitches forming groups of 3 dc clusters, to the point.  In the point work sc, ch 3, sc all in the same space, ch 3, continuing to form 3 dc clusters to end of row, ending with ch 3, sc between last 2 dc, turn.
Box Stitch Shawl 2

Repeat: rows 4 and 5 until you have 28 double crochet rows. 
For additional Photo tutorial on how to get started:
http://idealdelusions.blogspot.com/p/for-this-tutorial-i-changed-colors-only.html

Depending on your choice of border you may wish to work row 5 one more time to take advantage of the 3 ch loops as a base for the border.

I love a basic fringe for a border; of course, as always, you may add the border of your choice or none at all. 

On this shawl I wanted to make it a bit more fancy so I adapted the border from Doris Chan’s “All Shawl” which can be found in her free pattern on Ravelry. 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/all-shawl 

If you wish to add the same border I did, you need the All Shawl pattern by Doris Chan.
If you observe the pattern you will notice it alternates shell patterns with pineapples. 
I ended my shawl on a single crochet row so I would have the chain 3 loops to work in, instead of the double crochet stitches. 
I wanted a pineapple stitch to be at the center of the point, so starting at the point, instead of counting  as 1, 2, 3, I counted the point loop as a pineapple, space, shell, space, pineapple, space, shell, space pineapple, etc.. until I got to the beginning of the row.
It so happened on my shawl the first loop would be a shell.  I then began on the second row of the border  (see the  mark for row 2 on the left side of the graph on the top of page 9 on the All Shall Pattern)
I followed that graph and I chained 3, ((but I worked a double crochet in the same stitch (see red arrow) on my photo below because I wanted a solid edge)) then I worked chain 1, double crochet shell, ch 1, skipped a loop, triple crochet set, (to start pineapple) skipped a loop, worked a dc shell, skipped a loop...repeat to the point.
In the point I worked the triple crochet set for the pineapple, then starting up the other side I skipped the next ch 3 loop and worked a shell, skip a loop, start triple crochets for the  pineapple.   When I got to the end of the row I chained 1 and worked 2 double crochet in the last stitch.  There you have the base for the border.  NOTE: If the the base for the border seems a bit tight for your shawl, try putting 2 chain stitches between each shell and pineapple stitch instead of just 1 as you work across each row.

Follow the graph rows 3 – 6 working shell in shell stitches and pineapple stitches required for each pineapple to complete your border.
Page 8 gives a close up detail of how the finished pattern should look.

I received an email that said, in part: “I finally got it worked out but not starting with a shell but a space. I am glad I counted the pattern back to the start and not assumed mine was the same as yours. I took advantage and made my edging border begin with ch 3,dc,dc, in the first 3 stitches. Then did a shell in the next loop. It worked out great and the pineapple hit the point loop. I finished the row with 3 dc in the last 3 stitches. That really gave me a nice straight edge for the border all the way through. I found the graph a bit confusing as well.  How you applied it to your pattern made perfect sense to me.  Roxane


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This shawl is displayed spread out on a standard double size bed.
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A while back someone (Anonymous) had asked me if I knew of a way to shorten the point of this shawl, which I did not.


I recently received a lovely email from Jane Oldenburg.  I asked her for permission to mention her name and to share the suggestion she offered on this shawl pattern.  


Jane said “ I think I'll enjoy the box stitch shawl.  Love the big size cause when I need to cuddle I need something big enough to cover.   Not worried about the length, but a tip for shortening it,  work center third in hdc instead of dc, after working ten or so rows.  This will give shorter tail, but the needed length on the arms.” 

I have absolutely no experience with this method and I have not tried this tip but I have offered this bit of information from Jane because did want to let everyone know what Jane suggested so they can experiment if desired. 
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This is the same shawl worked in Red Heart Super Saver.  14 oz brown, 7 oz black, with a bit of both left over.  I used U.S. size I-9 Susan Bates Hook (my favorite size)

This is what I consider a heavy duty working shawl.   The shy fellow here is my dear heart and he is the one who puts up with all my antics and supports me in all my endeavors even when that means holding up my latest project for the camera.


Shawl is displayed on a Queen sized bed.
I love a deep swishy fringe so I cut 18 inch lengths and used 2 strands in each stitch, alternating the brown and black.

This little gadget is what I call a shawl button loop. 
I make them to match all my shawls of this type.
I use 2 strands of the same yarn and make an “I  cord” about 8 inches long. 
Then I make a bulky knot in each end.  I used a Knitting Knobby to make the cord.
A Knitting Knobby is a new gadget used for plain old fashioned spool knitting.
The ends can be pushed through the larger spaces in the front of the shawl to hold it closed.  If your stitch is tight enough you can just poke the ends through on each side like a button.  If your stitch is loose you can tie it or run it through twice.  Or if you prefer you can make it much longer and use it to "lace up" the front of your shawl (like a shoelace) giving a poncho effect. 


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This is the same shawl and the third and last view for this post.  I selected what I thought was a 16 ounce “mill end” bag of powder blue sports weight yarn, that I purchased at A. C. Moore for this version of the shawl.  I used a simple “V” stitch border with a picot in the last round to soften the edge and it was worked with a size “J” Susan Bates hook.  I like to use a large hook with a light yarn for a softer, flexible feel to the finished item.  I do have to crochet slower as it is more difficult to maintain an even tension with an oversized hook..
I am delighted how it came out and also surprised.  I expected it to be smaller than the others because of a lighter weight yarn but it is in fact larger.  Why ?  I didn’t know so I weighed the shawl.  It would appear I acquired a very generous mill end bag that was actually 18 ounces and not the expected 16.  The shawl is about 47 inches from the shoulder to the point and it is about 94 inches wide.  I do not have a place where I can spread it out flat and take a photo of it but I did get a few photos and close-ups.

This shawl can also be made in any size from a 
shoulderette to as large as you like. 
I, myself, love an oversized shawl as I like generous arm coverage. 

One thing I would like to say in favor of a deep shawl, such as this one, 
the wearer can lift it to cover her head and still have 
full coverage of her arms and shoulders.


When the shawl is as large as you want it you can add the border of your choice.
To make the border on this shawl, I stopped the basic shawl pattern on a single crochet and chain stitch row, reference (row 5), turn..

Border Pattern Stitch   double crochet, chain 2, dc in same space.  “V” stitch made

Row 1  Ch 3, dc in first stitch (for a solid edge) dc, ch 2, dc in the next 3 chain loop (counts as first “V” st,) work 1 “V” st in each 3 chain space to point. Work (“V” st, chain 3,  “V” st)  in the 3 chain loop at the point, continue, working 1 “V” stitch in each 3 chain loop to end, work 2 dc in last stitch.  Turn

Row 2:   Ch 3, dc in first dc,  “V” stitch in center of each “V” stitch, to point. Work “V” st, chain 3,  “V” st  in the center space of the point,  “V” st in each “V” st to end.  2 dc in last stitch.

Repeat Row 2 to make your border the width you like  (This shawl has a border 5 rows deep)

Picot stitch:  Double crochet in center of “V” st, chain 3, slip st in first chain of chain 3, dc in same “V” stitch = "V" st with picot on top..

Final round  Work "V" st with picot, in the center of each “V” st of the previous row, working  (dc, picot, dc, picot, dc, picot, dc)  in the center chain space of the point, work “V” st with picot in the center of each “V” st to end, 2 dc in last stitch.
 To help you plan ahead, this shawl had 35 double crochet rows, 35 sc / chain stitch rows and 5 rows “V” stitches for the border.  When I finished this shawl I had only about 7 inches of yarn left, it was that close. 


Yes, I know I said the blue shawl would be the last one I posted for this pattern but today I want to talk about “Caron Simply Soft Party Yarn”.   Since I did add a little something extra to the design I thought I would just sneak it in on this same post. The color of this shawl is Silver Sparkle but there is a nice selection of other colors and I loved working with this soft, shiny yarn.  I think it made an elegant shawl.  Modest but has a discreet sparkle that can be worn day or evening.   This shawl is a bit smaller and is more for dress up than a heavy duty working shawl.

I used 4 Skeins (3 oz. 85 G) Caron Simply Soft, Silver Sparkle and a Size I Susan Bates Hook

It is hard to capture the sparkle with a camera unless you get the light just so.  I did the best I could do but it does not do justice the luxurious feel of this yarn.  You really need to see and touch it.


I worked the pattern until I had completed the first 5 rows of double crochet groups.  On the next row instead of single crochet, I worked a double crochet and chain stitch row.  
So the row would be worked as ch 3, dc between first 2 dc, chain 3, skipping 3 dc, work a dc between the dc stitches forming groups of 3 dc clusters, to the point.  In the point work dc, ch 3, dc all in the same space, ch 3, continuing to form 3 dc clusters to end of row, ending with ch 3, dc between last 2 dc, turn.
The following row, I resumed the pattern of double crochet groups stitches and worked as per the pattern. 

On this shawl I put my space row after each set of 5 double crochet rows.  To do this  I inserted the row of double crochet and chain 3 stitches instead of single crochet and chain 3, then resume the pattern.  The height of the double crochet stitches are what make the spaces.  You can put the spaces rows anywhere you want them.  

The border on the Gray Sparkle Shawl is also an adaption of the border created by Doris Chan for her All Shawl Pattern.  It is the same as the border on the first shawl shown on this post. 
The information and link and my adaption notes are listed above with the pattern instructions.

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For those of you that have considered choosing a variegated yarn for this project, this beautiful interpretation of the So Simple Box Stitch Shawl was stitched by B. L. Pomroy-Martinez who has generously allow me to showcase her work on my site.  She created this amazing shawl in:
Red Heart Super Saver print yarn “Monet”  E300.0310 
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115 comments:

  1. This shawl is so pretty! I'm going to try it soon. Thx for sharing.

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    1. You made a beautiful shawl, good for you. I am definitely going to make this for a friend. I know she will love it!!!!

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    2. Thank you. I hope your friend likes it to. I love to surprise my friends. I just finished another one, brown with black and I used fringe. I love fringe because I love the way it walks with you and it gives a shawl a more rustic look. I hope to have the photo up within the week. Thanks for your note. Dorie

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    3. Finally a shawl large enough for cozy warmth! And the instructions are very explicit and easy to follow. Thanks a million.

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    4. So glad you like it. Thank you for your comment
      Dorie

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    5. I finished mine today! And I made a matching hat. And I've started my second one. Mine isn't as huge as yours, but it's perfect for traveling to Europe, and can become a pillow on the plane. Mine is a bright pink.

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    6. Thank you for your note. I am delighted you are happy with your shawl. Bright Pink is such a happy color. I have used shawls for many things, shawls, blankets, cut flower sling, baby carrier cover, apron, firewood carrier, towel, beach skirt. Now I shall be add pillow to the use list. Thank you for your note. Wishing you many adventures and safe traveling.

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  2. It is official: I love this pattern! I thought that the blue one was pretty but when I saw the brown and black shawl, I knew that I had to make this shawl. It will be soon! Your patterns are the bomb! You have made me excited about crochet all over again! Thank you!!!!!!

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    1. Harriet,
      I am delighted you like it. I am about to start my 3rd one. Also, within the next few days I hope to find time to put up a photo of the way I use an "I cord" to “lace” them up the front so I don't have to hold them closed.

      Thanks for your note. Dorie

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  3. Hi Dorie!
    I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed your blog! I found you only a few weeks ago and have already made a 12-pointed star blanket for a baby and am working on another in the rectangular box/block stitch pattern (wintergreen) Thank you for your wonderful patterns!!!!!
    Dianne Vittone

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    1. Hi Dianne, Thanks for visiting and saying such nice things. I love how fast the star blankets work up and you can make any size you want if you have enough yarn. The box stitch afghans are nice too. The older I get (70 now) the quicker I want to finish my projects. "So much yarn, So little time." But then I have always been like that, "Git 'er done" so I can start another project.
      I love to share my patterns and I love to hear from others who love to crochet. Dorie

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    2. Jennifer SadurskiMarch 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Your shawls are beautiful, I am definitely going to make one when I finish hubby's jumper, I can't wait to snuggle beside the fire, though it will be next winter before I do that, can't wait to get started

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  4. Thank you for sharing another great pattern! I will be adding this one to my (growing) to-do list :-)
    --mary /yaya

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    1. You are very welcome. For other patterns look through the archives. Only the weekly top 10 show on the top of the page.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your pattern! This is the first shawl I've made, and I'm happy with how it turned out. Are you on Ravelry? Here's a link to my project page and shawl project photos. Thanks again! http://www.ravelry.com/projects/booniesangel/box-stitch-shawl

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  6. Yes, I am on Ravelry. You can find me there as DAYT or Doris Turner.
    I followed your link to view your shawl. It is beautiful, I love the color. So nice to see someone else's work. I am so happy you are pleased with the pattern. Thank you so much. Your note made my day.

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  7. THIS IS REALLY VERY BEAUTIFUL. I'VE MADE TWO PONCHOS AND A SHAWL AND I LOVE BOTH. I WILL TRY THIS. I LOVE THE WAY IT LOOKS AND LOVE IT BECAUSE IT IS SO HUGE. THAT'S GREAT TOO.

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    1. It is fast and easy and it can be made any size you like, from regular to huge. I have made this even larger than the ones in the photos I have posted. Your yarn supply and your height are the only limits. I am rather short so I have to stop before the point drags the floor.

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  8. Can you show the pattern in symbol crochet. I am a visual learner and it is easier to make to see the symbols
    Thank you for the beautiful shawl

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    1. I have no way to create a chart so I post close-up photos to try to help make my directions visible. I wish I could do more. However all of the "box stitch" patterns have photos, the same on some of the patterns but some different on others. If you view them all, perhaps it would help.

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  9. I totally love your patterns. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us. I was wondering if there is a way to make the box stitch shawl with the width that you make them in, but not have the length so long that you tend to sit on them? I too dislike the bare arms aspect, but don't care for the longer length.

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    1. I do not know how to shorten the point, unless you find the center of each side and create more equally spaced points on each side when working the way down which, to my way of thinking, should make it flare out a bit and give more of an octagon shape. Because of this comment, I now have several thoughts on the matter but will not post them here until tested. That posting will not happen for a good while due to some personal complications I must deal with first. But if the depth of the shawl is the problem my first suggestion would be go with a wrap which would require working the box stitch pattern from side to side in one long strip, the length and width to be determined by your yarn supply and how you want it to look. On the pattern "Designing Box Stitch afghans" I provided how to work the “box stitch” pattern from side to side and you will not be adding extra clusters at the beginning of the rows because your piece will have a straight edge.
      PLEASE NOTE
      This stitch pattern flows in one definite direction, that is why it works well in rounds or on directional designed items.
      You can work from end to end or from a center start to the ends. If you work from East to West or side to side, you will choose your length, then work the pattern until you achieve the depth (shoulder to waist) that you want. If you choose a center start you will choose the depth from shoulder to waist first and work toward the ends till you acquire the length you need. I cannot provide yarn requirements for a shawl worked from side to side as I have not yet made one in this manner.
      Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  10. I love this, especially the pineapple edging. One question: is it supposed to be Row 3: sc in space between first 2 dc, chain 3, sc in ch 2 space, ch 3, sc in same space, (point made) ch 3, AND THEN chain 3, sc in ch 2 space, ch 3...sc between last 2 dc, turn? Otherwise, this row ends up short and doesn't make a perfect triangle, as shown in your pictures.

    Thanks!

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    1. I believe row 3 of the pattern is correct but I have confused you somewhere. The turning ch 3 counts as 1 double crochet. At the completion of row 2 you should have 2 groups of 4 double crochet divided with a chain 2 space between the two groups. This chain 2 space is the center or point of your shawl.
      For row 3: the first single crochet is made between the first and second double crochet of round 2, chain 3, then make a single crochet, chain 3, single crochet all in the chain 2 space between the two groups of 4 double crochet, ((this will make a 3 chain loop in the center of the shawl)). Chain 3 and sc between the last 2 dc.

      Perhaps you can observe the 3rd photo from the bottom of the page on “Designing Box Stitch Afghans”. It clearly shows, in different colors, how to make a corner or point of a rectangle or triangle.
      Please contact me if you are still having a problem.
      Thanks for your note

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    2. I don't believe the point is the issue - there does seem to be missing stitches on the end of row 3 - following the directions, you end in the middle of the 2 dc, not at the end of the row.

      If it is correct, when you start row 4, you are starting in the middle.

      I wish I could attach a picture.

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    3. for more assistance contact me at

      daturner57@live.com

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  11. Working on it now and loving it! Simple and fast! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

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    1. You are welcome. Thank you for your comment.

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  12. This is a wonderful pattern, Doris, and I'm definitely going to be putting it on my WIP list :)

    I'm also nominating you for the Liebster Award, for bloggers with less than 200 followers, or likes on facebook - if you'd like to come to my blog, you will see the details, as soon as I've posted them :)

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  13. Thank you for your compliment. I am glad you like my patterns. I am uneducated about the Liebster Award and would like the opportunity to learn more. If you provide a web address I would be delighted to visit your blog.
    Thank you
    Dorie

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  14. This Shawl looks awesome and I'm going to do my best to make one.Thank You very much for sharing this pattern.

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  15. You are very welcome. Thank you so much for your comment

    Dorie

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  16. Please send me the pattern to the Big box Stitch Shawl. I love it

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    1. Donna, I would love to send you the pattern however I need your email address. Please use the Email form located in the right side-bar and I will send a return email with the patterns you request.

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  17. Really nice! And I like all the variations! and the button-thingy!

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    1. So happy you like it. The button thingy is because shawl pins are so expensive. You can make the button thingy much longer and starting at about waist level lace it up just like running shoes, with the yarn tails at the top and wear it like a poncho

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  18. Hi Doris,
    I have just found your blog and I just LOVE it. You are a true artist in my eyes.
    I truly love your ideas-the one about moving to confuse the crows is truly amazing -and - the one about the solar lights is amazing-plus - of course the beautiful shaws-which I will be one of my new projects.

    My hubby and I used to come to N.C. almost every weekend for the flea markets . I told my dear hubby that I had come to the conclusion that the most talented people live in N.C. ~smile~

    Thank you so very much for sharing your patterns with us.
    O, you can tell your DH that he makes one of the most wonderful "holder-upper"

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    1. You are more than generous with your praise. You make me blush. I have lived in more than one state, NJ, PA, TX, NC, and have visited many others. I have found amazingly talented artists in all places. I was a very active and creative child, sometimes to the dismay of my Mom who worked hard to direct my creativity to productive ambitions rather than taking things apart to see how they worked. I tried many crafts over the years but finally settled on The Art of Crochet as my craft of choice.
      I do not consider myself to be a teacher, but rather the eternal student because nobody knows everything about anything. Ideal Delusions is my way to share, and encourage other while I express myself. I expect no one to try to follow my patterns exactly. I would love it if everyone would tweak what I have shown, add a bit of their inner selves therefore designing their own creations.
      As for my dear husband, through it all he has been a staunch supporter applauding every success, encouraging through dismal disasters, and without a doubt the most patient "holder upper" I could ever wish for.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Dorie

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  19. I use to make these shawls many years ago...Thank you for updating these patterns...

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  20. I found where I had a problem it was rd 5 the point sould be sc ch3 sc in point am I right? it seems right my shawl seems to be going fine what a great pattern I know what my sisters are getting for Christmas!

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    1. You are correct and I have re-worded that line to make it a bit more clear as you suggested. Thank you for your help.

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this... At first I was a little worried about my capability of completing this pattern... Its really easy :)
    Mrsgrogg@Live.com

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    1. Now you have let out my secret. I make things that only appear to be difficult but they are really easy to do. So glad you like it.

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  22. I haven't crocheted in years, and never from a pattern, but I found your pictures and instructions pretty straight forward. I finished my shawl last night(less then a week, couple hours each night while watching tv) with the plainer edging, did the fancy pineapple and I think my gauge was too tight, it just didn't look as nice as yours, so off it came. But I know now to do it now, and will probably try it on another shawl or wrap in the future. So thank you for the inspiration, and some lovely patterns.

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    1. Hi Melanie, Thank you for your comment. I myself love pictures even if it is just to reassure myself that my project looks the way it is supposed to look while I am working on it. I have made a number of these shawls with different weights of yarn and I have found, on some that have the fancy border, it seemed a bit tight. So I now work 2 chain stitches instead of 1 between each shell or pineapple in the border and it seems to make just enough difference for it to lay flat. If you crochet really tight or you are using a smaller hook you might want to try 3 chain stitches. So glad you are happy with your shawl. The afghans made with the same stitch work up easily too. I hope you will continue to enjoy my patterns.

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  23. Now that blue one is what I call a real shawl. I get so tired of not having enough coverage. I'm just going to have to make this one very soon. Where I live we don't have enough cold weather for me to even have a heavy winter coat (on the Texas Gulf Coast) and this would be perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your patterns.

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    1. I am so glad you like it. Works up pretty fast too. I love shawls as I always seemed to be cold. But I like lots of coverage so I just made up my mind I would make one that can be made as large or as small as anyone would want. I am still refining this pattern and the next one will have a collar to keep my neck warm too. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  24. Saw this this evening and am beginning it immediately with my favorite yarn. FABULOUS! Thanks a bunch!

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    1. I am so happy you like it. Thank you for your comment.

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  25. I am absolutely in love with this shawl. I have been searching FOREVER for a pattern that I could use to make a prayer shawl for a new church ministry we are doing, and this is perfect. It's a simple pattern that can take on many looks (all depending on the type of yarn, how you do the edging, etc.) and it was just what I was looking for. Thanks so much for posting this!!! I plan to make TONS of these for our church ministry. :]

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    1. I too searched for the perfect shawl. I like versatile in all forms, size, hook, yarn and style. When I could not find one I decided to make my own. I chose the most basic of basics and worked up from there. I am glad you like this shawl. It has done well for me. The good points it can be worked up quickly with one pound of yarn or less, has only a 2 row repeat pattern and your choice of border. Thank you for your comment.

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  26. Oh this is just perfect! I have searched and searched for the "right" pattern. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for, well actually even better. Beautiful and practical and maybe, just maybe, I can do it! Thank you so much.

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    1. Of course you can do it. Two row repeat pattern. So Simple and I am right here to help you if you have questions. Just email me.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  27. There is an error on the chart used for the edging. The symbol for treble crochet was left off the chart. Yet, treble stitch is used on row 2 of the border. I would show you but my pc won't let me. All I can do is describe it. So, It looks like a very tall T with 2 \\ going thru it. If it has one \ it is a double crochet. Hope this helps .
    Doris, Thanks for the pattern. Very pretty. Easy to work.

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    1. I viewed the chart on Doris Chan's All Shawl and row two is worked in American Terms with both double and triple crochet. True, the symbol's chart does not show the symbol for triple crochet but I cannot correct that. There are charts with symbols for the standard crochet stitches on the internet. One source would be the Craft Yarn Council http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/chart_crochet.html

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  28. I love what you have shared here. I am excited to start prayer shawls for folks in our community and church. Your info will be a great help and blessing toward others. Thanks.

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    1. I love the versatility of this shawl. It is a simple pattern that you can use any weight yarn, any hook size and make it as big or as small as your like. You can add almost any border or none at all. It has been very popular on this site and I am so glad I posted it. There is a unique type of beauty in simple, plain and practical. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  29. Looking forward to trying this generous sized pattern. Trying to re-learn crochet after 30+ years. Going through serious illness at moment.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Idea.....maybe Brown and black could be made for a man? I'm thinking my 81 year old dad. He'd appreciate something made by me. My mom crocheted. Got me started. Bless her heart.

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  30. Doris I am a beginner, I love this please tell what does this mean Row 2: chain 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc in ring, ch 1 turn ( 8 dc)

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    1. To begin you need a loop to work your stitches in. You can get this by using an adjustable slip loop or by making a chain of 6 stitches and joining into a ring with a slip stitch in the first chain. Once you have your ring you can begin. You chain 3 stitches (equals first double crochet), then working in the ring you make 3 double crochet, chain 2, 4 double crochet.
      This will give you 4 double crochet to the right, a chain 2 space in the middle and 4 double crochet to the left for a total of 8 double crochet and 2 chain stitches. Reference the first photo.
      Hope this helps
      Dorie

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    2. Doris, thank you so much. A newbi I am, reading patterns is not easy for me however, this pattern of yours is going to force me study harder, I have to I really want to do this, my name is alverda.

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    3. Hello Alverda,
      Everything seems hard when you don’t know how. This just a two row repeat with increases on both ends and in the middle. Once you get used to the pattern you will find it is easier than it looks. I am retired so I am available pretty much normal day/evening hours EST (eastern standard time) USA. If you have a question use the Email App in the right sidebar to contact me, I will try to help.
      Thanks for your note. Dorie

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    4. Hi, Doris, please explain row 5 to me,
      alverda

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    5. This basic Shawl has a two row repeat pattern, which means you will be working the same two rows over and over again until you get to the border.
      Row 5 (same as in Row 3) you will be working single crochet stitches in the spaces between the double crochet stitches of the previous row.
      The idea is to make a single crochet between the 1st and 2nd double crochet, then chain 3, skip 3 double crochet, and work a single crochet st between the 4th and 5th double crochet, chain 3, skip 3 double crochet and work a single crochet between the 7th and 8th double crochet. As you work across the row you will notice this separates the existing double crochet stitches into clusters of 3 with a single crochet between each cluster and a 3 chain loop across the top. The loops are where you will be working your next row of double crochet stitches. On every single crochet/chain stitch row when you get to the center point, you will place a single crochet in the 2 chain space, chain 3 and single crochet in the same place. This will give you a loop in the point, then chain 3 and repeat the pattern to the end of the row.
      The photos below row 5 instructions illustrate the way it should look. Also you may wish to view this same stitch pattern on the post “Designing Box Stitch afghans”
      http://idealdelusions.blogspot.com/2013/04/box-stitch-afghan-designs.html The concept is the same however you will be working in a triangle or half square.

      If you need more personalized instructions please contact me with the “Email Me” function in the right sidebar.
      I cannot offer the lengthy descriptions and additional photos or graphs in the comment area of this blog and I do want to help
      Thanks Dorie




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  31. Well, it's official I am a retired nut bucket, rows 4 and 5 are driving me crazy, both my eyes are in the same socket. I am so disappointed in myself, my shawl is lopsided. I have not gotten to repeating the rows because I am off somewhere. Doris if you have any time please explain row 4 .

    the nutbucket

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    1. I have created a photo tutorial, on this blog, on how to get started with the So Simple Box Stitch Shawl.

      http://idealdelusions.blogspot.com/p/for-this-tutorial-i-changed-colors-only.html

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  32. Doris, thank you a million times for the tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    alverda

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    1. So happy if it helped.
      Thanks for your comment

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  33. Thank you!
    Eloir

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  34. I was wondering what border pattern you used on the grey sparkle shawl. Love the shawl and want to try and make it for a friend.

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for asking, I am sorry, I should have posted that information.
      The border on the gray shawl is the same as the border on the turquoise shawl.
      It is by Doris Chan in her “ALL Shawl” pattern. It is written out and there is also a diagram. I have made notes on my pattern of how I adapted the pineapple and shell stitch border to my pattern. Doris Chan’s All Shawl Pattern is free and is on Raverly and I have provided the link. Since it is her copyright I cannot post her pattern here.

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  35. Thank you for your response. Its beautiful and looked like a shell stitch pattern. Hopefully i will be able to understand the border pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You can add the border I have used on the pattern, or you may choose another or create your own. The trick is to decided what you want then adapt it to your shawl by counting from the center to the ends before you start. This pattern is an alternate of a shell and a pineapple. I wanted the pineapple in the center stitch of the shawl so I counted the spaces to the starting end so I would know if I should start with a shell or a pineapple. Once that set up row or base is completed the rest is easy, you just follow through, with a shell in each shell and the steps for the standard pineapple. You may choose to add a few more, or less chain stitches between the shells and pineapples so it will not be too tight. You may NOTE that I started on the 2nd row of Doris Chan's pattern so I could adapt it to the 3 chain loops on the edge of my shawl. I did not want to try to figure out how to divide all those double crochet. Math makes my brain hurt.
      I know your shawl will be wonderful. I am still struggling to keep one for myself. I just made another and somebody talked me out of it already. Guess I will have to hide one.
      Thanks for your notes.........Dorie

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  36. Thank you Dorie for this beautiful pattern. I'm planning to make a prayer shawl for my boss at work. I just hope that mine turns out as beautiful as yours. Thanks too for all the tips.

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    1. So glad you like it. You are very welcome. I hope it works out well for you. I am always here if you have questions. Dorie

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  37. Love this!! Very easy to understand and perfect for my project :-))

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  38. Happy you like it. Thanks for your encouragement.
    Dorie

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  39. Thank you for sharing this with us! I've been looking for a shawl that would actually cover and keep me warm. And you have it! I'm in the middle of making one for me and then making one for each of my 3 girls (twins-4 yo's, and 2yo). They are so excited!
    Thank you again! It's a lovely and well written pattern.
    God bless!

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    1. I am delighted you like it. I like this one myself. It works up pretty fast and I have already lost count of how many I have made.
      I love the versatility of this pattern in the fact you can use any yarn, any size hook, make it any size you like and add the border of your choice.
      Ii is listed on Ravelry and there are several projects showing some wonderful different versions done by others who have also made this shawl.
      Thank you for your comment. You made my day.
      Dorie

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  40. This is a really wonderful large shawl !!! I love my arms covered and am quite tall so the length is also great. I know that South Africa does not get as cold as some other countries but I do know that in (our) winter on the highveld - I live in Johannesburg,South Africa, I am frozen !!! Must be age related ? Thanks for a lovely pattern, I will be making it soon.

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    1. Hello Cheryl,
      North Carolina does not get as cold as some states in America nor as warm as others but it is a lovely climate to live in. I too love a large shawl, I like my arms covered and I am quite short so a huge shawl just sort of swallows me up. Takes me back many, many years to my shy days when I used to hide under my Grandma’s apron. I’m trying to develop one with a collar and another with a hood. I have always loved shawls and have many of them in all colors. I have been cold all of my 71 years so I don’t really think age has anything to do with it.
      Also no matter the climate a shawl is always a useful item. Keeps you warm in the winter, keeps the draft from fans off in the summer, can be use like an afghan for a nap or provide shade for babies in car seats. Great for “dress up’ bridal veils and/or hero capes, also can be used for building tents by placing over chairs. Handy for carrying in produce or flowers from the garden. Good for hiding in when a cuddle is needed and yes mine have been used for towels and wiping sand off feet at the beach, or ice cream off faces and sometimes a few tears. Make your dress shawl from whatever you like but make your “working or at home” shawl from a sturdy material cause if you are like me, it will be in the wash often. I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thank you for your comment. Hearing from you gave me my first smile today.

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  41. Brenda Martin in OHAugust 30, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Thank you so very much Doris! I just found you tonight. I've been looking for a pattern like this and in this size
    for months!! I'm very grateful. I've been wanting to make shawls for my teenage granddaughter who loves them & has recently developed a serious heart problem. She gets chilly
    & only had one a friend gave her. I made her 2 different colors in the same pattern but want a variety of
    payterns & some more colors. Thanx
    A million from me & Lucy :-)

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    1. Hello Brenda, Sorry I did not respond before now as I am away from home for a few days. I am delighted you visited and like my patterns. I also like the fluid feel to this shawl and the way that it moves with you. I like the way you can vary the pattern and the size with different yarns, hook sizes, colors and by adding the border of your choice. I myself love shawls probably because I am usually cold. I find it interesting the way different artists interpret the same pattern. I am so happy to be able to share with you and I know your granddaughter loves her shawls and is delighted you made them for her. A prayer for good health, happiness and God’s blessing for you both. Thank you for your wonderful comment. You made my heart smile.

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  42. Brenda Martin in OHAugust 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Thanx Doris! I will be making this shawl for my granddaughter Lucy who has a heart ailment. She loves shawls. :-)

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  44. This pattern is wonderful! I have made several shawls and two afghans with this box stitch and they are all beautiful!

    I did have a question though - I thought about trying a shawl in a heavier weight yarn (thinking Red Heart Light & Lofty, or Lion Homespun - for the "cuddle" effect!) - do you have any suggestions as to how much yarn I may need? I'm not sure the weights would convert the same - the yardage on the bulkier yarn is a lot less.

    Thanks for any advise you may be able to provide. I love your patterns! Thanks for sharing.
    Robin

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    1. I am afraid I cannot help you when it comes to the amount of yarn you will need if you switch to a heavier weight. I shall offer my suggestions in a private email to you. It would be a great blessing to me, and others, should you make one, to advise me the hook size you choose, the type of yarn you used, the amount required and the finished size of the your shawl. I would be delighted to post the information, adding your name credit, as a bonus to help others.

      Thank you for your question, I am sorry I cannot be of more assistance to you. I am so happy you like my patterns.
      Thank You for asking Dorie

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  45. I clicked "printer friendly" thinking I would only get the pattern but it prints everything including the photos others shared.

    Thank you for sharing the pattern. I'm going to try it, it looks lovely!

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    1. I am sorry if you wanted just the text. The print app does print it all. However you do have the option of downloading a PDF file instead, by using that same app.
      I am so glad you like it. I have made a bunch of them they work up quickly do to a simple repeat pattern.
      Thanks for your comment. Dorie

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  46. I followed your pattern and added a different edging, the sashay ruffle scarf material. Turned out lovely! I will try to attach or send a photo.

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    1. Wow, now that is thinking outside the box. I know it has got to be gorgeous and I would love to see it. If you wish to send a photo use the email app to enter a note and a valid email return address. I will reply with an email address you can send your photo. Thanks for your comment and sharing your fabulous new idea. Dorie

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  47. I love the shawls so much. I was wondering how the pattern would work with cotton yarn. My niece wants one but she is allergic to acrylic, etc. she also would like a hood attached. Would this be hard to do? I would appreciate any help you could give me.

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    1. I also have yarn allergies (I know crazy huh?) and I believe it is not so much the actual yarn but the sizing and chemicals to repel insect they put into it. I try to buy made in the USA yarn. I have actually made two shawls using cotton yarn. They worked out wonderful as the pattern stitch is fairly relaxed and gives a nice drape. A collar or a hood can always be added and I am working of just how to do that now. I have not decided to make the hood and stitch it on or crochet it on then just stitch the top seam. I do not like the "point" created when a strip is worked, folded and stitched up the back. So I will not be posting a hooded shawl pattern until I have resolved how to do that. Thank you for asking, I appreciate input and ideas Dorie

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  48. Doris I want to thank you so much for taking the time to put exactly how to make this shawl in such an easy way that even I could understand it! Infact I am on my third one- I absolutely love them. It works up so quickly and the finished shawl is beautiful-it looks alot harder then it actually was. I was even able to do the pineapple border following your guidelines and it worked out perfectly. Can't wait to try another of your patterns.Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and that Santa fills your stocking with hooks and yarns!!

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    1. Hello Marie, This shawl is near and dear to my heart. I am so glad you like it. I always wanted an easy, granny square type of shawl but did not want all of the “holes” of the traditional granny square. Also I wanted full body and arm coverage. I like warmth. When I could not find what I wanted I just decided to see if I could make one. I got many compliments while wearing mine so I decided to share. I tend to “go big” with the items I make regardless of what I am making so I particularly like this one because you can make it as large or small as you want.
      Thank you for taking the time to let me know my pattern worked well for you. Thanks for your compliment.
      As I always say, “You make my heart smile” Share the gift of caring. Since we are international may I also say, “Have a Merry Christmas” and/or “Have a Blessed Holiday Season” to all. Dorie

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  49. I just wanted to say that I love this pattern and the beautiful shawls that you made. I have started one of my own in Red Heart Super Saver "Monet" and so far it is wonderful. Thank you so much, I appreciate the simple stitch repeat and the beauty it creates. Thank you for sharing such wonderful patterns with the world.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I am happy you like it. Sharing is Caring.

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  50. May I ask how many skeins of yarn it takes to make the blue shawl?

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    1. In my area, it is common to find 16 oz. “Sale” bags of yarn, which are the end of a yarn run at the mill, hence called “Mill ends” and the cost is usually less than $10.00. The bag is labeled as to yarn type, acrylic, rayon etc.... and the care requirement, but there is never a brand name or color listed. The bag is sealed so you are taking a chance, on what you get, however I have never been disappointed. The blue yarn was a 16 oz. Mill Ends bag from a sale bin. It was a lighter worsted weight than some. Not as light as a sports weight, or baby weight, definitely a 4 on the standard yarn weight chart. I thought the shawl might work up smaller due to that fact, however, it was just a bit larger. At that point I weighed the completed shawl and found it was actually 18 ounces so apparently I had purchased a very generous bag. The reason it looks so huge is because I am just about 5 feet tall or perhaps I should say short. The turquoise one is 16 ounces but the person wearing it is much taller than I. The idea of this shawl is to provide full coverage therefore it can be made as large or as small as you prefer. Always cold, I like full coverage and make my personal shawls huge, however you can see from the gray shawl, it looks just a nice in a smaller size.

      Thank you for asking
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  51. just wonderful thanks for share i am portuguese and ´l loved

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    1. I am happy you like the pattern. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  52. I am a crazy person for shawls! I have a few "go-to" patterns (a triangle granny by Sue Pinner from a paid pattern group I joined, and Doris Chans "All Shawl". Now your pattern will join those two! I love this stitch pattern and every version of it you shared photos of with us! Most importantly, you've created a triangular shaped shawl (a bit of a Crescent shape does form) that will cover my arms without my having to get creative and add something more to the pattern to get that full coverage I love and need! Yippee! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful shawl Pattern for free!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. The link to this shawl is also on Ravelry and there are many versions posted of the projects made with this pattern. I love to see how others interpret the pattern and add their own ideas. It is fun to take a basic pattern and make it your own. Thank you for your comment.

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  53. I absolutely love this pattern. I made the one with the fringe. I can wear it over my arms or across my lap to cuddle up on the couch. Out of all the poncho/shawl patterns that I have, this is my favorite! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. This is also my favorite for the mere reason it is easy to make and can become any size wanted. I am so glad you are enjoying the pattern and your shawl. Thank you for your comment.

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  54. I LOVE this pattern. I am plus size and needed something that would give me room. I have not done many bigger projects and caught on to this one easy, with the help of the second page of instructions. Thank you!

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    1. I am delighted you like the pattern. As I have said many times I love to share. I love to see what others create and I love to show what I have done to let others know they can do it too. I try to make the patterns easy to understand and show photos as a visual aid. Then everyone can design their own. Thank you for your comment.

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  55. I have been looking for just the right shawl pattern to make for a dear friend who is in the hospital with Pancreatic Cancer. This one is just perfect! It's not only beautiful but looks to be very warm. I'll be making it up in her favorite color, purple. Thank you so much for sharing it with all who love to crochet.

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    1. It is my favorite shawl as you can make it any size you choose. If wide enough, You can fold back and stitch the side points to make pockets for your hands. I too am a cancer survivor (Leukemia) since 2000 so I am adding the friend of Debbie Brown to my prayer list. Thank you for taking the time to post your comment. You made my heart smile. Dorie

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    2. Hello Doris,
      I just made your beautiful shawl pattern. I adapted in making it shorter at the point by adapting the suggestion of one of your followers here. She suggested to hdc several stitches before and after the point. It worked beautifully! Thank you. I made mine with two colours by using Lion Brand Homespun in mixed berries ( variegated) and grape ( solid colour).
      Thank you for your wonderful blog and your generosity.
      Olivia

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    3. Thank you for your impute. I work my shawls long so I can lift them high enough to cover my head when outside. I also made several heavy ones with hoods. Thank you for sharing your information which may also help someone else, and thank you for taking the time to leave a note. Dorie

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  56. I just started this today. I love how simple it is to make such a beautiful shawl. I am so excited to get it shipped to the recipient. She is my "Hooker Sister" and it is a birthday gift. Hope she enjoys it as much as I am enjoying creating it. I am using Premier Sweet Roll in Frosty Swirl.

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    1. I am glad you like it. It is one of my favorite shawl patterns because you can do so much with it when it comes to size and borders. I have not seen it done in Premier Sweet Roll as yet but I have Sweet Roll Cherry Swirl and I am going to make another with that. Thank you for your note. Dorie

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