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Photo Tutorial So Simple Box Stitch Shawl

Shawl Pattern is here.
http://idealdelusions.blogspot.com/2013/07/so-simple-box-stitch-shawl.html

For this tutorial, I changed colors only so you can see the placement of the stitches, I did not take time to work in yarn ends, please ignore the sloppy color change.

This is a two row pattern repeat worked until the desired size is achieved.  The first few rows are displayed here as a visual assistance to getting a proper start.
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You may wish to start with chain 6, sl st in first ch to form ring.  You may also use an adjustable loop.  I started with an adjustable loop, chain 3(counts as first dc, throughout), 3 dc, ch 2, 4 dc all in loop. Pull adjustable loop closed, ch 1, turn.
You have 8 dc with a 2 ch space in the middle. 






Work 1 sc between the first and second dc, ch 3; work (sc, ch 3, sc) in the center 2 ch space, (this makes a loop in the center space) ch 3, single crochet between seventh and eighth double crochet, turn.
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Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), 3 dc in first single crochet.  Work 3 dc in the 3 chain space, and work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in the loop (to make the point)  Once you have the point, work 3 dc in the next 3 chain space and then put 4 dc in the last sc stitch.  Ch 1, turn.
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Work 1 sc between the first and second dc, chain 3, sk 3 dc and sc between the stitches to create 3 dc groups, to the point.   In the ch 2 space at the point  work (sc, ch 3, sc) to form a loop, then ch 3 working across the rest of the row, where your last sc should be between the last 2 dc.  Turn
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Ch 3, work 3 dc in the first sc stitch, work 3 dc in each 3 chain space to point,  work 3 dc, ch 2 , 3 dc in point, 3 dc in each 3 ch space to end, 4 dc in last sc stitch, ch 1, turn. 
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Work 1 sc between the first and second dc, chain 3, sk 3 dc and sc between the stitches to create 3 dc groups, to the point.   In the point will work sc, ch 3 sc to form a loop, then ch 3 and work the second side where you last sc should be between the last 2 dc.  Ch 3 turn








NOTE:
You will always have 4 dc at the beginning and 4 dc at the ending of the double crochet row.

NOTES:
On every double crochet row you will ch 3, then work 3 dc in the first (sc) stitch to add a 4 dc cluster to the beginning of the row;  you will end with 4 dc in the last (sc) stitch to add a 4 dc cluster to the end of the row.

 On every single crochet row, you will be working between the double crochet stitches of the previous row, beginning between the first 2 dc, creating 3 dc groups across the row, working a 3 chain loop (sc, chain 3, sc) in the center point following the pattern across the rest of the row with the ending sc between the last 2 dc


As your shawl grows the edge will start to gently curve into a “hug” position.


You may work as many rows and colors as you wish and when you decide it is the size you like you can add the border of your choice or none at all. I always end on the single crochet and chain stitch row before I start a crochet border.   Then I count loops not stitches.  The exception would be for fringe where you may wish to end on a double crochet row to give a solid base for the fringe.


 I posted 3 different borders or you may make up your own.


  As you work the weight of the yarn will pull your edges straight, just be careful you do not start your beginning stitches too loose or snug.



03/11/2014 

29 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial ! Video would be nice !

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    1. I would love to be able to provide Video and I do have cameras but I was BBT (born before technology) and have no idea how to produce and upload a Video. Thank you for your comment.
      Dorie

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    2. I did It ! Made the first few rows ! Thank you ! I was ready for a new pattern.

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    3. Congratulations I knew you could. I would not put something hard here. I like things that look difficult but even I can do. You are on your way now and will be done in no time. Email me if you have questions.
      Thanks for the comment Dorie

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  2. I tried working from the print pattern and it was not correct but your tutorial with the different colors was exactly what I needed. I have only just started crocheting and love it but am tired of pot holders and dish rags.. I was given 4 skeins of caron simply soft in ivory about 2 years ago and after much research I found your blog and decided that I wanted to make the shawl. I hope I can make many beautiful things in my next 40 years thanks again its a great help to a novice.

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    1. I myself am a visual learner. Not everyone interprets written directions the same way but as the old saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words. Nobody knows everything about anything and we all start at the same place "the beginning." I enjoy crochet, I like to share my patterns and I am delighted you chose to leave a comment for me. You made my heart smile.
      Dorie

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    2. I found that in the written pattern row 3 and row 4 were reversed ( as shown in the pictures) Following the tutorial and switching 3 and 4 made much more sense and it's coming out beautifully! Hope this helps others...

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    3. I have reviewed my pattern and believe it is correct as posted so I have not made any changes. As I noted before not everyone interprets a written pattern the same way, that is the reason I add photo tutorials. I did check the written pattern because anyone can make a mistake and I know I have made my share in the 58 years I have been crocheting but I don't see an error in this pattern. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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    4. Want to print his pattern and the three border patterns. How can I do that?

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    5. The written pattern is here http://idealdelusions.blogspot.com/2013/07/so-simple-box-stitch-shawl.html and there is a "Print" app in the right sidebar that you can use to print the pattern or get it as a PDF file. If you cannot print it, use the email app to contact me and I will send you a PDF file by return email.

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  3. This is working up beautifully. I feel in love with the box stitch while making crochet string wash cloths but that was one in granny square fashion. I've been looking for a way to work it in a triangle as a shawl and I love the curved "hug" of the long ends on this. I am making one change so far though. I'm height challenged so I didn't want the tail to be too long. To solve that, I am doing the tip cluster in half double crochet and it is forming a softer rounded tip instead of the sharper point. I'm totally looking forward to seeing how this comes out when done. Thank you Doris for posting your tutorial - it helped get me going very clearly. ~ Heather

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    1. Sounds like a brilliant idea. I am so glad you are happy with it. I too am height challenged but I make mine large and I leave my triangle point long because sometimes I put them up over my head. I am trying to work out a way to attach a hood. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  4. I'm not sure but i think I did something wrong.I did the 28 double crochet rows but my shawl isn't as big as the photo. I am doing more rows to make it bigger. Love this pattern!
    Shannon S.

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    1. There are many things that affect size of a project. The yarn weight, the hook size/style and of course the artists working tension. That is why patterns that have a definite size recommend you work a swatch first to check your gauge. I have a friend and whenever we work the exact same pattern she always needs more yarn and of course hers is larger. A nice thing about this pattern is the fact that it can be made in any size you like. I have made them from shoulderette to almost floor length. If it makes you happy there is no wrong way. I try to encourage everyone to use the basic pattern to make it their way. Thank you for your comment. Dorie

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  5. I love your pattern, it is perfectly written and it looks beautiful when complete. I have just begun my second box stitch shawl. Thank You for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to add a comment. I am so happy to be able to share my patterns.

      Thank you Dorie

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  6. Thank you for your step by step picture's with the pattern helps me out a lot.. And I <3 your work

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  7. I am working this up now, very easy and absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for the great pattern and tutorial.

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    1. Thank you so much, I am delighted you like it.

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  8. Hey I found this pattern wonderful, it is great for me cause I need a new pattern to occupy my time to give the ladies & girls in my family and friend circle.

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  9. Thank you so much for the photo tutorial. I was doing this with just written directions, and four times I had to tear it apart. I'm making this as a prayer shawl for a friend and your pictures have made it so I can com can complete it for her! Thanks again? :)

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    1. I am so glad the photos helped. Thank you for you comment

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  10. I'm about 6 rows in and was worried because my ends were curving up. But now that I look at the pictures of yours closer, I see they do as well. I keep a tight tension so I'm struggling a bit with having the 3 dc's too small on the chain three spaces. Using a J hook is helping some with this. Otherwise this is going great! I usually do best with a video tutorial but your step by step with pictures is very easy to follow and I don't have to keep replaying a video, just scroll back up or down the page. The first one I'm making is for my sister-in-law, if all goes well, I'm sure I'll be making a lot more. All the women in my family will want one!

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    1. Hello Karin, I don't really have the patience or resourses to post video but I do try to post lots of photos. I like pictures myself. I am sure you will be fine with this project but if you have a question you can always used the email app in the sidebar to contact me directly. I like the way the shawl curves in as I find it tends to stay on my shoulders better. When I frist learned to crochet I also used to crochet very tight. I taught myself from a book. Per directions in the book I started out holding my hook like a pencil but as time when on, I changed to holding my hook like a butter knife. It made a difference in my tension, to my advantage, as it was looser, also my hand did not cramp up on me. I still hold my hook like a pencil when using crochet cotton thread but for yarn it seems the more relaxed grip the more even my tension. Thank you for your comment.........Dorie

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  11. Love this pattern so easy to do...thank you for sharing it

    Deb..

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I am glad you like it.
      Dorie

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  12. This pattern is so easy to do...thanks for sharing

    Deb

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