Well, did I get the shawl finished??
Yes I did - this is such a fab pattern, easy to follow and the shawl grows so quickly. I totally recommend it if you'd like to have a go. I would not recommend using mohair wool, however, for any type of crochet, unless you are quite experienced, as it was difficult to work with.
This was my first time using this wool and safe to say I won't be digging it out again any time soon! It was however a beautiful colour and matched the guys suits and my dress perfectly.
I didn't crochet as many rows as the pattern stated as I am somewhat vertically challenged and didn't want it to drown me completely. I kept measuring it against me and simply stopped adding rows when I was happy with the shape and length. I then edged it along both diagonal sides (not along the top) using chain and double crochet stitches only - how easy!
I weaved a navy ribbon through the chain spaces along the edge of the shawl (you can just about see this in the picture) to add a different texture to the shawl and to co-ordinate with the ribbon on the back of the dress.
I did think about using a contrasting colour but decided against it on this occasion as the dress was 'busy' enough in my opinion. I can change the ribbon any time though as it can be simply pulled through to remove and another colour weaved in.
So there you go, an individual, handmade item which is both unique and adaptable, created by me in about 5-5.5 hours overall. It would have taken less time with different wool too. I did it over about nine days working 0.5-1.5 hours at a time. There were days I didn't touch it all in that time frame too. Result!
Here is the link to the pattern again:
Have a try - remember - wool is the ultimate recyclable material, it can be reused with such ease, there really is nothing to lose.
Ciao for now!
Here I am by the beautiful Lake Iseo wearing my shawl