As you’ve probably spotted, I’m a little obsessed with Scheepjes Whirl at the moment. Having finished off my Green Tea Tipple Scheepjes Whirl Shawl I’m absolutely loving wearing it, I almost don’t want the summer to come, just so I can keep wearing it….!! OK, I said ALMOST!! come on Summer, hurry up and be here!
I decided that, whilst its great to wear as a spring scarf, I’m not really a “triangle shawl” kind of girl and I’d feel a little odd wearing it down to the local pub as a shawl with a t-shirt and jeans. I do want something crocheted however which is a little less “girly”….yes OK, I know that’s a really odd thing to say but please, just go with me on this one…!
So, I had a hunt around on Ravelry and found a pattern for a Geometric Square Shawl which I thought was just the ticket! I’d got a skein of Scheepjes Whirl “Liquorice Yum Yum” yarn and figured that would be a nice combination. I have lots of black/ dark summer dresses that I could wear with that around my shoulders to keep warm.
Unfortunately, the pattern needed c.2000m of yarn. Even the lovely Scheepjes only do 1000m of yarn at a time, so I had to buy another ball….The shawl is knitted along the “short-side” so I decided that I could start with one ball of Scheepjes Whirl, work through to the middle, then start a new ball and work in reverse back out to the other side, that way it would fade from black, through grey to white, then back through grey to black again!
Even though the pattern says to use a 2mm hook, the Scheepjes Whirl says to use a 3.5-4.5mm hook. So…when in doubt, ignore ALL the rules…so I started with a 3mm hook. After a few rows I realised that this was too “loose” for the pattern so i ripped it all out (“Ribbit”) and started again, this time with a 2.5mm hook. It worked much better with that!!
(Top with 3mm hook, Bottom with 2.5mm hook)
Because I’m using a different hook and yarn, I also had to adjust the starting chain to make it a bit narrower. Instead of the suggested 230 starting chain (227 + 3) I started with 150 (147 +3). Its slightly over 70cm wide and about the right width I think!
I had a good go at getting through the first ball of Scheepjes Yarn over the weekend, sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine! 🙂
Once you get into it, the pattern repeat is easy to memorise. As you can see, I managed to get a lot of crochet done at the weekend so I’m most of the way through the first ball of Scheepjes Whirl now!
Yay for Scheepjes Whirl!!!
EDIT: August 2017
EDIT: September 2017:
I’ve been working on this Scheepjes Whirl Shawl. Pattern now released. Find it here!
If you’re into shawls and fancy a knitted one, I’m also working on an assymetrical shawl design which you can see some of in this post here
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