Phyllite – a new shawl pattern in Tunisian crochet
I’ve told you before that I love buying yarn as a souvenir and the yarn for this wonderful project is no exception.
I needed something simple to let the yarn shine and tell its own story and I also wanted to create an easy introductory pattern for Tunisian crochet shawls.
I have a few shawls that I made with more complicated stitches, but didn’t feel confident in putting them out there just yet. So I came out with this transition piece that should lead you into the land of Tunisian crochet without much of an issue.
I started the shawl on the beach, on vacation, as I was too excited about this idea to wait. I almost finished it on the long ride home, with only the binding and the tassels left to make after arriving home.
I picked the Tunisian simple stitch for the main body of the shawl, so you can concentrate on learning the shaping technique and maybe to let the yarn shine. This one is a simple gray that could go with any outfit, but there are many yarns out there that would look great in this pattern.
The shawl grows similarly to the other rounded triangle shawls that I’ve made previously using gradient yarn.
There is a central spine and the increases are done at the two ends and in the middle. This gives the sides a slight curve, which makes it perfect for draping it over your shoulders.
If you’re wondering about the name, it comes from a rock. Phyllite is a metamorphic rock, which means it needs to go through physical and chemical transformations to get into its final form. It is composed of several minerals, among which the fine mica flakes give it a beautiful sheen, just like the little Tunisian simple stitches give the body of this shawl its light texture.
This is the first in a series of shawls with names and properties inspired by minerals, so watch this space. Until more are available and I can compile a collection, why not try your hand at Tunisian crochet?
The video is linked below and you can get the pattern now by clicking on this button. You’ll find all the information you need (yarn and hook) on the pattern page in the shop.
For the first five rows, you can follow along with the video tutorial.
If you’re left-handed, follow the video below.