Limonite shawl – Tunisian crochet pattern
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There is a video tutorial for the first five rows and the binding off, for both right-handed and left-handed crocheters.
A bit about the pattern
This is one of the easiest patterns to learn, resulting in the most stunning triangle shawl, with a strong spine and gorgeous honeycomb texture.
The pattern uses the Tunisian honeycomb stitch (alternating classic Tunisian simple stitches and purl stitches) to create two mirrored panes that grow on the bias and create a light curve on the top side of the shawl. This makes the shawl drape nicely on your shoulders.
The honeycomb stitch is less easy to make than the usual Tunisian simple stitch, but it has the advantage that it doesn’t make the fabric curl, so you can wear your shawl right after finishing it, without having to block it.
Intermediate or enthusiastic beginner – you need to know how to make Tunisian simple stitches, Tunisian purl stitches and Tunisian full stitches. Follow the videos if you are not familiar with these stitches.
If you use the recommended yarn, you will get a shawl that is about 200 cm or 78″ in length (not including the tassels) and 60 cm or 25″ in width.
You can use any DK or size 3 yarn in your stash, preferably wool (any kind of wool, not just sheep wool) or acrylic or a blend. You can also mix colors or use gradient cakes. The simple stitch pattern will show off even the busiest of yarn colors.
I do not recommend using cotton or cotton blend gradient cakes for this pattern, but if you really want to use one it would help to pair it with a mohair lace yarn that allows the stitches to glide.
You will need approximately 600 meters or 300 grams or DK or size 3 yarn and an 8 mm Tunisian crochet hook with a cable (between 60 cm and 100 cm is what I find is usually available – either will work, as you can cram lots of stitches on the cable).
If you use much thinner yarn, go down a hook size or two, if you use thicker yarn go up a hook size. In the end, you need to be able to slip the stitches on and off the hook easily.
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