If you’re like me, you’ve been having crochet along withdrawals since Make It CAL 2019 ended. Well, I’m excited to say that I’ve got big news – I’m hosting a crochet along with my friends at Furls Crochet for my new pattern, the Bronwyn Shawl! The CAL kicks off today – keep reading for details to join in!
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What’s a Crochet Along?
Essentially, a crochet along is an online party for crocheters around the world!
We’ll all work on our Bronwyn Shawls together, starting with sourcing our materials and ending with choosing your border option. The crochet along is hosted on the Furls Crochet blog, and they’ll update the blog post with each week’s clue.
The 4-week agenda looks something like this:
- Pattern Supplies and Details, March 5: Choosing yarn and making a swatch.
- Week 1, March 12th: Clue 1 available!
- Week 2, March 19th: Clue 2 available!
- Week 3, March 26th: Clue 3 available!
I’ll send an email to the TL Yarn Crafts email list each Tuesday to remind you of new clues! Sign up now so you don’t miss a clue: TL Yarn Crafts email list.
About the Bronwyn Shawl
Ever since the release of my Flatiron Shawl, I’ve been itching to design another asymmetrical triangle wrap. I didn’t quite have the motivation until I got the call from my favorite hook company, Furls Crochet.
I’ve been in love with Furls since I got one of their original hand turned hooks years ago. Now that I had the opportunity to test one of their latest hooks on a new design, I knew it was time to realize the shawl idea I’ve been dreaming about.
The Bronwyn Shawl guides makers through an array of crochet techniques that are both fun and meditative. It starts in the corner with just a few stitches and grows with a series of strategically placed increases. Then comes the colorwork and mesh stitches.
A third color is introduced to add dimension to the overall design. Next comes a sea of texture and the design is finished off with a choice between two border designs: an applied crochet I-cord (with video tutorial) or a playful bobble stitch.
Choosing Your Yarn
Choosing the right yarn for your Bronwyn Shawl is crucial to the overall feel of the finished piece. I chose We Are Knitters The Baby Wool for the original sample. The 100% alpaca fiber has amazing drape and measures as a worsted weight yarn. You can pick up all the yarn you need from the We Are Knitters website.
If you’re looking for yarn alternatives, my suggestion is a sumptuous DK weight Merino wool or Merino/Nylon blend. Merino and alpaca have very different qualities but both produce an amazing fabric. I recommend DK Merino over worsted to help you meet gauge and to get a similar overall size using similar yardage.
Prefer to work with an acrylic based yarn for this project? Start with a DK weight and be sure to CHECK YOUR GAUGE! Checking your gauge will help you conserve yardage and still get the overall essence of the Bronwyn Shawl. Change your hook size or yarn as needed.
How to Get Involved
The Bronwyn Shawl CAL is hosted on the Furls Crochet blog. Each week, a new clue will become available so we can make our projects together. See above for a breakdown of each week.
To participate, all you have to do is check the Bronwyn Shawl post on the Furls blog every Tuesday during the CAL and start making your shawl along with us. Share your project on Instagram with the hashtag #BronwynShawlCAL. I’ll be checking the hashtag and reposting some of my favorites throughout the CAL.
Stay in the Know!
Don’t want to miss any of the clues? Join the TL Yarn Crafts email list and look out for my reminders on Tuesdays.