Friends and fellow yarn lovers, I am finally able to admit it: I am a yarnaholic. I know, I know, big surprise, right?! But in all seriousness, I was just chatting with my friend Jess from The Yarnpreneur Society about how unique the maker community is.
Not only do we produce things, but we actually experience and get excited over the tools and materials we use. When I find new yarns, especially something I’ve never worked with before, I become obsessed with it and (ashamedly) abandon whatever else I was doing to work on a new design (or sometimes, just to pet it).
Free Yourself Shawl from Nicole of @crochet.theloop
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A Love Affair with Cotton
That’s exactly how I felt about this Pima Cotton from BettaKnit. Along with the Blue Jeans yarn they sent me to make my Denim Breeze Vest, I also got a load of this gorgeous mauve cotton. It’s soft as silk, anti-pilling, and you get a ton in one ball (232 yards). And that color, though?! Yasss!
After several weeks of starting, stopping, and starting over, I finally had something I was so in love with. The Free Yourself Shawl is meant to do exactly that – allow you to let your creativity and craft take you to your happy place. With each row, the project grows, and you can add or remove rows to adjust the size without losing the aesthetic of the original design. The subtle sheen and the high ply count of this yarn made for glorious stitch definition, helping me to fall in love with my new wrap even faster.
If you’re new to crochet or haven’t tried a shawl pattern yet, this was MADE for you! Lacy mesh is followed by solid stitch rows, making the pattern repeat easy to remember, but not boring. Adding wooden bead and handmade tassel accents just further personalizes the piece, helping you make something that is truly your own. Give my new pattern a try – Free Yourself today.
I’m pleased to give special thanks to each of the pattern testers who lent their time, talent, and yarn stash to perfecting the Free Yourself Shawl. Please visit their Instagram accounts and show them some love. I couldn’t have done it without them.