I finished crocheting my shawl on Friday, and blocked it on Saturday. All along as I was crocheting I was a little concerned about it being too small, but I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would stretch considerably in the blocking.
It did stretch, but only by about seven inches across. I was kind of hoping for a foot and a half. The designer’s sample was 58 inches across in the end. Mine? Only 41.
Unfortunately, now, I have a problem. I don’t really think this shawl is going to cut it for the wedding next week end. What do you think? Too small?
I think it looks pretty dorky that small. I would have liked to see it drape at least another six inches on each side so I could wear it off my shoulders and hanging from the crook of my arms. This has more of a “shrug” look about it, which is not what I was going for at all.
I do think it looks lovely from behind, and if I could walk backwards with my arms stretched out into every room, it would be fine. But I don’t think that’s very realistic.
I have a decision to make now:
Do I plan to bring this with me to the wedding, and only use it if I get a chill? It is August after all. Unless there’s some serious air conditioning at the reception, I shouldn’t really need it.
Or do I buy a fancy lightweight wrap somewhere, and save this to use as a spring/fall scarf?
And maybe there’s a third option – some way to wear it that hasn’t occurred to me? Maybe you might have some ideas. I would love to hear them, if you do!
Size issues aside, I really am happy with the way this came out. It was relatively simple – simpler than I expected a lace project to be – and the pattern was easy to memorize after the first few repetitions. Once I got going, it turned out to be an excellent in-front-of-the-TV project.
Pattern: Remember Me by Lily Go
Yarn: Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel Blend (Colrain Lace) in Natural