Virus Shawl

dsc_2680.jpgI’ve taken a bit of a step outside of the world of machine sewing and decided to dip my toe in to the world of crochet. There are three reasons for this:

1. I’ve tried knitting and I just cannot get my head around it.

2.I wanted a craft to do in front of the TV so I wasn’t always hiding away in my sewing room and leaving the hubby on his own.

3. It’s just good to expand horizons and learn new skills.

So, a lady at work, who is very kind, said that she would teach me. She’s been absolutely brilliant. She sent me links to what I would need, picked me up some wool and even used some of her own to start me off. She taught me some basics first and had me making a square so I could learn the stitches and practise my tension. I’m not sure why but it has come so naturally to me. I picked up what I was supposed to be doing almost instantly and was soon eager to starts a big project. I’ve had a bit of a play around with some baby clothes and then I pretty much jumped straight to the Virus Shawl, for which I followed this tutorial which made it super, clear and easy. Thank God for YouTube!

Anyway, I hate the name but love the pattern. I made one for my Mum for Christmas, which I forgot to photograph and then I decided to make one for myself.

As I have my resolution not to buy any more fabric, I decided to treat myself to some Variegated yarn when my Mum took me to the Creative Craft Show a few weeks a go. It’s beautiful and is made up of lime greens, dark green and reds with a dash of blue. I got started straight away and I’ve picked it up as often as I can. The good thing I find about crochet is that it comes together really quickly. Now I have mastered it, I have managed to do this one in about 4 weeks by doing a little bit each night in front of the TV.

It used 4 balls and is perfect for using as a scarf to brighten up my black coat. It was just in time for the appropriately named storm Emma we have had in the UK.


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  1. Ooh Emma it’s beautiful and I love the colours. I do crochet too, like you say it’s nice to have something you can do without leaving the hubby on his own! Do you follow Lucy’s blog, her link is She writes really clear and easy instructions with lots of photos, and her blankets are gorgeous. Blankets are my favourite as the tension and size don’t matter as much…you still end up with a lovely blanket, it just might be a bit smaller or bigger but equally snuggly! Good luck and happy crocheting x

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