Here is my first ever half granny square shawl. I crocheted it for SIBOL and it will end up on the shoulders of someone in a UK care home for the elderly. Sue at SIBOL is currently accepting shawls and lap blankets and always lets you know when your items arrive and even when they are delivered to the homes. See more about SIBOL here.
The pattern I followed was "The original half granny square shawl" by Ambar E. Rivera. There are other similar patterns, but I found this one very easy to understand. It was also the only one to suggest a way to prevent the top edge curving too much. I could see early on that mine was going to curve like a banana, so I was very pleased that Ambar's simple remedy worked.
I used a lovely pink and purple variegated yarn from Robin. My knitter's brain expected it to make stripes. But it has short colour changes which make splodges when crocheted. So I added a few rows of grey yarn at regular intervals to highlight the shape of the shawl.
I will definitely make this again, so here are my stats:
dk yarn and 5mm hook
45 rounds plus edging
measures 54" across top edge, 28" from neck to point, and 42" along sides
I followed the pattern exactly but added my own simple edging. I think I even made up this edging as I haven't been able to find it on Ravelry. It deserves a blog post of its own....watch this space...