After the ten stitch blanket that took me ten weeks to knit, I needed a quick crochet project. Sue of SIBOL requested some shawls for the elderly in care homes, so I spent a week making one. Yes, crochet really is quicker than knitting!
My crochet skills are still fairly rudimentary. This is what I did:
dk yarn and 5mm hook
crochet 39 rows of trebles (UK)
That produced a shawl or shoulder wrap measuring 172cm x 47cm.
To finish the ends, I did 58 double crochets (UK) which became the foundation for 14 shell stitches. The pattern I was following for the shells called for skipping 2 stitches between the shells. But mine turned out very sloppy. So I skipped only 1 stitch and have ended up with some strong edging shells.
This blanket had a definite right side and a wrong side which surprised me. To mark what I considered to be the right side, I added a practical granny square pocket. I made it nice and roomy. It will be useful for holding tissues, glasses or anything else bigger than the holes in the granny square.
This was the fifth granny square I have ever made (who's counting?!), so I was pleased with it. There are a zillion online tutorials for making a granny square and I eventually followed this one which is very clear. It is aimed at beginners and shows how to crochet a granny square that does not twist.
The 5mm hook and the trebles (UK) made a soft and cosy wrap, though I used a 4mm hook for the granny pocket because I wanted it to be a bit firmer.
I love the colours in this wrap. I won't say what they remind me of because it is still mid-summer! The red yarn came from a huge ball that I bought at a Boot Fair for £1. The green and cream yarn was either free or very cheap. I still have enough of these colours left to make another shawl one day