Sometimes a gorgeous lace shawl can seem totally intimidating, whether it is crocheted or knitted. You might look at the graceful motifs, the interplay of spaces and fabric, and think, "I could never do that." But all knitting and crocheting is simply one stitch built upon another, one round looped through the one before it. Like life, a lace shawl is only done one stitch at a time.
The Stella Shawl, from our book Wrapped in Crochet by Kristin Omdahl, caught my eye during a recent visit to Interweave's book department, where I was lucky enough to see the shawls for Kristin's book in person. I'm a sucker for anything with a star in it, first of all. Take a star motif and work it into the center of a gorgeous spiral shawl, and I'm, er, hooked (sorry). I picked up the Stella and wrapped it around my shoulders...mmmm, alpaca. (I'm also a sucker for alpaca.)
Once I began to examine it, I realized the shawl itself was relatively simple to make. Don't believe me? Well...it just so happens that we have a video of Kristin herself walking us through the shawl's construction, step-by-step. One of the things I loved best about this video was discovering the little memory tricks Kristin had inserted into the shawl pattern to help make it easier to crochet!
I knew you'd love the Stella Shawl, so guess what? The Stella Shawl is this week's free pattern!
Download the free pattern for the Stella Shawl on the Knitting Daily TV website. (It's the same login and password as you use here on Knitting Daily.)
Look for Wrapped in Crochet at your local yarn shop, or buy it here.
Watch the video of Kristin demonstrating how to make the Stella Shawl from Wrapped in Crochet.
Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.
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