Crochet projects are perfect for winter, especially when they get bigger and drape over your legs and keep you warm as you work.
I have two shawls on the hooks right now, one using the Virus shawl pattern and the other using the Lost Souls pattern. Both of these patterns are available on Revelry. Shawls will wrap you in warmth and love.
I’m really enjoying using the new crochet hooks that I’ve been purchasing with the 50% off coupons at Michaels. They are ergonomic with soft handles which are perfect for those of us with arthritis. And how about the coloured handles? One thing I’m wondering about is the 4 mm hook? I can’t find one. Do they make them?
The latest shawl to be completed is the Virus Shawl, crochet pattern found on Ravelry.
I used Austermann Step 6 yarn from Grey Heron, our local lys. This one was in many of my favourite colours of greys, greens, rust and a bit of beige. It’s a worsted weight yarn and was lovely and soft to work with.
I actually used this yarn for another pattern, but I had made a mistake in the pattern which I didn’t see till after it was completed. It bothered me, so I left the shawl for ages, and then finally decided to unravel it. Then I started another pattern, didn’t like it, unravelled it again and left it for the longest time. Finally I settled on the virus shawl pattern and it made up nice and quickly. I actually wish I had a bit more of the yarn to make the shawl a bit longer.
I wondered why it was called a virus shawl and there are a few explanations that can be found on the internet. Originally it was called a Dreieckstuch (in German) which means triangle cloth. Then the shawl pattern was so popular it went viral. Another is that the pattern keeps repeating itself and seems never ending like having a cold virus. Someone else said perhaps you wear it when you have a virus to keep you warm. No matter what, it is a very popular pattern.
At first I thought I would have a hard time with the pattern as it only had a 4 row repeat but you kept increasing the number of virus repeats in every row. But once I had done a few of the rows it became easy to figure out what row would come next. It became a project I could work on while watching my favourite British tv show, Coronation Street, without constantly referring back to the pattern.