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Beach Walk Shawl CAL

Aug 29, 2018

 
Have you seen my latest shawl design?

 

Let me introduce you to the Beach Walk Shawl, a light and drapey arrow-shaped wrap made up of lace and linen stitch sections. Made with luxurious merino-silk yarn, this wrap is deliciously slinky yet still cosy and warm. Add tassels at the ends for a boho feel, or leave the pointed ends plain for a fresh, crisp look. It's a fun make and a pretty quick one too!

preview.jpgAs soon as this design was published, the requests for a CAL started to flow! So here we are, ready to get our CAL on.

What is a CAL? A CAL is short for crochet-a-long and it is basically a chance for hookers around the world to gather together in an online space and work on the same project simultaneously. Sometimes the project is a secret and participants are drip fed sections of the pattern to work on daily. This CAL uses the already published shawl design (you can find the pattern here) and people will need to have purchased the pattern and have their yarn selected in time for the start date - Thursday 30th August, 8pm NZT. Each day the rounds or rows for that day will be posted in the group, e.g. Rounds 1-11. People can then work through those rows over the day, at their own pace, and the group is there to ask questions, share tips & progress and generally have a chat with others if that's your thing. Some people like to be super involved and others prefer to observe quietly from the sidelines - either is perfectly fine! We would love to see your yarn choices and beautiful shawl at the end though.

What do you need? This shawl is fairly simple in it's requirements. You'll need 300g of DK yarn (roughly 630m), a 5mm hook, yarn needle and scissors and stitch markers are optional. I recommend choosing a natural fibre yarn, as the shawl will look a hundred times better if it is blocked at the end, and acrylic yarn just isn't that great for blocking. My testers used a variety of fibres and blends, including: wool, silk, cotton, linen, alpaca... What ever you choose, try to go for something that will give you good stitch definition and drape. Other yarn weights can be used and there are instructions included in the pattern for managing the sizing issues that come with the changes.

Where is this all happening? The group will mostly be based over on Facebook. I have set up a special closed group just for us and this is where the daily instructions will be posted, people can share their ideas, work, questions etc. You can follow the link to the group here. Just request to join and I can let you in - easy peasy! Not everyone belongs to Facebook, or wants to, so I will also be posting the daily info over on Instagram too. The hashtag #beachwalkshawlcal has been adopted to share our progress and I will also be monitoring the posts there for questions etc as well. 

I think that is pretty much it. I'd love to see you over in our group and I can't wait to get hooking alongside you!

Oooh, and prizes, did I mention prizes? Those will be announced along the way...

Alia xx

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