Watch this video to learn how to get started on this beautiful, yet deceptively simple, shawl project:
One of my most popular patterns of all time is the Sprout Chain Shawlette, featured in "Crochet So Fine", 2008 Interweave Press.
Kristin Omdahl's Crochet So Fine takes crocheted clothing from fussy to fashionable! By working with thinner yarns and more flexible stitches, crocheters can produce garments that are stylish and comfortable, figure-flattering without being form-fitting and great for layering. And just because the yarn is thin doesn't mean crocheters need to use the smallest of hooks, fine crochet can be quick and easy, too.
Crocheters begin by exploring techniques specific to crocheting with fine yarns: gauge, blocking, and garment construction tips to maximize drape. Then they can choose from 20 projects including stunning crocheted pullovers, cardigans, jackets, capes, shawls, scarves, hats, and more. Many of the projects only require one or two skeins of yarn. The designs are interesting to make, using clever stitch motifs, innovative and traditional shaping methods, and a variety of crochet techniques and embellishment ideas. In addition to a variety of stitch patterns, motifs, and techniques, Crochet So Fine includes tutorials with detailed illustrations and instruction on Tunisian crochet, broomstick crochet, and hairpin lace. The garments include couture details such as colorwork, beading, lace, ruffles, tiers, and more. All stitch motifs include charts, and the specialized techniques include how-to sections.
I have received so many incredible compliments about this book, for so many years. Thank you to everyone who still loves making these beautiful patterns! I find myself returning to remake them, too. If you are interested in the entire collection, click on the photo of the book to order.
Sprout Chain Shawlette is a very easy project: the long chain and solo single crochet stitch pattern featured in this shawl is easy to memorize and relaxing to crochet. The flower fringe border makes me smile every time. It’s incredibly easy to make because the flowers are worked right into the one-row border, even though they look like they were separately crocheted motifs! This sweet little shawlette adds just the right touch when draped around the shoulders of a pretty dress or wrapped around the neck as an eye-catching scarf.
It is a top down construction, so you are increasing on every row, BUT the pattern repeat is very easy to understand and you will be working from memory, not from reading the pattern, after only a few rows. This is a benefit for several reasons: 1. it is a lot of fun to get established in a project and not have to flip back and forth between your yarn and a chart/pattern. 2. the portability of just grabbing your yarn and hook and taking it wherever you want to crochet. 3. the ability to modify the size of the project.
#3 is a biggie. It is not often that a beginner can confidently adjust the size of a pattern. However, because the formula is so simple in this pattern, you can easily just continue in the established increase pattern as you crochet to make it your desired length.
All of my yarns could work for this pattern, depending on what weight yarn you prefer. For a fingering weight shawl, one skein of Be So Fine, at 650 yards per skein, would be beautiful with anything from a D to a G (3.25 to 4mm) crochet hook. Two skeins of Be So Sporty, at 325 yards per skein, woudl be beautiful with anything from a G to an H (4mm to 5mm) crochet hook. And Be So Bold (the yarn in the video) would be beautiful with anything from an H to a K (5mm to 6.5mm) crochet hook.
And Crochet Me (my publisher's website) has a free download of the Sprout Chains Shawlette available here:
Here are some of the gorgeous projects crocheters have made with this pattern: