I am not sure how to proceed in color on Lady Killer and thought I would put it out to you for some feedback.
As you can see, dark mauve is the dominant color. I began by using up the scraps of other acrylic and cotton yarns/threads to begin. Having exhausted all color-pertinent scraps, my original plan end with dark mauve/dark purple stripes, does not seem exciting to me anymore. I think I want to add more colors, but that could turn out bad.
So these are my only conceivable options:
Resume with dark mauve because it is the dominant color and I want to end the cone
Resume with dark purple, which would complete a manual gradient shift, and end with it despite technical difference in color
Resume with dark mauve/dark purple striping, exhausting dark mauve and ending in dark purple block, if necessary
Resume with dark mauve color block, end with dark purple color block
I think I am leaning towards option one because I love how Dark Lady came out with the reserved color stripes.
Considering this shawl is coming from the same cone as Dark Lady, I decided to remain with the Lady theme. Too bad, I didn’t think about this when I crocheted You’ve Got Your Troubles, which is also from the same cone of Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8.
To tell you the truth I am actually loving each shawl despite the old-fashioned color: dark mauve. I think the J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen on Dark Lady really changed my mind.
For Lady Killer, I am began with the micro-ball of leftover J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen, now completely gone. The second yarn will remain unidentified at this time due to my laziness to got get the ball, but in the pictures it looks better than it does on the shawl, though from my perspective right now – almost level, that yellow is really standing out.
I will be using a darker purple gradient next and if I have enough cotton, I will be ending with a solid deep purple.
You might notice that this is very similar to Dark Lady in construction. I am going to work between the post to shoulders and then begin the crescent formation. My next shawl will be only crescent formation.
The only relation I can make between the name and the shawl is that I had to re-crochet this shawl three times before I was happy with the outcome.
After three attempts, I finally ended up with something I am happy with. The bonus: I think I have a true crochet crescent shawl! I’d love to hear from you if you agree with me.
Care (Acrylic): Machine wash gentle cycle, warm water, no bleach, rinse well and promptly remove. Roll in towel. Block. CAUTION: Do not iron or dry clean. Care (Cotton): Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
Dimensions: 45-inch Width x 22-inch depth
I wanted a design I could easily increase without much thinking. I accomplished this by working in double crochet and working between posts, increasing by two stitches on either side of each section, every row.
This did not work well when I wanted to change up the pattern because I kept losing one stitch each section. I then decided to change from between posts to working in stitches; this increase was easier to manipulate. By this time I had changed to treble crochets just to make this shawl grow faster.
I also had a ball of J. & P. Coats Luster Sheen laying around and I thought the colors might break up the dark mauve nicely; it did! By this time, I wanted to end. I had about three hundred thirty stitches; I was aiming for six hundred. However, I thought the shawl was big enough that I could stop.
I started with a scalloped edge, but the stitch count was off. I then began a crab stitch edging, which I really liked. Did I have enough patience to work on top of treble crochets and backwards? I did and I am so happy with the outcome.
+ Suggested care for cotton garments
++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience
+++ Based on physical match, per touch
An occasion where yarn meets pattern and vice versa. The details are cloudy, but they matched and I set to crocheting. Early – coincidence? – pattern name matches performer name. Read on for “troubles” association.
You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette
Dimensions: 70-inch x 32.5-inch (D), approximate Care: Machine wash gentle or hand wash, cold. Lay flat to dry or line dry in shade, or tumble dry low. +
I followed the pattern despite having enough yarn to make a larger item. I think my primary reason was becoming bored with such a mindless stitch pattern? Not sure. Could be crochet/knit fatigue…it could happen!