You’ve Got Your Troubles: I’ve Got Mine

Off da Hook

You’ve Got Your Troubles by The Fortunes

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.

The John

You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Dimensions: 70-inch (W) 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!

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette
You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Pattern

Fortunes Shawlette by by Tamara Kelly

Easy mindless crochet pattern, based on previous mindless crochet pattern. The challenge: working with such a large hook and fine yarn. I think the mindlessness may have contributed to the completion of Union Of The Snake cowl, All Or Nothing Blues scarf, America The Beautiful scarf, Highway To Hell scarf, A Bushel And A Peck scarf, and End It On This scarf.

Pattern “STRAIGHT-FORWARD,” which, of course, caused some complication on my part. Otherwise, very easy to follow. Could it be written better? Perhaps.

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette
You’ve Got Your Troubles Shawlette

Yarn

Bonnie Triola Cottontale 8

Color: Dark Mauve
Content: 8/4 100% Cotton
Weight: 2, Fine: Sport, Baby ++

You've Got Your Troubles Shawlette

+ Suggested care for cotton garments
++ Estimated yarn weight based on numeral 2 written on yarn label and over forty years’ experience

Working With Rayon

You've Got Your Troubles Shawl
©A Hooker’s World

This is a shawl I am making for a friend of mine, Cathy. I have named this project You’ve Got Your Troubles – by The Fortunes – Shawl. Well, I’ve got mine; That’s how the song goes.

Cathy chose the yarn from one of Newton’s Yarn Country’s parking lot sales before showing me the pattern. Her yarn choice is like a rayon, very slippery. Having worked with rayon before, I did not think much about her choice. Of course, this was before she gave me the pattern she liked. The pattern (The Shawl – Collared Shawl from the book Crochet Your Way by Gloria Tracy and Susan Levin) calls for a 70% mohair, 30% silk blend, which might be a lot easier to work with because of the hairs, and crochet hook sizes G, H, I, J & K, beginning with the K.

The first attempt went well from the foundation chain except that using such a large hook with such a fine medium caused the foundation chain stitches to twist on themselves, making stitch identification and consistency difficult. On the third attempt I got the idea to crochet the foundation chain around a length of waste yarn to prevent the stitches from twisting on themselves. This was a very important lesson learned.

I was still struggling with tension, and I think because of that, I kept loosing stitches. I am a counter, but at this point, I am losing patience. I am counting as I crochet, double-checking when I am off. Another lesson I have learned is to count stitches while the project lays flat on a table versus in holding the project in mid-air.

Another problem is the stitch identification. At least three times I have lost stitches on the decrease row. Because the stitching is so loose, it is hard to identify the decrease; add to that the correct replacement of the stitch marker.

Pictured above is the first two rows, crocheted with a K hook. I am about to switch to the J hook and start the first set of decreases. My plan of action is to take my time, perhaps turn off the television and/or the music, so I can concentrate because I already told Cathy if this doesn’t work out, I am going to grab my size 8 steel hook and just improvise something.