Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 1 - Praze-an-Beeble by Diana Bensted

Mystery Shawl CAL - Shawl 1 - Praze-an-Beeble

February 2018
Mystery 4ply
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in treble crochet
4.0 mm (G)
399 - 437 yards (365 - 400 m)
one size - approx 148cm wide 23cm deep
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My Shawls are all named after my favourite place to visit - Cornwall.
My family spent some lovely holidays in Praze an Beeble, using it as a base to explore the far west of the county. Situated near Camborne and within easy reach of the A30 - the main arterial road, the village is tiny and has 1 pub, and a lovely fish and chip shop! I like the play on words beeble/bobble!

The Praze an Beeble Shawl, is a crescent shaped shawl, worked from point to point - sideways - with the bobble edging worked as you go along. It is an easy shawl, but it can be a bit tricky to see where you are going at the start—there is a photo tutorial in the pattern, and a video will be uploaded and links sent to you. The pattern uses mostly treble crochets and chains. There are some increases to start and decreases using tr2tog.
I have written the pattern for two different weights, although it would easily be adapted for others and I have written a description of how to achieve that.

You will need just one skein of 4 ply yarn. I used 1 x 100g skein, 366m, Hand dyed by Kate, Sparkle singles 4ply, “Colour Theory”, 95% SW Merino, 5% Stellina, and a 4mm hook (to create a drapier fabric) If your yarn has more yardage that won’t matter and I let you know how you can adapt to use the whole skein. I chose this because it has very short colour runs - almost speckled. This gives a better overall effect when crocheted up.

I have also crocheted the shawl in a commercial yarn -
1 x 100g ball, 400m, Louisa Harding, Pittura 4ply,
“Klimt (601)”, 75% Wool, 25% Viscose which has a similar mottled look to the hand-dyed yarn.

I think the mottled look is effective in 4ply, and that a plain, or kettle dyed yarn would also look good. It could also work if you have a very long fade - such as an ombre yarn.

I also wrote the pattern for an aran weight yarn. I chose Caron cakes, 1 x 200g ball, ‘Cherry Chip’ 350m, 20% wool , 80% Acrylic. Which changes colour, gives a chunky feel to the bobbles, and a lovely cosy feel when worn! If you go this way you will need a 6.5mm hook.
I have a special offer on all colours of Caron Cakes (until 1st Feb or I am out of stock!) use code 123shawlCC for free shipping and there is a 20% discount on the price too

I look forward to seeing what yarn you decide to choose -
I have set up a discussion board on Ravelry for yarn choices!

You need to have drape for a shawl, so although tension is not as important as when you are making something fitted like a jumper, it should be fairly loose. To make a swatch, always make more stitches than you need for 10cm, so for 4ply chain 30, tr in the 3rd ch from hook and make 1tr in every chain along (28st) turn and ch 2 for the turning ch, work 1 tr in each st along the row, continue in rows of tr stitches until you have 12 rows. Then measure. This will mean that you avoid the edges where tension can vary!
If you have more rows/st than below, then you will need to increase the size of your hook, if you have less rows/sts, then you will need to go down a hook size

For 4ply using a 4mm hook you should get approx. 10 rows / 21 treble crochets and for aran weight 6 rows / 12 treble crochets.