UPDATE: This pattern has been updated to include a stitch diagram. I’m currently in the process of having the diagram tested, and then I will be sending the updated version to everyone who has bought this pattern in the past.
This Victorian-inspired shawl is actually a bit of a lesson in crochet mechanics. Learn how different stitch patterns relate to one another as you watch your shawl grow from small shells to large shells to shell lace, and finally to pineapples.
While the pattern is given as one-size, we have designed it so that it is wide enough fit up to a 16-inch neck circumference and 37-inch shoulder girth. The fit around the neck may be easily adjusted with the placement of the buttons, as explained in the pattern.
NOTE: I’ve gotten a few emails regarding the fitting of the neck, so I would like to clarify that a bit more here.
The neck is quite wide, and this was by design to make the shawl fit a wide range of sizes. The neck circumference can be adjusted at the end by the placement of the buttons—you would place them farther in from the edge to accommodate a smaller neck, and closer to the edge to accommodate a wider neck. You can adjust the shawl at the beginning to make the neck shorter, but then you will also have less coverage on the shoulders because of the way the pineapples spread out from the shells in the neck.
Knowing this, if you would still like to start with a shorter chain, I would recommend reducing it by no more than 2 repetitions if you still want full coverage on the shoulders. The beginning chain is a multiple of 4 plus 2. The original pattern has 22 shells in the first row, so a beginning chain of 86 will give you 21 shells, and a beginning chain of 82 will give you 20 shells.
ERRATA FOR ROWS 16 ON: I’ve also received some concern regarding whether there was a mistake in Row 16. The pattern is correct the way it was written, but in an interest in conserve spacing, I chose not to write out each individual stitch that would be skipped in that row and to focus on the stitch that is worked into instead. Believe it or not, I thought this would be less confusing, but I can see how that would make it more confusing.
A more exact way to write Row 16 would be:
Ch 4; turn. 9 tr in first ch-3 space, ch 3, skip next tr, ch-3 space, and sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc, ch-3 sp, and tr, 9 tr in next ch-3 sp; rep from across. Tr in top of t-ch.
The rows following Row 16 are written in a similar fashion.