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These shawls are super easy and lovely to crochet. The beauty of this pattern is it can be made with just about any yarn/hook, and Doris Chan provides examples of the different outcomes in her pattern.

I made one for myself in red and purple, and realised that by crocheting around the edge I had effectively bound the piece, so it doesn’t stretch that much (I’m sure all experienced yarn workers are going “duh” right now, but it honestly didn’t occur to me). It has come in handy when I’ve gone to the movies, or been caught under the icy air conditioning at work, or even just snuggling up on the couch at home. It’s surprisingly warm!

The blue one I made for my colleague, Lynette, who has just gone on maternity leave. I thought it might be good to drape around her shoulders as the seasons change from cold to hot and back again in the space of 24 hours, especially when she’ll be up at ungodly hours of the night feeding. I finished it a few weeks ago but only just got around to blocking it today.

Didn’t ever think I’d get into making shawls, but after this one I’m…(no she’s not going to say it, is she?) hooked (Yes I went there. I am a consummate dad joker).


red shawl – Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic – Radiant, Lincraft Cosy Wool – purple

blue shawl – Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 10 ply – junior navy and blue denim

Pattern: All Shawl by Doris Chan