Opal Shell 2 in 1 Crochet Wrap & Scarf
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The Opal Shell 2 in 1 Crochet Wrap & Scarf
– using Shawl in a Ball from Lion Brand
Last year, Lion Brand launched what has become a real winner for them in Shawl in a Ball. For anyone not familiar with this yarn; the idea is that you can make an entire item;- shawl, wrap, scarf, etc . with just one ball – hence the name! Let me tell you, this yarn just goes on and on and on …… and was perfect for the Opal Shell 2 in 1 pattern!
Shawl in a Ball comes in a beautiful combination of colours, with the ombre effect light to dark running through the skein,. The yarn is a brushed acrylic/cotton slub, which gives an almost hazy mohair type effect and silky feel; without the itchiness that can come with natural fibres.
A few months ago Lion Brand expanded the range to include a selection of colours with a metallic like thread running throughout, which again I have not found to be at all itchy and I am allergic to wool and metal, so I would know!
My favourite of the metallic colours is the Opal which is a beautiful light into dark grey; with Aurora Borealis metallic thread, although I have really tried with my pictures; it’s difficult to capture how this yarn twinkles in the sunshine, if you like the grey, but prefer it without the metallic thread, then try Feng Shui Grey.
So let’s talk about the pattern then!
The Opal Shell 2 in 1 Crochet Wrap & Scarf is designed to be worn as both a wrap and a scarf. Ideal for the warmer months; it will add colour to a plain t-shirt, dress up a casual outfit, or worn elegantly as an evening wrap. It’s long enough to fold in half and anchor as a scarf, or you could wear it long and fix with a brooch, the possibilities are endless.
As you can see from the pictures the Opal Shell 2 in 1 Wrap & Scarf is very light and airy, and I achieved this by using my trusty 9mm crochet hook. I haven’t blocked the Opal Shell, as I like the finished effect as it is.
Those of you who don’t consider an item finished until it has been blocked, will probably see a much more defined stitch pattern as a result, and I would love to see some of your pictures, if you do block!
Difficulty Level: – Easy + due to slightly more challenging combination of stitches, not suitable for a complete beginner.
Stitches Used: – UK TERMS
CH – Chain
TCH – Turning Chain
DC – Double Crochet
TRC – Treble Crochet
Stitches Used:- USA Terms
CH – Chain
TCH – Turning Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
Special Stitches: – Shell (UK): – 7 Treble Crochets in same stitch; Shell (USA):- 7 Double Crochets in same stitch
Yarn Used: – Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball – Opal (61% cotton, 34% acrylic, 5% other fibre – 150 g, 518 yds, 473 m).
This yarn comes both with, and without the metallic thread and is a 4 weight. It does go thick and thin in places adding to the mock mohair effect. A 6mm crochet hook is advised by Lion Brand, but for this lacy open effect I have used a 9mm and a loose tension.
Hook Size Used: – 9mm crochet hook
Gauge: – not important for this project.
Instructions written using UK crochet terms
ROW 1:- CH 60, 3 TRC in 4th CH from the hook, skip 3 CH, 1 DC in next CH *skip 3 CH, Shell in next DC, skip 3 CH, 1 DC in next CH, repeat from * to the last 4 CH, skip 3 CH, 4 TRC in last CH, turn.
(you should have 6 whole shells and 2 x 4 TRC (half/shell))
ROW 2:- CH6 , 1 TRC in next DC * CH3, skip next 3 TRC, 1 TRC in next TRC, Ch3, 1 TRC in next DC, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, Ch3, 1 TRC in TCH, turn
ROW 3:- CH 1, *1 DC in next TRC , CH3, repeat from * to last stitch, 1 DC in 3rd CH of CH6, turn
ROW 4:- CH 1, 1 DC in first DC, *CH3, 1 DC in next DC, repeat from * to end of row, turn
ROW 5:- CH 1, 1 DC in first DC, *Shell in next DC, 1 DC in next DC, repeat from * to end of row. Turn
(you should have 7 shells)
ROW 6:- CH 6, skip 3 TRC, 1 TRC in next TRC, * CH3, skip next 3 TRC, 1 TRC in next DC, CH3, 1 TRC in next TRC, CH3, TRC in next DC, repeat from * to end of row, turn.
ROW 7:- Repeat Row 3
ROW 8-10:- Repeat Row 4
ROW 11:- CH 3, 3 TRC in first DC, 1 DC in next DC, *Shell in next DC, 1 DC in next DC, repeat from * to last DC, 4 TRC in last DC, turn.
Repeat rows 2-11 you should have enough yarn in the one ball to complete 10 more repeats to end on Row 121 (Row 11). If not I recommend finishing on one of the rows of shells.
Additional Pattern Notes:-
I decided against blocking the wrap as I really like the fuzziness effect of this yarn, and my finished measurements were 64” long and 14” wide.
If you wanted to make a wider and/or shorter wrap/scarf the stitch repeat is 8+4
The shells on Rows 1 and 5 are not intended to be in line with each other, they are offset.
I have tested this pattern and the most common mistake is to forget the final DC stitch of the row; it can be easy to miss, especially with this yarn, if you are on the thinner part of the yarn, it can be a small stitch to see.
When you are on your second repeat of the pattern, hold your work up and check that your shells are in the correct place for their row sequence. Yep! on the 3rd time of testing the pattern I went gaily off and ended up frogging around 20 rows!
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