Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this sample!
Have you seen Lion Brand’s new yarn, Shawl In A Ball?
Boasting the potential to create an entire stunning shawl with just one skein, it might be just now starting to show up at your local craft stores. (Or, you can purchase it direct from Lion Brand, or from Joann Fabrics in limited colors.) I had a chance to try it, and can I just say, wow.
I realize this is not a shawl, but I’ll get to that.
When I first held the yarn in my hands, I was really surprised that it was a category 4 (worsted) yarn. It really feels so much lighter.
The first thing I thought when I started working with it was, “wow, this is like a really thin version of Homespun.” Which freaked me out a little, because (honesty time) I’ve never successfully completed a pattern with Homespun. I love what people are able to make with it, but it’s just too difficult for me to see the stitches. Shawl In A Ball has that similar crinkly feel to it, so I decided to use a stitch combo that I was very familiar with to ensure I would be able to recognize the loops. Once I got past the first row, I really got the hang of it. It’s like anything new; you just have to give it a chance! And you will be soooo glad you did.
Ok, so I know it’s called Shawl In A Ball, but I’m not a shawl-wearer. So, I decided to take it in a little bit different direction, and used it to make this gorgeous infinity scarf. Aren’t you just drooling over those gradual color changes? I had so much fun making this and was so motivated to keep going because I was enjoying the color changes so much. And the finished look of the stitches creates this beautiful fabric that is light and drapes perfectly. I honestly think Lion Brand hit it out of the park with this yarn!
The scarf is wide, so it could be worn over the shoulders in more of a shawl or wrap fashion. My model here is very petite, so it was too large to hang secure on her shoulders, but I bunched it up in the back a bit to at least be able to show you what it would look like. You could simply measure the shoulder width of the intended recipient, and crochet enough rows to match that needed length. Or, you could secure it with a cute pin.
Of course, there are lots of beautiful colorways to choose from, and you’re bound to find one that suits your personality. The name of the color used in my sample is “Mindful Mauve.” If you can’t find it in stores yet, you can buy it from Joann Fabrics Online in limited colors (or, as always, you can get it direct from Lion Brand).
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Scarf measures 40″ around and is 10″ tall (not including fringe).
Gauge: Not crucial, because you can simply chain until you reach 10″. But, in my scarf, a row of 22 stitches is about 5″ in length (and 10 rows of the pattern are about 3″).
Hook: I (5.50mm)
Yarn: 1 skein of Lion Brand Shawl In A Ball (sample shown in “Mindful Mauve”)
You’ll also need: Yarn needle
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) It is crocheted as a flat piece, then seamed at the end.
(3) CH1 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch.
(4) Note that the yarn needed for the fringe is cut from the skein first, so that we can be sure to have enough. You’ll notice on my sample scarf that I alternated between two colors of fringe; this was accomplished because the first few yards of my skein were purple, but they were attached with a manufacturer’s knot to the rest of the skin, which started cream-colored (that was the only knot I found). So, I cut off the purple and set it aside, then cut off enough of the cream for the rest of the fringe, then proceeded to make the scarf. (In other words, I got lucky, and made lemonade out of lemons. Every skein will be different.)
Before we even pick up our hook, we first need to set aside some yarn. We’ll be using the whole skein for this pattern, so we want to make sure we have enough yarn left for fringe! Grab a cutting board or something sturdy that’s somewhere between 8-10″ wide, and follow the instructions below.
1. Wrap the yarn all the way around the cutting board about 40 times. Wrap it snug, but don’t wrap it crazy-tight. Try to be consistent.
2. Take a good pair of scissors and carefully cut the yarn right down the center of the pile.
3. You now have a pile of yarn strands approximately 18″ long. Very carefully, fold it in half and cut at the halfway point again. You should now have about 80 strands of yarn, about 9″ long apiece. Set it aside for when you’ve completed the pattern.
CH45. (This should measure about 10″ when lightly stretched; add or subtract chains as necessary, just be sure to begin with an odd number of chains.)
Row 1: SC+HDC in 3rd CH from hook. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across. (44)
Rows 2-132 (or until you get to the end of your skein, or until the scarf is the length you want it to be): CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across. (44)
Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to seam the scarf. Use your yarn needle and finishing tail to whip stitch both ends together.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Attaching the Fringe
Attach fringe to every other row along the entire length of one side of the scarf.
Love this pattern as I do with all your creations. Thanks for making crocheting fun again. Your ideas are fresh and new
Question: does this stitch have a name? It works out beautifully. (providence cowl)
Love your Providence scarf pattern & fabulous instructions !! Hope your new one is here and all are well & happy !!! Will be making one soon !! Have a Blessed Wonderful 2017 !! ?
Love this. Do you have to connect or can we leave it as an open scarf?
Linda, you certainly don’t have to connect it! I’m not sure if it would be long enough for a classic scarf, though.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am going to try it.
Beautiful! Any chance you can adapt this for knitters?
If only I could knit! 🙂
I love this. I started it but when I chained 45 with an I hook and this yarn the chain was a lot longer than 10″, more like 15″ or more, without stretching. Is that right?
It should be 10″. Check your gauge 🙂
I just wanted to tell you how just lovely your models are. Of course I love your work too, but the beautiful young ladies modelling your work, well I just wanted to let you know they are doing a bonzer job.
I don’t know how I missed this comment, but just wanted to say a big thank-you!! They are my nieces and my younger sister. It has been a lot of fun being able to use them, they have a lot of fun with it and are beauties 🙂
I love the shawl and the yarn that does the work for you. I will have to try using that color. It is beautiful.
I love the colors in this shawl. Maybe it is the “purple” because I just love this color and it works great with my white/gray hair , Love “Lion Brand “yarns and your lovely pattern.
Thank you for posting this pattern i am fairly new to crochet I only started last summer and i can do this pattern for sure looks lovely thank you again
Greetings to a fellow believer in Christ! I enjoy your patterns.
Absolutely beautiful thank you for the Pattern, I hope to make this when I find the yarn. Love the color you used as well.
I’ve like “Shawl in a Ball” since it came out. I would swear it was partly wool when it first came out, but it’s not now?!! So I CAN use it!
Beautiful!! I may get some of this yarn!!!
I saw a skein of this at an open house at my local yarn shop – it was beautiful! I have a skein on order — now if I could just remember which color it was! Oh well, no matter the color, I loved the way it felt and can’t wait to get my hands on it. Your scarf is beautiful by the way.
This is very pretty and I really like the yarn you chose! The color changes are really nice!