At last - it has been a while! - I am delighted to be able to share with you the Amy Shawl from my Little Women series.
This is the second in the series following on from the Beth Shawl. I have finished making the Jo Shawl and will now be working on writing up the pattern for that. Meg is nearing finished too and that will be the last pattern to be released.
I wrote about my inspiration for this series of shawls here.
Amy is made in Cascade Heritage Sock yarn which is a 75% Merino, 25% Nylon blend. It works up beautifully and is very soft and drapes well.
I have loved wearing the shawl and everyone that has seen it has said it is very pretty, which has been so kind of them. Being fairly tall and having a full bust (!) I always want shawls that will be long enough in the back and also long enough to wrap right around me. I love to have that cosy wrapped around feeling. So in the design of the Amy Shawl I worked it to be quite long, but also fairly wide. I didn't want it to come to a point though so I changed the shape a little and I think it has worked well. Other inspirations have come to mind from this, so you might see more of this idea.
The colour was chosen, as I explained before in the design inspiration post, because of the little book that each girl received in the story Little Women, but also because blue is one of my favourite colours and goes so well with many of the things I wear. Jeans in winter, dresses in summer. It all fits for me!
Designing this shawl took a little while and some swatching and trial and error, but once I got going it was quite straightforward and if you decide to make one you will see that you can follow the pattern back and forth and the repeats quite easily.
Writing it up though was a different matter for me! This is definitely the most intricate pattern that I have written so far. I learned a lot though and after much writing and amending I am certain that the way it is written will be easy for you to follow, will give you just the right amount of information that you will need to follow the pattern without giving you unnecessary details. There are actually 3 PDF's for this pattern. I believe that you will only need the main pattern, however, there is also a stitch chart in case you find those easier to follow. As the main part of the pattern is repeated the pattern is written out in the "repeat" method, but in case you like to have each row written out I have also done that in a third PDF document. I expect that most people will only download the main pattern though.
To buy the pattern via my Ravelry Shop click this button and you will go straight through to the pattern page. I am behind with uploading patterns to lovecrochet.com, but it will soon be available there too.
I am thinking of hosting a Crochet Along (CAL) for the shawl series once all four patterns are written up. Is that something you would be interested in? Do let me know. There would be prizes!
I hope that you will enjoy making this shawl and having your own bit of Amy to cosy up in! Do let me know how you get on. I would love to hear what you think. There is a thread in the Love Made My Home group on Ravelry where you can share your finished shawls. Find it here (there is one for the Beth Shawl too!).