Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ta Dah! Meg Shawl

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that the Meg Shawl is now completed!!  Yay!!  Want to see it?  Don't worry there are 1000 few pictures in this post.

You can find out the background to this series of shawls by reading this post or watching the podcast where I explain all.

There is one shawl for each of the characters from the book Little Women, Beth, Amy, Jo and finally, Meg.

Here it is!


This is a VERY big shawl, but it can easily be made smaller.  It isn't very wide, but it is quite long.  However...  because it is narrower at the ends it allows you to just leave those dangling around your neck.  You will see in the pattern how you can adapt it to the size you want.

If you know the story you may recall that Meg married John Brooke, who was Laurie's tutor, in the garden of the March's home under an arbour.  The design of this shawl reminds me of the arbour and the beautiful flowers and plants that I saw growing in the gardens of Orchard House when I visited it.

Hence the dangles.  Oh yes.  Lots of dangles!!  I am going to love the dangles on this one.  If they aren't for you it doesn't matter, you can easily leave them off.





So, that is it.  The four patterns are now done.  I was planning a variation of the Jo Shawl, but I have decided to go a different way with it and the design is now so different that I will give it a different name than the "Jo Variant".

Here are a few more photos!







My husband asked, what next then?  Well, I replied, I have mandalas a go go to write the patterns up for and then I will take a break.  Of course since then I have had more ideas....

I do hope you enjoy this shawl and if you want to purchase the pattern you can click here.


To remind you in case you have been waiting to see all four shawls before making your choice as to which pattern to purchase here they are all together!


Meg

 

Jo

 

Amy

 

Beth


Happy crochet and thank you so much for your support!  As an independent designer it is so good to have your support and your feedback and to know that you enjoy my work!

Amy

80 comments:

  1. Beautifully creative! All are lovely, but I especially love the green of the Meg Shawl.

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  2. A fabulous collection Amy. You are very talented to be able to design such beauties. B x

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  3. they're all gorgeous Amy xxx

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  4. Love the green colour, so vibrant.

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    1. I really struggled to photograph it, but it is a lovely colour isn't it!

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  5. All very lovely and all very different, just like the March sisters. I couldn't chose a favourite. You are very talented and creative Amy:)

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    1. I know what you mean, it is hard to choose isn't it! I want to make another and am dithering about which one to make!

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  6. It's absolutely lovely Amy, the dangles are brilliant, and I love the occasional touch of pink. It's my favourite so far I think although I like all of them, I'm a big fan of shawls. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you! I love the dangles too, I haven't done a shawl like that before, but had a sudden idea and just knew that I had to make them. Everyone I showed them too loved them too. Glad you like it!

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  7. You've put so much thought in to each design which has certainly worked out as you wished as I can see the personality of each sister in each corresponding shawl. It's funny though, my favourite is the Jo shawl and that's my name, how weird is that?

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    1. Nothing weird about that! My favourite is the Amy and that is my name! Glad you like them, thank you!

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  8. Wow, that is so beautiful. I am particularly blown away by Beth...one to start as soon as I am finished with my baby blanket. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. I hope you enjoy making Beth!

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  9. Lovely Amy. All four are wonderful, proving you have a designing mind. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, so kind of you to say! My mind is always whirring!

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  10. Oh that is Perfection, Amy. I like the Meg shawl best of all, and it is strange but I always imagined Meg as wearing green, and Jo the rusty orange colour, and Beth in a delicate blue or gray. But in my mind Amy was always in pink. I wonder where it all comes from? Such a lovely project and you have become a designer of distinction! x

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    1. I know what you mean. I wonder if perhaps one of the film versions had them in those colours and that is what has stuck in our minds? Thank you for your lovely comments!

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  11. i'm curious. ... are you still doing your mantel pieces with all this art projects you are doing? you seem so busy. are you still reading? i bet you have had to let a few things go. unless you are a no sleeper kind of lady? i know i sleep less these days. but it is all in name of fun & reading for me. ( :

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    1. No, I haven't changed the mantel monthly, although I do fiddle around as and when the fancy takes me. Making the shawls and making things for my little business has occupied me rather more! Still trying to read, but as you say, sleep gets in the way doesn't it!!

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  12. Really lovely Amy! I just love this idea of a different shawl for each 'Little Woman', it quite inspired. I think your love for the characters really shows in the different patterns you have made for each one. Really brilliant work, I see great things in your future as a crochet designer. X

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    1. Thank you Penny, so kind of you. I hope that perhaps more will come of the designing because I do love it!

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  13. Well, maybe Marmie needs a shawl? Hannah?

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  14. I am a fan of the dangles too, great fun.

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  15. Love this one. Love those danglies.

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  16. Stunning Amy, you really have made an excellent job of your Little Women shawls.

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  17. If I were only a shawl wearer. Such a feminine practice too! We don't have enough of that anymore. :( Your work is lovely.

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    1. You could certainly wear the Beth Shawl and the Meg as a scarf because they are long and thin and would just wrap round! Glad you like my work, thank you!

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous Amy and and I love the dangles!

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  19. The whole collection of shawls look amazing :)

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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    1. Thank you Angela, I hope you will feel up to tackling one of them sometime when you are feeling more confident with your crochet!

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  20. Gorgeous green colour in that shawl x

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  21. wonderful patterns. I love that your crochet is wearable. When I did crochet, I made one too many afghans and burnt myself out.

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    1. I am the same, although I do now have rather a lot of shawls too!! Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  22. The shawl is gorgeous, Amy! I love all the little dangles too! You do such a beautiful job! Thank you for popping in to see me and thank you for thinking of me about the Digestive. There are a few grocery stores here that sell them. Well, there was in Texas anyway! And yes, they are so good! You know I really don't have a dollhouse, just rooms made from foam board. Maybe one day I'll get a family and a real house! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you Shelia, so kind of you. Just because you have rooms doesn't mean you can't have an occupant!!

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  23. It's great, I particularly like the pink flower x

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  24. wow Amy - it is stunning! I love the colour too. Pity I can't read a crcohet pattern.

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    1. Thank you. I think that I have written too much detail in the patterns, there is a lot, so if you wanted to have a go you might like to try with one of these - Jo perhaps as it is very straightforward. I can offer support if needed!

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  25. You are so talented! I love them. My favorite is the Amy one.

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    1. Thank you Mari, that is of course my favourite too!!

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  26. Lovely shawls and a great accomplishment!

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  27. Amy, the shawls are truly beautiful. What wonderful designs. From what I can remember of the characters in Little Women the shawls really seem to suit their personalities. I think you really outdid yourself with the 'Meg' shawl. I can really see that with a lovely summer dress. It looks so delicate.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. You really are so kind. So glad you can see the personalities which I was trying to capture!

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  28. You have encapsulated all the March girls perfectly in shawl form - so clever. I think my favourite is the Jo shawl and I will definitely be buying the pattern when we return from a little adventure. It will make a lovely (dare I say it?) autumn project! Well done, Amy; they are all so beautiful. xx

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    1. Thank you! You are so kind. I am planning to wear Jo in the autumn and am planning another one in different colours, so no, not to early to say autumn when planning for crochet! Enjoy it!

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  29. Ah they are all lovely and the perfect tribute to the glorious March sisters xx

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    1. Thank you so very much! I hope they would have liked them!

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  30. I truly do enjoy your work! All four shawls are so pretty! I must share this post with a good friend who was my mentor in knitting and crochet. I do not do either anymore because of arthritis, but I do love to see what others are creating.

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    1. Thank you, you are so very kind! I hope that your friend will enjoy seeing them. It is a shame that you are no longer able to do such things, but I am glad you can enjoy looking at them!

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  31. It's fab! Love the dangly fringe and splashes of pink. You did a really good with all of them but have to say Meg's my favourite.

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  32. Beautiful shawls Amy! I love them all, but especially love the one with little dangling flowers! You are a crocheter extraordinaire!
    Helen xox

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    1. I am someone who is full of self doubt, so to hear a comment like that from someone like you who really is a crafter extraordinaire really means a lot, thank you so very much!! You are so very kind!

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  33. gorgeous shawl in such a vibrant green :) that is my kind of color!! so happy! Little Women is one of my favorite books from my youth.

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    1. Thank you! It is a very special book to me, so I am always glad to hear that it is special to others too!

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  34. Gorgeous! I LOVE the idea of crafting to the tune of a favorite book.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia, that is very kind of you to say!

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  35. They are all wonderful Amy, you are so talented!
    Meredith

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  36. Thanks for all the lovely photos, Amy, as well as responding to all the above comments! The white screen background for Meg really shows her detail beautifully. It is special that you were named for Amy and you did her proud with the shawl you created. So far I have purchased the pattern for Jo and Amy...now to allot the time to crochet them! xx

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    1. Thank you!! I got a different set up for the shawls to photograph them and I am happy with it, I think it works doesn't it. I hope you enjoy crocheting your shawls! xx

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