A few months back, I noticed a trend in my Facebook crochet group (Crochet Addict). It seems like everyone was working on what they called – The Virus Shawl.
The pattern intrigued me and I wondered if it was hard, so I did some research online and this is what I came across:
Pattern: Based on what I found the designer is unknown and the chart has been online for years. Woolpedia was kind enough to provide the Virus Shawl pattern online and Virus Shawl tutorial on You Tube.
Yarn: Day after day photos of the shawls were posted and I could see that many were completed with color shading yarns, therefore it was cool to see the colors change gradually throughout the project. As I recall the popular choice was Red Heart Unforgettable. For my project I selected a solid Yarn with a bit of bling: Red Heart Shimmer in Pewter. I love the bits of blue sparkle added throughout.
Needle: I selected Clover Soft Touch Steel, Size 5.0
One Thing I Did
The tutorial was quite helpful for covering the basics, yet it only went so far as the pattern has a four row repeat. After going back and forth and reading the instructions, I found it easier to create quick notes for me to follow. Here are my first few rows…..
There was a chart as well and I found it was a good exercise for me to check my work by consulting the chart. First time I used a chart! I could actually see the repeat and follow the chart as well as the written instructions.
Eventually I caught on and got into the flow of the repeat. I worked on this project in the car during commute hour. Can you see the repeats? It was magic to see my shawl grow and grow!
How to Wear
This shawl is so cool as you can wear it as a standard “around the shoulders” shawl or flip it to the front and wear in a scarf fashion. The shawl now lives in California as I gave it to my sister 🙂
I love being a part of a crochet group as there are loads of talented folks that share their knowledge, projects and suggestions. I initially thought this project was going to be challenging and almost didn’t make the attempt. Once I got started I began to enjoy the challenge as it kept me engaged, and I didn’t get bored. All in all, glad I jumped on the bandwagon in creating the Virus Shawl.