A Walk in the Waterfront Park Shawl

Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make beautiful, wearable crochet.  The Walk in the Waterfront Park shawl is one of those light and airy items.  This shawl is all about the yarn and the color.  My local yarn shop, Coastal Knitting, has its storefront on the bay in Beaufort SC.  This color is only sold there, and is called Waterfront, hence the name of the shawl.

Creative tips:  You have a series of tall stitches sandwiched between a basic zig-zag.  That long stitch is just calling out for beautiful, hand dyed, speckled yarn.  So when choosing colors, try one hank of that expensive, hand dyed yarn along with two contrasting colors.  It’s a good way to get your yarn fix without breaking the bank.

I always try my hardest to place a chart with each and every pattern, but with the long stitches and as closely as they are together I just couldn’t get my software to do it.  The chart was too crowded and was more confusing than helpful.

Yarn:  Fiber Seed, Sprout Sock yarn.  It comes in 510 Yard Hanks, is a sock/fingering weight yarn, and is 90% Merino Wool Superwash with 10% nylon.  Three hanks were more than enough for this shawl; if using Sprout Sock Yarn, you could get away with using only two hanks.  The speckled color is called Waterfront park, and it is only available at my local yarn shop, Coastal Knitting (www.coastalknitting.com). If you give them a call they will hook you up and mail you a hank or two!

YouTube link to discussion on yarn selection and why I did what I did.

When picking a yarn for this shawl, please look for a yarn with a little bit of nylon.  That will add stretch to this garment, and in turn it will hug your shoulders. Most sock yarns have at least 10% nylon, so any sock yarn at any price point can be used.

Hook Size:  D/3 (3.5MM)

Notions:  Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge:  Not necessary for this pattern.  Just keep going until it is the length you want.

Notes:  Ch3 at the beginning of each round does count as a DC.

Stitch Guide: If you need extra help, here is a YouTube video of each stitch.

This pattern makes use of some really tall stiches.  The Quad Stitch (QUAD ST) requires you to YO 5 times, then proceed as if you were creating a normal stitch.  I will insert a video tutorial on the Quad Stitch as soon as I can, and also give you some good ideas about what else you can create with this tall stitch.

Large shell (LG SHELL) you will create 3dc, ch 2, 3dc.

Small shell (SM SHELL) you will create 2dc, ch 2, 2dc.

Large Quad shells are the same as LG shells, just using a quad st instead.  LG Quad Shell (LG QUAD SHELL) you will create 3QUAD ST, ch2, 3QUAD ST.

So you have your yarn and your hook and are ready to go, this link will show you what rows 1-4 will look like and why they are important in designing crescent shaped shawls.

Shawl Pattern

Row 1:  Ch4, 6 dc in the 4th ch from hook.

Row 2:  Ch3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st until end.

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.

Row 4:  Ch3, dc in same st, *ch2, dc in next 2 st* repeat until end.

Row 5:  Ch3, SM Shell in each of the ch-2 sp across.  dc in the turning chain.

Row 6:  Repeat row 5.

Row 7:  Ch3, LG Shell in each of the ch-2 sp across, dc in the turning chain.

Row 8:  Now let’s get that long stitch in the mix.  Ch7, LG Quad Shell in each of the ch-2 sp across, Quad in the turning chain.

****Take a deep breath, you made it past the hardest part of the pattern.  From here on out you will have repeats.  After 5 rows of dc you will be using your quad st, and the number of DC and Quads in each group will increase now at regular intervals as they get larger and larger.

Each row as always will begin with a ch-3 or a ch-7 only for the quad rows.  They will also end with a dc or quad in the turning chain.

Row 9:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 2 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 2 st, sk next st* dc in turning chain.

Row 10:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 3, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 3 st, sk the next 2st*dc in turning chain.

Row 11:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 3st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 3 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 12:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 3st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 3 st, sk the next 2 st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 13:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 4st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 4 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 14:  Ch7, *sk next 2 st, quad in each of the next 4st, quad shell in the ch-2 sp, quad in each of the next 4 st, sk the next 2 st,* quad in turning chain.

Row 15:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 5st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 5 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 16:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 5 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 5 st, sk the next 2 st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 17:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 6st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 6 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 18:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 6 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 6 st, sk the next 2 st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 19:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 7 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 7 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 20:  Ch7, *sk next 2 st, quad in each of the next 7 st, quad shell in the ch-2 sp, quad in each of the next 7 st, sk the next 2 st,* quad in turning chain.

Row 21:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 8 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 8 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 22:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 8 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 8 st, sk the next 2 st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 23:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 9 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 9 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 24:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 9 st, dc shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 9 st, sk the next 2 st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 25:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 10 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 10 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 26:  Ch7, *sk next 2 st, quad in each of the next 10 st, quad shell in the ch-2 sp, quad in each of the next 10 st, sk the next 2 st,* quad in turning chain.

Row 27:  Ch3, *sk next st, dc in each of the next 11st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 11 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

Row 28:  Ch3, *sk next 2 st, dc in each of the next 11 st, shell in the ch-2 sp, dc in each of the next 11 st, sk the next st,* dc in turning chain.

This is where I stopped.  But I’m 5’1″ and wanted a smaller more summery shawl.  You can increase size by simply continuing the pattern.  Repeat rows 21-26, remembering to increasing the bold numbers by 1 every two rows.

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