Chrysaora

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Crochet, Designs, Patterns | 0 comments

I have something new for you!

Chrysaora – a crochet shawl pattern, part of the Malabrigo Quickies!

As you have probably guessed, I’ve recently played a lot with crochet. I feel that it adds a certain flexibility in the way of working, shaping and creating motifs that knitting simply doesn’t have. It also creates fabrics that can be as delicate as a whisper or as thick and comforting as a cup of hot cocoa.

_Chrysaora WM_9

The flexibility is something that I was craving these past months. I’ve worked under a lot of pressure adapting to different styles and wording for different publications wearing my technical editor hat, and I’ve had some setbacks in the knitting department that made me take to yarn with a playful attitude to set aside the weird feelings caused by those 2 reasons.

_Chrysaora WM_14

Playing with negative space, exponential growth and beautiful yarn support by Malabrigo, Chrysaora was born.

I am a fan of jellyfish (Chrysaora is their genus name in nature!). I love their sinuosity, their adaptability and movement. The name suited this shawl to a tee.

_Chrysaora WM_15

It wraps, folds and embraces in a single swoop.

This deceptively easy shawl plays with inner growth of motifs in a linear manner to create a circular open shape.

It relies on chains, single crochet and double crochet. That is ALL there is to it. The easily remembered stitch pattern is shown with both charts AND written instructions inside the pattern.

As you can see, I worked this shawl in 2 shades of Malabrigo Sock: Lotus and Eggplant. I went for a feminine dusky look that can transition easily throughout seasons, but it will look just as beautiful and embracing in a single shade with a textured edge.

_Chrysaora WM_13

Starting at the neck, grow, grow grow…

With a stunning circumference span, you can wear it as a shawl and even a capelet with a brooch or shawl pin.

I used approximately 70% of each skein of Malabrigo Sock – the pattern includes instructions on how to grow the shawl bigger if you wish to use every single yard of it! Have you thought about perhaps using lace weight for it? I think I may have to make a second one just to see how it will behave in a finer fabric!

_Chrysaora WM_7

Some details:

Chrysaora on Ravelry

  • Size: 13″ (33cm) Depth, 90″ (230cm) Span
  • Malabrigo Sock (Fingering weight 100% Superwash Merino, 440yd/400m per 100g skein) 1 skein in each shade: Lotus and Eggplant.
  • Hook Size: US2.5 / 3mm (Advisory Note: I crochet tight. You may need a bigger size hook!)
  • Gauge: 6 dc wide x 2.5 dc high = 1″ / 2.5cm
  • NOTE: The pattern is written in US terms, however there are UK conversions inside the document so you can follow in your own terms!

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