Every month on the 18th, Mud, Pies, and pins will be hosting a link party where we can showcase our work and get inspiration from each other and the variety of guest hosts that they have lined up. I'm really excited to have been asked to host in April, and I can't wait to see all the different projects the the other hosts have lined up.
For January, I finished this cranberry colored pineapple shawl for a lucky family member (who shall not be named just in case). The pattern is named, Sidewalk Shawl, and you can download the instructions for free from Red Heart. The shawl might look a bit big, but when you drape it over your shoulders in really looks quite nice and can be worn with jeans or with something much dressier.
Sorry that my pictures are a little off for this project, but for some reason the pattern and color of this shawl made it extremely hard to get any good quality shots. Plus, in none of these pictures do you see a sock on my floor. There is no sock on the floor; it's just a optical illusion :)
The pineapple repeat was surprisingly easy to crochet once I got the basic pattern down. I used 3 skeins of a worsted weight yarn aptly named "I love this yarn" in cranberry. It's acrylic, but it's super soft and wears very well. It's one of my favorite acrylic yarns in that weight.
If you decide to make this shawl I just want to warn you that you will have to block it once you're done because otherwise the pattern just doesn't show up very well when you are wearing it. I've heard some people say that you can't block acrylic yarn. I do it all the time with only water and pins to hold it in place and I've never had any trouble. I also didn't put fringe on every row as per the instructions because I didn't want the fringe to over take the shawl pattern. You could do it either way but remember to buy a bit extra because long fringe uses a lot of yarn.
I know that January is a bit early for some of us to start thinking about Christmas, but I really hope that you'll join me and link up some of the Christmas gifts and projects you are making this year.