After the failure of my last crochet attempt, I decided to play it safe and crochet a shawl with my Malabrigo lace yarn that I bought from Eat Sleep Knit a while ago. With such beautiful yarn, you just can’t go wrong (I hope).
The yarn is just gorgeous, it is incredibly soft, as you would expect from 100% baby merino. The colourway is Cognac, which looked on the computer screen much lighter than it actually was. Based on the photos online I expected it to be different shades of browny dusky pink, but it turned out to be much darker, more brown than pink and more uniform in tone. But it is beautiful neverthless, so I really don’t mind (I just wish I had a well stocked local yarn shop near me…).
For the pattern I chose the Crocus Bud crocheted shawl by Sharlene Boyce from Ravelry. This turned out to be a good choice, as I really like it. Given that I needed to pay for it (although not a huge quantity – $2.99), I was a bit surprised at how simple it really is. It is a pretty box standard shell crochet pattern. It has two lines but both lines are almost identical. And it looks great, even before blocking, so it shows that a good design doesn’t need to be complicated.
I envy those people who knit beautiful lace shawls, but I’m far too absent-minded to knit lace, so for the moment at least I am sticking to crochet which I can cope with as it is less prone to errors. This pattern shows that it really is not a “second-rate” alternative.