Friday, 8 November 2013

My first shawl ever !!!

While browsing this Japanese crochet book…


… I had a crash for this "starry sky" (this is what my eyes see!!!) shawl…


….. may I have a try ?????
I never crocheted something so serious like a piece of garment (apart from some easy scarves!)…… I was thinking….. I was scared….
…..but the chart was showing simple stitches and I had the right yarn to use for this new adventure !!!

….and yes, I have dared!!!!! Yippie!!!!!


The first star was really simple (is the one at the base of the shawl!), so I decided to crochet more stars….




…..I just loved to work on this satisfying project and I really liked to see the shawl growing little by little….


….and yesterday night I could see it finished!!!!!!!
This morning I had a little time to take some photos of the final product outside in the garden, where the sun was shining (right now, instead, it's raining cats and dogs : wet season!!!!)…..








The fact is that now I need to block it…..any suggestions???? The yarns used are 100% acrylic, so what is the better way to beautify these lovely stars??? Thank you for any tip you will offer me!!!

This will be a Christmas gift for….I cannot say it, even tough the recipient is not a regular reader of my blog, but you never know, right?

My "dummy lady" kindly offered herself to model the shawl for the last pics…


…..what do you think????

Happy weekend, xxxx Alessandra

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40 comments:

  1. Congratulations Ale, it is a beautiful shawl!

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  2. It's purty, you must be so chuffed!

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  3. alessandra,
    the sawl is beautifull! so delicate and the stars are so bright.
    happy weekeng,
    tammy.

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  4. Such an elegant shawl it is! I too love Japanese patterns but the motifs are not an easy task as there are so many ends to sew in.. But the end result is wonderful :)

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  5. Oh lovely, that Japanese book looks fabulous, completely different to the stuff you get over here (bored of Simply Crochet now!). I would just block it gently because it looks so delicate, just stretch it out, spray with warm water and leave to dry in the sun - those stars are bellissimo xx

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  6. It's a lovely shawl !! The stars look pretty !!:)

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  7. Just lovely Ale!! If you don't have some sort of board that you can pin into, I would suggest putting a towel on your bed, spraying your shawl with water, pinning it out on the towel and letting it dry for several hours. Good luck!
    Kate :}

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  8. I've never blocked anything like this shawl and star motifs before and the only thing I can suggest is to use a COOL iron to press is...make sure that you have it on a low setting though. I have used a cool iron and pressed acrylic crocheted baby blankets before and it seemed to work for that. Good luck and your shawl is beautiful! I love your colors too! What yarn and what size hook did you use? :)
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  9. SOOOO GORGEOUS!!!! Great job! :)

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  10. SOOOO GORGEOUS!!!! Great job! :)

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  11. Hi Ale. Your new shawl is very pretty - love the little stars. :)

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  12. I love it, well done! it looks pretty as a casual decoration too! Heather x

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  13. Wow! What a wonderful make!!! It's beautiful, Alessandra!
    Carly
    x

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  14. wonderful ale! it turned out beautiful!! and i'm so glad you believed in yourself, you have so much talent.

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  15. just beautiful..I think you did a wonderful job and I like the colors you chose. You take wonderful pictures too.

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  16. It is really pretty! Congratulations :)

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  17. What I think of your first shawl ever? Mooooooooooooooi! ;)

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  18. Lucky person being gifted such a pretty shawl! It's a lovely motif and beautifully made by you...

    Beata xox

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  19. Ciao Alessandra,mi sono fermata ad ammirare questo angolo di cielo stellato. E' un incanto!
    x
    Maria Luisa

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  20. @ Maria Luisa : grazie! Le tue parole sono davvero deliziose!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  21. È stupendo!Fortunata colei che lo riceverá!Ciao!

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  22. That has turned out really beautifull! It will certainly be a successfull Christmas present!
    Have a great weekend
    Nathalie

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  23. Hallo liebe Alessandra, ich bin neue aud Deinem blog und begeistert, nicht nur von Deinem Schal.
    Ich möchte unbedingt auch so ein modell häkeln. Woher könnte ich dieses wunderbare Häkelbuch bekommen.
    Liebe Grüße von Marion

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  24. So pretty and delicate looking. Great job!

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  25. Oh Ale ! Ti è venuto bellissimo !Che signora fortunata quella che riceverà il magnifico cielo stellato !Lo trovo davvero perfetto e raffinato , credo che non gli manchi niente , al massimo potresti aggiungere un fiorellino in fondo , dove chiudi il lavoro.Io non uso mai l'acrilico , di solito cerco un misto , mi sembra che a lungo andare sia migliore e dato il lavoraccio, mi dispiacerebbe vedere il lavoro sciupato per i lavaggi ,ma magari mi sbaglio, fammi sapere se la tua esperienza è diversa !Che bella la vegetazione del tuo giardino , anche se piove, sembra tutto verdissimo !Ti auguro una bellissima domenica con la tua famiglia .Baci e a presto
    Maddalena

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  26. It looks fabulous ... well done you :D

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  27. Really beautiful Alessandra!! You're a star, hehe :):)
    Alison xx

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  28. Your shawl is really beautiful!
    Helen x

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  29. Wow! It's gorgeous! Very well made if I may say!

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  30. Gorgeous, and I see many many crocheted shawls in your future! How could you not have ventured into clothing? Well, okay, I gather your current home isn't ever really cold, but there are so many lightweight things to crochet, and can't wait to see them all! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  31. Gorgeous, and I see many many crocheted shawls in your future! How could you not have ventured into clothing? Well, okay, I gather your current home isn't ever really cold, but there are so many lightweight things to crochet, and can't wait to see them all! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  32. Beautiful! And I love the way you block, sommer there on there couch :-)

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  33. That is a beautiful shawl you must be very proud of yourself! it is incredible. I love the stars they are so pretty.

    Lisa

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  34. Hi love your japanese star shawl! Do you have a link to the book/chart?

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  35. @anonymous : sorry no links !!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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