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Lockdown Project - Diadem Shawl

June 04, 2020

Lockdown Project - Diadem Shawl | Yarn Worx

I don’t know about you but lockdown has been such a mixed bag of emotions.
I started lockdown in March with high hopes and long lists of plans. As time has gone on, my motivation has fluctuated and I have often found myself being far less productive than I had originally hoped. Even my motivation to crochet hasn’t always been there and I thought that would never be the case!

I decided a couple of weeks ago to embark on a new shawl. I follow Rachy Newin Designs on Instagram and she had a new shawl pattern which she said had a repetitive row repeat which was easy, didn’t take much concentration and worked up quickly as using DK or Worsted weight yarn. This sounded like the perfect solution for me. The pattern could be used for any weight of yarn but I particularly liked the idea of a quick project.

I chose to use Emma’s Yarn Comfy Cotton DK. This yarn is brand spanking new to their range and only arrived with us here at Yarn Worx in April. It is 50% Cotton and 50% Superwash Merino. Due to the cotton content of the yarn, all of the standard colours from Emma’s Yarn take on a slightly muted colour and I think is perfect for some more summer garments. It was a tough decision but I decided to go for ‘Aloha’ and I used 2 skeins in total – I do have a little left as didn’t have quite enough for another 3 row repeat! I used a 4.5mm Tulip Etimo crochet hook for this – we have some lovely new Red ones in stock. They are the same as the Grey or Pink ones and are great to work with.

This was the perfect project for doing while binge watching Netflix! The yarn was so lovely to work with too and I will definitely be looking for other DK patterns to use this again.

I never used to block my projects but since making more shawls, I have definitely been converted to the benefits of blocking! This shawl looks so much better after blocking as it brings out the fabulous shape of it. We are just waiting for more of the Cocoknits blocking kits to come back into stock. Our cat Corey always seems to want to walk over it when it’s on the floor though. It’s like he knows that he’s not allowed so wants to do it all the more!

I’ve been hand winding a skein of lace weight yarn today for my next project. I am halfway through and now wishing I had just got the winder out instead! More on that one once I get started.

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