The Ruby Shawl is the seventh pattern available in the Birthstone Collection.
The theme for 2020, where each month I have a cowl, scarf, or shawl pattern in the color of that month’s birthstone.
Other patterns available in the Birthstone Collection:
Garnet Cowl – January
Amethyst Scarf – February
Zoe’s Aquamarine Infinity Scarf – March
Diamond Shawl – April
Emerald Asymmetrical Shawl – May
Pearl Infinity Cowl – June
Peridot Shawl– August
Sapphire Shawl – September
Opal Shawl – October
Citrine Scarf – November
Turquoise Scarf – December
When scrolling Facebook, I stumbled upon Jen from Laine & Lotus in a local group. I commented on the picture she posted about the beautiful yarn she was using. It turns out she is a local indie-dyer.
I started following Laine and Lotus on Instagram and Facebook. She posted the stunning “Eat Your Heart Out” colorway on Valentine’s Day and I fell in love with the color.
I had an inner debate with myself.
– “Do I have the funds to buy this yarn?”
– “What will I use the yarn for?”
– “What patterns do I have coming up”
It works perfectly for Ruby. There are so many different shades of red and pink that really make the yarn stand out.
The texture of the yarn is unique too. Every yard or so, there is a little puff of fiber. Pictures DO NOT do it justice.
Because of the texture of the yarn itself, I needed a sequence of simple stitches to really make the yarn standout.
First, due to the texture of the yarn I knew that working into a starting chain was going to be a nightmare. I decided that a triangle shawl would be a perfect solution.
Second, I couldn’t use the same stitch for the whole shawl, that would be boring. Then came the idea to alternate rows. I did one row with one stitch and then did another stitch for the following row.
Finally it all came together, including the math (usually the hardest part most of the time).
– Approximately 875 yards of Chic Sock from Laine & Lotus or your favorite fingering/sock weight yarn
– G/4.00 crochet hook
– Measuring Tape
– Yarn needle
– Blocking materials
As stated before, I wanted to use simpler stitches. These stitches include:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sp – Space
St(s) – Stitches
Tr – Treble Crochet
Ch 3 & Ch 4 at the beginning of the row DO count as stitch.
Ch 2 Sp in the center does NOT count in stitch count.
Blocking when finished is not necessary, but advised.
This pattern is available to purchase on both Ravelry and Etsy.
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