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Spring Flower Basket (a crescent-shaped crochet ripple shawl)

It's long past time for me to revive this comm, isn't it? :p

Here's the first of a great many patterns that I've been sitting on for quite a while:

Spring Flower Basket


From the pattern page on Ravelry:

Spring Flower Basket (originally referred to as ‘Ow! Ow! My Eyes!’ because of the crazy color combinations) is a crescent-shaped shawl, whose shape arises from increases in the ripple pattern every 6 rows or so. It is designed to use up all your brightly-colored scrap yarn, from medium fingering weight to worsted weight. Yarn is changed every row (working back and forth) to create sideways rippled stripes, and the crazier the color combos, the better. If you wind up looking like an Easter Bunny horked on you, you’re doing it right. ^_~

Gauge is not important for this shawl, and its size can be increased or decreased by either adding or subtracting multiples of 4 sts from row 1, or by adding or subtracting ripple rows.

The pattern is written in US terminology, and includes the option of using either foundation half-double crochet sts or a chain and regular half-double crochet sts for row 1, depending on your preference.

Directly from the pattern PDF (downloadable through Sendspace):



Materials:
* All your brightly colored leftover scrap yarn, from medium fingering weight to worsted weight to crazy accent yarns (such as Fun Fur).
* H hook (5.00 mm)

Stitches Used: (all are in US terms)
* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* hdc – half-double crochet
* fhdc – foundation half-double crochet

Notes:
* This shawl is simply a long ripple that increases in size every 6 (or so) rows, so instead of making a rectangle, the shape becomes a wide crescent.
* Change yarns every row (working back and forth), trying not to repeat any specific color combinations. The crazier your combinations, the better.
* The brighter and more colorful your yarns, the more this will make you look like an Easter Bunny horked on you. That’s okay; that’s the whole point!
* Gauge is not important for this project; it all depends on what yarns and hook you use. If desired, you can lengthen or shorten the width of the shawl by adding or subtracting multiples of 4 sts from row 1, and you can make it deeper or shallower by working more or less ripple rows.



Instructions:
* Row 1: Fhdc 100, with the first 2 and last two as 2 sts in one base st (as if you were doing 2 hdc in 1 st). [Or, if you prefer, you can ch 100, 2 hdc in back bump of 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each back bump of next 96 chs, 2 hdc in back bump of last ch; I recommend the other method, as you can better monitor how much yarn you have left.]
* Row 2: Attach new yarn, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3 & skip 2 sts, sc, (sc, ch 3 & skip 2 sts, sc) all the way to the end (for 25 ch-3 spaces, to create 25 ripples along the length of the shawl).
* Row 3: Without changing yarn, turn, ch 1, hdc in same st, *(3 hdc, ch 1, 3 hdc) in ch-3 space, repeat from * to end (skipping all the sc’s), hdc in last sc.
* Row 4: Attach new yarn (From here on out, change colors with every new row), ch 1 & hdc in 1st st, skip next st, *2 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp, 2 hdc, skip next 2 sts, repeat from * to end, skip second to last st, hdc in last st.
* Row 5: Repeat row 4, but with (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in all the ch-1 spaces.
* Row 6: Repeat row 4, but with (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in all the ch-2 spaces.
* Row 7: Repeat row 4, but with (3 hdc, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in ch-1 space, 3 hdc, skip next 2 sts) repeated to the end.
* Row 8-10: Repeat row 7.
* Row 11: Repeat row 7, but with (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in all the ch-1 spaces.
* Row 12: Repeat row 7, but with (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in all the ch-2 spaces.
* Continue to increase in this manner, increasing every 6 rows, until you either run out of scrap yarn or feel that your shawl is big enough.
* On your last row, crochet 3 hdc in each ch-1 space.
* Bind off and weave in all those crazy ends.
* Add a border along the sides to hide all the yarn changes, using hdc spaced more-or-less evenly.
* Weave in the last errant ends, and you’re done! No need to block unless desired.


Pattern and photos © Ella Smith-Rumph 2012; Pattern may not be sold; Pattern may not be distributed without permission and credit.

Tags: crochet, pattern, ripple, shawl
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