I designed and crocheted the Tango Shawl while at the CGOA Chainlink conference this year - surrounded by all the lovely crochet, there was so much inspiration! And I got a unique opportunity to have some special models that you just might know too!
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How to Wear Asymmetrical Shawls!
The Tango Shawl is made with an easy four row repeat, in an asymmetrical style - and when you're done, you're done. No borders! It's a perfect one skein project.
But as fun as asymmetrical shawls are to make - how do you wear them? It's a question I've heard several times, so I decided to ask some very special friends to show me how *they* would wear it! In fact, that's how it got the name "Tango Shawl" - it had a few of them dancing as they tried it on!
Some of the photos are a little blurry - shooting in a hotel lobby with a cell phone isn't the best - but I hope they give you some great ideas! And I've linked their blogs for you to check out too!
Pia Thadani of Stitches 'N' Scraps! Pia wins the bravery award for going first!
Linda Dean of Linda Dean Crochet! She *really* likes this shawl. 😉
Kathy Lashley of ELK Studio! Who thinks we need to have a meet and greet with all these amazing designers next year?
Elena Hunt of Beatrice Ryan Designs! She's decorating a new condo right now - lots of fab patterns to share!
Jennifer Pionk of A Crocheted Simplicity! I so enjoyed getting to know Jennifer better this year - and seeing her work in person!
Andee Graves of Mamas2Hands! Andee even wore a matching skirt - and shows off her summer and winter looks!
Julie Desjardins of ACCROchet! My very favorite Québécois designer!
Jessie Rayot of Jessie at Home! Jessie is one of the kindest, most generous designers I know. ♥
Shira Blumenthal from Lion Brand! Okay, so the shawl wasn't quite done, and we totally took this photo outside the elevator at about 10pm, but she was such a good sport, and how could I pass up this opportunity! Thanks Shira!
So as you can see, there are lots of ways to wear the Tango Shawl - or any asymmetrical shawl - probably more than we were even able to show here! If you have your own way, please hop over to the Moogly Facebook page and share!
But first you need something to wear in that photo - so let's get to the pattern!
US-J, 6.0mm hook - Furls Crochet
1 ball Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball (Worsted/”4″/UK: 10 ply; 518 yds/473 m; 5.3 oz)
Colorway Shown: Metallic - Prism
Gauge: 13 sts x 6 rows = 4"/10cm in pattern
Shawl pin shown in mannequin photos by Lickin Flames
Wrap St - (2 dc cluster wrapped around the last 2 sts): *Yo and placing hook in front of previous 2 sts, yo with working yarn held behind previous 2 sts, pull loop up to left of previous 2 sts, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (2 sts remain on hook) Repeat from *, end with 3 loops remaining on hook. Yo and pull through all 3 loops.
Notes and Tips:
Place a stitch marker on the increase side of the shawl after the first few rows, and move it up every so often as you work. Then you can always tell at a glance if you're on an increase side of the row or a decrease side (even vs odd-numbered row). (And it's right there if you need to secure your working loop when you put the project down between crochet sessions!)
If you prefer a larger shawl, you will need to purchase an additional skein of Shawl in a Ball, but you can just continue with the 4-row repeats until you get the size desired.
If you do not like the Chainless Starting Double Crochet (abbreviated CSDC), you can substitute a ch 3 for the stitch.
The "Ch 2, skip the first st, dc in the next st" at the beginning of each even-numbered row act as a dc2tog - do not crochet into the top of the ch 2 on the odd-numbered rows.
Row 1: Make a magic circle, CSDC in the ring, 2 dc in the ring; close magic circle and turn. (3 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, skip the first st, dc in the next st, 3 dc in the last st; turn. (4 sts)
Row 3: CSDC in the first st, 2 dc in the same st, dc in the next st, dc2tog; turn. (5 sts)
Row 4: Ch 2, skip the first st, dc in the next st, skip the next st, dc in the last 2 sts, wrap st, 2 dc in the last st; turn. (6 sts)
Row 5: CSDC in the first st, 2 dc in the same st, dc in the next 3 sts, dc2tog; turn. (7 sts)
(Repeat Begins Here)
Row 6: Ch 2, skip the first st, dc in the next st, *skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, wrap st, dc in the next st; rep from * until 1 st remains, 3 dc in the last st; turn. (8 sts)
Row 7: CSDC in the first st, 2 dc in the same st, dc in each st until 2 sts remain, dc2tog; turn. (9 sts)
Row 8: Ch 2, skip the first st, dc in the next st, *skip the next st, dc in the next 2 sts, wrap st,** dc in the next st; rep from * ending last rep at **, 2 dc in the last st (same st as last dc before wrap st); turn. (10 sts)
Row 9: Repeat Row 7.
Rows 10 - 77 (or to size desired): Repeat Rows 6 - 9, with the stitch count increasing by 1 for each row.
Row 78: Ch 1, sc in each st across; break yarn and weave in ends. Lightly block if needed.
More Ideas Please!
Easy as can be! I loved seeing all these wonderful designers try on one of my designs fresh off the hook - such an honor!
And I hope you enjoy crocheting the Tango Shawl! I can't wait to see what all of you do with the pattern too!
THE FINE PRINT
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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern. And thank you to all the designers for being such great models!