My best friend is lovely, isn’t she? 🙂 We’ve been like sisters since 6th grade and she still loves me, even after my crazy phase. That’s a truly amazing friend. Her birthday was a few months ago and I wanted to make her something special so I started on it months ago. I then, of course, got super busy and it sat in my project bag for weeks and weeks on end in between my couple of hours here and there to work on it. I finally decided that I WOULD finish it and spent two weekends working on it as much as I could to get it done. It was almost two months late but the end result was awesome, even if I do say so myself!
I ran across this pattern back when I first started hoarding patterns (if you crochet, you know you do it too!). It sat on my “someday” list until I was trying to figure out what to make for her birthday. Then I remembered this gorgeous pattern and I knew it would be perfect! It is one of my favorite things I’ve made!
This gorgeous pattern is from Meladora’s Creations. The tutorial video can be found here and the written pattern can be found here. Each flower and diamond are a separate motif and it’s beautiful to watch it all come together. I used a medium weight acrylic yarn in very red and white. The yarn I used was a little thicker than what it looks like is used in the video and I used a 5.5 mm hook. My shawl ended up very long for someone who is 5’3 and a half but it was perfect for my friend who is quite tall. If you were trying to make it for someone my size, you’d want to reduce it by a row, maybe even two.
One of the biggest changes I made was choosing to weave in my ends. The video tutorial shows just working around the tails to secure them but it made me uncomfortable to do so on a project where I put so much time into it. It would have been devastating to have the ends coming out after spending so much time making it beautiful. It was a huge time investment to weave them in but I feel much better about giving a gift that I know won’t start to unravel after light use.