The virus shawl is a very popular pattern and for good reason! It is a beautiful, flowing pattern that looks much more complicated than it actually is. It looks intimidating to make but once you begin you will notice that it is a fairly simple, 4 row repeat.
Want to make your own? Here’s how!
This is a pattern that has been around for a long time but no one knows who the original designer was! The diagram for the pattern can be found on Julia Marquardt’s Ravelry page here. Unfortunately for those of us who cannot read diagrams, the only written pattern she provided was in German. However, you can find an english YouTube tutorial for this pattern by Bella Coco here. The tutorial is very well done. Keep in mind that she uses UK terms for her tutorials, but she does a fabulous job of reminding you of this and providing the US terminology as well.
I used a picot edging for my virus shawl. To make a picot, single crochet in the stitch where you want to place your picot, chain 3, and slip stitch into the front loops of the single crochet.
The pattern for the picot edging:
Picot in the corner stitch, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, *picot in the next stitch, single crochet in the next 3 stitches* repeat the * section along the entire length of the shawl. I believe I had 4 single crochets before my final picot to make sure it landed in the last stitch. (sometimes you just have to fudge it 😉 )