Dreamy Lucia shawl

This shawl reminds me late autumn and winter time back home in Slovakia, when temperatures plummet, early mornings and evenings are dark due to the short daylight hours, and all you want is to wrap yourself in something soft, warm and cozy (in the best case scenario, you just want to stay at home, drink tea and crochet all day long! :-)). Furthermore, it is the time when two of my best friends celebrate their name’s day, and yes, you may have guesses correctly, their name is Lucia. All of these nostalgic memories inspired me to come up with Dreamy Lucia shawl; the alpaca and silk yarn is a pure pleasure to work with, the stitch pattern is easy enough to follow your favourite Netflix show as you crochet, and the shawl is nicely cozy and warm. Do I need to tempt you anymore?:-)

Dreamy Lucia shawl is a large triangular Tunisian crochet shawl that is the perfect accessory for cold winter days. It is made of two strands of baby alpaca and mulberry silk yarn that is the synonym of softness and luxury.

Skills required:

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and backward passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian crochet increase into the first stitch, End row changing colours, Binding off in Tunisian crochet, Blocking, crocheting with two strands of yarn at once.

Skill level:

Finished measurements:

 The final shawl measurements (blocked):163 x 116 x 117 cm

Measurements are applied counter-clockwise from the longest site

Materials and tools:

Drops Baby Alpaca Silk  (70% Alpaca, 30% Silk | 4 ply, sock/ fingering/ baby | 50 g (1.8 oz) = 167 m (183 yds), #1306 Powder (A) 3 skeins, #7219 Pistachio (B) 3 skeins, #3250 Light Old Pink (C) 3 skeins

Tunisian crochet hook size 7 mm with cable (at least 100 cm (aprox 39 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Gauge:

Blocked Gauge: 13sts x 13 rows= 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in)

Stitch guide:

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of stitches (loops) increasing on the hook during forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all stitches used in this project as follows:  1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * until 1 loop on hook.

Edge stitches:

Right edge stitch– This is the first stitch and is not usually worked into because there is one loop on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one loop corresponds to the first stitch of the new row.

Left edge stitch– This stitch is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.

  • First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across. Standard return pass.
  • Tunisian simple stitch (tss): Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st,  yrh and pul. Standard return pass.

Tunisian crochet Increase into the first stitch: Insert hook from right to left under the first st (Right edge stitch), yrh and pul.

Bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the loop that is on the hook. One loop remains on the hook.

End row changing colours in Tunisian crochet: The new colour is added when finishing the return pass of the previous row and 2 loops are remaining on the hook. Yrh with the new colour and draw through 2 loops.

Stitch and techniques tutorials can be found here.

Stitch chart:

Notes:

The Dreamy Lucia shawl is worked flat, RS facing from right to left, with increases into the right edge stitch in every row. The shawl is made using 2 strands of the yarn at once.

The colours are alternated as follows: 15 rows in first colour, 3 rows in the second colour, 2 rows in first colour and 3 rows of mixed colour consisting of one strand of the 1st colour and one strand of the 2nd colour. 

Instructions:  

With A, chain 2.

Row 1 FP: Working in the back bump of ch st, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook yrh and pul. 2 loops on hook

Row 1 RP and all RP in inc rows: Standard RP.

Row 2: Tss in the 1st vertical bar, end st. 3 loops on hook

Row 3: Tss across to last st, end st. 4 loops on hook

Rows 4-14 : Rep Row 3.

Row 15 FP: As Row 3. 16 loops on hook

Row 15 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to B.

Rows 16, 17: Rep Row 3.

Row 18 FP: As Row 3. 19 loops on hook.

Row 18 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to A.

Row 19: As Row 3.

Row 20 FP: As Row 3. 21 loops on hook.

Row 20 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change only 1 strand of yarn to B.

Rows 21, 22: Rep Row 3.

Row 23 FP: As Row 3. 24 loops on hook

Row 23 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change 1 strand of yarn to B.

Rows 24-37: Rep Row 3.

Row 38 FP: As Row 3. 39 loops on hook.

Row 38 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to A.

Rows 39,40: Rep Row 3.

Row 41 FP: As Row 3. 42 loops on hook.

Row 41 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to B.

Row 42: As Row 3.

Row 43 FP: As Row 3. 44 loops on hook.

Row 43 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change only 1 strand of yarn to A.

Rows 44, 45: Rep Row 3.

Row 46 FP: As Row 3. 47 loops on hook

Row 46 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change 1 strand of yarn to A.

Rows 47- 60: Rep Row 3.

Row 61 FP: As Row 3. 62 loops on hook.

Row 61 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to C.

Rows 62, 63: Rep Row 3.

Row 64 FP: As Row 3. 65 loops on hook.

Row 64 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to A.

Row 65: As Row 3.

Row 66 FP: Rep Row 3. 67 loops on hook.

Row 66 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change only 1 strand of yarn to C.

Rows 67, 68: Rep Row 3.

Row 69 FP: As Row 3. 70 loops on hook

Row 69 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change 1 strand of yarn to C.

Rows 70-83: Rep Row 3.

Row 84 FP: As Row 3. 85 loops on hook.

Row 84 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to A.  

Rows 85, 86: Rep Row 3.

Row 87 FP: As Row 3. 88 loops on hook.

Row 87 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to C.

Row 88: As Row 3.

Row 89 FP: As Row 3. 90 loops on hook.

Row 89 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change only 1 strand of yarn to A.

Rows 91, 92: Rep Row 3.

Row 92 FP: As Row 3. 93 loops on hook

Row 92 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours, change 1 strand of yarn to A.

Rows 93,94: Rep Row 3.

Rows 95-137: Rep rows 3-45.

Row 138 FP: As Row 3. 139 loops on hook.

Row 138 RP: Standard RP till 2 loops are left on the hook, end row changing colours to C.

Row 139 FP: Tss across to last st, insert the hook under both bars as in end st, yrh with B and pul.

Row 139 RP: Standard RP.

Row 140 FP: Tss across to last st, insert the hook under both bars as in end st, yrh with C and pul.

Row 140 RP: Standard RP.

Rows 141-146: Rep rows 139 and 140.

Continue in C

Rows 147-150: Rep Row 3. 151 loops on hook

Row 151: Bind off.  

Finishing:

Weave in ends and block to final measurements.

Abbreviations:

Ch- chain

st(s)- stitch(es)

sl st- slip stitch

ES- end stitch

tss- Tunisian simple stitch

tps- Tunisian purl stitch

tks- Tunisian knit stitch

tcs- Tunisian crossed stitch

yrh- yarn round the hook

inc-increase

dec- decrease                                                      

lp(s)- loop(s)

pul- pull up a loop

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

approx.- approximately

rep- repeat