Homespun Beauty

Homespun Beauty by Cheri McEwen
By Cheri McEwen

Photos: Cheri McEwen

I have had a small stash of yarns that are warm, soft, and not the easiest to figure out a project for. It’s not that I don’t like this particular yarn, but I just always have problems trying to figure out new ways to use it. I’m not much of a bulkier yarn aficionado, if you know what I mean.

Homespun Beauty is a combination of three different stitch patterns used in progression. It goes from a open and closed central section and moves into a large open circle motif. The final few rows use post stitches to make raised little squares. The final section is easy to repeat to make the shawl larger.

With fall coming up quickly, it’s nice to be able to whip up one of these beauties in a couple of evenings. They will make wonderful gifts for the holidays, prayer shawls, or for wrapping yourself up at a football game during the crisp fall evenings.

Difficulty: Easy

Size: Variable

Finished Measurements: 25 inches deep X 56 inches wide after blocking

Materials:

  • Lionbrand Homespun 98% acrylic/2% polyester, 85yd/73m per 170g skein], color: Country Green (2 skeins)
  • L/11 (8.00mm) hook
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: Gauge is not important in this design.

Homespun Beauty by Cheri McEwen

Directions
Row 1: Chain 4; make 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. Ch 3, make 3 dc in same st, turn.

Row 2: Ch3; make 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, (make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp. Dc in next 3 sts, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 1, skip 1 st, dc in next st) 3 times. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next st. (Ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 3 times, make 2 additional dc in last st, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, dc in each ch-1 sp and each dc to ch-3 sp. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, continue with dc into each sp and st to last st, make 3 dc in last st, turn. (You should have 15 dc on each half, with a ch-3 space in the center.)

Row 5: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 7 times. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next st. (Ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 7 times, make 2 additional dc in last st, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. Dc in each ch-1 sp and each dc to ch-3 sp. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, continue with dc into each sp and st to last st, make 3 dc in last st, turn. (You should have 23 dc on each half, with a ch-3 space in the center.)

Row 7: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 11 times. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next st. (Ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 11 times, make 2 additional dc in last st, turn.

Row 8: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, dc in each ch-1 sp and each dc to ch-3 sp. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, continue with dc into each sp and st to last st, make 3 dc in last st, turn. (You should have 31 dc on each half with a ch-3 space in the center.)

Row 9: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, (ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 15 times. (Make 2 dc, ch 3, make 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next st. (Ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st) 15 times, make 2 additional dc in last st, turn.

Row 10: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next st, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st. (Ch 3, sk ch-1 sp, dc in next st, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st) 7 times. Ch 3, sk 2 sts, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 3, sk ch-1 sp, dc in next st, dc in ch-1 sp, dc in next st) 8 times. Ch 3, sk 2 sts, make 3 dc in next st, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in each ch-3 sp across the entire row, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 12: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 9 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 9 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 13: Repeat Row 11.

Row 14: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 10 times, ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 10 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 15: Repeat Row 11.

Row 16: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 11 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 11 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 17: Repeat Row 11.

Row 18: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, (ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 12 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 3, make 3 dc in ch-3 sp) 12 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 19: Repeat Row 11.

Row 20: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 13 times, ch 1. (Make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 13 times, ch 1, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 21: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, ch 3, sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 12 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp, ch 3, sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 12 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 22: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 14 times, ch1. (Make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 14 times. Ch 1, make 3 dc in last st.

Row 23: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st, ch 3. Sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 13 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. Ch 3, sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 13 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 24: Ch 3; make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 15 times. Ch 1, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 15 times. Ch 1, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 25: Ch 3, make 2 dc in same st, ch 3, sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 14 times. Ch 3, (make 3 dc, ch 3, make 3 dc) in ch-3 sp. Ch 3, sk 1 st of previous row’s fan, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts. (Ch 3, sk 2 sts, FPDC in each of the next 5 sts) 14 times. Ch 3, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 26: Ch 3, make 2 dc in same st. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 16 times. Ch 1, make 9 dc in ch-3 sp. (Ch 1, make 7 dc in ch-3 sp) 16 times. Ch 1, make 3 dc in last st, turn.

Row 27: Make 7 dc in ch-1 space, (skip 3 sts, sc in top of fan, sk 3 sts, make 7 dc in ch-1 sp) 16 times. Sk 2 sts, sc, sk 1 st, make 9 dc in center stitch. Sk 1 st, sc, sk 2 sts, (make 7 dc in ch-1 sp, skip 3 sts, sc in next st, sk 3 sts) 16 times. Make 7 dc in last ch-1 sp, sk 2 sts, sl st in last st. Fasten off, weave in ends.

NOTE: If you would like to make the shawl larger, then just keep repeating rows 25 and 26 (add in additional repeats per 2 row repeat) until it is the desired size and then work row 27 for the final row.

Cheri McEwen
About the Designer
Cheri is a Stay-at-home mom who designs for fun. She likes to crochet and knit. She often tries to recreate her knitting patterns in crochet and vice versa! She has reached a point in her life where she loves the challenge.

Pattern & images © Cheri McEwen. All rights reserved.

6 responses

  1. Cheri;
    Thanks for yet another fabulous shawl pattern…. You are one of my most favorite designers… I always give your patterns a whirl and what comes out is just wonderful….
    Thanks again, keep up the great work! -T

  2. I found this on Facebook through Lion Brand. It is beautiful and I think it will be a wonderful gift for someone special. Thank you!

  3. I made this pattern and it’s lovely. However, I used an “M” hook because I crochet very tightly and usually need to go up a hook size for patterns. With an M hook, I got only through Row 20 (of the 27 in the pattern) before running out of the two skeins of Homespun. I did check the stitch counts provided in the pattern as i finished rows, so I was on track with my repeats. It still made a decent sized shawl – about 25″ long at the back and 54 inches across the top, very similar to the size the pattern is supposed to produce. Row 20 has shells, so it made an attractive edge for the shawl. I’m going to try it again with a size “L,” as the pattern says. Hopefully, that will be a big enough change to allow me to get through the whole pattern with 2 skeins. Those last rows require a lot of yarn, though, because you’re going the full length of the widest edge.

    Just wanted to share my experience in case someone else is thinking of using a different size hook.

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