Pattern Release: the Garden of Blooms Shawl

I had a few balls of Lion Brand Mandala in the Spirit colorway, and I am SO thrilled to share my favorite design to date with you today. The Garden of Blooms Shawl pattern incorporates a few techniques that might be new to you, but they are fun and easy to master! I knew I wanted to make them into a cozy oversized shawl. I also knew that I wanted to do something completely different, stitch wise, than I had ever done before

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Friendship Prayer Shawl- FREE Crochet Pattern

I designed the Friendship Prayer Shawl in 2020, and it has been a bestseller for the past 3 years. In the true spirit of friendship, I am now sharing it with you for free here on the Straight Hooked blog! I used Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in the Tranquil colorway. I absolutely loved working with this yarn. It is so soft and easy to work with, and the color changes are just perfection!

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Storybook Scarf- FREE Crochet Pattern

When I saw the new Lion Brand Mandala Sequins yarn winking at me, I just couldn't help myself. As I was working up the Storybook Scarf design, the combinations of the bright colors, sequins and the texture reminded me of a book my daughter had so many moons ago when she a tiny tot. Does the scarf remind you of a specific book from the early 2000s? (I asked my daughter when she came to visit a couple weeks ago, and she did not think of it, so don't feel bad if it hasn't come to you yet!)

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Pattern Release: the Spiral Donut Cowl

I made my Spiral Donut Cowl using one ball of Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle in the Aquarius colorway. I absolutely love the Mandala yarn, and you will find that I use it in many of my designs. The yarn is super easy to work with, and I have yet to find a colorway that I dislike! The Spiral Donut Cowl is constructed from post stitches in the round, then joined together to create a donut shape.

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Pattern Release: the Tic Tac Toasty Shawl

I used just about 2 balls of Lion Brand Mandala in the Wizard colorway for my Tic Tac Toasty Shawl design sample. I have been holding on to that yarn for 2 or 3 years, because nothing I was designing was "right' for that colorway. I sure am glad that I waited so long to use it, because I am in love with the bright happy colors that match the changing colors outside!

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Speedy Scarf- FREE Crochet Pattern

The Speedy Scarf uses just under 1 ball of Lion Brand Mandala yarn and a 6.5mm crochet hook. If you've never used the Triple Stranding Technique, are you in for a treat today! I love this method to convert thin yarn into thicker yarn without needing to hold 3 skeins or partial skeins together. The Speedy Scarf pattern is forever free here on the blog, but if you prefer an ad-free experience with color step-by-step photos, you can choose to purchase the PDF below.

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Pattern Release: Harley’s Gambol Prayer Shawl

A few months back, I received an email from a new yarny friend who wanted to tell me that she loves my signature stitch, the Dolphin Stitch, and wanted to crochet a shawl for her best friend's mother but wasn't sure how to go about it. I asked my new friend if I could design a pattern in her friend's memory and if we could share her friend's story, and she agreed! The shape is a long trapezoid, which drapes beautifully off the shoulder. This is a quick project and will make the perfect wrap for summer activities and quick gifts.

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