Many years ago, I sat with my grandmother as she crocheted a vest for me. (picture a 1970’s burnt orange and avacado green vest). I loved sitting with my grandmother, watching everything she did. Grandma recognized my love for yarn and gave me a crochet hook and some of her leftover yarn to practice while she crocheted. I really wish my grandma was alive today because she would be so proud of my ever growing ability to crochet. A few summers ago, I decided to tackle a very intricate shawl. It took several months and several restarts, but I finally completed the crochet shawl, beads and all.
A Mystery crochet along was perfect to challenge my skills and create a crocheted shawl.
A few summers ago, I had joined Ravelry and found Lily Go. Since it was summer vacation, I was able to jump into her group and found a mystery crochet along. I decided to give it a try since I had some free time, and I would have the help of others in the group if I got stuck. The name of the crochet pattern and mystery crochet along was “Proud as a Peacock”. Little did I know how proud I would become of my peacock crochet shawl.
At first, I was unsure of the original yarn I chose, so I went back to my local specialty yarn store and purchased some new yarn with the guidance of the store owner. I chose a deep maroon color and found some great glass beads to go with the yarn. Once I got the new yarn, I was able to start crocheting and keep going. The pattern was simple, yet difficult at the same time. Each row took a bit to try; however, as I moved through the row, I found the pattern was easy to memorize and complete.
Try a crochet shawl pattern by Lily Go. You will love the clear instructions and finished project.
Sadly, I had some things come up which prevented me from completing the crochet shawl by the end of the summer; but, I crocheted on the shawl whenever I could. Little by little, the crochet shawl grew to completion. The finished shawl was stunning. I could not believe I had challenged myself and created this beautiful crochet shawl, which I am proud to wear.
Have you ever followed a crochet shawl pattern more than once because you loved it?
I had so many compliments from friends and family about my Proud as a Peacock shawl so I wore the shawl every chance I could. One Sunday, I wore it to church and got into a conversation with a friend who asked if I would crochet something for the women’s retreat auction. I decided to make the Proud as a Peacock Shawl again. I knew it would be the perfect shawl for our women’s group to auction. The money from the auction goes straight to missions and non-profit charities.
The Proud as a Peacock pattern was easier to follow the second time around. I was able to whip right through the shawl within 2 months, beads and all. The crochet shawl turned out amazing. I created this shawl in a cream colored yarn and used clear glass beads. I used the same yarn brand as I did my first Peacock shawl- Venezia by Cascade Yarns. The shawl went up for auction at our annual retreat and there were multiple bids as so pleased I could create a beautiful piece of crochet for a great cause.
The third time’s a charm!
I had a dear friend who had come over one afternoon and saw the cream Proud as a Peacock shawl in progress. She fell in love with it and asked if I could create another shawl for her daughter. I had taught her daughter when she was in third grade, so I couldn’t say no. This time, the Peacock shawl was created in black Venezia yarn with iridescent beads. The crochet shawl worked up super quick since I was quite familiar with the pattern.
***Disclosure- I wrote this post without any compensation. I did not contact or speak with Lily Go before writing this post. I also was not compensated in any form from Cascade Yarns.
I really love Lily Go’s patterns. They are challenging, yet simple. After the black peacock shawl, I created a simple white shawl to wear with my Mother of the Bride dress for my youngest daughter’s wedding. Since I had such a great experience with Lily’s Proud as a Peacock pattern, I decided to try different pattern and settled on one from Lily’s ebook, Crochet Shawl Collection to Crochet 2. Lily’s patterns once again came through as I crocheted “Piquant”
Here is the link to the Proud as a Peacock shawl pattern.
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