Crochetville Blog Tour: Shawl Talk, Free Pattern & Book Giveaway

Update: 4/1/2016: The book giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Rubra! Thanks to all who participated!

Update: 4/3/2016: Bellamy shawl pattern is back to its normal price of $5.99.

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Welcome to my stop on Crochetville’s NatCroMo blog tour. My name is Sara Kay Hartmann and I am a crochet designer and the author of Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.

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Have you ever made a crocheted shawl? There is no project I enjoy more. Shawls are luxurious and beautiful. Even though they look exquisite, they aren’t difficult to make. The same kind of stitches you already use to make baby blankets or potholders can be worked to make shawls that will last a lifetime and add a little romance to your wardrobe.

How I Got Started Making Shawls

I was a relatively new crocheter, and spent a lot of time online admiring the work of other crochet artists. I am a passionate knitter as well, and often read about the process of knitting and blocking lace shawls. I thought making lace was too hard for me, and my finished projects never seemed to look like what I saw in pictures–crisp openwork, ethereal fabrics, and elegant styles. I learned that with the help of wet-blocking and steam-blocking techniques, even simple stitches took on new life and achieved a more polished look.

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Wearing Crocheted Shawls

Even though we are modern folk who no longer lose our amethyst brooches in the lace of our country shawls (Marilla Cuthbert, anyone?), I advocate the wearing and enjoyment of shawls–the lacier the better. But how to wear a shawl without feeling stuck in the 19th century?

It’s all about the wrap. Shawls look stunning when swirled about the neck and top of the shoulders, allowing the arms to move freely. Unexpected. Chic. Almost urban, with a little of that European flair for using scarves and wraps as wardrobe-enhancing accessories. Cowls are all the rage these days and most shawls can be worn cowl-style to great effect. That said, if you are comfortable rocking the full-body wrap, you should go for it and look amazing doing it. Ponchos, ruanas, kimonos and shawls have been coming back in a big way so it’s our time, shawl-makers!

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Freebies & Giveaways

Now for the good stuff…I have a couple fun things to share with you in honor of National Crochet Month!

♥ ♥ ♥ To celebrate National Crochet Month, the Bellamy Shawl is free for this week only! The pdf file is available here: this giveaway is now closed.

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♥ ♥ ♥ I am doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. To enter, just leave a comment on this post! On March 31st I will do a random drawing from the commenters and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Poetic Crochet plus the bonus material shawl pattern–if you have purchased Poetic Crochet, let me know so I can send you your PDF free pattern!

Thank you for stopping with me on Crochetville’s blog tour, I hope you’ll leave comments to enter the book drawing, enjoy the freebie, and try making a shawl!

♥ Sara

 

 

 

89 Comments

  1. I,too, love to crochet shawls. Here in Florida they are perfect for quick warmth on cool nights or in over air conditioned buildings (like the theater)
    Your designs are so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win your book.

  2. Thank you for the giveaway… I will add that book to my wishlist.
    Your patterns are beautiful!

    Now to find the perfect yarn for the bellamy shawl… :o)

  3. Thank you for the free pattern and the generous giveaway offer! You have designed some of the most beautiful shawls I have ever seen!

  4. Sara, I love your shawls, and they are one of my favorite things to crochet, too! And wear, of course… I look forward to making the Bellamy this summer!

  5. I’ve just recently fallen in love with shawls – and what a perfect name for your book! I really try to limit the pattern books I carry, but this one may be added to my wishlist. Just gorgeous. And thank you for the Bellamy Shawl pattern!

  6. Hi I’m just starting to explore the world of crocheted shawls. I started crocheting with scratchy acrylic and thick yarn. I discovered lace with knitting. To combine lace and crochet is a paradigm shift. Beautiful patterns and thank you for the chance to win.
    K

  7. Thank you for giving us the beautiful pattern for the Bellamy Shawl. You create such lovely designs. Thank you!

  8. Love your designs, I’m trying to decide which to make first, I have three of your designs noted on Ravelryu. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book, it would give me more to choose from!

  9. Thank you so much for the free Bellamy Shawl pattern. It is beautiful!!! Also, please enter me in for a chance to win your lovely book, Poetic Crochet. Shawls are such a special creation to make for yourself, and especially to give as gifts.

  10. Thank you for the free shawl pattern! I, too, love making shawls. I have your book, Poetic Crochet, but have friends I can give it to if I win a signed copy!

  11. It was great to “meet” you through the blog tour. I’d love to win a copy of your book! I’ve been admiring it since it came out.

  12. I love the inspiration for this book. The pieces look beautiful, and it’s so clever to be able to tie in the designs to your favorite poems. Thank you for the giveaway of your pattern as well.

    Cheers,
    Shauna

  13. Thank you so much for celebrating NatCroMo 2016 so generously with your beautiful shawl pattern and book giveaway! Your designs are both elegant and wearable, and the way you waxed poetic about shawls today has me convinced. Now to choose the perfect yarn to wrap up in!

  14. I am going to try to find a copy of this book. Looks like there are several items I would like to make.

  15. Thanks for the Bellamy Shawl pattern. I’ve only started knitting shawls a couple of years ago…never considered crocheting them until now!

  16. Would love to win your New Poetic crochet book. Your shawls are so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win. Also, thanks for the Bellamy Shawl Pattern.

  17. Hi Sara, many thanks for giving away the beautiful Bellamy Shawl pattern, it is just right for some pretty Yarn that I picked up at a Yarn Fair in Glasgow. Just hoping I have enough to make this!

  18. Thank you so much for the free pattern!! Your book is beautiful, would love to win!! Thank you for the opportunity to win!! 🙂

  19. I’ve been knitting for over 40 years and just recently started knitting shawls. I don’t know why I waited so long to start, but i absolutely love them. And your pattern is so pretty. I can’t wait to finish spinning the kid mohair I have and dyeing it a pretty colour so I can make your shawl. Love it!

  20. Like you, shawls are my favourite thing to crochet. They are so satisfying and pretty! I love your patterns, thank you so much for Bellamy and I would love to be considered in the draw for your book.

  21. Going to download your shawl and give a try 🙂 Never have I done a shawl yet and this will be perfect for my mother for Mother’s Day I think 🙂 Thank you 🙂 🙂

  22. I love crocheting shawls!! Out of everything I make they are my favorite. Your book looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!

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