Crochet Perfect-Pockets Shawl Pattern Notes

Finally a finished project! Here I am sharing my notes for the Crochet Perfect-Pockets Shawl by Sonja Hood.

I haven’t had much to share lately because I have been in a bit of creative funk. I wasn’t feeling inspired and maybe you can relate to this but I just felt like I didn’t have any extra time for fun things. I decided to try and make time.

I downloaded a habit tracker app and made a checklist with all the things I wish I could make time for: yoga, working out, fiber arts, etc. I started out with really small goal like 5 minutes and bumped it up every month. It’s been a game changer! Every day now I stitch for at least 30 minutes while listening to something educational and now have a backlog of finished projects to share.

Helping to give me a kick in the pants to get moving again was that my dear sister was diagnosed with colon cancer and was starting a form of chemo that one of the side effects is a sensitivity to cold. I wanted to make her a shawl but with pockets, so I chose this pattern.

For this project I wanted something easy care. I used Stylecraft Special Aran in Cream. My sister said it’s really soft and likes the feel of it.

This pattern really was very simple but I made it twice due to me being too lazy to make a gauge swatch. I followed the pattern suggested hook size while ignoring the designer’s note that she crochets tight and I might want to go down a size. When I was done and ready for the pockets, I realized it was way too big.

How would I put pockets on this and make it look normal? So I started all over again and went down two hook sizes and was happy how it came out.

If I try this again I might even go down another hook size when it’s time to do the pockets and line up the pockets and pin them in place before whip stitching them on. I found it challenging to line up the pockets with the pattern as I was going.

Overall, I’m really happy to be back in the grove of stitching and look forward to sharing more with you all soon.

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