My Virus Shawl

The Virus Shawl is one of the most popular free patterns floating out there on the internets right now, and I finally broke down and made myself one.

I think it's so popular not only because it's just a beautiful lace design, but it gives you so much bang for your buck.  It is actually quite simple to work, and so fun to watch it grow. Just another example of how crochet lace looks complicated but really isn't once you sit down to do it.

I wanted to make mine a one skein project, and I used a beautiful cheery hue of yellow in Harvest. I wanted to see how big of a shawlette I could make with the 225 yards that comes in one skein and I ended up with about 20 yards left over.


Finished Virus Shawl


I followed the very detailed YouTube video to get started on the shawl.  It's the first in a series of many videos that cover every step in the process of making a full-sized shawl. But between this first video and the diagram provided for the pattern, I just didn't feel like I had to watch any more instruction to finish the shawl.  The innate logic of the design becomes very clear after your first few pattern repeats and then I just had fun going on auto-pilot.

My Virus Shawlette ended up with 6 pattern repeat rows (each one of those pattern repeats has 4 rows) - so I finished after just working 24 rows of the pattern.

Once done, I turned my work to edge evenly along the top of the shawl in a (dc, ch 1) pattern, then worked 2 dtr sts to turn the sharp corner.  

Edging of Virus Shawl


Besides working this as a one-skein project, my other personal twist on the shawl was creating an original yet simple edging for it.  I worked a dtr stitch into each of the dc sts in the last pattern repeat row EXCEPT for the dc sts at each extreme end of the motif.  Then I worked a picot (ch 3, sl st to dtr), then a ch-1 to separate each dtr.  The dtr sts at each end of the motif were worked without the ch-1 between them.

Take a look at the video below that I made to document my project.  You can see that I have a special way I make my picots - I always close them by working into both the front leg AND the front loop of the stitch.  I think it makes the picots lay down in a prettier way.



VIDEO DISCLAIMER!!!  I am not ironing my shawl! (Please never iron your work unless you are trying to "kill" acrylic.)  I am using a EuroSteam which looks like an iron, but it's a steamer.  It doesn't have a temperature control because it operates at a low temperature. What it does do is emit very powerful jets of steam and it is the fastest way I've found to block which is why I love it.  I'm a big advocate of always blocking your work, whether or not you use steam to do it.  It just makes all the difference in the quality of your stitches and in the final appearance of your project.


My finished Virus Shawlette


This was a really fun and fast one-evening project, and such a nice break from the Irish Crochet project that I have been finishing up.  More on that in my next post: Stay tuned.

And just as an aside - my Virus Shawl looks pretty cool as a hat as well.  I took a photo of myself trying to emulate the "We Can Do It" look, but since it made me look so stupid and incapable of doing anything, I am sharing this photo of myself doing duck face instead.

Have you done the Virus Shawl yet?  If so - please post a link below and share how you approached the project.  If not, I hope you feel inspired to tackle your very own.


Virus Shawl as Hat