Crossroads Shawl Crochet Pattern
A couple weeks ago, my husband lay in a pre-op room about to undergo kidney removal surgery. It was going to be a minimum of a 5-6 hour surgery and I had opted to sit alone at the hospital – despite everyone’s pleas to join me. I’m never alone, so I decided this would be the perfect time to try to enjoy some quiet. I was going to keep my mind busy by designing a new pattern. One of his last comments to me was, “That’s how I’ll know how long I was out based on how far you get on that.” Little did I know, over 10 hours later that would be the first thing he asked me when he woke up. “Did you finish?” HA! It took me a second to realize he actually remembered that conversation.
As I sat in the hospital cafeteria I spent a lot of time thinking about my life and how I had gotten to this point. In less than 6 weeks I had gone from a fairly normal life to wondering if my husband is going to live another year. And that led my thoughts to my business.
When I originally started designing and publishing my own patterns, those first few years my focus had been on helping people – new crocheters, donating baby blankets & hats, and even helping up and coming designers.
As I sat in the cafeteria, I felt like I was at a Crossroads – now you know where the name came from. I decided I wanted to get back to that place where helping others is my main priority. About an hour later, I opened my email and found a letter from someone writing a book on healing and she was asking if I would design a prayer shawl for her book. Talk about confirmation!
With all that, I am hoping my patterns will have a little more focus on helping others this year. Baby blankets for new moms, hats and shawls for cancer patients, along with a few other ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing where I can go with this.
Now you know the story behind the shawl. Below are all the pattern details.
This pattern works up perfect with cake yarn, create your own stripe options, or use a single color for stunning results. It’s the perfect size to be worn as a shawl, or wrap it around your neck as a scarf.
Finished Size: 63″ wide X 28″ tall (at center) – after blocking.
Notions: Yarn Needle
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
The pattern has an easy 2 row repeat. All you need to know is sc, dc. It will also help to be familiar with working in front of other stitches and increases.