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

 

 

 

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89 thoughts on “Crochetville Blog Tour: Shawl Talk, Free Pattern & Book Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the Bellamy Shawl pattern. It’s lovely. I have been drooling over your book for a while now and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

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  2. Thank you for the free Bellamy Shawl, my next project!! Im new to your blog/website and love the intrinsic beauty and elegance of your patterns. I also appreciate the opportunity to win a signed copy of your wonderful book. ❤

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  3. What a lovely book!All of the designs look amazing but I am drooling over the shawl shown on page 134 in the Amazon sample! Thanks for the chance to win the book so I can make it.

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  4. I’ve made your Tyger shawl from Poetic Crochet and it’s fabulous! Thank you for the free Bellamy Shawl, and I would LOVE to have a signed hard copy of your book…. fingers crossed!

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  5. I’ve been wanting a chance to check out your book ever since it started appearing in my Interweave suggestions, so thank you for a chance to win! And thank you for the Bellamy Shawl…I can’t wait to start it!

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  6. So glad I just came across the link to your blog. Beautiful shawls…. especially love the pink one shown above (back view). Thanks also for the free pattern offer…. it’s a great chance to try out your patterns.

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  7. So glad I found the link to your blog tonite. Your shawls are so pretty, especially love the pink one above (back view). Thanks for the free pattern…. great chance to try out your patterns!!!

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  8. What a generous offer! Too warm where I live for shawls, but I love making them for other folks. Your book would come in very handy!

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  9. I must be honest and say normally I prefer knit over crochet when it comes to shawls but this is simply gorgeous and the others appear to be just as lovely. Thank you for the free pattern and the opportunity for your book as well. I will start a Bellamy today as I have some yarn that should be perfect.

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    1. Hi Linda, this comment made me smile so hard! I often gasp when I see a piece of crochet I love, so I completely understood, and it made me proud that one of mine gave you that reaction. 🙂

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  10. I have been eyeing your book for a while – the beauty of peotry and crochet together is magic.

    Thank you for the pattern and the opportunity to win your signed book.

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  11. I kept looking at your shawls and thought of my third grade teaching of Laura Ingall Wilders. Shawls and prairie seem linked to me. Did you any of your inspiration come from children’s literature? The words of literature are often lyrical and your shawls expess this, especially your poetic ones,
    of course.

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  12. such beautiful elegant work, thanks for free shawl pattern and the opportunity to win a signed copy of your wonderful book ❤

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