Mystery Lace Weight Shawl CAL 2010

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s Mystery CAL! For this pattern, you will need about 1200 yds. lace weight yarn and a 4.25mm crochet hook (4.00 or 4.5mm will also suffice, depending upon how lacy you would like your shawl to be). Please read all the instructions before beginning. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment here, as well as in the Ravelry group. You will be more likely to receive an answer very quickly if you post here, since my access is restricted on Ravelry until the evening. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

This year’s shawl comes with a story, and I hope it touches you as much as it did when the inspiration came to me some time ago. As with the clues to the pattern, only sections of the story will be available at a time. I hope you like it!

The Shawl

The Hands are supple, experienced, not yet aged by Time. They pick up the Hook and a bit of fine Wool and begin work on the Masterpiece. Gradually, ripples form like those found in a small, clear stream as they undulate over the pebbles below it. Working around the ripples, the Hands knowingly work baubles, like those of a Bellflower dangling in the breeze. Finally, an array of Feathers outline the whole Piece–soft, gentle Feathers that hole One in Love’s embrace.

The Hands, satisfied with their diligent work, gently took the Garment to the Stream and very carefully rinsed it in the Pure Water. They then carried it to the garden and laid it out to set on the fresh, green grass to dry, with all the Bluebells looking on. After soaking in the Light of the Sun, the Hands pick up the Shawl and carefully wrap it, putting it away for a Time shortly to come.

The Shawl did not need to wait long. Soon, a Daughter was born, and the Shawl was wrapped around her. She cooed softly as the Baptismal Waters graced her head. Her little hands fingered the fine Wool of the edge of the Shawl, her eyes focusing in amazement at the intricate stitches.


Ch 159 (or until you reach 36″, making sure you reach a multiple of 10, plus 9 more ch).

Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook, *sk next 2 ch, (dc, ch2, 3 dc) in next ch, sk next 2 ch, (dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch) twice, dc in next ch; rep from * across, ending w/ a (dc, ch 2, 3 dc), sk 2 ch, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in last ch. Ch 4, turn.

Row 2:  Dc in next dc, *sk next 2 dc, (dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next dc–the third dc of the shell in the previous row, right before the ch-2 sp)–sk next dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) twice; rep from * across, ch 4, turn.

Rep Row 2 until a square is made ending with an even number of rows. (edit 3/22/10)


Time continued on, and the Hands, now showing a bit of age, meticulously and patiently taught the hands of the Daughter how to reverently hold her hook and fine Wool, making coats and sweaters for Dolly, and, eventually, herself.

Border 1:

Round 1: Ch 3, turn. Dc in same st as turning ch, * sk 2 dc of cluster, (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in next dc, sk 2 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc–V-st made; rep from * to end of row, ending w/ (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in turning ch. Do not turn, but begin working down the side of center panel. Sk 1st row of center panel, **4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in next row, sk next row, V-st in next row, sk next row. Rep from ** to end of side. Work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner. Continue working from * and ** around. End w/ (2 dc, ch 2, dc) in same st as turning ch, join w/ sl st.

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 5, *sk next dc, (yo, insert hook into next dc, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 1st 2 loops on hook) in next 4 dc, sk ch-3 loop, (yo, insert hook into next dc, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 1st 2 loops on hook) in next 4 dc, yo, pull through all loops on hook–reverse cluster (rev-cl) made, ch 5, V-st in ch-1 sp, ch 5, rep from * around, working (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp of corners. End with (3 dc, ch 2, dc) in 1st corner, join w/ sl st.


The Daughter grew up, maturing into a lovely young Woman, never forgetting the lessons the Hands taught her. The Time came for the Young Woman to marry, and while the Wedding Bells chimed the Shawl adorned her head.

Round 3: Sl st to ch-1 sp of V-st, ch 4, dc in same sp, *(4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in top of next cluster, V-st in ch-1 sp; rep from * around, even in the corners. Join w/ sl-st to 3rd ch of ch-4.

Roung 4: Repeat round 2, beginning with a V-st (ch 4, dc in same sp), and working (4 dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, 4 dc) in corners. Join to 3rd ch of ch-4.

Round 5: Rep Round 3, beginning with a V-st just like Round 4, and working dc in 1st 4 dc of corner, ck next dc, (ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2) in ch-1 sp, sk next dc, dc in next 4 dc. Join w/ sl st to 3rd ch of ch-4.


The Woman, now expecting a Daughter of her own, grasped her hook and tenderly picked up her Yarn. Liker her Predecessor, she, too, made a Shawl that undulated like ripping streams, sang like Wedding Bells, and trimmed in Feathers. when the Shawl was completed, she, too, carried it to the Stream to be rinsed, then dried it in the sunny, flowery Garden, and then laid it away in wait.

Not long after, her Daughter was born. The Woman wrapped her Daughter in the Shawl she made not long before. As the Daughter grew, the Woman taught her the ways of the Hook and Wool, and the Daughter, too, grew up, married, and had Daughters of her own.

Border 2:

Round 1: Ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, *dc in 1st dc of shell, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in ch-3 ssp, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, V-st in ch-1sp of V-st, ch 1; rep from * around, working (ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2) in 2nd ch-2 sp of corners. Join w/ sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Basically, this past round makes for a filet block pattern with V-sts around the edges of the shawl. The V-sts are supposed to line up with V-sts from previous rounds. The corners should each have a (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) shell, surrounded by ch-2 sps.

Round 2: Ch 6, dc in same sp, *ch 2, (dc in next dc, ch 1) 4 times, dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc, ch 3, dc) in V-st; rep from * around, working (dc, ch 3, dc) in 1st ch-2 sp of corner, (4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in 2nd ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in 3rd ch-2 sp of corner. Join at end of row w/ sl st in 3rd ch of ch-6.


Now, the Woman was an old woman. She looked upon her Daughter and Grand-daughters with a love only Grandmothers know. As her Granddaughters grew, the Old Woman lovingly watched as her Daughter taught them the Heritage. Gradually, her eyes faded and she could look upon them no more. The Daughter wrapped the Old Woman’s Shawl about her, allowing the Old Woman to sleep the Eternal Sleep wrapped in Angels’ Wings.

A 3-treble cluster (3-tr) cl is worked as follows: (yo twice, insert hook, pull through, yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, yo, pull through next loop on hook) three times, yo, pull through all loops on hook.

A picot (p) is worked as follows: ch 4, sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1.

Round 3: Sl st to ch-3 sp, ch 3, tr2tog in same sp, (ch 3, 3-tr cl in same sp) twice, ch 3, tr in next dc, ch 1, tr in next dc, ch 3, *in ch-3 sp work (3-tr cl, ch 3) twice, 3 -tr cl in same sp, ch 3, sk 2 dc, (tr in next dc, ch 1) twice, tr in next dc, ch 3; rep from * around. In corners work (3-tr cl, ch 3, 3-tr cl, ch 3, 3-tr cl) in ch-3 sp, ch 2, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in 2nd ch-3 sp, (3-tr cl, ch 3, 3-tr cl, ch 3, 3-tr cl, ch 2). Join w/ sl st at beg of round.

Round 4: Ch 3, (tr2tog, ch 3, 3-tr cl) in same sp, [(3 tr cl, ch3, 3-tr cl) in top of next cl, ch 3] twice, sk next tr, tr in next tr, ch 3; rep from * around, working (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp in corners, ch 3. Join at beg of round.

Round 5: Ch 4,(tr2tog, p, 3-tr cl) in same sp,ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp, *(3-tr cl, p, 3-tr cl) in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, sk next 2 ch-3 sp; rep from * around, working (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp of corner. Join at beg of round. Finish off, weave in end. Block according to yarn manufacturer’s instructions.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to comment here and I’ll answer them as best I can. If there seems to be a problem with any part of this pattern, please bring it to my attention–I will answer as speedily as possible (I am on US Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which is 5 hours later than GMT, so if you’re on the other side of the world, I may not get to your question until later in the day or next morning. Thank you for understanding. 🙂 ).

Next week, I will be reposting this pattern in its original condensed form, separately from the story I wrote to go along with it. This way, it will be much easier to read and print. I also welcome any photos you may have and wouldn’t mind linking to blogs, sites, etc. so that others may be able to enjoy your work. Thank you. 😀


7 thoughts on “Mystery Lace Weight Shawl CAL 2010”

  1. hello! Thank you for organizing this CAL. I’ve never done one before, and hopefully I’ll be able to do it.
    You only mention “yardage”, but how much in grams would I be needinig, more or less?
    Thanks for your help!

    • homegrownandhomespun said:

      I have no idea! Since different fibers weigh differently (i.e., silk vs. wool vs. acrylic vs. alpaca, etc.), I don’t have a clue to figure that out. Since I can’t go to any shopping sites during the day, your best bet right now would be to go to jojoland’s website and visit their lace weight page. I think they have the weight of the yarn in grams, though don’t quote me on it. If they do, I used 1.5 balls of their Harmony line for my first shawl. I wish I could be a bigger help!

  2. beadntat said:

    Maybe I can assist Ana Luise??? The Jojoland Harmony yarn is extremely fine and technically qualifies as cobweb wt (>1500yds/100g wool). 1200yds of this yarn is less than 100g, however most lacewt yarns are ~900yds/100g wool. When using these “chubbier” lace yarns I would suggest that participants purchase ~150g or a wool-predominant yarn. Cotton and bamboo/rayon yarns have less yardage/g than wool, so adjust upward accordingly.

    Rav ID: beadntat

  3. Thank you so much, it is indeed very helpful. I’ve written down the amounts and yardage needed.

  4. Angie Cooper said:

    Hello Tracey – I found your link through Ravelry. I am quite new to crochet but i would like to join your CAL I am not really sure what is going on though…

    1) Firstly are you instructions in American stitches (I know that UK stitches are slightly different!)

    2) How often does the next clue come up? How long will it take to complete (assuming I keep up with the clues as they are released)

    3) what does the code sk mean? (i think i understand the rest of the pattern)

    4) I am assuming this is a shawl to wrap around your shoulders on a cool evening?? I have a Rowan crochet book that will help me understand what lace-weight yarn is here in the UK but I want to make sure I am understanding what I am making before I chose a colour!!

    ok I know this is a lot of questions, but I am really enthusiastic about my new found crochet skill and so would love to make something for myself! (I have made two cushion covers for Mothering Sunday gifts, and I am in the process of making 2 baby blankets/Afghans for babies due in the summer)
    Many Thanks

    • homegrownandhomespun said:

      To answer Angie’s questions (I sent an email, too!):

      1) The stitch instructions are in US terminology.

      2) Each clue comes out on Mondays at some point. I can’t predict the times, because I post them when I wake up. I live in Ohio, so it will be Eastern Time after I feed my girls their breakfasts. 🙂 Clue 1 will be taking the longest, since you have to make at least a 36″ square. The rest of the shawl will depend upon how quickly you crochet. My original took about 6 weeks, and that was with 4 blizzard-type storms and 2 preschoolers who demand a lot of attention.

      3) “Sk” in US terminology equates to a “miss” in UK terminology.

      4) The shawl is a square, reminiscent of a Shetland design. Once my original (in wool) was finished and blocked (or set, in UK vernacular 😉 ), it ended up being about 48″ across on the sides. I don’t know how big the hypotenuse (or, the folded edge along the triangle fold) would be, and I’m still not awake enough to figure it out. I remember the equation to figure it, but I want caffeine first. 😀 ) would be.

      I hope I answered your questions!

  5. Wow! thank you for all this information:
    I promise I didnt post at 5:15 this morning – it was about 10:15 I think here!

    ‘Skip’ of course! (all i could think of was single KNIT and i knew that couldnt be right 🙂 )

    I will look for some yarn in a Lace-weight and start albeit a week or two behind you

    Many thanks and just so you know – i am loving all this crochet time i am finding 🙂

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