This month, we’re focusing on mamas with children in the hospital, specifically mamas staying at Ronald McDonald House (RMH).
I’ll tell you why I chose RMH later in the month, but for now, let’s get our hooks happy with a simple – and I mean simple – shawl for mamas sitting, waiting, and serving their children in chilly doctor’s offices and hospital rooms.
A Simple Shawl for a Ronald McDonald House Mama
- Hook Size: L (but a K works, too)
- I used Pound of Love yarn, by Lion Brand, which is why I used a larger hook. It works up quickly with the thinner yarn.
This shawl is worked Corner-to-Corner (C2C). The easiest way to explain it is to send you to the source that taught me (Many thanks to my new crochet buddy, Clara!): Corner-to-Corner Video
Begin the shawl at the bottom tip – you know, where it meets one’s … well … tush.
Bottom Corner Cluster: CH 6. DC in 4th ch from the hook and in the next 2 chs. Turn the work so that the unworked 3-ch is now on your left. The video on You Tube might be of best help to picture this:
Row 2: For the second row of, I call them, clusters, you’ll want to start the way you did for the first cluster: CH 6, DC in 4th ch from the hook and in the next 2 chs. Do the little flip thing so your ch-3 space is on your left again.
SL ST into that unworked 3-ch space. CH 3, DC 3 into the same space.
You now have three clusters, two on top of the initial one.
To begin a new row, just repeat Row 2.
Each row you willadd a starter cluster(CH 6, DC in 4th ch from the hook and in the next 2 chs, do the flip thing)
then (SL ST, CH 3, DC 3) in each ch-3 space, being sure to cluster in the last 3-ch space.
Row 3 will have 3 clusters.
Row 4 will have 4 clusters, and so on.
Position your work so the tail of your yarn is hanging off the cluster’s bottom corner with the last row of clusters sitting above it, like an upside down set of stacked set of children’s blocks, one more block on each row, but on a bit of a tilt.
If you don’t see the blocks yet, don’t worry. Keep working, and check again after the next row.
The longer your shawl gets, the wider it gets, too. It soon will look like a symmetrical triangle.
Keep Working Rows
Keep working rows, repeating Row 2, increasing each row with a new starter cluster: CH 6, DC in 3 chs, changing colors whenever you’d like.
Here’s a shawl I made, using this pattern. I just changed colors a few times:
When the shawl is large enough to wrap around your shoulders comfortably, you’re done!
For the pink shawl, I made 49 rows, ending with 49 clusters on the top row.
If you’d like to, add a single crochet finished edge around the two straight edges (the top edge will look stair-step-y, like pretty tilty clusters).
Some days, I think it looks nicer with a finished edge, other days I’m quite content to leave it be.
Adding Edgings and a Bit of Jazzy Love
Next up in the pattern queue, A Bit Jazzier Shawl, we’ll add a white edging to a lemon yellow shawl.
Discover More Ways to Learn, Love, and Serve
REALITY CHECK: By the time this post goes live, Spring Break will be over. But while I’m typing, I’m looking forward to a week with my young adult children. Ah, maybe that’s why I’m sleeping ahead?
Pattern Inspiration Sources
For the shawl, just make a blanket as wide as you want the shawl’s top edge, and stop before decreasing rows.