We’ve been wrapped in loving Ronald McDonald House quilt warmth from Carolina to Colorado, Durham to Denver, with two summers of refuge in Colorado Springs. It’s amazing how a little time, a little thread – or yarn – can warm a soul chilled by the fallen world.
Mamas, their children in the hospital or waiting in far-from-home doctor’s offices, will see the love on the shawl and feel the warmth of love wrapped in your gift.
Even Jazzier Shawl
The Jazz is in the color changes, creating a white heart on a red shawl background, while working Corner-to-Corner.
- Hook Size: G
- You’ll need two balls of red (the second one can be wound from the skein), and one ball of white.
- I used Red Heart’s Super Saver’s Cherry Red and White.
Begin the shawl as you did for the Simple Shawl, making 22 rows of red clusters. Your last row of all red – before beginning the heart – should have 22 clusters along the top row.
Make sure you have the second ball of red ready to go for Row 23.
If, like me, you didn’t roll a second ball and you are working with a skein from the inside pulling out, you can roll your second ball from the loose end of the yarn.
Heart By the Chart
Here’s the chart for changes from red to white and back again:
NOTE: This chart isn’t the complete shawl; it’s just the heart part.
See By the Numbers below for stitch counts.
TIP: When changing colors, do not fasten off. Just drop the one color before its last yarn-over, and pick up the new color. Let the unused color hang, so to speak. You’ll come back to it on the next pass.
Walking You Through the Chart A Bit
On Row 23, you’ll make 11 red clusters, 1 cluster of white in the center of the row (it should line up nicely with the point at the bottom of the shawl), then pick up using your second ball of red for 11 more red clusters.
At this point, you will have a ball of red and a ball of white hanging off your work. They may tend to tangle, so after each row, twirl what needs twirling before it gets too messy to work with comfortably.
Follow the chart as to when to switch to a white cluster, and when to go back to red.
Finish with 10 rows of all red.
The Heart in Real Life
By the Numbers: Stitch Count
Rows 1 –22: Standard Corner-to-Corner in Red. Your last row before beginning the heart should have 22 clusters.
Continuing increasing the size of the triangle with the CH 6, DC in 3 ch’s increase on each row, just like for the Simple Shawl.
Row 23: 11 red clusters, 1 white, 11 red. (23 clusters)
Row 24: 11 red, 2 white, 11 red. (24 clusters)
Row 25: 11 red, 3 white, 11 red. (25 clusters)
Row 26: 11 red, 4 white, 11 red. (26 clusters)
Row 27: 11 red, 5 white, 11 red. (27 clusters)
Row 28: 11 red, 6 white, 11 red. (28 clusters)
Row 29: 11 red, 7 white, 11 red. (29 clusters)
Row 30: 11 red, 8 white, 11 red. (30 clusters)
Row 31: 12 red, 7 white, 12 red. (31 clusters)
Row 32: 12 red, 8 white, 12 red. (32 clusters)
Row 33: 13 red , 7 white, 13 red (33 clusters)
Row 34: 13 red, 8 white, 13 red (34 clusters)
TIP: When you get to the last couple of rows of the heart where you switch out with red a couple of times, you can either carry the white behind the red and vice versa.
Or use a length of scrap white (make sure dye lots are the same, if necessary) to finish those last few clusters of the top bumps of the heart.
Row 35: 14 red, 3 white, 1 red, 3 white, 14 red. (35 clusters)
Row 36: 15 red, 2 white, 2 red, 2 white, 15 red. (36 clusters)
Row 37: All red. (37 clusters)
Row 38 – 46: All red.
Finish with a Shell Edge
CH 1, then SC along the two straight edges. Turn.
CH 2. *[Skip st, 5 DC in next st, skip st, SC in next st]*. Repeat ** to corner.
At the corner, create a shell [Skip st, 5 DC in next st, skip st, SC in next st], even if it means skipping a stitch to do so. You want a nice curvy point at the bottom of the shawl.
Finish last rough-edge side: *[Skip st, 5 DC in next st, skip st, SC in next st]*. Repeat ** to top edge. Finish off.
Add a Note
Add a little note sharing who you are and why you made the shawl – your gift will be even more special from heart to heart. Mama may pack your gift when they return to Ronald McDonald House for their next round of medical adventures. We carried the lap quilts we received all over the country on our medical journeys.
A shawl to fall in love with!
And speaking of love,
many thanks to my daughter, Winter, for being our shawl model.
Her story is the heartbeat behind this shawl.
And our love for Ronald McDonald House.
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