Free shawl crochet pattern

free shawl crochet pattern
completed shawls

One way I am able to keep on budget while still being able to give nice gifts is to make gifts.  Over the years I have received much positive feedback on my homemade gifts of soap, relish, cookies, and crocheted items.  Homemade items are great because many people really appreciate receiving homemade gifts, and you can usually make them for less money than purchasing a similar item.  Just make sure you’re gifting these homemade items to people who you expect to like that kind of item.  For example, I gave my guy friends who love food (who doesn’t, really?) my sweet pepper relish and it was appreciated, but if I gave them this shawl, I doubt they would be thrilled.


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I first saw this shawl many years ago when my cousin gave me this beautiful hand-crocheted shawl (it’s the one in the bottom of the picture above!).  A couple years ago my coworker taught me to crochet, and I decided I wanted to make one of these shawls for myself.  Luckily my cousin remembered where she found the pattern, called Julie’s Tears, and sent it to me.  

free shawl crochet pattern
crochet shawl in progress

When I started trying to make this shawl, I could not keep the stitches per row consistent and I did not like how the shawl was coming out (8 rows in I could tell I was going to end up with a triangle).  So I started over and adjusted the pattern to make it work for me.  The shawl ends up looking the same, but I find it much easier for me to make.  If you want to make this shawl, you now have 2 options – follow the pattern that works best for you.

Supplies
free shawl crochet pattern
Loops & Threads Charisma yarn
Stitches used
  • slip knot
  • chain (ch)
  • half double crochet (hdc)

My finished product is about 22″ wide by 54″ long.  It’s very stretchy, and will have a tendency to stretch along the length, so it will likely end up a little narrower after you throw it over your shoulders. 

If you follow this pattern starting with ch 53, each row will have 26 hdcs (actually it’s 25 hdcs and one portion of the ch 3; this pattern counts the ch 3 at the beginning of each row as a hdc stitch). 

Free shawl crochet pattern

Row 1: Tie a slip knot onto the crochet hook, and chain 53.  (For wider or narrower, chain a multiple of two, and add three.)

Row 2: Hdc in third st from hook.  *Sl st. Skip one chain and hdc into next.* Repeat * until end of row.  

Row 3: Turn. Ch 3 (counts as one hdc).  Hdc into the first ch space between hdcs in the previous row. *Ch 1, hdc into next ch space.* Repeat * to end of row.  Ch 1, hdc into the gap formed by the 3 chs from the previous row.  Hdc into the second ch of the 3 chs from previous row.  [Note that there is NOT a ch between the last two hdcs in the row.] 

free shawl crochet pattern
end of row stitch locations

Row 4-end: Turn. Ch 3.  Hdc into the first ch space between hdcs in the previous row [you’re skipping over two hdcs in the previous row to get to this first chain space]. *Ch 1, hdc into next ch space.* Repeat * to end of row.  Ch 1, hdc into the gap formed by the 3 chs from the previous row.  Hdc into the second ch of the 3 chs from previous row.  [Again there is no ch between the last two hdcs in the row.]

Repeat Row 4 until desired length is reached.  Fasten off and weave in tails.  I repeated until my 4 skeins of yarn were used up to achieve the (about) 54 inch length.

I’d say I am an intermediate crocheter, and this shawl takes me about 8 hours to make.  It’s great to work on while watching TV, since most stitches are through big chain spaces.  More so than other crochet projects, I don’t need to pay much attention to what I am doing when crocheting this.  

Cost

Loops and Threads Charisma is sold at Michael’s.  

Regular price of the Loops and Threads Charisma is $4.49 + sales tax.  Using 4 skeins, the cost is ($4.49×1.07)x4=$19.22.  

The best sale I have seen on this yarn was $2/skein, or ($2×1.07)x4=$8.56

There are often coupons for 40% off, occasionally 50% off one regular priced item on the Michael’s website or app each week, and on the weekends additionally a coupon for 20% or 30% off your entire regular price purchase.  Keep an eye out for coupons and weekly sales to save on this yarn!

Do you gift homemade items?  What kind?

Natural nasal decongestant spray recipe


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I got my first sinus infection in college,  and get them every year or so.  My first sinus infection drove me nuts. It lasted about 2 weeks.  I started off using medicated nasal decongestant spray.  It worked well for 3 days, until I had to stop using it per the use instructions.  After that I used saline nasal spray,  which helped ease the symptoms a bit. But it didn’t help me get better, and I was still uncomfortable. I needed to find some way to make my sinus infections go away faster, or better yet, prevent myself from getting sinus infections.

I first researched sinus infections.  What causes them?  Most sinus infections are viral, so antibiotics do nothing to make the infection go away.  In small percentage of cases sinus infections are bacterial and antibiotics may help, but it’s impossible to determine which infection you have.  Because so few cases of sinus infections are bacterial, and due to my desire to avoid antibiotics  (they’re so over-prescribed, it’s contributing to antibiotic-resistant stains of bacteria), I ruled out that as a cure for my sinus infection. 
 
About this time, I started hearing more about essential oils.  I already knew that tea tree oil (melaleuca) was antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.  I had found that peppermint oil acts as a decongestant, though short lasting.  A little more research found that lavender oil is anti-inflammatory, and eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. 
 
I decided to combine these oils with saline and try it as a nasal decongestant spray and sinus infection buster. 
I found glass jars with a nasal spray cap on Amazon.  After ordering and receiving these, I set out to make my nasal decongestant spray. 
 
Natural Nasal Decongestant Spray Recipe, made from saline and essential oils
nasal decongestant spray ingredients
Nasal Decongestant Spray Supplies & ingredients:
microwave safe glass container (liquid measuring cup is great)
Distilled water
Sea salt, finely ground (or another salt without additives)
Microwave or pot and stove
Optional but helpful: small funnel that fits in your spray bottle
 
Makes 1/4 cup (2 oz). You can scale down but I’ve found I like to mix at least 1/4 cup at a time and fill multiple bottles.  
 Instructions 
1. Fill the measuring cup or microwave safe container with just over 1/4 cup distilled water.  Place the water in the microwave and heat until the water boils. Keep heating the water until it has boiled for 1 minute  (the CDC says this will kill pathogens and make water safe to drink).
2. Carefully pour 1/32-1/16th teaspoon finely ground salt (grind course salt with a mortar and pestle and measure after grinding) into the water and stir to dissolve.  Allow the water to cool.  
3.  Pour the saline water into your spray bottles.  
4. Add 1 drop per ounce of water of each tea tree,  lavender,  peppermint,  and eucalyptus oils.  (If you have a 1 oz bottle, 1 drop each oil per bottle.  If you have a 2 oz bottle, 2 drops each oil per bottle.)
5. Secure the spray cover on each bottle.  Shake well to mix.  
6. To avoid burning yourself, ensure the nasal decongestant spray solution cools to room temperature before using.  Shake before each use.  Spray 1-2 sprays in each nostril as needed. 
Uses
[as I state in my Disclaimer, I am not a doctor.  I describe the way I use this product; use this product at your own discretion]
I use this nasal decongestant spray almost daily, before bed and when I wake up.  I get congested when I lay down/sleep, so this helps keep my sinuses open a little more. I also think this may help prevent me from getting sinus infections. I’ve only gotten one in the 2 years I’ve used this spray,  when previously I got at least 1-2 per year. 
 
For a sinus infection, I use at least 2-3 times per day or as needed to ease my symptoms. 
 
Since I have sinus pressure issues when flying, I use this spray before takeoff, as needed during flight, and post-flight.  By doing this, I have eased much of my flying-induced sinus pain and pressure. 
 
Any time I feel sinus congestion, I use this nasal decongestant spray. 
 
This nasal decongestant spray costs me $1.89 per ounce to make-including the spray bottle!  1 oz of just the saline-oil solution is only $0.06.  Six cents! The least expensive saline spray I have found to purchase is $1.38 per half ounce, or $2.76 per ounce.  My recipe is cost effective, all natural, and easy to make! 
 
Cost
Water – $0.99/gallon at Walmart. (.25 cups/16 cups)x$0.99=$0.015
Salt – $10.45/16 oz.  351 servings of 1/4 tsp per 16 oz. 1404 – 1/16 tsps per 16 oz.  $10.45/1404=$0.007
Tea tree oil – ($17.00/3 oil pack)/1 oz.  (1 drop/(591 drops/oz))x$5.67=$0.0096
Lavender oil – ($17.00/3 oil pack)/1 oz.  (1 drop/(591 drops/oz)x$5.67=$0.0096
Peppermint oil – $13.84/4 oz.=$3.46/oz.  (1 drop/(591 drops/oz))x$3.46=$0.0059
Eucalyptus oil – ($17.00/3 oil pack)/1 oz.  (1 drop/(591 drops/oz))x$5.67=$0.0096
 
Total cost: $0.06 per ounce!
 
If you want to include the cost of the spray bottles, $10.99/6=$1.83+$0.06=$1.89 for the bottle with nasal decongestant spray. 
 
Do you have any effective ways to ease sinus congestion? Share it with me in the comments!