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Secret Paths Shawl

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to be back on the Minerva Crafts blog with my latest project, made using King Cole Shine Yarn. This is a double knit, self striping yarn with added sparkle and is available in a wide range of colourways. The yarn is 97% premium acrylic and 3% polyester and is machine washable at 30 degrees which makes it perfect for making garments and accessories. This yarn is very versatile and would suit a wide range of knitting and crochet projects, with a recommended needle or hook size of 4mm. I chose shade 1889 (Adriatic) which is a mixture of light and dark blues, greys and cream with intertwined blue glitter. It was quite a difficult choice to make as all the colourways are gorgeous, I also particularly liked shade 1593 (Regency) for its rich jewel tones.

I decided a shawl would be a great project to demonstrate the self striping nature of the yarn, and to show off the glittery flecks running through it. I chose to make the Secret Paths shawl by Mijo Crochet, which is available as a free pattern in a wide range of languages. I love the different textures in this shawl, made from a series of repeats of front and back post treble crochet interspersed with rows of popcorn stitches to add further detail.

The pattern is well written and easy to follow and requires knowledge of double crochet, treble and half treble crochet, front and back post treble crochet and popcorn stitch. The pattern includes links to a handy stitch guide for the more complex stitches used, which is a very helpful resource as a reminder of how to produce these stitches, and it could also be used as a tutorial if you are new to these stitches. I used a 4mm crochet hook for this project, as recommended by the pattern.

I found the yarn very easy to crochet with, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the intertwined glitter strands stay closely attached to the main bulk of the yarn so there were no problems with the glitter separating from the main strand of yarn when making each stitch. This is something I have struggled with when using glitter yarns in the past, but King Cole Shine was a pleasure to crochet with.

The shawl worked up quickly and I enjoyed the variation of stitches used. The pattern involves 3 sets of repeats of the main rows of the pattern, with the option to add further sets of repeats as required, in order to make a larger finished piece. The final two rows of the pattern then add the lovely scalloped border to the shawl. I found that following the pattern exactly without adding any further rows produced the right size of shawl for me. The King Cole Shine yarn resulted in quite a thick shawl, which was exactly what I was aiming for in order to keep me warm during the chilly autumn months!

I am so pleased with my finished shawl, the colours and textures really stand out and it’s so warm and cosy to wear! The weight of the yarn adds a lovely drape and the edges sit flat without curling up - I didn’t block the finished piece as I didn’t feel it was necessary. The shawl is very versatile and can be worn in various different ways. This has already become one of my wardrobe staples for autumn as it is so easy to wear and goes with lots of different outfits due to the range of shades within the yarn. If you are looking for a cosy crochet project this autumn, I would recommend giving Secret Paths a try. King Cole shine is the perfect yarn to use for this project, making a cosy and comfortable shawl.

Thank you so much for reading and thanks to Minerva for giving me the opportunity to try this lovely yarn.

Jemma @buntingandbuttons

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