>This is the design from which sprang the concept for the book Amazing Crochet Lace. Although I had been making exploded crochet thingies for a while, I couldn’t just steal a published doily design, bump up the gauge and call it my own round shawl. No-no. So I borrowed bits of doilies that worked particularly well and cobbled them together for the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl, shown on the cover of Amazing Crochet Lace. For yourself you can experiment with exploding any doily patterns you like.
Enter Classic Elite Premier. I LOVE this stuff. Honestly, this Pima Cotton/Tencel blend is so softly spun that it does shred after some normal wear and abuse. But that’s the trade off for this stunningly beautiful sheen, drape and silky hand. I promise your project will hold up long enough to elicit plenty of oooos and aaaahs.
Made in a yarn that would not only hold shape at the exploded gauge, but also thrive there, the design sample took shape. I was very pleased that it was chosen for the book cover. So many crocheters are drawn to this design, as fascinated as I am by the interplay of stitches and open space, and consequently so many Chrysanthemum Tea Shawls are showing up on bodies and in displays. It’s gotten so I can spot one coming from across a crowded room and it’s always a delightful surprise to see what yarns and colors are being used.