Pattern Drop: Graynbow Shawl
Posted on July 2, 2021
I am thrilled beyond thrilled to finally have this beauty out into the world. Please welcome the GRAYNBOW SHAWL!
You can now find the Graynbow Shawl pattern PDF in my RAVELRY and ETSY SHOPS!
If you’d like to hear me chat about this design, everything you will need to make it, and the inspiration that went into it, check out this pattern drop video for all the graynbow goodness! (ps: there’s usually a coupon code in there!)
The Inspiration: It’s no surprise to anyone who has followed me for any amount of time that I love rainbow. I could just keep making designs in jewel toned rainbows (see the Hope & a Future Wrap and the Herringtone Marliday Cowl!)- and I just might, honestly. I have a few more up my hand-crocheted sleeves for sure. But if I can’t have rainbows and must go neutral, a good gray would be my pick (or is Mustard a neutral?!). And gray and rainbow make one heck of a color combo, right? Hence the kind-of silly, but very fitting name “Graynbow”: gray+ rainbow.
While I just love organizing my life in ROYGBIV order and possessing jewely rainbow things, the rainbow and gray color scheme also holds a lot of meaning for me. Like the Hope & A Future Wrap, the rainbow reminds me of the promises of God. His goodness and faithfulness even when life is looking a little (or a lot) gray. The gray represents all the mess- the world’s mess, my mess, any mess- but the rainbow is God’s graciousness to me, despite all of it.
The Yarn: This design was definitely a stash dive for me! When I had left over skeins of Treasure Goddess yarns from my Anouk Pullover I knew it would become a shawl eventually. With a collection of mini skeins from Laine and Lotus and a few from A Chick that Knitz, paired with my trusty gray skeins, the GRAYNBOW came to life. Obviously, I love the gray and rainbow combination, but you could absolutely pair any solid-ish main color, with any manner of mini skeins or scrap yarns to create your own beautiful versions (keep scrolling for the tester photos and more color picking inspiration!). Yardage wise, the main color uses two 100 gram skeins of fingering weight/sock/weight 1 yarn. Although, you won’t be using the whole second skein, so if you can find a dyer (or stash!) that has 50 gram skeins available you would definitely be able to get the shawl done in 150 grams! At most, you will need about 655 yards! For the minis I used seven 20 gram fingering weight mini skeins. I only used 6 for the rainbow, simply because I didn’t have a second purple/indigo color on hand. The 7th mini skein is only used in the lacey edging, and you could definitely get away with using your main color to edge it as well (still within the 150 grams), I just liked the added contrast on the edge (see tester photos for both options!). All color names and yardages are provided in the pattern and pattern pages! I used a G/4.0mm hook, but DO YOUR GAUGE SWATCH to avoid any yarn chicken on those mini skeins!
What’s Included: The Graynbow Shawl is a fairly simple, very repetitive Advanced Beginner crochet pattern. The most “complex” bits are probably the border and edging, but there are helps and photos for that in the pattern! The main portion of the shawl is 2 alternating, simple crochet stitches, using some basic decreases and increases to create the asymmetrical triangle boomerang shaping. In addition to the fully written pattern PDF there is an additional Row by Row stitch count sheet to make sure you are on track every single step of the way. These stitch count pdfs have been loved by testers, as well as by other crocheters who have purchased my other shawl patterns that offer the same help. It really takes all the wondering and math out of creating the shawl, and if you happen to go wrong somewhere on stitch count, you’ll be able to tell immediately! There are also other helps in the pattern, like video links for wet blocking your shawl or adding a project page to Ravelry! And of course, would it even be a Fiber & Fox pattern without a coloring visual? Along the way there are coloring boxes so you can visualize your colors and stripes without having to constantly check what color you assigned to letters B, C, D, etc! Lots of inspiring photos sprinkled throughout as well! The pattern is fully tested and tech edited, and once you get a few rows in, you’ll be a shawl-makin’ pro!
The Testers: Now for a little tester inspiration- as always, seeing the design through other maker’s creativity is always the very best part!
I gave my testers total freedom on picking colors- just cause it’s called GRAYNBOW doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself to my color scheme! And I am so glad that Carrie of @carrieperlf didn’t! That rusty brown? That lil pop of pink and green? Not a rainbow in sight, but I LOVE how she chose and laid out these colors. Think outside of the graynbow “box!”
Or hey, if you’d rather, stay right in that graynbow box. It’s a happy place in there. Shannon of @the.crafty.runner did just that and it is so beautiful! She was using a special 100% Tasmanian merino yarn, and I love the different look of the more solid colors!
While ya’ll know I love some indie dyed yarns, you definitely could sub in a more commercially available, more budget friendly yarn in more solid colors, like Loops and Threads Woolike and still get amazing results for your shawl!
Kimmora of @heiresstothethread stuck with the rainbow, but a slightly brighter version than mine. If you like the poppy brights, she was actually making a sample for dyer Nia of The Crochet Cove! If you pop over to Nia’s shop I bet you can recreate this vibrant color scheme for yourself!
Or need another already-laid-out-for you rainbow? Christine of Treasure Goddess Yarn also tested for me – and I believe she is making KITS! She got real fancy and used her merino/yak base and ooooooh la la. Keep an eye on her feed and website for more info!
Back well outside of that rainbow realm, Laura Beth of @lost_boys_crochet created this speckled gorgeousness. I love how subtle and very wearable (but hey, rainbow is wearable!) this option is. I also think a speckled white like this would pair super fun with a more speckled or variegated rainbow too! So many options!
For more on any of the testers photos and for any future versions of the Graynbow Shawl, be sure to check out the projects section on Ravelry!
Still picking colors? Not ready to start a new project right now? Don’t forget to pin this pattern for later!
THANK YOU, as always, for the love and support you show my designs, and for not only purchasing (Ravelry or Etsy!), but sharing your makes with me! As you are working on it or rocking those finished objects shots, don’t forget to tag me on instagram @fiber.and.fox and use #graynbowshawl so we can all marvel at your gorgeous shawl along with you! Happy making, my friends!