If you’ve been following along on 31 Days of Crochet Giveaways then you know that I’ve already given away two terrific crochet patterns from Anastacia Knits. This generous crocheter has offered another pattern for giveaway. I’ve supplemented this giveaway with a shawl that I crocheted using the pattern.

About the Prize

The first part of the prize is the free crochet pattern of the Shells & Chains Half Circle Shawl by Anastacia Knits. This is a really easy-to-make shawl where the finished product looks more complex than the actual crochet required, making a great item to gift for yourself or someone else. It is made using a top down seamless crochet design and it can be easily adapted to suit different yarns, hooks and finished measurements.

The second part of the prize is the actual crochet shawl. I made this one following the pattern that you’ll receive if you win the giveaway. I used a beautiful goldenrod colored acrylic yarn for my version of the shawl. Note that it’s the golden shawl pictured here that you’re getting, not the blue one; the blue one reflects the original from Anastacia’s pattern.

Crochet Pattern Review

Having worked the pattern in order to offer the giveaway, I’m able to offer my review. This is a well-written pattern with accurate stitch counts at the end of all rows that have increases. This makes it really easy to make sure that you’re on track as you work. Here are some of the other standout features of this crochet pattern:

  • A simple repeatable pattern with increases periodically, offering a great opportunity for meditative crochet.
  • A half circle pattern that grows exponentially larger as you work it. I like this because it makes me feel like I am really getting somewhere as the pattern progresses.
  • Adaptability in terms of lending itself well to yarn substitutions and hook changes. I used a completely different yarn and a slightly larger hook than the pattern calls for and had no problems at all.
I will note that I made one adaptation to the pattern out of personal preference. The very top row that forms as you work felt a little bit unfinished to me. When I was done with the pattern, I simply did a row of half double crochet into that top row for what felt to me like a more finished look. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern as is, just something that I wanted for my own piece.

How to Enter

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This giveaway is only open until midnight EST tonight. The winner will be announced tomorrow on Twitter and Google Plus as well as in a roundup post of winners on Sunday.



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  1. Crystal Arcand Reply

    I think I’d try to make one for one of the ladies at my church – or a half-dozen of them, lol!

  2. Ooohhh that is stunning – I have to enter and have all my fingers and toes crossed. If I’m lucky enough to win I’d make one for my 82 year old step-mother who would love it I’m sure. When my girls were little she used to make beautiful things for them and it would be lovely to be able to make something for her now.

  3. Lisa Mills Reply

    If I win this pattern I’d probably make one for my g/f to take to her chemo visits. This round is more aggressive then it was before.

  4. Kathy Prickett Reply

    I would make one for each of my sisters (4). All in different colors. :o)

  5. Ooo, I like how lacy it is! I bet it works up quick. I’d probably make it for me unless I was owing someone a gift.

  6. I followed just the yarn craft of AnastaciaKnits on Pinterest, but I don’t know if it’s enough to click the +1 button. She has so many different categories and I just don’t want to follow them all.

  7. SO pretty, please enter me as well. Love shawls and often wear one in the eve at home as well. Nice and comfy.

  8. Stephanie Brodersen Reply

    I love this shawl it’s so pretty. I would make it for my mother.

  9. Stacy Psaros Reply

    I would make this one for my mom, as she’s still in her recovery stage of her breast cancer and might need some hugs.

  10. That is a lovely pattern and both shawls are so terrific. I will have to make myself one….. as soon as the Christmas knitting is finished.

  11. I would crochet this shawl for myself! I just love it!!!! Thank you!

  12. It’s beautiful, I would make one for my auntie dolly. She does so much for other people that she deserves a treat for her.

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  15. Audrey Stewart Reply

    could you please enter me to get this patter
    Will it be for sale after the drawing

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