The "X's" & "O's" Shawl is a great way to break into the intermediate level of crochet. It uses simple stitches with techniques that step outside the box of your contemporary crochet rules. Make it as large or small as you like. This pattern looks fantastic as a scarf as well as a shawl. Its light and airy lacy texture allows for all sorts of yarn choices. Be creative with this one!
This shawl came together by accident. This past spring I was practicing stitches and making swatches. I find making swatches is great way to get new ideas for crochet projects, plus I hone in on skills and stitches not used in a while.
I was working up swatches for "x" stitches in single and double crochet and was surprised when the book I was following did not continue on by the using the treble crochet as an "x" stitch. So I started working an "x" stitch using treble crochets and instantly fell in love with the look of it.
I was working on new designs to thrust me out of the hat trench I found myself in. I love designing hats, but I was ready for the next level and since shawls were such a popular thing this past spring and Valentines day was a few weeks away I knew this stitch was screaming to be a shawl!
It took a few weeks for me to design and write up a pattern for. The first two rows are the hardest then the rest just falls into place. I was so excited to get this girl into testing. Finally the time came. I found some amazing testers to start the next phase of the designing process, who instantly found issues with the pattern. Thankfully they were all issues with the wording and not the design. After being in testing a little longer than anticipated she was ready for her debut!
What I love most about this shawl is the way the stitches workup. I love the way the "X" stitch looks in the treble crochet. I also love how they make the "O's" between each stitch, hence the name "X's" & "O's" shawl.
Another aspect that makes this pattern different is the techniques used to increase in each row. The increases alternate different amounts for every two rows. The increases are not traditional, they do not increase by one each row. Rather they increase by two and four. When repeating row 2 the “X’s” will increase by two. When repeating row 3 the “X’s” will increase by four
This pattern is worked in a forward and backward motion. This means making the “X’s” will consist of skipping ahead stitches then skipping backward stitches. I have provided photo tutorials to assist with this. The increases are made at the beginning of each row. The increases are not traditional, they do not increase by one each row. Rather they increase by two and four. When repeating row 2 the “X’s” will increase by two. When repeating row 3 the “X’s” will increase by four. I recommend placing a marker in the center of the shawl, the chain 2 space, so it is not missed. The chain 2 is important to the structure of the shawl as it allows for the shawl to come to a nice point.
Start a magic circle. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 3dc into circle, ch2, 4dc into circle (Do not slip stitch closed). Cinch the circle closed and secure. Turn
repeat rows 2-3, continuing to treble crotchet in the center of each “X”, the chain 2 space, and increasing at the beginning and end of each row.
Dc in each dc; At ch2 space, 2dc, ch2, 2dc; continue 1dc in each dc to the end, 2dc in last st.
reverse single crochet to the ch2 sp, rsc 2x’s in ch2 space, continue rsc to end. Fasten off and weave in ends.
You have conquered the “X’s” & “O’s” shawl!
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