Have you ever cast any doubt on a pattern before? I have. The first time I saw Dragon Belly Crochet Shawl by Johanna Lindahl (mijocrochet), I thought to myself, “Oh, so pretty… I want to make one too.” I reached out for my variegated rayon yarn and then, “Ugh, this is not going to work! The pattern is weird…” So, I abandoned the pattern.
For a few days I keep seeing people on some crochet groups in Facebook showing their works on this shawl and keep saying that it’s so pretty when it comes out halfway. I got even more curious. So, I picked it up again, re-read the pattern, and tried to follow the instructions. And then it hit me: I was wrong.
Johanna’s pattern, Secret Path, had re-introduced and forced me to learn the front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc). I hated these stitches before. I avoided them. I discarded every single pattern containing fpdc and bpdc. But, Secret Path is so beautiful, I learned fp/bpdc. I have Johanna to thank, because now, I mastered fp/bpdc and I am in love with the stitches. And now, I am in love, too, with Dragon Belly.
It took me a while, to recognise that the shape of the shawl is not actually conventional. It is worked from one side to the other, but it has no decrease rows. I just keep on increase on one side. She’s a GENIUS! I would never had thought about designing a shawl that way! Haha. And so, I reached out again to my variegated rayon yarn, and began to crochet Dragon Belly from Row 1. I love the pattern because I can work it while watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or reruns of X-Files (to continue with the latest season of X-Files). The pattern is not mind-numbing, but also not complicated. I also find that it is one of the best pattern to work with variegated yarns, because it shows all the colour change sequence in the yarn.
Apparently, I am now in love with the texture effect in Johanna’s designs. I may use them as reference when I have the courage to create my own designs. Again, thanks, Johanna. 🙂