Modifying Your Dragonfruit Shawl

Dragonfruit is a shawl of endless possibilities. By playing with proportions, trying different transitions, and concocting original color combinations, you can create a Dragonfruit Shawl uniquely your own.

Dragonfruit is a shawl of endless possibilities. By playing with proportions, trying different transitions, and engineering unique edgings, you can create a Dragonfruit Shawl uniquely your own. For inspiration, here are a few examples courtesy of the wonderful Dragonfruit testers.

Proportions

One of the simplest ways to change up your Dragonfruit is to play with the relative proportions of each section. The pattern includes notes on how to change the length of each panel.

Tester gulickkr lengthened Section III of her shawl, emphasizing lace over texture to show off her delicate alpaca silk yarn. Disou made Section II the widest panel in her Dragonfruit Shawl, yielding more substantial shoulder coverage. In my own Dragonfruit in Grey, I made Section II the main stitch pattern and diminished Section III to a small band of texture that draws the eye to the edging.

Top, left to right: gulickkr, Disou. Bottom: Dragonfruit in Grey.

Border

If you prefer edgings that are simpler to crochet, try finishing off with a picot-chain row, as in Nancy-P’s project (top left).

Would you rather skip the second set of dblo slip stitch rows? Take a look at 15FiberFrenzy’s project page to see how she worked the edging directly into the mesh of Section III (top right).

If you come to the end of Section III and realize you are running out of yarn, there are still plenty of options. You can leave out the border altogether like ppremdas, finish off with triple crochet clusters as dsmcg did, use picots like tropigal08, or improvise your own pointy edging like colorsfromspace.

Bottom, from left to right: dsmcg, ppremdas, tropigal08, colorsfromspace.

Beading

To add sparkle and weight to your Dragonfruit, consider adding some beads to the border. You can add beads to the points of picots as Chamelaucium and tekkie did, or you can follow gulickkr‘s example and use beads to replace the picots.

Left to right: Chamelaucium, tekkie, gulickkr.

Transitions

The original Dragonfruit Shawl (right) has a small bumpย  at the transition from Section I to Section II. If you prefer a smoother curve, the pattern gives instructions for an alternate transition as shown in the Dragonfruit in Grey (left).

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For more inspiration, check out all of the Dragonfruit Shawl projects here.

Do you love making modifications to patterns? Which mods would you like to try in your next Dragonfruit? Let me know in the comments below!

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Choosing Yarn for Your Dragonfruit Shawl

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When I invited the Dragonfruit Shawl testers to share their yarn choices, I was amazed by the variety of yarns and color combinations that poured in. Some posted pictures of gorgeous gradients, others chimed in with solid and slow-color-change and self-striping yarns, and still others showed off combinations of yarns from all categories.

Altogether, my 26 inventive testers used over 30 different yarns to create their shawls. I hope the gallery of possibilities below inspires you when choosing yarn for your own Dragonfruit Shawl. With so many possibilities, you can make this shawl over and over again with a different look each time.

The Backstory Behind the Original Yarn: Jazz Handz Fusion Fiber

Two of my testers, MrsMcD918 and nikkifox81, also used Jazz Handz for their Dragonfruit Shawls. Coincidentally, they both used the same colorway, Rainbow Sherbet.

Jazz Handz Fusion Fiber, created by the wonderfully sweet Susan Herkness, inspired and motivated me when working on the Dragonfruit design. When I received my very first cake of Jazz Handz, which I had ordered in the Bird of Paradise III colorway as a birthday present to myself, I had a vision of it worked up as a richly textured crescent shawl.

On fire with inspiration, I set to work to create my dream shawl. Hesitant to use such a gorgeous yarn for mere prototypes and possible failures, I used other yarns to experiment with textures and shaping techniques. These efforts, however, were largely unfruitful. Months of swatching and dreaming failed to produce anything close to the shawl I had imagined.

Disheartened, I unwrapped the gorgeous cake of Jazz Handz once more from its carefully wrapped swaddle of tissue paper. I suddenly felt an urge to work with it, to feel it running through my hands and over my hook, to watch with delight and suspense as the colors changed. After an argument with my perfectionist side, which advocated for perfecting the design in a different yarn first, I picked up my hook and began to crochet with it.

My first attempt was far from perfect, and my perfectionist side had cause to gloat as I regretfully unraveled several rows and rewound the yarn around the outside of the center-pull cake. The yarn was resilient, however. It looked none the worse from being frogged, and I realized that I, too, was none the worse for having tried.

In fact, I was better off. I had become acquainted with the feel of the yarn, and seen it worked up, and thus I had a better intuition for which textures would suit it best. Not only this, but in returning to the yarn, my original source of inspiration, I had rekindled my passion and excitement for my quest. Hook in hand, I picked up the yarn with renewed energy and confidence.

At the end of a few more days, which passed not without some frogging and frustration, my dream shawl was complete, and I felt the exhilaration that only comes after surmounting a difficult challenge. I couldn’t wait to share the newly born Dragonfruit Shawl.

To learn more about Susan Herkness and her wonderful yarn Jazz Handz Fusion Fiber, check out my interview with her here.

Inspired to make your own Dragonfruit Shawl in Jazz Handz yarn? Click here to visit the Jazz Handz Etsy shop.

Other Yarn Choices

Gradient

Gradient yarns were a popular choice among testers because the pattern is easily modified to use an entire skein or gradient set. With Dragonfruit, you don’t have to worry about any colors going to waste.

Solids

Dragonfruit also looks well in solid-colored yarns. Whether you make it monochrome or use a different color for each panel, solid colors show off the contrast between each panel of texture and the intricate edging.

Slow-Color-Change and Self-Striping

The stitch patterns of each panel help blend the transitions of both self-striping yarns and slow-color-change yarns such as Knit Picks Chroma and Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.

Variegated, Semisolid, and Combination

Dragonfruit is a great stashbuster shawl! Those beautiful but often tricky-to-use skeins of variegated yarn can be used by themselves or paired with coordinating solids and tonals.

Ready to make your own Dragonfruit Shawl? Click here to buy it on Ravelry.

Nymphadora Tonks Shawl

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I could probably fill a laundry basket with all of my current crochet works in progress, but this week my Jazz Handz Fusion Fiber was just begging to be made into a crescent shawl.

I didn’t resist. After all, I was feeling somewhat burnt out after the busy holiday season and I knew that making a shawl for myself would revive my crochet mojo.

I decided to use Michele DuNaier’s Mine Once More pattern, which I had used before to make Le Chรขle Gris.ย  I set to work on Thursday and within the afternoon, I had already finished the first section.

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This project was addicting. Once I started a section, I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the section. By the time I finished the section, I’d be right in the middle of a color change, and of course I had to keep going until I reached the next color. By Friday night, I had already reached the start of the transition to black.

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On Saturday, I finished it! I named it after Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter books because the colors remind me of her.

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Love the yarn? Check out my previous post here to learn all about its maker and find out where to buy your own!