There are many different shapes and sizes of crochet shawls and wraps. And some are easier to crochet than others. I wanted to make a shawl that is beautiful but also very simple to make. So, how do you crochet a simple shawl?
This one I made is a rectangular shape. It’s probably the easiest shape to work with as the amount of stitches in each row stays the same, no increasing or decreasing is required.
This pattern in this crochet shawl is a two-row repeat and only 2 stitches are used throughout the whole pattern – Double Crochets and Puff Stitches. I love the use of Puff stitches here as it creates a beautiful texture.
I’m using a hook size (5mm/ H-8) that is one size larger than the recommended size. This creates fluffier and airier puff stitches.
In comparison to the puff stitches in my crochet Laptop Sleeve, where I used a much smaller size hook (3mm/D-3) the puff stitches there are quite dense and smooth. Of course I am using a different yarn there too.
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Crochet Shawl Pattern Notes
The shawl is worked widthways. You need to determine the width of your shawl first in order to chain the right amount of chains for the foundation chain.
You can make a wider or narrower shawl by chaining more or less (chain any odd number)
Always chain 2 at the beginning of a row.
Ch 2 at the beginning of DC rows counts as a stitch.
You can make a longer/shorter shawl by working more or less rows.
Yarn: Caron Skinny Cakes from Yarnspirations, 2 skeins. Colour: Cookies & Strawberries (Weight: Light Worsted/DK/8ply)
Hook: H – 8 (5mm)
J – 10 (6mm) – optional, for the foundation chain only
Note: foundation chain does not stretch and the stitch of this shawl is quite elastic and stretchy. So the bigger size crochet hook will create some space between the chains and make that side of your shawl stretch better together with the rest of your shawl.
19” x 64” (48cm x 163cm)
15 DC stitches x 9 rows = 4” (10cm) in pattern.
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)
DC = double crochet
Pf st = puff stitch
Sk = skip
Puff Stitch in this pattern: Yarn over, insert your hook in the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop to the height of a double crochet, yarn over, insert your hook into the same stitch and pull up another loop to the same height, yarn over and insert your hook again into the same stitch and pull up a loop. You should have 7 loops on your hook now. Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook. Ch 1 to secure the Puff stitch. (you can watch the video demonstration below)
Ch 73 (or any odd number if you like to make it wider or narrower, e.g. 71, 73, 75, 77 etc)
Row 1: Pf st in fourth Ch from hook, *sk 1, Pf st in next**, repeat from * to ** across the row. DC in last Ch. Ch 2 and turn. (35 Pf sts, not counting turning chain and last DC)
Row 2: DC in first st (on top of Puff St in previous row) and into every stitch across the row (including the Ch 1 between the Puff stitches). Work the last DC into the turning chain. Ch 2 and turn. (71)
Row 3: Pf st in first st (on top of the second DC in previous row), *sk 1, Pf st in next**, repeat from * to ** across the row. DC in last St (turning Ch). Ch 2 and turn. (35 Pf sts, not counting turning chain and last DC)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the desired length of your shawl.
I have 143 rows and finished with the same stitch (Puff st row) and same colour I started with.
Fasten off and weave in all ends with the yarn needle.
Note: If you’re using Caron Skinny Cakes yarn or any other yarn that changes colour – pay attention to those colour changes when you start a new skein. If you like a symmetrical flow of colour then make sure you start from the same colour you have just finished with. There is an order to the colour change in this yarn – a few rows of dark grey followed by a few rows of light grey, then white followed by cream and white again. If you started the first skein from the centre then you should start the second one from the centre too in order to maintain the same flow of colours.
Same goes for the finish: if you started with white and would like to finish with white then make sure to look for that colour change when you get closer to your desired length and plan ahead. But of course you don’t have to! As long as you’re happy with the way it looks 🙂
I hope you enjoyed making this shawl!