Shawl Crochet Pattern

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Imagery and text courtesy of How to Crochet by Emma Varnam, published by GMC Publications.

There is nothing more glamorous for an evening outfit than a pretty lace shawl.

This shawl crochet pattern is deceptively simple and would make a beautiful gift, perhaps for a bride who might appreciate a handmade something to cover her shoulders.

Shawl Crochet Pattern

You Will Need

5.5 chain loops and 12 rows to 4 inches (10 centimetres) over chain stitch using 4 millimetre hook. Use a larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain the correct tension.

Finished Size
56 inches (142.5 centimetres) wide and 20.5 inches (52 centimetres) high

Techniques Used

  • Slip stitch (sl st) (see below)
  • Double crochet (dc) (see below)

How to Make


  • Row 1: Using 4mm hook and A, ch 6 sts. Join to create a loop by working 1 dc into the first ch, turn.
  • Row 2: Ch 6, 1 dc in 1st of 6 ch, 5 ch, 1 dc into the ch loop of the first row, turn (2 ch loops).
  • Row 3: Ch 6, 1 dc in 1st of 6 ch, (5 ch, 1 dc into the next ch loop of the previous row) twice, turn (3 ch loops).
  • Row 4: Ch 6, 1 dc in 1st of 6 ch, (5 ch, 1 dc into the next ch loop of the previous row) three times, turn (4 ch loops).
  • Row 4 forms the pattern. Rep for each row, increasing the number of times the stitches in brackets are worked by one rep for each row. Rep until 69 rows have been worked. Do not break the yarn.


  • Next row: Ch 4, 1 dc in 1st of 4 ch, (4 ch, 1 dc into the next ch loop of the previous row), rep to end of row, do not turn. (This forms the top edge of the shawl.) Without breaking the yarn, work 4 tr in each ch loop along the diagonal side to base point (row 1) and then work 4 tr in each ch loop along the next diagonal side. Join with a sl st to the 2nd ch of turning ch, turn.
  • Next row: Ch 4, sl st in tr at base of ch, *1 dc in each of next 3 tr, 4 ch, sl st in tr at base of ch; rep from * along diagonal edges until you reach top edge of shawl.
    Fasten off and weave in ends.


Block the shawl by pinning it out into an even triangle and lightly spraying it with water. Leave to dry for 24 hours.

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Slip Stitch (sl st)

This stitch is the most basic stitch. It has no height and is often used to join rounds together. It is also useful for adding decoration and for attaching two pieces of crochet together.

1. Insert the hook into a stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook.

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2. Draw the loop through the stitch and the loop on the hook.

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3. Continue in this way to make the required number of slip stitches.

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Double Crochet

Double crochet is the shortest and most basic stitch that is used to make a crochet fabric. Once you have mastered this lovely dense stitch, you will be all set to start making a wide range of beautiful crochet projects.

Double crochet is a short stitch that makes a dense fabric perfect for creating toys, accessories and homeware items that might take a bit of wear and tear.

My advice to the novice crocheter would be to begin by making a simple double-crochet cover for something, such as the tablet cover.

During the process you will get used to holding the hook and making loops. You’ll find holding the yarn will come to feel less fiddly, and you will soon end up with a useful new accessory.

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How to get Straight Edges

Many beginners find it frustrating that their crochet does not end up with straight edges – they seem to magically add stitches without understanding why or how. To avoid this happening you need to make the right number of turning chains at the beginning of each row. This forms the edge for you to make your new row next to. For double crochet you need to make just one turning chain (see below) but for taller stitches you will need more.

To get straight edges you also need to place your first proper stitch into the correct stitch of the previous row. For double crochet, the first stitch of a row is always worked into the stitch at the base of the turning chain.

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Making Double Crochet (dc)

1. Make a chain to the length required in the pattern you are following. With the right side of the chain facing you locate the second chain from the hook.


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2. Insert the hook through the centre of this chain stitch. Push the hook underneath and then around the yarn. This is called yarn over hook.

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3. Catch the yarn with your hook and pull it through the chain stitch only. This means that you will now have two loops on your hook.

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4. Yarn over hook (push the hook underneath and then around the yarn).

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5. Pull yarn through both the loops on the hook, leaving one loop on the hook. This is the first double-crochet stitch.

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6. Continue to work one double-crochet stitch into each chain stitch (steps two to five) until your first row of double-crochet stitches is complete. Note that the total number of stitches will be one fewer than the chain-stitch count.

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7. Turn the work so that the crochet you have just made is in your free hand and the reverse side is facing you. Then chain one stitch. This is the turning chain.

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8. Work a second row of double crochet by inserting the hook under the top two threads of the first row of double-crochet stitches (these strands will look like a V-shape). Turn your work and repeat until your piece is the size required.

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