really easy crochet shawl pattern



I learned to crochet when I was ten. Even though I think of myself as more of a knitter now, I also still love to crochet. I think it's the easiest place for the newly yarn-smitten to begin, and for me, it's always a calm and quiet place to go back to when I need something more meditative for my busy hands and mind.

My friend Denise asked me to teach her how to make a simple triangle shawl last week, and although she understood what I showed her, she knew she might forget once she got home. She asked me to write it out for her, and I thought I might as well share it here too.

This pattern has only been proofed by me, so you are my test crocheters. If you catch any mistakes, please let me know Your gentle feedback regarding clarity will also be appreciated. Once I know it's all okay, I'll post a printer friendly version on Ravelry for you. For now, here you go!

This is a super simple granny triangle with some extra increases to make it nice and wide.
After the third row, it’s just a one-row repeat, making it easy to memorize.
This is a great project for beginners, or for anyone who wants an uncomplicated piece to work on almost anywhere. It makes a great comfort/prayer shawl.

Denise's Shawl
(Easy Wide Wingspan Crochet Shawl)

Worsted Weight (#4) yarn, about 600-800 yards
Size J (6mm) crochet hook

The pattern is written in US terms.

Abbreviations:
Slip Knot
Stitch (st)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)

Note:
All stitches are made along the two bottom edges of the triangle. Place a stitch marker or scrap of contrasting yarn in the top edge, to help you remember not to crochet along that side.

Set-up:
make a slip knot, ch4, join with ss in first ch, to form a ring
ch5, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) all in ring
ch5, turn


Row 1:
3dc in first stitch (at base of ch5)
ch1, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3 sp (this is the bottom corner of the triangle)
ch1, 3dc in ch5 sp at the end of the row
ch5, turn


Row 2:
3dc in first st
ch1, 3dc in next ch1 sp, ch1
(3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3 sp
ch1, 3dc in next ch1 sp
ch1, 3dc in ch5 sp
ch5, turn


Row 3:
3dc in first st
(ch1, 3dc in each ch1 sp) to bottom corner
ch1, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3 sp
(ch1, 3dc in each ch1 sp) to last 3 dc
ch1, 3dc in ch5 sp
ch5, turn


Repeat Row 3 until shawl is desired size. Finish by just stopping after a completed row, or save enough yarn to add a fancy border or fringe.

That's it!

I made the shawl below (also shown at the top of the page) with a plain edge, meaning I worked the pattern without any changes until I ran out of yarn. No fancy edging on this one. The yarn here is Lyon Brand's Ferris Wheel, in Cherry On Top. I used three balls, totaling 810 yards.


If you make one, I'd love to know how it turns out. Enjoy!

xo Kim

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