5 Best Shawl Crochet Patterns

Spring and summer, with their combinations of sunny days and cool breezes, are the perfect seasons for shawls! Shawls are great for fickle weather because you can wrap them snuggly around your neck to ward off a chill, then drape them loosely over your shoulders when the sun comes out. If you’re hoping to crochet a brand new shawl, here are some of our favorite patterns for spring and summer.

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The Amethyst Smoke Shawl is an elegant and airy design crocheted in Frolicking Feet. The body of the shawl is created with easy chains and single crochet stitches, and double crochet clusters form the wavy edging. That means two gorgeous stitch patterns in one springy shawl!

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Tunisian crocheters will love the Raspberry Iced Tea Shawl. The extended stitches make it light and wispy, while the bobble fringe gives it an extra dose of fun. Crocheted with Irish Jig by Interlacements, this piece even has a touch of sparkle so it’ll easily take you from day to night.

Olive Twist

The Olive Twist Shawl comes in a handy kit, making your yarn selection easy. Using the right fiber is essential for this crisp summery shawl, and Creative Linen does just the trick. Get this unique filigreed look by crocheting large chain loops and twisting them during the next row. If this technique sounds new to you, our free picture tutorial will show you how it’s done!

Sonoma

If you love texture, the Sonoma Shawl will be right up your alley. The puff stitches are arranged in a cool geometric design, and they really set this shawl apart. I wear my Sonoma Shawl wrapped around my neck like a cowl when it’s chilly, but drape it loosely over your shoulders and you’re ready for summer!

Mandala

Finally, the Mandala Shawl is an irresistible accessory that I can’t get out of my mind. The circular motifs are created with broomstick lace worked in the round (intriguing!), and the alpaca and silk yarn feels heavenly to the touch. The motifs are joined as you go, so you won’t have to worry about stitching them all together at the end.

Are you ready for shawl season? Which one of these 5 patterns is your favorite? Tell us your thoughts here or on Facebook – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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National Crochet Month – Crochet deals!

As we’ve mentioned (AKA been screaming from the rooftops), March is National Crochet Month, a wonderful excuse to celebrate all things crochet! Of course, we never need an excuse to celebrate this fun and fabulous craft, but it’s great to have the entire month to connect with fellow crocheters and gush about notions, patterns, yarns, and other goodies.

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Which block is your favorite?

Speaking of gushing, we have several amazing deals in the Crochet and Knit Shop in honor of National Crochet Month! First, did you know you can get the entire 2014 Year of Yarn Blanket pattern (that means all 12 blocks!) for only $2.99? This phenomenal deal is for a limited time, so grab this collection of skill-building block patterns  right away! If you missed the  Year of Yarn blocks in 2014, they are a great way to practice new techniques while crocheting a unique sampler throw.

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Learn the start stitch with the Mulberry Stitch Sampler Scarf!

For another fun way to build your crochet skills, the Skill-building Crochet Pattern Bundle features 3 gorgeous patterns that will teach you clever new techniques. Celebrate National Crochet Month by learning to crochet cables, work the star stitch, or work the half double crochet in several different ways.

Blooming Crochet Hats
Hats for the whole family

Or, since spring is just around the corner, celebrate with Blooming Crochet Hats and stitch up a pretty floral design you can wear all year round. This fun book features 10 interchangeable motifs, so you can mix and match to design the hat of your dreams.

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A great design for spring and summer

Finally, I think we should all use National Crochet Month as an excuse to treat ourselves to something crafty and special, and the Olive Twist Shawl is just that. The unique filigreed looks is created by twisted chains, giving this accessory an ornate look that balances the summery feel of the linen yarn. Both Kathy and I have crocheted this shawl, and we can’t recommend this pattern enough. The best part is that it comes in a handy kit, making your yarn selection a breeze. Choose from 5 classic, springy colors and get your Olive Twist Shawl kit while the deal lasts!

How are YOU celebrating National Crochet Month? Are you learning a new skill or teaching someone to crochet? Did you yarn bomb a public space or treat yourself to some new hooks? We’d love to hear what you’re doing, so let us know here or on Facebook. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Paris, here I come! Olive Twist Crochet Along is finished!

I have finished my Olive Twist shawlette (now a shawl), and it came out great! I’m really happy with the size and glad I stopped when I did. The pattern was really easy to follow, and who knows, maybe I will make another one for someone else. The final size of my shawl is 93” wide and 50” tall.

I noticed that my shawl definitely came out a little more open and airy than the one in the image for the pattern, and then it occurred to me — the dreaded gauge. I will admit right now, I just looked at the gauge in the pattern. I had looked at it when I first started, however, I completely forgot about it as I started working the pattern. The gauge for the pattern is 4 rows = 3″ (8cm). I had Jamie help me figure out what my gauge was, and it looks like my 4 rows equal about 3.5 – 4 inches. It still looks really nice, but it is a little more open than the original. Whoops.

20140801_093347mistake_smI did notice one other, itty-bitty mistake in my very last row when I was pinning it to block. It looks like in one stitch I did the 3 hdc, but then forgot to finish with the ch 2 and the next 3 hdc. I stared at it for a while, either hoping that A) It would magically fix itself if I stared at it long enough, or B) I could just accept my defeat of that one stitch and be proud of my accomplishment of the rest of my shawl. I chose B. It was a devastating feeling, but I decided to just go with it—no one will ever know. Well, except me and everyone that may be reading my blog post. You guys won’t tell, right?

While I was laying my shawl out on the floor to block, I had a million little pins holding it out which caused my husband to freak out a little. He was worried the kids, who are 11 and 8 years old, would wake up early and start playing/walking/running/jumping by it or on it, therefore causing a possible run to an urgent care center or just a lot of loud screaming and crying. So, I solved the problem by posting a sign to inform the aforementioned children of the dangers lying ahead. Since we didn’t hear any crying and/or screaming, I’m going to assume it worked.20140727_074922-blockingsm

20140801_092647~2_finalI love my shawl and cannot wait to wrap it around me as I make my way to London and Paris in a few weeks! This crochet along was super fun and I hope you enjoyed it too! I would love to see photos of your Olive Twist shawl. If you didn’t get to follow along, you can still purchase the kit online and make your own!

The end is near… and it’s not so bad

20140722_082256smI think I have finally reached a point in my Olive Twist shawlette that I feel is a good size. I’ve been showing the gals here at work how it fits, and we’ve all agreed that it’s probably a good time to stop. If I go any further, I risk having a triangular blanket instead of a shawl.

I’ve definitely made a few mistakes along the way, but managed to find them when I wasn’t too far into the next row. It still wasn’t fun to rip out the row, but if I didn’t, I knew it would end very, very badly. Since I’ve been working the same pattern, I am able to quickly find the mistake and start again.

shutterstock_163101590smThe shawl at this point is really beautiful—lacy, open, and very drape-y. I’m already imagining how it will look with my travel outfit, and if I’m imagining it right, then I will be the envy of everyone at the airport and they will all race over to me to find out where I bought it. Only then will I turn to them with my proud smile and say, “I made it.” I can already picture me flinging it over my shoulder as I walk along the Champs-Élysées. The shawl will just match the scenery of Paris so well, I’m pretty sure everyone will just assume I’m Parisian. Well, except for my really bad French accent…

How is your Olive Twist shawlette coming along? Or, have you finished yours already? We always love seeing what our readers make, so please feel free to share with us! If you didn’t get a chance to follow the Crochet Along and still want to make an Olive Twist shawlette, the kits are still available online. Make sure to download the Technique Tutorial as well to help you out!

Sleeping on the job — Olive Twist Crochet Along

I tried working on my Olive Twist shawlette over this 4th of July weekend during our little road trip, but realized very quickly that crocheting in the car puts me to sleep! The lull of the car, napping kids, and the repetitive pattern quickly overcame me. I managed to finish just one row before dozing off and slacking at my co-pilot duties. At the end of the road trip, I didn’t get as much done as I was wanting over this weekend. I’m hoping to finish some more rows this week and get an idea of what size I actually want my shawl to be.

20140707_073901_row28_smBy now, you might already be done with your Olive Twist shawlette. You only needed to go to row 24 and then crochet a few rows of the border and edging patterns to finish. I decided early on I wanted a larger shawl, so I’ve gone further on the main shawl pattern and I am now on row 28. It’s a pretty decent size, but I am looking for a larger shawl style for myself.

How is your Olive Twist coming along? Are you sticking with the pattern size or going further for a larger shawl like I am? Either way, you can still buy the kit online and start making your shawlette now!

Crochet Along – Olive Twist–Get Into the Groove!

So, I am finally on a roll with my stitch pattern for the Olive Twist shawlette… once I started paying attention to the text. I did, however, manage to mess up another row. I know, I know—shocker. Just FYI, if you don’t know already—on the odd rows with the [1 hdc, ch 9, 1 hdc] and shell stitches, you need to end on the shell stitch before the corner in order for the pattern to work because after you [1 hdc, ch 9] 3 times in the corner, you have to do the shell stitch again. Row 7 is where I messed up on that one. I didn’t do the [1 hdc, ch 9, 1 hdc] after chaining 10 and turning, so I only had one loop at the beginning of the row. As I was working through this with Jamie, our associate editor, she pointed out that this could be the problem. As she was holding the ch 10 loop, she said, “I think this guy needs a little buddy.”  I love easy-to-understand crochet vernacular such as this. Now, every time I get to an odd row, I remember “this little guy needs a little buddy” to keep me on track!

20140624_083815_row18smI’m up to row 18 now, and I’m feeling good! I really feel like I am (finally) getting into the groove of this pattern and can figure out when I’ve made a mistake.

I actually got more yarn for my shawlette than the pattern required, so my shawlette will be a little larger. I loved the pattern but wanted it to wrap around more. I’m planning to bring it with me on a trip in August, and I can’t wait to get to the edging and see the finished product. Hopefully, everything will work out and when everyone sees my fabulous shawl, they will want to make one too!

How is your project coming along? I hope you haven’t struggled as much as I have so far! If you do need some help, I’ve included a link for a Technique Tutorial for this pattern to help you out! If you haven’t started yet, there is still time to get your Olive Twist shawlette kit and start crocheting this beautiful project with us!

Crochet Along–Olive Twist Shawlette

OT_CAyarnFor the Olive Twist pattern, I decided to change up the color and chose Teal from Rowan’s Creative Linen yarns. They had so many beautiful colors, it was hard to choose. I may have to make more shawlettes so I can use the other colors! You still have time to buy the kit online and crochet along with us!

This is only the 2nd pattern I’ve ever followed and I’m going to tell you right now that I struggled with this pattern. Struggled. I was ready to give up.

And that was just Row 2.

I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what “turn work clockwise to twist loop” meant. Turn the whole work clockwise so I am working at the top of the project? How is that going to twist the loop? Turn clockwise? When do I stop turning the work? Where am I going to put the next stitch? I’m done. Done.

Jen, our editor, asked me how I was doing with my crochet along. She saw my dejected, frustrated, roll-my-eyes look and knew something was wrong. It took a few seconds to muster some strength, but I managed to explain how frustrated I was that I couldn’t get past row 2. I felt like a big loser—I couldn’t get past the second row of a crochet pattern.

I brought in my project and showed her where I was stuck. She took a look at my project and studied my stitches, looked at the pattern in the magazine, looked back at my stitches and quickly explained what I needed to do.

Instead of turning the ENTIRE project, which is what I had stuck in my head, Jen said, “just twist the loop.” That’s it? Twist the loop? You mean I racked my brain over this? It appears I wasn’t reading the first line of row 2 close enough—it said, “in loop sp, turn work clockwise to twist loop.” In loop space. Ohhhhhh…

20140602_141459_OTOk, note to my future crochet-pattern-reading self, read the entire line of the instruction closely and it will probably make more sense and save your crochet self esteem from future torment.

Once I (actually Jen) figured this out, the rest of it made sense. I’m up to Row 4 now and it is beginning to look like the beautiful shawl I saw when we photographed it for the Love of Crochet Summer issue.

20140612_172817_row4Finished_OTLet me know how your Olive Twist is coming along and whether or not you’ve had those stuck moments. I would love to know I’m not the only one!