A Simple Crochet Shawl

I wanted a simple shawl, one that wasn’t fancy and frilly but still had a little border to give it a bit of something extra.  One I could wear everyday with jeans and would coordinate with lots of things.


This was made with 3 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue.  The main triangle was done with a J hook, and the border was with a H hook. It measures about 63 inches across the top, maybe a bit more depending on how much it is stretched when measuring.

The pattern is pretty simple.

Row 1
Make a sliding ring, ch3 (the first ch is to secure the loop) and make 3 hdc into the ring.  Close the ring.  Ch2, turn (ch2 does not count as a stitch). (3 sts)

Row 2
2hdc in the first st, hdc in the second st, 2hdc in the last.  Ch2, turn. (5 sts)

Row 3
Hdc in first st.  2 hdc in second st, hdc in each st across up to the last 2 sts of the row.  2 hdc in the second to last st, hdc in the last st.  Ch2, turn. (7 sts)

Repeat row 3 …  I continued until I had 171 stitches across (I counted twice, hope I got that right!).  Do not end off. (each row will increase 2 sts)

Just Right Crochet Shawl Border

For the border:

Still using the J hook.
Ch1.  Sc evenly along the side edge, making 1 sc in the smaller holes that are closer to the edge, and 2sc in each of the larger, deeper in holes.  3 sc in the point, then continue along the other side.  3sc in the top corner.  Sc in each hdc along the top edge, and 3sc in the last hdc.  Slpst to the first sc, end off.  (this is where I changed to the 3rd skein, it was getting near the end and I wasn’t sure there was enough left to do the whole border)

Switch to the H hook.
With right side facing, attach with a standing trc in the center sc of the 3sc upper left corner.  Trc in the same sp.
[Ch1, skip 1 st, trc in the next 2 sts] repeat until you reach the 3sc at the point.  At the point, trc in the first sc of the 3sc point, trc, ch3, trc in the center sc of the point, trc in the 3rd sc of the point.  Trc in the next st.
[Ch1, trc in the next 2 sts] along the other side, ending at the upper right corner with 2trc in the center sc of that corner.  Ch1, turn.

Sc in each st and in each ch1 space.  5 sc in the ch3 point.  Continue to the last trc.  Ch2, turn.

Hdc in the first 2 sts.  Ch3, slpst to the front top loop of the hdc (picot made).  [Hdc in the next 3 sts, picot] along the side up to the center of the 5sc of the point.  Hdc, picot, hdc in the center st of the 5sc point.  [Hdc in the next 3 sts, picot] along the remaining side.  End off.  Weave in the ends and enjoy!

Just Right Crochet Shawl 2



30 thoughts on “A Simple Crochet Shawl

  1. I ordered 12 skeins of yarn as this is the perfect item to make for my the four ladies I have Christmas Dinner with. The blue color could not be better for everyday use. Thank you ever so much for sharing the pattern with us.


  2. Row 3
    Hdc in first st. 2 hdc in second st and each st across up to the last 2 sts of the row. 2 hdc in the second to last st, hdc in the last st. Ch2, turn.

    is that 2 hdc in each stitch across?


      1. You read it right, I had a mistake in the pattern. I have edited it now so it is clearer. If anyone spots any other errors please let me know.


  3. I expect to receive 15 skeins of the same yarn you used this Friday. I hope I will have sufficient time to make 5 of these for XMass Day Dinner. I have 5 adult women who attend and every year I make something for them. It is a hit having a man make something and all look forward to it. I have been actively looking for something appropriate and this goes so very well with jeans (something almost everyone wears time to time) and the temperature in AZ is about perfect for a shall at night right now.


      1. You could use an L or M hook and hold two strands as one, to make it go faster. The beauty of a pattern like this one is that gauge doesn’t matter, as long as you’re making a fabric you like, and Caron Simply Sift doubled-up makes a lovely, squishy fabric.


      2. Thanks for the suggestion — I will try that in the next one — I am on my 2nd one and nearly finished with this one.


  4. One of the ladies at my church would like to have something made to cover her legs when she’s up on the altar and wearing a dress do you think this can be used for that also . Sort of like a lap afghan ?


      1. Yes i was thinking she could use it as both a shawl and to cover herself when sitting and wearing a dress ! Either way I’m making it and love this easy pattern thanks


  5. I’m making this for Mother’s Day, and I’ve finished the main shawl, but am having some trouble determining where to put my hook for the single crochets for the border. I’m very confused by “making 1 sc in the smaller holes closer to the edge and 2sc in the deeper holes”. Also, how do you get 3sc into the point?


    1. The first row of the border, you are crocheting into the sides of stitches rather then the top. If you look at it, there are openings along the side. I chose a smaller opening that was closer to the edge to do one sc, and another opening that was farther in from the edge to do 2sc. You can experiment and see what gives you an even edge.


  6. Im just finishing up this gorgeous shawl but I used a Caron one pounder in midnight navy. This made it thicker.. and it is about 3 inches shorter in legth.My question.. is what are the depth measurements? Not how long it is at the top, but how long is it supposed to be from the top to the bottom???


    1. Make sure that you are increasing at the beginning and end of each row (2sts in the 2nd stitch and 2nd to last stitch of each row). It has been a while since I made it, but I seem to remember that early on it was more like V, and I was concerned, but it worked out as it grew.


  7. I loveeeeee this shawl but it is turning out to be a very skinny triangle are you sure there weren’t more stitches to each row? would really like to do this. but if I keep going like I am according to the instructions its not going to widen out until I get almost to the top it will be too long of a v to fit anyone. thanks so much.


    1. Make sure that you are doing the increases correctly, there should be 2 hdc in the 2nd stitch of every row and 2 hdc in the 2nd to last stitch of every row (once you have done the first 2 rows as those direct), you may be missing a stitch so that it isn’t increasing properly.


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