Beautiful Free Lacy Crochet Shawl – crochet pattern

Free lacy crochet shawl pattern for women that uses gradient yarn cake. Unusual construction with triangle in the middle and lacy border shells.


I simply love this lacy crochet shawl – my Peafowl Feathers Shawl- is a free crochet pattern from previous blog.

Have a read through the design process, choosing a yarn cake or scroll down for the free lacy crochet shawl pattern.

This is a beautiful crochet shawl that I love wearing. It has a simple triangle in the middle that makes this a modern crochet shawl.

Paired with a beautiful lacy shell border, it really sets this pattern off!

It is a truly versatile lacy crochet shawl that you can wear for any occasion. Because of its light fabric, you can also wear it all year round. Lightly draped over your shoulders in warmer months or bunched up around your neck in winter.

lacy crochet shawl showing the border

Crochet Peafowl Feathers Shawl Design Process

The design process behind this lacy crochet shawl pattern wasn’t easy. I made some wrong colour choices which just destroyed the design. But luckily it all worked out in the end so I am happy to share this lacy crochet shawl pattern with you.

I had a custom yarn cake made but being a novice to handmade yarn cakes I chose colours that were too contrasting and the design just did not work. The colour changes were too obvious and not transitional enough that it actually spoilt the design.

LACY CROCHET SHAWL CONSTRUCTION

The lacy crochet shawl has a slightly unusual construction. I started with working a triangle motif where I worked around all three sides of the triangle.

After I reached the required size, I worked the border around 2 sides. This is to increase the finished width of this lacy crochet shawl.

I had this idea of a slightly unusual construction in my head for a while. The yarn colours I have chosen reminded me of a peacock. That has inspired me to add a feather like border using lacy crochet stitches.

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lacy crochet shawl

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MATERIALS

3-ply weight yarn cake, 160g @ 800 metres (I have purchased my yarn cake from a maker that is no longer in business, but here are some great ones on Etsy you can check out – CLICK HERE)

4 mm crochet hook

tapestry needle

scissors

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TENSION

21 dc worked over 12 rows measures 10 cm square using 4 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

LACY CROCHET SHAWL FINISHED SIZE

120 cm wingspan, 78 cm depth

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US crochet terms)

mc- magic circle

ch- chain stitch

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

tr- treble treble crochet

sl st- slip stitch

beg- beginning

ch-sp – chain space

st- stitch

rep- repeat

prev- previous

rnd- round

blo– back loop only

PATTERN NOTES

The shawl starts with triangle motif worked into magic circle. The triangle forms main body of the shawl. The border is then worked across the 2 sides of the triangle leaving the 3rd side unworked which makes the triangle wider on 2 sides and creates a lovely triangular shawl shape.

It uses rows of double crochet and rows of 1 dc and 1 ch-sp. The ch-sp in lacy rows counts as 1 st throughout the pattern.

lacy crochet shawl construction sketch
lacy crochet shawl pattern

LACY CROCHE SHAWL MAIN PATTERN

Start pattern by creating a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc throughout the pattern), 4 dc, (3 ch, 5 dc) twice, 3 ch, sl st to top of beg 3 ch to join. 15 dc

Rnd 2: 3 ch, *1 dc in blo in each st across until next 3 ch-sp, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp; rep from * around, sl st to top of beg 3 ch to join. 27 dc

Rnd 3: as Rnd 2. 39 dc

Rnd 4: 4 ch (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch-sp), miss next dc, [ *1 dc in next, 1 ch, miss next dc; rep from * across until next 3 ch-sp, work (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp, 1 ch ] rep around, sl st to top of beg 3 ch to join. 57 sts

Rnd 5: as Rnd 2. 69 sts

Rnd 6: as Rnd 2. 81 sts

Rnd 7: sl st to next st, 4 ch (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch-sp), miss next dc, [ *1 dc in next, 1 ch, miss next dc; rep from * across until next 3 ch-sp, work (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp, 1 ch ] rep around, sl st to top of beg 3 ch to join. 99 sts

Rnd 8& Rnd 9: as Rnd 2. 123 sts

Repeat Rnd 7- Rnd 9 for pattern 7 more times.

Rnd 31: as Rnd 7. 435 sts

STITCH COUNTS

ROUND NUMBER OF STITCHES
Rnd 8 111 sts
Rnd 9 123 sts
Rnd 10 141 sts
Rnd 11 153 sts
Rnd 12 165 sts
Rnd 13 183 sts
Rnd 14 195 sts
Rnd 15 207 sts
Rnd 16 225 sts
Rnd 17 237 sts
Rnd 18 249 sts
Rnd 19 267 sts
Rnd 20 279 sts
Rnd 21 291 sts
Rnd 22 309 sts
Rnd 23 321 sts
Rnd 24 333 sts
Rnd 25 351 sts
Rnd 26 363 sts
Rnd 27 375 sts
Rnd 28 393 sts
Rnd 29 405 sts
Rnd 30 417 sts
Rnd 31 435 sts

Fasten off. Join yarn in any corner 3 ch-sp.

Row 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc throughout), 2 dc in same 3 ch-sp, 1 dc in each st across until next 3 ch-sp, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp, 1 dc in each st across until next 3 ch-sp, 3 dc in next 3 ch-sp, turn leaving the 3rd side of the triangle unworked, cont pattern in rows across 2 sides of triangle. 300 sts

Row 2: 4 ch (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch-sp), miss the st at the bottom of 4 ch, *(1 dc in next, 1 ch, miss next st) rep until next 3 ch-sp, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp, 1 ch; rep from * across the 2nd side until last st, 1 ch, 1 dc in last st, turn. 308 sts

Row 3: 3 ch, 1 dc in next 1 ch-sp, 1 dc in each st across until next 3 ch-sp, (2 dc, 3 ch, 2 dc) in next 3 ch-sp, 1 dc in each st to end, turn. 312 sts

Repeat Row 2 & Row 3 for pattern 4 more times. 

STITCH COUNTS

ROW NUMBER OF STITCHES
Row 4 320
Row 5 324
Row 6 332
Row 7 336
Row 8 344
Row 9 348
Row 10 356
Row 11 360

Do not fasten off, cont pattern with border.

BORDER PATTERN

The border consists of small quarter circles worked straight onto the shawl in 5 rows.

1ST MOTIF

Set Up Loop: 3 ch, miss the st at the bottom of 3 ch and next st, 1 tr in next, do not turn, sl st into the loop just created.

Row 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 8 dc in same loop, miss 2 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn. 9 dc

Row 2: 4 ch (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch-sp), *1 dc in next, 1 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc in last st, turn.

Row 3: 5 ch (counts as 1 dc + 2 ch-sp), *1 dc in next dc, 2 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc into top of beg 3 ch, miss 5 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn.

Row 4: 6 ch (counts as 1 dc + 3 ch-sp), *1 dc in next dc, 3 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc into 3rd ch of beg 5 ch, turn.

Row 5: sl st into 1st 3 ch-sp, *(1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc) in 3 ch-sp; rep from * across, miss 5 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn.

SECOND MOTIF

Set Up Loop: working into the sts of the shell created in Row 5 of the previous motif, 3 sl st into middle dc, turn, miss 2 sts from main row, 1 tr into next st, do not turn, sl st into the loop just created.

Row 1: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 8 dc in same loop, miss 2 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn. 9 dc

Row 2: 4 ch (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch-sp), *1 dc in next, 1 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc in last st, sl st into middle dc of 2nd shell of previous motif, turn.

Row 3: 5 ch (counts as 1 dc + 2 ch-sp), *1 dc in next dc, 2 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc into top of beg 3 ch, miss 5 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn.

Row 4: 6 ch (counts as 1 dc + 3 ch-sp), *1 dc in next dc, 3 ch; rep from *  7 times, 1 dc into 3rd ch of beg 5 ch, sl st into middle dc of 3rd shell of previous motif, turn.

Row 5: sl st into first 3 ch-sp, *(1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc) in 3 ch-sp; rep from * across, miss 5 sts from main row, sl st in next, turn.

Repeat pattern for 2nd motif 8 more time across the one side. Fasten off.

Join yarn in the top corner on the other side and repeat pattern. Do not fasten off.

lacy crochet shawl border motif stitch placement

BOTTOM MOTIF

Row 1: working into the sts of the last shell created in Row 5 of the previous motif, 3 sl st into middle dc, turn, working into 3 ch-sp at the bottom point of the shawl (2 ch, 1 dc) 3 times, 2 ch, sl st into middle dc of the shell of last motif on the other side, turn

Row2: 7 ch (counts as 1 tr + 3 ch), 1 tr in same stitch at the bottom of 7 ch, (3 ch, 1 tr in next dc) 3 times, 3 ch, 1 tr in middle dc of last shell worked into, 3 ch, 1 tr in same st, sl st into middle dc of next shell, turn

Row 3:  sl st into first 3 ch-sp, (1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc) into  each 3 ch-sp, sl st into middle dc of 2nd shell

Fasten off, sew in all ends and firmly block to dimensions.


Happy crocheting! I hope you enjoyed the pattern.

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Check out the blog for more free patterns! I think you will like my Beatrix Shawl – crochet triangle shawl pattern.

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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14 thoughts on “Beautiful Free Lacy Crochet Shawl – crochet pattern

  1. Just a quick and stupid question. What does blo in the instructions mean? I am experienced in crocheting, but I have not seen this abbreviation before, so was unsure of what it means.

    1. Hi Sharon, I believe Kathryn no longer offers yarn cakes, however if you search “gradient yarn cake” on Etsy there is a lot of options.

  2. Hi, Veronika, thank you your beautiful patterns!

    I love crochet shawls and this one is my next work!

    Have a nice week!

    Marianne

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