These easy crochet shawl patterns can add elegance, warmth, or style to your wardrobe. A handmade shawl is a simple crochet project that you’ll wear for years to come. Enjoy choosing from these 25 free crochet shawl patterns to find the perfect design for you!
Types of Crochet Shawls
Crochet shawls come in a wide variety of different styles and types. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of 25 of our favorite free crochet shawl patterns, so you can choose one that suits you best!
Whether you’re looking for a lacy, airy, cool-weather shawl or a chunky, warm design, the options for crochet shawls are nearly endless.
In the list below, you’ll find shawls with pockets, cozy wraps, lacy bridesmaid shawls, and more.
Supplies You’ll Need for Making Crochet Shawls
For many crochet shawls, all you’ll need is your yarn, hook, and a pair of scissors. Yarn and hook sizes can vary considerably depending on the shawl pattern, so be sure to check for suggested yarn weights and hook sizes for the pattern you choose. We’ve included suggested yarns in each pattern for your convenience, but feel free to substitute them with a similar yarn of your choice.
This simple triangle shawl is perfect for beginners. Simply repeat the row until your shawl reaches your desired size. If you haven’t used a crochet chart before, watch the video to learn how to do so.
This cozy wrap shawl is designed to stretch about 8 feet long and 2 feet wide. It’s made of three crocheted triangles that are seamed together. It’s super easy, and you’ll be wearing this comfy accessory all winter long!
Use the moss stitch and V-stitches to make this trapezoid-shaped crochet shawl. This pattern includes instructions for two different sizes. Choose whether you want a warmer, DK-weight shawl or a light, fingering-weight version.
This lacy shawl pattern comes with a variety of options to allow it to blend into a wedding with elegance. The pattern includes sizes from extra-small to extra-large, making it ideal for the whole party, from flower girl to bridesmaid. The suggested Palette yarn also comes in 150 colors, so you have plenty of choices for matching your bridesmaid dresses.
This modern, striped wrap is worked as a triangle from side to side, giving it a unique style of its own. Drape it over your shoulders or wrap it around you like a scarf – the choice is yours! This wrap uses a combination of light and medium-weight yarn.
This shawl is made with a color-changing yarn, so you can just keep crocheting without having to switch in the middle or worry about tied ends. It’s great for beginners, and the repetitive pattern is perfect for taking your project with you for some mindless stitching wherever you go.
Here are a few tips for your next crochet shawl project.
Choose the right fiber/yarn weight.
Before you purchase your yarn, you’ll want to think about the purpose of your shawl. Will it be a fashionable addition to your outfit in the cool spring or autumn breeze? Maybe a chunky, cozy, blanket-like wrap for the colder months? Or, perhaps, you want an airy, lacy shrug for dressing up.
Many lacy patterns will require a fingering-weight yarn, while the warmer options will fare much better with bulky yarn. Still, there are plenty of shawls that will work up best with a DK or medium-weight yarn. Be sure to take note of the suggested yarn weight on your pattern for best results.
Keep track of stitches and repeats with markers and row counters.
It can be easy to lose count when you’re crocheting row after row of similar stitches. Make use of stitch markers and row counters to easily track how many stitches and rows you’ve made. This way, you’ll avoid ending up with a slightly crooked shawl.
Use crochet blocking for a professional finish.
Blocking is the method of using water to shape your crochet project to achieve a more professional finish. You can use blocking tools to stretch your shawl to the correct shape. Then, pin and dampen the fabric and let it dry (overnight is best).
Here are some frequently asked questions about making crochet shawls and wraps.
How long should a crochet rectangle shawl be?
A common length for rectangle crochet shawls is approximately 60”. However, you’ll find lengths vary by pattern. Some patterns suggest crocheting until the rectangle is the same as your wingspan, while others are designed to be even longer.
What are the different types of crochet shawls?
If you’re not a regular shawl-wearer, you might be surprised at the many different types of shawls as well as the many ways to wear them! The most common types of crochet shawls include triangle shawls (often worked as one large triangle) or rectangular shawls.
In the list above, you’ll find everything from easy rectangular crochet shawl patterns (worked top down, side-to-side, or in multiple pieces) to free crochet triangle shawl patterns to fancy, lacy bridesmaid styles, and more!
How do you wear a crochet shawl or wrap?
Shawls can generally be worn in a variety of different ways. Try wearing your shawl over your shoulders like a sweater, wrapping it around your neck like a scarf, or tying it in the front.
How many hours does it take to crochet a shawl?
A shawl is an excellent medium-sized project, taking more time than a crochet dishcloth but significantly less than a full-size crocheted blanket.
Though it varies by pattern and skill level, a crochet shawl generally takes anywhere from two hours to eight hours to complete. Shawls made with bulky yarn will work up quicker than shawls made with lace weight or fingering weight yarn.
How much yarn do I need to crochet a shawl?
Most crochet shawl patterns require 3-4 skeins of yarn. Make sure to check the instructions on your pattern to ensure that you’ll have enough yarn to complete your project. It’s no fun to run out of yarn!
For your convenience, you’ll find links for suggested yarns for each of the projects above, so you can simply click your favorite color and order!
More Free Crochet Patterns
Here are a few more crochet patterns you may be interested in.
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