I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I love making the switch to thinner yarns as the weather warms up. This pattern for a simple, lacy shawl uses an isosceles shape, which, in my opinion, gives you more styling options. You can wear this shawl as a scarf, loop it around your neck (with the ends tucked) as an infinity scarf, tie it as a shawl, or wrap it gracefully across your shoulders with a shawl pin.
It uses very basic stitches so it’s also a great lace pattern for a beginning crocheter (or, a great “binge watching” pattern for a more advanced crocheter).
Simple Lace Isosceles Shawl
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
- Adult: 63” (160 cm) wingspan x 8.25” (21 cm) spine before blocking; 67.5” (171.5 cm) wingspan x 9” (23 cm) spine after blocking.
- madelinetosh Prairie yarn (100% Merino wool, 840 yd/768 m) – 1 skein in Holi Festival, or approximately 525 yd (480 m) in any lace weight yarn.
- US SizeD-3/3.25 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 3 locking stitch markers.
- 26 dc = 4” (10 cm) across before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together – (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops) twice, yo and drawn through all 3 loops on hook.
- dc4tog – double crochet 4 stitches together – *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops; rep from * 3 more times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook.
- ea – each
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Pattern is written with U.S. abbreviations.
- Chain 2 at the beginning of rows DOES NOT count as a stitch.
- Exact gauge is not important for this pattern. Choose a hook that is slightly larger than what is recommended for the yarn to open up the lace.
- If you’re new to working with lace yarn, read 4 Tips for Crocheting with Thin Yarns and Threads for the First Time.
- Ch 3.
- Row 1: Turn, sk 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, place marker 1 in same ch to mark point. (3 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st and next st, 2 dc in next st. (4 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st and ea st across.
- Row 4: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in next st. (5 sts)
Increase towards midpoint
- Row 5: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st and in ea ch-1 sp and dc across.
- Row 6: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st and in ea st across to last, 2 dc in last st. (Increase by 1 st to even count)
- Row 7: Rep Row 3.
- Row 8: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across to last st, ch 1, dc in same st. (Increase by 1 st to odd count)
- Rep Rows 5-8 until shawl measures approximately 30” (76 cm), or about just under half of desired unblocked length, ending after Row 8.
- Row 9: Rep Row 5.
- Row 10: Rep Row 3, place marker 2 in last st to mark midpoint.
- Row 11: Rep Row 3.
- Row 12: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
Decrease to endpoint
- Row 13: Rep Row 5.
- Row 14: Ch 2, dc in same st and ea st across to last 2 sts, dc2tog. (Decrease by 1 st to even count)
- Row 15: Rep Row 5.
- Row 16: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st; rep from * across to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk 2 sts, dc in next st. (Decrease by 1 st to odd count)
- Rep Rows 13-16 until only 5 sts remain, ending after Row 16.
- Row 17: Rep Row 5.
- Row 18: Turn, ch 2, dc in same st and next 2 sts, dc2tog.
- Row 19: Turn, ch 2, dc4tog, place marker 3 at top of dc4tog to mark endpoint. Do not fasten off.
- Turn to work along angled edge. Move marker up ea row.
- Row 1: (Right Side) Ch 1, sc in marked st, 3 sc in side of ea row across to marker 2, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in side of marked row, move marker 2 to ch-2 sp, 3 sc in side of ea row across to marker 1, sc in marked st. (Mult of 3 sts + ch-2 sp)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts;** rep from * across to ch 2 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2) in ch-2 sp, move up marker 2 to ch-3 sp, sk 2 sts, rep from * to ** across to last 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp;** rep from * across to st before ch-3 sp, sc in next st, (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in ch-3 sp, rep from * to ** across to last 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.
- Spray block to open lace. If you’re new to blocking, read Blocking Basics for Crocheters and Knitters.
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