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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sweet and Simple Shawl

Sweet and Simple Shawl
by Elizabeth Mareno 2008

Skill: Beginner
Finished Size: 24"W x 60"L (sample size-this pattern is designed to accomodate whatever length you want to finish with)

350g/12.25oz of #3/Light Yarn (Used: Patons Astra- Dark Tan)
G hook
Lg Eye Needle for finishing
*corrections in red*

ch91*1- sc in 2nd ch from hook, (ch3, sk 2ch, sc in next ch) across to last 2sc, ch3, sk next ch, sc in last ch (30-ch3)
2- ch4(cts as dc, ch1), turn, (sc in ch3, ch1, dc in next sc, ch1) repeat 39 times, sc in ch3, ch1, dc in last sc. (31dc)
3- ch1, turn, sc in dc, (ch3,sk sc-ch1-sc, sc in next dc) across, sc in 3rd ch of ch4 from prev row (30-ch3)

**Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length is reached.**

Update10/18/10: I have had a lot of people requesting simplification of this pattern. So, I am adding a "Super Simplified Version" of this pattern here. This is for the super duper 'beginning' beginner crocheters OR those that just don't "get" what the heck I'm trying to say! LOL :)
Also, a clarification on fit: When you are making this, the 24 Wide is how wide this will be from your neck to your waist, not shoulder to shoulder. You are making this as long as you want so that it will wrap around you. I finished my original pattern off @ 5 feet long. You can make yours any length you want.
Happy Crocheting!

In Row 1, after you have chained the 91, you need to single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Then the series of stitches in the () need to be repeated across the length of the beginning chain. They go like this: (chain 3, skip 2 chains, single crochet in the next chain); keep doing this until you get to the very last 2 chains, then chain 3 one more time, skip a chain and single crochet in the last chain. (you should have 30 chain 3 spaces)

Row 2, chain 4 to start your row. (This will count as a double crochet AND a chain 1). turn your work, (single crochet in the chain 3 from the previous row, chain 1, double crochet in the very next single crochet from the row below, and chain 1 again), Do this series of stitches a total of 39 times, then single crochet in the last chain 3 space from the row below, do one more chain1 and double crochet in the last single crochet. (you should have a total of 31 double crochets in this row)

Row 3, chain 1 to start your row and turn your work. Single crochet in the first double crochet. This will be the stitch that you chained your 1 off of to start your row. Then (chain 3, skip over the next single crochet, the next chain 1 AND the next single crochet*so you will have skipped 2 single crochets and the chain*, you will put a single crochet into the next double crochet) repeat this across the row, then single crochet into the 3rd chain from your chain 4 from the row below.

You will then repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as it takes for you to achieve the length that you want.

CLICK HERE to go to bizzycrochet.com and pick up the picture tutorial and pattern breakdown for this pattern.



uncannytraveler said...

Hello! I really like your crocheting! but i was curious to what cts as dc stood for in this pattern. If you could help me I would greatly appreciate it! thank you!

Biz said...

"Counts as double crochet"

Happy Crocheting!

uncannytraveler said...

...oh.... haha :) thank you!

Renee' said...

ohoh gonna do this one tonight :) Thanks :)

carolove2step said...

Could you please tell what you use the large eye needle for finishing for

Biz said...

Carol- The large eye needle is used for weaving in the long ends you wind up with in the beginning and tie off. As well as, any long ends left over from tying a skein in.

Grammy2 said...

Hi - I am having trouble understanding Row 3. Could you break it down a little further.


Biz said...

This is for Grammy2:
3- ch1, turn, sc in dc, (ch3,sk sc-ch1-sc, sc in next dc) across, sc in 3rd ch of ch4 from prev row (30-ch3)

You will ch1 and turn your work. You will put a sc in your very first dc, which is what you just ended row 2 with. Then you will chain 3, skip the next series of stitches from row 2, which is the sc-ch1-sc and you will put another sc into the next dc. This will create some open loops that you will fill up on the next row.

Let me know if you need any further clarification. :)

Happy Crocheting!

shannon91277 said...

I am so confused. I've been staring at this pattern since about 8:00 last night. And I can not figure out how to start #2. No matter how I do it, it doesn't look anywhere NEAR right. I got the "Ch90" part down, I got step 1 done, I get to step 2, I ch4 then I can't figure out what next.

Biz said...

Shannon- Row 2 goes like this:
after you chain your 4, turn your work so you are heading back in the direction you just came from.
Then paying attention to only the first chain 3 space from the row before, **put a sc in that (not any specific chain, just in the open loop itself). After you've gotten that done, make 1 chain. Then skipping any open chains, put a dc into the sc that comes right after that chain 3 loop. Then make another chain 1. Keep repeating those four steps from ** till you reach the other side of that row. You will then put one last dc into the last sc.

Let me know if this helps or not. I'll try to clarify more if you need it.

Happy Crocheting!

John Hablinski said...

Sometimes simplicity can be the most stunning. First, let me thank you for sharing your pattern. I like to send a note of thanks to real people, whenever possible, just so they know their efforts are appreciated. I was directed to your site by a link from allfreecrochet.com. I see something of our nation’s heritage of Shaker Simplicity and beauty in the design. I do have an ulterior motive, so in the interest of full discloser I will tell you my Dear Sainted Mother was somewhat of a stickler for “Thank You Notes”--- she promised me a good old fashion haunting if I failed. John Hablinski

Biz said...

John, That was the sweetest, most interesting comment I have ever received. Thank you! :)


Pastor Janet said...

Thank you! This is lovely. I appreciate the simplicity, although it is complex enough to be interesting. We have a "Stitch'n'Scripture" group at church where we knit or crochet prayer shawls and lap robes for shut-ins. This will be a nice addition to our designs.
God bless!
Pastor Janet

Yarnaholic said...

Thanks for a beautiful but easy pattern! I teach a Crochet Class at a local Senior Center, and this will be a perfect addition to our projects!

TexGram said...

Love this pattern. It is understandable. As you can probably tell, am a beginner (VERY!). Thanks for thinking of all of us who are just starting out. Will make this (don't know how long will take) shawl and if it looks good, will make for my daughter and granddaughter too. Again, thanks so much for the easy to follow instructions.

GAIL said...

Hello, and thanks for sharing this pattern. I am a fairly experienced crocheter but I do like the simplicity of this. I am going to start mine tonight right after supper!! Blessings to you! ~Gail

CascadeLady said...

Hi love this pattern. I am crocheting a shawl now that I am not happy with. So I am going to start over, and crochet this one. It is simple yet beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

cathywith a "c" said...


Biz said...

Hi cathy with a "c".

Start at the title and left click and drag until the whole pattern is highlighted. Then right click on a word (not a picture). Click on "print", then click on "selected" and it should print out just the pattern for you.

ElaineLK said...

Great pattern. Can you tell me how many yards of yarn it takes? Thanks.

Stacey said...

I really like this pattern, now to sit down and try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Karen Richardson said...

I love this pattern, but I'm having trouble with the skip in Row 3. According to the instructions we skip 1 single crochet/1 chain/1 single crochet. I am reading the skip as 1 chain/1 single crochet/1 chain. The rest Row 3 is fine; just need to clarify the skip itself. (Now where in Row 2 are there 2 sc's in a row, thus my confusion about the skip as it is written.) Thanks.

Library & Media Center Staff said...

Thank you for this pattern. It's simple yet so interesting to look at. I run a crochet club at the high school where I teach and we are always ezcited to be ablw to turn out finished products quickly that also look great. Your shawl pattern fits the bill nicely. We like to give the shawls to the local nursing home.
thanks again,
Terrie H.

Biz said...

You are welcome! And that is a great destination for your completed shawls! The elderly are near and dear to my heart.

Unknown said...

Hi Biz~
Thank You So Much For Sharing the instructions for this Shawl. I have been looking all over the net for a good one for a beginner such as myself. I have learned to do the chevron pattern & am struggling on my 13th since a year ago last feb., all in which have been minimum 4x6 up to 5x6 & really getting burned out so this new project is so perfect! Thank You So Much.
Kim H. Madras, Or

Unknown said...

Hello Biz~ Thank you so very much for sharing this shawl pattern. I have been searching all over the internet & finally this came up in my email. I just learned how to crochet a year ago this last Febuary so have been crocheting my hands away with 13 afghans/blankets in sizes 4x6 to 6x6 & I am struggling to get this last one done. I now have something really fun to look forward to, thanks to you. I am wondering what type of edging you think would look nice on here, as this is a gift for a very special woman I met years ago who has fallen ill.
Thank You so much for your time & help. I very much appreciate you & your hard work.
Kim H. Madras, OR

Caroline said...

I'm having exactly the same problem! Row 2 does not have two sc in a row, so I'm really confused!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the "Super Simplified Version". I have problems reading what happens in the ().

Stace said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL pattern! I have been wanting to make a shawl for myself, as I have recently become wheelchair bound and am always cold. I have been looking for the perfect pattern, and I believe I just found it. Thank you for sharing!

petal4 said...

Hello Biz, thank you for your lovely pattern. I am a beginner and I used your pattern for my very first project; all your in depth explanations were wonderful and so essential for me to understand the pattern. I used a 4mm hook but the shawl turned out smaller than the size stated, approx 18"W x 43"L using 400g of yarn. I now want to crochet another shawl using a 4.5mm hook and I have a question: I have just chained 91 and it measures 21" wide laying flat but if I stretch it out, it measures 24" wide. Is it meant to measure 24" wide laying flat because if so my tension must be too tight? Do you agree?
Kind regards
Ingrid D

Biz said...

Ingrid, you may need to go up another hook size. I crochet loose and usually have to go down a hook size. You may be opposite. I'm so glad you liked the pattern enough to make it twice. Thanks! :-)

Tammy aka Godsgirl said...

Thank you for posting the pattern with very detailed instructions. I'm a beginner at crochet and I think I just might be able to make this one! :)

William Brown said...

I don't understand row 3 could you break it down even more?

Karen Valdez said...

I'm also REALLY hoping you can clarify the skip in Row 3 as "Karen Richardson" explained. I absolutely love the look of this shawl and want to finish it! Would you please tell me how to find the sc, ch1, sc in row 2?

LaGretta Green said...

I'm having a problem with tow 3, also. I was hoping to get some clarifications in the post from others. So far, I am still confused. Please explain again. I am so excited about the pattern, but getting frustrated.

Alice Goldade said...

I am making this now. The pattern is easy. I am loving the looks of it, about 1/2 way done.

Newbeecrochet said...

Hi Biz,
Can you please tell me what I should do to increase the width? The length is good. But I like it to be about 30 to 36 inch in width.

Thank you for the pattern. I have been looking for something like this for a while. I want to make 5-6 for my relatives.


Unknown said...

This is perfect for the wrap I'm making to wear for my wedding! I'm using Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in Silver. Works up real quick & I got the hang of the pattern in no time. Thank you! God bless!

Chris Apao said...

Bizzy, Thank you for adding the pictorial. And for answering all the questions above. It finally clicked. Looks like a 1lb. skein or 2 7ozs would do fine to make one my size. For those with confusion about hook size, why don't you tell them to make the chain as long as they want the shall to be? Then it doesn't matter what size hook or yarn they use.
The only question i had left, was why the pattern is worked in sets of four and the beginning row in sets of 3. Is that because you tent to make very loose chains? Because sc, ch 3 skip 2, sc is a 3 set... and sc, ch3, skip over a ch1, sc and ch1, is a set of 4. Since I tend to chain tight, I am thinking I would be making a reduced length for the upper or neck side of the shawl. Is this intentional?
I also think making this shorter and with a big soft bulky yarn, it would make a dynamite baby blanket!
Thanks for sharing this with us!!!

Biz said...

I don't have any answers for your questions. Lol. I never gave any of it a thought. This was one of the first patterns I ever wrote.

colterboy said...

I tried this pattern 3 times. Every time I got to the end of the first row I had 3 chains left rather than the two you said. I chained 91 like you suggested. What am I doing wrong?

Cindy Wray said...

Hi!! I really want to try this pattern but was wondering if you have a suggestion for a different weight yarn and how much I would need of say a worsted weight? I have a stash of yarn I am trying to use up. Thanks in advance!!

Sincerely Cindy

StormyCat said...

I am curious as to how many skeins you used so I have an idea how much yarn I need to dig for. I've read all posts but do not see that you have answered that question. Thanks!

Biz said...

Patons Astra is a 50g ball, I used 350g = 7balls

StormyCat said...

Thank you!