Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to design a crochet pattern with Yarnbox , a monthly yarn subscription club. I love working with new yarns, and in this case, I got the chance to use tencel for the first time. (Tencel is a plant-based rayon fiber.)
Since I never worked with tencel before, I spent a few hours online learning about it while I was waiting for the yarn to arrive. It’s known to have excellent drape, so I already knew it had to become a shawl.
It turned out that the yarn, Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 3/2, is even more striking in real life. It has an amazing sheen, and, since it’s hand dyed, the color changes are subtle and beautiful.
I decided the best approach would be to use a very simple stitch pattern, so that the yarn could truly shine. But I didn’t want the shawl to be snoozevile, either.
So, I designed a triangular shawl with simple stitches but an unusual construction. It has great drape to complement the yarn.
The colorway is called Blue Jazz, and it brought to mind Ella Fitzgerald.
The Ella’s Rhythm Shawl pattern is a completely adjustable triangular shawl pattern. It can be crocheted with any weight of yarn (and an appropriate size hook), and you can just keep repeating the stitch pattern until you have the perfect size for you (or, until you run out of yarn).
Updated: This pattern now includes a video tutorial.
Ella’s Rhythm Shawl
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
Combine an easy stitch pattern with an unusual construction to create a lacy shawl.
- Sample measures 52” (132 cm) wingspan x 32” (81 cm) spine before blocking; 56” (142 cm) wingspan x 36” (91.5 cm) spine after blocking.
- Teresa Ruch Designs Tencel 3/2 (100% tencel, 4 oz/113 g, 312 yd/285 m) – 2 skeins in Blue Jazz, or approximately 530 yds (484.5 m) in any light weight tencel yarn.
- US F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 21 sts in pattern (7 dc + 7 ch-2 sp) = 4” (10 cm) when blocked. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- ea – each
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- + Rep instructions after plus sign as indicated.
- Shawl is worked from top edge to corner point.
- A video tutorial for this pattern is available below.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial above, watch it here on YouTube.
- Ch 4.
- Row 1: Turn, sk 3 ch (counts as dc), (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch-2 sp, here and throughout), sk next 2 sts, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in ch-1 sp.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sl st in next 2 sts and in ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same ch-1 sp, ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in third ch of t-ch.
- Row 4: Turn, ch 5, (dc in next dc, ch 2) across to ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in ch-1 sp.
- Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sk first st, sl st in next 2 sts and in ch-1 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same ch-1 sp, ch 3, sk 2 sts, dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) across to t-ch, ch 2, dc in third ch of t-ch.
- Rep Rows 4-5 until straight edge measures approximately 52” (132 cm), or until desired length is reached. Rep Row 4. Do not fasten off.
- Row 1: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in ch-1 sp, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next dc; rep from * across to corner ch-5, (3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) in ch-5 sp, turn to work along next edge, +sc in side of ch 2-sp, 2 sc in side of dc; rep from + across to first row, 2 sc in side of shell, sl st in ch-1. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block.