Crochet Pattern: Ella’s Rhythm Shawl

Ella's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter. Image (c) Yarnbox.

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.)

This post contains affiliate links. The yarn for the sample was generously provided by Teresa Ruch Designs. Photos © Yarnbox and used with permission.

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.

Ella's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter.
Two skeins of tencel yumminess.

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.

Ella's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter. Image (c) Yarnbox.

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.

Ella's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter. Image (c) Yarnbox.

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.

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Ella’s Rhythm Shawl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Ella's Rhythm Shawl, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter. Image (c) Yarnbox.
02-easy 50
US terms 50
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Combine an easy stitch pattern with an unusual construction to create a lacy shawl.

Finished Size

  • 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.

Pattern Notes

  • 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.
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Pattern Instructions


  • 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.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

28 thoughts on “Crochet Pattern: Ella’s Rhythm Shawl”

  1. beautiful and looks easy for me to do as I have been wanting to make one – but some patterns I have seen were too difficult for me.
    can I use a fingering yarn as I already have it ??

    • Sure, Janis! This is a “recipe” type pattern where gauge isn’t important. You may need more or less yarn than what is listed to make your fingering version, though. I’d love to see a picture when you finish your version!

  2. Hello, I’ve tried to crochet your pattern however I’m not getting little squares, rather clusters of double crochet. Are the brackets meant to explain or are they repeats? I’m a novice and asked someone who has experience if she could help me decipher the instructions. She came up with the same thing.
    Is there a “simpler” way to do this?

    • Ellen, thanks for writing. I’m not able to convert the pattern for you, though I’m sure there are simpler ways to describe it.

      The parentheses serve different purposes at different points in the pattern. Sometimes, as when they include (counts as…), they are meant to explain. At other points, for example in Row 1, they are to explain a series of steps to take in one stitch. When the parenthesis is followed by “across,” it indicates that you should repeat those steps.

  3. Hi,
    I love your shawl and I have also encountered issues with your pattern. Would you consider doing an online video since you say you are unable to convert the pattern?

    Thanks it would be so much appreciated by us less experienced crocheters.


    • Thanks for stopping by, Nina. While I sometimes offer online videos, I can’t guarantee that I would have one available for this pattern on the timeline you are seeking. Please do let me know what your issue is with the pattern so that I can help.

  4. One question about the pattern. Is one side supposed to have ‘granny square like’ clusters before you turn to do the next row? If so this seems to form the ‘necklike’ shape. Easy to follow.

  5. Can you post a pic of it laid out on a flat surface? Looking for one to make for my sister’s wedding. She would like to see it flat.


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