I’m sharing a beginner-friendly crochet pattern today. (For all you crochet pros out there, this makes a good “tv project,” too.) The Simple Lace Isosceles Shawl or Scarf uses a very simple lace pattern to make the perfect cover up to protect against a breeze on a warm night. This project can also be worn as a lightweight triangular scarf for the colder weather. I love wearing lace yarn scarves because they fit neatly under my coat when I want to protect my neck from the wind.
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Last May, I bought a skein of madelinetosh Prairie on sale at my local yarn shop, Knitty City. (If you’re visiting New York, I recommend you check out Knitty City, along with the other shops in my Visitor’s Guide to NYC Yarn Shops.)
It sat around for a while until inspiration struck. But, as often happens, inspiration struck at a time when it wasn’t all that convenient to be traveling around with a skein of lace yarn. Enter The YarnIt. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this review of The YarnIt a few months ago.
Last summer, I was introduced to the team at @theyarnit and was given a Mr. Sparkles #yarnit to try out. It has been invaluable in keeping my @madelinetosh Prairie lace #yarn from tangling. I’ve been worked on this #crochet lace shawl on the subway, on the bus, during a 2-hour meeting in an auditorium (where it was stowed under my seat), and at home on the couch with a frisky cat on my shoulder. The yarn feeds easily through the porthole and the globe’s material has survived several drops, too. I’m definitely going to be using the YarnIt to keep my future lace and sock yarn projects from getting tangled as I switch bags and locations. #IGotItFree #crocheting #crochetersofinstagram #instacrochet #madelinetosh
If you’re new to The YarnIt, it’s a cross between a yarn bowl and a carrying case for your yarn. (Oh, and a protector from cats, as you can see in the short video below.)
The YarnIt came in very handy during my travels around town with this yarn. It fits nicely into pretty much every purse or project bag I have, and I can also lay it flat on the table and work from it directly. As you can tell from my Instagram picture, I don’t use the straps with mine. It seemed more practical for my crochet lifestyle without them. You can get The YarnIt on Amazon in a variety of colors.
So, back to the pattern for the Simple Lace Isosceles Shawl or Scarf! As I mentioned, I am a huge fan of triangular shawls. I get the most wear out of ones with an isosceles, rather than equilateral, shape. (If you need a geometry refresher on triangle anatomy, Math is Fun is a helpful source.) These shawls are easy to tie and can be worn as shawls or scarves, so there are more styling options. Here are few other free crochet patterns for shawls with the same shape, if you decide to add more to your collection! Click on the image to go to the pattern.
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Simple Lace Isosceles Shawl or Scarf
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.
- 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 3.
- 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.