I love making simple crochet shawls. You can usually crochet them while watching streaming or waiting for an appointment, as just the border has complexity. These make great gifts or you can even donate them as prayer shawls. The Isabel Shawl is a simple crochet shawl pattern I designed as a winter holiday gift for my aunt last year, and I’m excited to share the pattern today.
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When I first saw King Cole Autumn Chunky, I thought it would make a great shawl. Autumn Chunky is a super soft, roving-type yarn with colors marled together. It has a great look as colors change subtly while you crochet. You can find Autumn Chunky at your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK.
I wanted to make this a long shawl that could also be worn as a scarf or as a bigger wrap in the colder weather. Because the yarn is thick and cozy, I added a textured border that would really pop. This pattern uses a few special stitches, but I’ve included or linked tutorials for all of them, so even a determined beginner can make the Isabel Shawl.
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Simple Crochet Shawl Pattern by Underground Crafter
This simple crochet shawl pattern works up quickly in bulky yarn. The triangular shawl is wide enough to wrap yourself in warmth!
- Adult: 60” (152.5 cm) wingspan x 18” (45.5 cm) spine.
- King Cole Autumn Chunky yarn (80% acrylic/20% wool, 3.5 oz/100 g, 153 yd/140 m) – 4 skeins in 5255 Frozen, or approximately 525 yd (480 m) in any acrylic/wool blend bulky weight yarn.
- US Size K-10.5/6.50 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Clover Quick Locking Stitch Markers https://amzn.to/3y9x6Uj.
- Clover bent-tip yarn needle https://amzn.to/3a4cCEt.
- 14 sts = 4” (10 cm) across in patterns for Rows 3-4. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- bl – back loop only – Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
- bob – 3-repeat bobble – [Yo, insert hook into st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 3 times in the same st, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. A video tutorial for this stitch is available below.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial for the bob above, click HERE to watch it on Instagram.
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. A helpful photo tutorial for this stitch is available here.
- dc3tog – double crochet 3 stitches together (decrease) – [Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook. The Lindsey Life has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
- FPsc – front post single crochet – Insert hook from front around back to front of st in previous round, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. A video tutorial for this stitch is available below.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial for the bob above, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
- pm# – place stitch marker #
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- () Work stitches between parentheses into same stitch or space.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Ch 1 and ch 2 at beginning of rows do not count as stitches.
- All decreases (dc2tog, dc3tog, and sc2tog) are worked in back loops for this pattern.
Increase to midpoint
- Ch 3.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, pm#1 in same chain to mark end. (3 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 2, dcBL in first 2 sts, 2 dcBL in next st. (4 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, 2 scBL in first st, scBL in next st and in each st across. (Increases by 1 st)
- Row 4: Turn, ch 2, dcBL in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 dcBL in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
- Rep Rows 3-4 until shawl measures approximately 30” (76 cm) across, ending after a repeat of Row 3.
Decrease towards end
- Row 5: Turn, ch 1, scBL in first st and each st across, pm#2 into last st to mark center.
- Row 6: Turn, ch 1, scBL2tog in first 2 sts (see Pattern Notes), scBL in next st and in each st across. (Decreases by 1 st)
- Row 7: Turn, ch 2, dcBL in first st and in each st across to last 2 sts, dcBL2tog in next 2 sts. (Decreases by 1 st)
- Rep Rows 6-7 until 3 sts remain.
- Row 8: Turn, ch 2, dcBL3tog into first 3 sts, pm#3 to mark end.
Edging and Border Rows
- Row 1: (Right Side) Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, move up marker#3, turn along angled edge, begin to crochet in side of rows as follows (see video below): 2 sc in side of each of next 2 rows, [sc in side of next row, 2 sc in side of next row] across to row before marker#2, sc in side of next row, (sc, ch 3, sc) in side of marked row, pm#2 in ch-3 sp, [sc in side of next row, 2 sc in side of next row] across to final row, 2 sc in side of next row, sc in marked ch, move up marker#1. Continue working along angled edge between markers 1 and 3.
- If you can’t see the video tutorial for working single crochet around the side of rows above, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, move up marker #1, [bob in next st, sc in next st] across to st before marker, sc in next st, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch-3 sp, move up marker#2 to ch-3 sp, sc in next st, [sc in next st, bob in next st] across to last st, sc in next st, move up marker#3.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, remove marker, *[FPsc around next bob, sc in next st]** across to 2 sts before marker, sc in next 2 sts, 5 sc in ch-3 sp, remove marker, sc in next 3 sts, rep from * to ** across to last st, remove marker. Fasten off.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on Wrong Side.