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One of the first crochet patterns I wanted to make as a beginner was a really nice triangle shawl that could be used as a scarf or wrap. There are so many patterns out there that are just GORGEOUS and full of texture, but I was a bit too green for that! I needed to find some free and easy crochet shawl patterns for beginners to build up my confidence first, and learn the basics of making shawls.
That search on Ravelry led me to some patterns by Jessie at Home! There are just so many great shawl patterns for beginners that she’s put out! I know that you’ll find something you like, whether you’re a brand new beginner, or an experienced crocheter looking for something to make on the go or while watching TV.
So, let’s get to know Jessie!
Jessie is a crochet and knit designer, a crafter, a blogger, and a mother of twins. She has been crocheting since her great grandmother first handed her a hook at the age of 8. She earned her first bacholor’s degree in costume design from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and started off her professional life as a costume designer/creator/pattern maker. Later she earned her master’s degree in studio art/painting/sculpture from Adelphi University in Long Island, NY.
In 2007 Jessie became a stay at home mom to twin girls. Shortly thereafter she started Jessie At Home as a way to share photos and stories of the girls with her family. Eventually she started adding crafty posts in, then patterns, and it just kept evolving until it became the fun crochet, knit, craft and family blog that it is today.
Since then Jessie has earned several awards from the CGOA Design Competition. In 2013 she started designing for others outside of Jessie At Home. She has had patterns published in various on and off line crochet and knit publications, including RedHeart.com, I Like Crochet, MainlyCrochet, and Crochet! Magazine.
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Interview with Jessie of Jessie at Home
Katie: So let’s start with the usual: how did you learn to crochet?
Jessie: I learned to crochet when I was 8 years old, my great grandmother taught me. She used to rip out everything I did if it was not perfect, but I didn’t mind because I wanted to learn to do it right. To this day I don’t mind having to rip out half a project because I found a mistake, I’d rather it be right.
Katie: That’s awesome! I totally respect that, even though I would never rip out half a project if I could “fudge” it.
So, do you have a favorite crochet project? What’s your go to piece?
Jessie: I think my favorite design would be Skylark in Wonderland. Between the yarn and the pattern it is just so much fun!
Katie: Oh, me too! Funny, that’s the pattern that got me hooked on your blog when I first started crocheting!
What about your favorite yarn? Can you choose just one?
Jessie: I don’t think I have a favorite. It really depends on what I’m making.
Katie: Good point! There’s so much variety- that’s what keeps us all addicted to crochet!
Now, do you like to watch tv or listen to music or audio books while you crochet?
Jessie: Sometimes I listen to my girl power playlist on Amazon Prime, but more often I either work in quiet or watch Netflix. I’m super fond of watching all the Star Trek shows in order (I’ve actually done this about 3 times) and I also love to watch Doctor Who on Amazon TV.
Katie: Oh, Nice! I didn’t realize Doctor Who was on Amazon Prime Video! I’ll have to check it out!
What about your ideal crochet scene? Can you tell us where you love to crochet best?
Jessie: I LOVE chatting and crocheting with my crochet blogger friends. I go to lots of conventions and trade shows and I really enjoy crocheting in the bar at the end of the day with my friends. I can’t say enough about how awesome the crochet blogger community is. They are my family and I love them to pieces.
Katie: Oh that does sound wonderful! I haven’t been able to attend any of the conventions yet, but I am already saving up for CGOA next year! The community of awesome, giving people in the crochet blogging world has really helped me so much- and I can’t wait to meet you all in person!
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11 Free and Easy Crochet Shawl Patterns from Jessie at Home
This beautifully colored shawl is the first pattern of Jessie’s that I found. My Sister in Law is OBSESSED with rainbows- she’ll even tell you her favorite color is rainbow! and this is my favorite one. So pretty!
This beautiful shawl is made with one of my new favorite yarns, Shawl in a Ball by Lion Brand. I love the simplicity of this pattern- it’s perfect for using self striping yarns!
I love the silkiness and silliness of this shawl. The yarn used is absolutely SO soft and I really really need to buy some to play with. And can we just appreciate how awesome it is that this shawl is named Bob? Personally, that makes me love it EVEN more.
This gorgeous shawl is so whimsical! If you hadn’t guessed from… well, just about everything on my blog, I LOVE the ocean. It’s easy enough to guess that I also LOVE mermaids. And need to make this shawl for myself immediately!
This beautiful, classic lace shawl makes a perfect three season accessory! Make it in neutrals that will match your attire year round, or make one in summer brights, autumn jewel tones, and wintry grays. This shawl is just so pretty!
This beautiful crochet shawl is a great introduction to using fingering weight yarn! The classic stitch patterns have just enough variance to make them interesting without becoming intimidating, and the result is a truly lovely lace shawl pattern! That sweet scalloped border is my favorite part!
This very simple crochet shawl/wrap uses a really neat net pattern. You’ll love how the super simple stitches (only chains and single crochet!) create such a light and elegant garment.
This beautiful shawl has just a few more techniques to learn, but it’s well worth it! The lovely open lace used here has such a neat effect. Plus, the unique crescent shape makes a really neat silhouette!
This beautiful, spring colored wrap makes such a pretty scarf! I especially love the growing shells used in the border. (I’m a sucker for shell stitches!)
This pretty striped shawl is so chic! The shawl is worked with a kit of mini skeins, so the stripes grow smaller as the shawl grows. I’m always wondering what I can do with scrap yarn and this makes such a pretty example! Plus, it’s worked in my FAVORITE stitch texture! the Linen Stitch!
This wrap is absolutely stunning. Would you believe it’s ALL single crochet and chain stitches? I didn’t at first! This just proves that you don’t have to be very experienced to crochet shawl patterns!
Even a total beginner could create this lovely shawl! And, it uses one of my favorite stash yarns, too! I might just make this one for a Christmas present!
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