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Have you ever wanted to make a gift for someone, but felt pressed for time? Me too! That’s why I created this cute and FREE crochet crescent shawl pattern that works up on autopilot in under 2 hours, and looks amazing to boot.
My sister in law, Ann, recently moved across the country from Illinois to Spokane in the dead of winter. Now, the Clarys come from fairly sturdy stock, but Washington gets COLD. Plus, they had a freak blizzard the week she and her mom drove in. Seriously, I felt cold just from reading their travel updates on Facebook! Brrr!
So, of course, I offered to make her a new scarf. When you live about as far away as you can get within the continental US, sometimes the best way to show you care is to send a crocheted gift!
As a stay at home mom of two little ones who aren’t in school yet, I feel constant pressure to get everything done. Let’s be honest, though, it gets hard to make extended crochet time a priority. So when I decided to make something for Ann, I knew I wanted a crochet project that created stunning results with a minimal time commitment. I needed to be able to finish the whole project in less than 2 hours from start to finish.
Boy, did this shawlette deliver! My secret weapon was Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. You all may know that I love using chunky yarn because thicker yarn works up quickly, but using fun, color changing yarn with seamless, effortless color changes maximizes the results! Only two ends to sew in!
Once I got into a rhythm, the moss stitch nearly crocheted itself. After some of the more complicated knitting I have been working on, crocheting something that felt automatic really soothed my busy soul and helped me to relax. I hope you find it just as calming as I did.
- 1 skein Lion Brand Scarfie yarn, Charcoal/Aqua or approximately 312 yds of Bulky (5) yarn
- K 6.5mm crochet hook – I use these ergonomic crochet hooks
- A wide eye yarn needle and scissors for finishing
Row 1: Sc in 4th ch, ch1, sk 1, sc. Ch2, turn.
Row 2: Sk 1st sc, sc in ch sp. Ch1, sk1, sc. Ch2, turn.
Row 3-4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Increase Row. Sk 1st sc. *Sc in ch sp, ch1, sk1* [Sc, ch1, sc] in last ch sp. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 6-8: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 5-8 until you have used just under half your yarn. My piece measured 30”.
Row 9: Decrease Row. Sk 1st sc, sc in ch sp. *Ch1, sk1, sc in ch sp.* Repeat until one sc remains. Sl st into the sc. Ch 2, turn.
Row 10-12: Repeat Rows 2-4.
Repeat Rows 9-12 until the short end matches the beginning edge of the shawl.
Finishing: Break yarn and weave in ends.
Optional: Spritz with water and lightly block to achieve a smoother crescent shape.
Crochet Crescent Shawl Pattern Chart
That really is it, folks. Can you believe how simple it is?
If you make one, I would love for you to tag me on Instagram (@SaltyPearlCrochet) or upload photos of your finished project to the Ravelry pattern page so I can see! I have checked and double-checked this pattern, but I’m only human- please let me know if you have any questions or if I have missed anything at all so I can correct it for you all.
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I made this pattern with Yarn Bees’ Sugar Wheel using a size M hook. It was just the right texture and turned out beautifully. I had enough leftover yarn to make a tassel for each end.
Ooh, I’m sure it’s beautiful! I’ve been wanting to try that yarn, but I rarely make it to Hobby Lobby- they’re two towns away! Hope it keeps you warm- I’m trying to make some more winter gear as I’m heading North to visit family in the Arctic (aka Illinois) this next week! Thanks for commenting, Jean!
Robbin Beach says
I am from Spokane Washington, so was really surprised to see our name in the shawl! Yes we get very cold for very long! I would to make this into a full-size shawl. Do I just keep going?
Hi Robbin! How cool that you’re from Spokane, I have always wanted to visit again!
Since this pattern is worked sideways, you’d have to do quite a bit of altering and fiddling to get it to be a full sized shawl- it’s got the right width across the top edge, but not enough depth. If you just keep increasing in the current pattern, you can get to a full size shawl depth, but it will likely be long enough when it’s an asymmetrical triangle shawl. OR, you could try increasing more often, and decreasing more often on the other side. Like I said, it’d be a lot of fiddling, but playing around just like that is how I got my start in crochet designing, so if you’re game for trying several times and experimenting, I say go for it! The worst that can happen is you have to frog it (with a yarn winder) and get to try again.