Creating an easy crochet rectangle shawl is a wonderful project for both beginners and experienced crocheters. This pattern is versatile and allows for creativity in color and stitch choices. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to crochet an easy rectangle shawl:
- Yarn: Choose a soft and cozy yarn of your preference. The amount of yarn required will depend on the size of your shawl. A typical shawl might use around 400-600 yards of worsted weight yarn.
- Crochet Hook: Pick a crochet hook that complements your yarn. A 5.5mm (US I-9) hook is a good starting point.
- Scissors: For cutting yarn.
- Yarn Needle: For weaving in ends.
Step 1: Foundation Chain
Start by making a foundation chain. The length of your chain will determine the width of your shawl. Typically, you might chain 60-70 stitches for a shawl. Make sure it’s an even number of chains to keep the pattern symmetrical.
Step 2: First Row – Foundation Row
In the fourth chain from your hook (this counts as your first double crochet), work 2 double crochets (DC). Skip the next chain, and in the next chain, work 3 DC. Repeat the pattern between the asterisks until you have a few chains left at the end of the row. Skip one chain, then work 1 DC in the last chain.
This establishes the first row of your shawl with a classic shell pattern.
Step 3: Remaining Rows
For the remaining rows, follow this pattern:
- Chain 3 (this counts as your first DC).
- In the space created by the 3 DC in the previous row, work 3 DC.
- Repeat this in each space across the row, making 3 DC in each space.
- In the top of the turning chain from the previous row, work 1 DC.
- Repeat this pattern until your shawl reaches your desired length.
Step 4: Edging (Optional)
You can finish your shawl with a simple edging if you like. When you reach your desired length, work a row of single crochets (SC) evenly around the entire shawl, putting 3 SC in each corner. This will give your shawl a neat, finished edge.
Step 5: Finishing
Cut your yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in. Use a yarn needle to weave in any loose ends.
Step 6: Blocking (Optional)
Blocking can help open up the lace pattern and give your shawl a more polished look. Wet block your shawl, then pin it into the desired shape on a blocking mat. Allow it to dry completely.
Feel free to customize your shawl by changing the yarn color, stitch pattern, or adding fringe. This simple rectangle shawl pattern is a great canvas for your creative crochet ideas. Enjoy your cozy and stylish creation!