Crochet Free Pattern

Lilac Brook Shawl

At last I am so pleased to bring to you this FREE shawl pattern that I designed a few months ago in lockdown. During our many walks in the spring I was inspired by the beautiful pops of colour along a brook that we frequently walked by; seeing little flashes of florals (weeds?!) really helped to lift my spirits and it reminded me of this variegated yarn that I used for this shawl.

This is a stash busting crochet project to help you use up that gorgeous hand dyed skein you’ve been waiting to use (for your main colour) plus whatever else you have in your stash for the contrast colour. There are no rules in terms of yarn to use (as per all my designs) but with this one you could even stray from the fingering (4ply) weight that I used in favour of something bulkier – the overall shawl will just come out longer/ wider – just be sure to use the same weight of yarn throughout.

Pattern Notes:

This shawl is worked from one end to the other increasing and then decreasing once the central point is reached.

It has been designed as a great way to use a precious skein and/ or some stash yarn. MC and CC should be similar in weight and fibre.

U.K terminology used

Finished measurements; 250cm length (end to end) 28cm width (at longest point in centre

Tension; 11 rows x 26 sts = 10 x 10 cm over treble crochet

Hook; 3.5 mm

Yarn used; 1 skein Malabrigo 100% Merino Superwash 4 ply 100g/ 420 yards (MC), 2 balls Rowan Super Fine Merino 4 ply 50g/ 181 yards per ball (CC)

3 chain at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch. Increase (decrease) on 1 side at end of every other row (place marker on increase (decrease) row as a prompt).

Pattern;

Starting with MC, 4 chain, 3 tr into 1st ch, turn,

Row 1; 3 ch, 1 tr in each st to end, turn (3 tr)

Row 2; 3 ch, 1 tr in next 2 sts, increase in last st (this is now the side of increase – place a marker as a reminder) turn (4 tr)

Row 3; 3 ch, tr to end, turn

Row 4; 3 ch, tr to last st, increase, turn

Rep rows 3 and 4 until work measures approx. 122 cm from start.

At end of a row 4, change to CC, turn,

 

(CC pattern)

The following 2 rows will be referred to as the CC pattern and the row numbers restart for ease of reading pattern

Row 1; 3 ch, tr to end, turn

Row 2; 3 ch, *1 tr, 1 ch, miss 1, rep from * to last st working 2 tr (for increase) into last st, turn

Row 3; change to MC, 3 ch, tr to end working into sts and 1-ch sps, turn

Row 4; 3 ch, tr to last st, 2 tr in last st (for increase), turn

Repeat the 2 rows of CC pattern (in bold) once more

 

(Decrease MC pattern)

The following 2 rows will be referred to as the Decrease MC pattern and row numbers restart for ease of reading the pattern. 

Row 1; 3 ch, tr to end, working into sts and 1 ch-sps, turn

Row 2; 3 ch, tr to last 3 sts, tr2tog (decrease) 1 tr in last st, turn,

 

(Decrease CC pattern)

The following 2 rows will be referred to as Decrease CC pattern

Row 3; 3 ch, tr to end, turn

Row 4; 3 ch, *1 tr, 1 ch, miss 1, rep from * to last 3 st, tr2tog (decrease), 1 tr in last st, turn

 

Repeat last 4 rows (2 rows of Decrease MC pattern and 2 rows Decrease CC pattern) 11 more times.

 

Change to MC (row numbers restart for ease of pattern reading)

Row 1; 3 ch, tr to end, turn

Row 2; 3 ch, tr to last 3 sts, tr2tog (decrease), 1tr in last st, turn

Repeat last 2 rows 10 more times

Change to CC and repeat last 2 rows until 3 sts remain.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends and block to measurements.

Have fun crocheting – please credit me where necessary and share your finished shawls (or wips!) with me on Instagram @loveandloop thank you.

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