The Susan Shawl is an easy rectangular shawl pattern perfect for spring. The lightweight shawl works up quickly in worsted weight yarn. The openwork stitch patterns look lovely in a classic cream color. Or, have some fun and experiment with bands of contrasting color or stripes.
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Both ends of the pattern include two rows of crossed double crochet stitches to add a subtle decorative look. The remainder of the shawl is worked in a relaxing pattern of single crochet stitch rows alternating with two different rows of crochet open work stitches.
About the Inspiration for the Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl
When I was invited to join the Spring Style Blog Hop, I immediately thought a lightweight shawl would be a great transitional piece for Spring. I wanted something easy to make that would also look elegant with Spring outfits. After playing around with some different stitch combinations, I settled on the design that incorporates crossed double crochet stitches, smaller shell stitches, and another row of crochet open work. The single crochet rows anchor the more open rows and give the shawl structure.
About the Yarn
This pattern is part of the Spring Style Blog Hop and Bundle. We Crochet generously donated the yarn to the designers for the Blog Hop. I chose to use Mighty Stitch because it’s a soft and machine washable blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. This yarn gives the shawl a little bit of warmth if you are in a climate where Spring can still be a big chilly. Mighty Stitch also comes in a wide range of colors. In the cream color, there is a little bit of shine that gives the shawl an elegant look.
If you wanted to make a lighter weight shawl, you could choose a worsted weight yarn in cotton or another lighter weight blend.
Spring Style Blog Hop and Bundle
This pattern was featured on March 24, 2021 as part of the Spring Style Blog Hop and Bundle hosted by Itchin for Some Stitchin and Ned and Mimi and sponsored by We Crochet. Each day in March 2021 a different designer offered a pattern as a free download.
The blog hop has now ended. You can still go find all the patterns by visiting the round up post using the button below.
Spring Style Bundle
Loving the patterns from the blog hop? The evergreen bundle is a great way to get them all at a discount. Just hit the image below, and it will take you to the post where you can check out the bundle.
The Susan Shawl a free crochet pattern for an easy rectangular crochet shawl in U.S. crochet terminology. It is included for free on the blog below.
Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Worsted weight yarn (#4 Medium) in color(s) of choice. Approximately 950 yards.
Shown above: KnitPicks/WeCrochet Mighty Stitch (80% acrylic, 20% wool), 208 yd [190m]/3.5 oz [100g]: #26831 (Cream), 5 skeins.
Hook: Size I/9 (5.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Sizing and Gauge
Size: Approximately 21” wide and 62” long.
Gauge: 14.5 sts and 5 rows = 4” x 4” in dc.
- Chain 1 at beg of odd numbered rows does not count as a st.
- Chain 3 at beg of even numbered rows does count as a st.
- To make a wider shawl, adjust the base chain by adding sts in multiples of 3.
- Note that a wider shawl will require more yarn to achieve the same length.
- Use optional stitch markers to mark the edge stitches and move them up as you go along.
- The crossed dc sts only appear in rows 2, 6, 138, and 142.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
ch-1 sp(s): chain one space(s)
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
Special Stitch Abbreviations and Instructions:
3-dc Shell: work 3 dc in one st
crossed dc: sk st, dc in next st, taking the hook behind the dc just made, work dc in the skipped st
Tutorials are available for the following special stitches:
3-dc Shell – tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/3-dc-shell/
crossed dc – tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/crossed-double-crochet-stitch/ (note this pattern uses the first method shown on the tutorial page – this method or version is also sometimes known as the right crossed double crochet stitch)
Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern
Multiple: 3 + 2
Base Chain: Ch 77
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (76 sc)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *crossed dc, dc; rep from * across, turn. (25 crossed dc, 26 dc)
Row 3: Ch 1 (does not count as st), sc in each st across, turn. (76 sc)
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, *sk 2 sts, 3-dc Shell in next st; rep from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, turn. (4 dc, 24 3-dc Shells)
Row 5: Rep row 3.
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Row 7: Rep row 3.
Row 8: Rep row 4.
Row 9: Rep row 3.
Row 10: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 sts, *ch 1, sk st, dc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * across to last st, dc in last st, turn. (52 dc, 24 ch-1 sps)
Rows 11 – 134: Rep rows 7 – 10 of pattern 31 times.
Row 135 – 141: Rep rows 3 – 9.
Row 142: Rep row 2.
Row 143. Rep row 3. Fasten off.
Finishing: Weave in ends. Blocking is highly recommended.
Other Crochet Shawl Projects You Might Enjoy
If you like the Susan Shawl, you might also like the Caramel Fudge Ripple Wrap which is another easy shawl pattern in worsted weight yarn.