Life is often hard, and even the clearest skies have clouds sometimes. And as crocheters, we can make it better. One way is by making prayer or comfort shawls for those who need an extra hug, and to feel our love. The Big Sky Shawl was designed with this idea in mind – while maintaining a sense of style – and it’s a free crochet comfort shawl pattern here on Moogly!
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The Shawl Story
The Big Sky Shawl is made with Lion Brand Homespun, a favorite yarn for those crafting for others. It’s warm, soft, and the yarn creates the texture – which means simple stitches shine. And the Big Sky Shawl does indeed use simple stitches, so almost anyone can make this easy crochet prayer shawl pattern!
The colors I used for the Big Sky Shawl are Montana Sky and Clouds – appropriate, no? Streaks of gray cut through the blue sky, but there is more blue than gray, to remind us of the bright times to come. The shaping creates a triangular shawl that’s more V shaped than anything, with corners that wrap easily around the shoulders to stay in place. And it doesn’t just help the person you give it to – it helps you too! Studies have shown time and again how crocheting improves our mental health, making this an excellent way to help others while you help yourself.
How to Wear It
You can wear the Big Sky shawl across the shoulders as a standard shawl, or wrapped around the neck with the point in front – either way, the optional tassels on the points help keep it where you put it. It’s only 20 rows long (plus a couple rounds for the border), so you can whip one up in a just a few evenings. So let’s get started!
Big Sky Shawl
- US-P/Q, 15 mm hook (Clover Jumbo Hook)
- 350 yds Lion Brand Homespun (Bulky/”5″/UK 12-14 ply; 185 yds/169m; 6 oz)
Color A: Montana Sky (2 skeins, 255 yds)
Color B: Clouds (1 skein, 95 yds)
Note: Leftover Color B was used for tassels, does not require an additional yarn purchase if recommended yarn is used.
- Clover Tassel Maker, Large (optional)
- Stitch Markers (Clover Lock Ring Markers)
- Gauge: 5 sts x 3 rows = 4″ in dc (fabric is very stretchy, and size is approximate)
- Size: 65″ wide, 32″ long, 54″ along sides
- Crochet Abbreviations and Tutorials
- Helpful Tutorials: Magic Circle; Standing Double Crochet (substitute this st for sl st join, ch 2, and 1st dc of Rows 17 and 19 if desired); Switching Colors (for the Border Round 1)
NOTE: This pattern begins with a magic circle (see linked tutorial above). However, it is worked in rows, so do not join at the end of Row 1. If you prefer to avoid the magic circle, you can begin with your preferred method for beginning work in the round. Move the stitch marker up each round as directed.
Row 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 2 (does not count as a st here or throughout pattern), dc 7 in the ring, place marker (PM) in the 4th (center) st; turn. (7 sts)
Row 2: Ch 2, 3 dc in the 1st st, dc in each st to marked st, 3 dc in marked st (PM in center st of these 3 sts), dc in each st to last st, 3 dc in last st; turn. (13 sts)
Row 3 – 16: Repeat Row 2. At the end of Row 16, break yarn. Each Row increases by 6 sts.
Row 17: With Color B, join with slip stitch to 1st st and ch 2, 3 dc in the 1st st, dc in each st to marked st, 3 dc in marked st (PM in center st of these 3 sts), dc in each st to last st, 3 dc in last st; turn. (103 sts)
Row 18: Repeat Row 2; break yarn. (109 sts)
Row 19: With Color A, repeat Row 17. (115 sts)
Row 20: Repeat Row 2; turn do NOT break yarn. (121 sts)
Round 1: Continuing with Color A, ch 1, sc in each st of Row 20, working 3 sc in each corner/point (PM in center st at point); then sc across top of shawl, along the sides of the previous rows, working 2 sc in the side of each row, switching to Color B when crocheting into the sides of Rows 17 and 18; then join to 1st st of Border Round 1 with Color B, break Color A (do not turn).
Round 2: Continuing with Color B, ch 1, (sc, dc) in 1st st, skip next st, *(sc, dc) in next st, skip next st; repeat from * to st before marked st, (sc,dc) in each of the 3 sc sts worked into the point in Border Round 1, skip the next st, then repeat from * again to opposite corner; break Color B (top of shawl remains unworked in this round).
Make 2 tassels using Color B, with Large Clover Tassel Maker on the largest, 4″ setting. Sew to corners of shawl.
And that’s the Big Sky Shawl! I hope you enjoy this free crochet shawl pattern! And I hope you use it to create comfort shawls and prayer shawls for those in your life who need them. And maybe one for yourself too!
The Fine Print
Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2017, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern. Please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. To print or download, use the Print Friendly button below. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, or translate it to another language, please visit the About page for details. Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!