The shawl has made a huge comeback in fashion, worn both traditionally and "backwards" as a triangular scarf. There are many gorgeous patterns out now...and so many of them look like they'd take ages to make! While the end result is no doubt worth it, I know that sometimes you want (or need!) a project that works up fast fast fast. So today I've gathered together 10 free patterns for crochet shawls that take less than 450 yards of yarn to make - great for gift giving, and perfect when you want something special to wear to that holiday party, but don't have a lot of time to prepare!
10 Free Patterns for Crochet Shawls
Click on the names of the patterns you like to go to their pattern pages!
- Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski (300-340 yds): The pattern calls for fingering or sock yarn, but I've seen some lovely examples in heavier weight yarn!
- Crochet Baktus by Helda Panagary (437 yds): Another one that calls for fingering, but looks just as good in worsted (just remember to up the hooks size too)!
- Little Wing Shawlette (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE - I'll update with a new link when it does become available.) on Crochet Uncut (265 yds): With Aran weight yarn you can have a finished shawl in just 20 rows, and one or two skeins of yarn!
- CloudBurst Shawl by Tuesday Fortnite (300-350 yds): A shawl that works up in just 3 hours (on average)?! Worsted weight and an 8.0mm hook make this crochet shawl pattern fast as can be.
- Sunspree One Skein Shawl on NaturallyCaron.com (251 yds): Made with just one skein of DK weight Naturally Caron Spa yarn, this small shawl is easier to make bigger if desired - just repeat rows 3 and 4 until you've got the size you want!
- Neptune's Tears by Anastasia Roberts (400+ yds): This is one for the more experienced crocheter. The stitches themselves aren't that complex, but the pattern is more of a loose recipe than an explicit set of instructions. Beautiful though!
- Wingspan Crochet Shawl by Carole Marie (306-328 yds): UPDATE: This pattern is no longer free, but is available for purchase. Modeled after the popular knit Wingspan Shawl, this version included directions for three different sizes.
- Pico Bandito Shawl on Jonboy Crafts (150-300 yds): This is an amazingly simple crochet shawl pattern - and the result is this very trendy crescent shape! So simple it's brilliant!
- Morning Has Broken by Kelly Surace (360-370 yds): Two skein of Lion Brand Homespun or another Bulky yarn is all it takes to make this large shawl pattern. Be sure to check the gallery for color ideas and inspiration, I don't think the original photo does it justice.
- Sezession I by Rodger Murry (437 yds): This cozy and lovely granny-style shawl is sure to warm the heart and shoulders of anyone who wears it.
Have you made a crochet shawl for yourself, or as a gift? Which shawl pattern is your favorite - and which do you think is the fastest? Share in the comments!
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These patterns are beautiful.
I would really appreciate if you could help me locate a pattern that was in a WORKBASKET magazine in the early to mid 70's. It is a shell pattern worked in triple crochet. The shawl was worn on the tv show Three's Company by the character Mrs Roper.
Thank you Glenda! Is this the pattern you're looking for? http://www.newworldalpacatextiles.com/blog/lacey-crochet-shawl
when i click on the link for the *mrs' roper shawl* it goes to ERROR 404 NOT FOUND.... 🙁
I'm sorry, they must have taken it down.
oh well.....thanks anyway.....i guess i will just wing it!!!!
No picture, but maybe you can read through and see if it sounds right -- it is a lacey shawl from the site mentioned, but no clue if it is the right one: https://web.archive.org/web/20131028101042/http://newworldalpacatextiles.com/blog#
Ooooooh, these are so pretty. I am going to make the CloudBurst Shawl. Thank you for rounding these up for us!
how do I buy your patterns
Hi Margarita! These patterns are all free! Just click on the name of the pattern, in blue text, to go to the pattern page. 🙂
Please can you direct me to Pico Bandito Shawl pattern. The link has an error off your site and ravelry. Eek!
Thanks again for your posts
Hi Leanda! I was able to find it via the Wayback Machine - http://web.archive.org/web/20130313043216/http://jonboy1987.tumblr.com/post/19563639601/pico-bandito-shawl I'll edit the article as well, thanks for letting me know!
You said that these patterns are free but if I click the wingspan crochet shawl redirect me to ravelry and it's a paid pattern
Ah, this is an older roundup, and sometimes designers change free patterns to paid. I'll update the post, thank you for the heads up!
Do you have another link for the Little Wing Shawlette? It takes me to a gadget-y website... 🙁 Thanks for sharing all of these. I found 2 I would love to make!
Yikes! All the links for Crochet Uncut seem to go to that site now. 🙁 I'm going to contact the designer and see if she has any ideas. Thanks for the heads up Richelle! Hopefully I'll have a new link soon!
Hi! Thanks for featuring my pico bandito pattern! Just to let you know I've moved it to http://jonboy1987art.tumblr.com/post/88353254233/pico-bandito-is-a-simple-crescent-shaped-scarf-i
Thanks so much for the update! 🙂
I have started and ripped out 3 times the Pico Bandito. It doesn't lay flat. I have had to add stitches in some rows.Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone else had a problem with this "pattern"?
Hi Judy! I haven't made it, but the instructions say to "block vigorously" so I'm guessing it will work up a bit wobbly and needs the blocking to lay flat.
Had to hunt for the sunspree pattern. Found it here https://yarnspirations.s3.amazonaws.com/naturallycaron-files/projects/sunspree/sunspree.pdf
Ah, another one the Yarnspirations site redo moved! Thanks for letting me know Carol!
I have a granny Prayer Shawl I'm fond of & have made quite a few of. I'm wondering if I could use a mega hook, say an S, with 2 strands of homespun by Lion Brand. What do you think?
I think that would work beautifully! ♥
I came across this shawl pattern on Pinterest in a list of others and just started it last night. it is working up quickly and I think it will be really pretty. Picture on website is just of the first few rows because instructions tell to you work to desired length after getting your "repeat" started.
Thank you or sharing it Bridgett!
I would like instructions on making a shawl using the shell pattern all the way through it I would like it to be a large one. I have looked all over but cannot find a free pattern to follow .
Thank you for all your help.
Hi Brenda! There are lots of shell patterns out there, so I'm not sure which one you're referring to. This one is free, uses the shell stitch, and since it starts at the point, you can add to it until you have the size you like: http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/yes-yes-shawl.html
very nice designs
I really wanted the Neptunes tears but it is no longer available.
Oh that's such a shame! I'll make a note on the list, thank you for letting me know, Brenda!
I found it on the Wayback machine.https://web.archive.org/web/20150528130114/http://www.lacompagniedeslaines.be/medias/files/free-neptune-s-tears-chale-crochet.pdf
The link above works too! 🙂 They've added the wayback file to Ravelry.