Introducing an easy crochet shawl – the Lacy Shells Shawl!
This pattern is simple to follow and creates a very pretty stitch pattern with the alternating shells and open spaces.
I love to crochet and design shawls because they are a great canvas for showing off crochet stitches and beautiful yarn. Plus, most shawls fit a variety of sizes and look great on a variety of body types!
To add to the drape I used a hook that is usually too large for the Size 3 yarn I chose – this technique is easy to do and has great results!
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Skill Level: Confident Beginner
62” across at widest point; 30” from top edge to bottom point (edging not included)
Yarn: Omega Fontana (100% cotton; 218.7 yards; 100 grams): 650 Lilac 3 balls
(or any Size 3 (DK weight) cotton yarn)
Hook: Size K/10 ½ (6.5 mm)
Teardrop glass beads – 8 x 11mm (51)
Glass seed beads – 6/0 (51)
Beading needle (to fit through bead holes)
Sewing needle (to sew beads to shawl)
Matching sewing thread
(The pink shawl was crocheted with “Artiste” #8 Crochet Cotton purchased at Hobby Lobby)
Gauge: 4” across = 4 ch-5 sps worked in stitch pattern
Shawl is worked from the bottom point and up by increasing gradually each row.
The edging and beads are added last.
(The beads are optional but they do help pull the shawl down to open up all the lacy stitches and help it to lay nicely around your shoulders)
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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook
Sc (single crochet) = Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk
Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice
Shell = 4 dc in stitch indicated
Tr (treble crochet) = YO twice, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times
Dtr (double treble crochet) = YO three times, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times
Ch-3 picot = ch 3, sl st in 1st ch
Ch = chain;
Sp = space
Hk = hook
Lp = loop
Sk = skip
RS = Right Side
Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
Row 1: Ch 4, 3 dc in 4th ch from hook. Turn. (1 shell)
Row 2: Ch 9, sc in sp bet. 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 6, dc in turning chain. Turn. (2 ch-sps)
Row 3 (Right Side): Ch 3, 3 dc in same st, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp, shell in 7th ch of last sp. Turn. (2 shells, 1 ch-sp)
Row 4: Ch 9, sc in sp bet 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in sp bet 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 5, dc in turning chain. Turn. (4 ch-sps)
Row 5: Ch 3, 3 dc in same st, (sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp, shell in next sc) across ending with shell in 7th ch of last sp. Turn. (3 shells, 2 ch-sps)
Row 6: Ch 9, (sc in sp bet 2nd and 3rd dc, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5) across ending with ch 5, dc in turning ch. Turn. (6 ch-sps)
Rows 7-46: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 (46 ch-sps at end of Row 46)
Row 47: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st, (sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, shell in next sc) across ending with 3 dc in turning chain. Turn.
Row 48: Ch 5, sc in bet 2nd and 3rd dc, (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in bet next 2nd and 3rd dc) across ending with (ch 3, dc) in turning chain. Turn.
Rows 49: Repeat Row 47 ending row with (ch 1, 2 dc in 3rd ch of last ch-5 sp). Turn.
Row 50: Ch 1, sc in sp bet 1st and 2nd dc; (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc bet 2nd and 3rd dc) across ending with ch 5, sc in turning chain. Turn.
Row 51: Ch 1, sl st in 1st 2 sts, sc in next st, (Shell in next sc, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) across ending with sc in last sc. Turn.
Row 52: Ch 5, sc in 1st ch-5 sp, (ch 5, sc in bet 2nd & 3rd dc of next shell, ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) ending with sc in turning chain (which is the beg ch-1 of Row 51). Turn. (48 ch-sps)
With Right Side facing, ch 1, sc in first sc, *(ch 2, tr, ch 2, dtr, ch 1, ch-3 picot, ch 1, dtr, ch 2, tr, ch 2) in next sc, sc in next sc*;
Repeat * to * across top of shawl;
Now working down side of shawl, [(ch 2, tr, ch 2, dtr, ch 1, ch-3 picot, ch 1, dtr, ch 2, tr, ch 2) in top side of next shell stitch, sc in top side of next shell stitch] across to bottom point;
At bottom point of shawl work (ch 2, tr, ch 2, dtr, ch 1, ch-3 picot, ch 1, dtr, ch 2, tr, ch 2); sc in ch sp next to shell at bottom point; Now working up last side of shawl, repeat [ ] ending with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Finishing and Assembly:
Wet shawl completely with cold water – do not wring.
Roll up in a large clean towel and squeeze out excess water.
Unwrap and layout on new large towel on top of large piece of corrugated cardboard or blocking board.
Stretch shawl into the shape you want and pin each point along the edges – make sure to adjust pins to keep taut.
Let dry completely and then weave in ends.
With sewing thread and needle, sew beads on along edging on top of each ch-3 picot (see Diagram and photo above).
And that’s it! Your shawl is complete!
Did you decide to add the edging and the beads? I think the beads add a very classy and elegant touch to this shawl – every time I wear it I get so many compliments.
I hope you enjoyed making this project.
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