This Free Crochet Shawl Pattern is named the Melody Shawl because to me the way these stitches fall look like music. Who knows if that makes any sense, but this vintage style crochet shawl is a great pattern for an advanced or determined beginner. Just make sure to read the whole pattern, take your time and reference the stitch diagram and I promise this is really an easy crochet patten! Keep scrolling to use the free crochet shawl pattern in this blog post or click the button below for an affordable pdf!
Design Story and Inspiration
Open and Lacy Crochet Stitches have such a beautiful elegance about them that its amazing I don’t use them more. Maybe it is because it isn’t as mindless as using just simple single crochet? Whatever the reason, I love being able to bounce back and forth from a simple pattern to something more intricate like crochet lace. When I was dreaming up this design I wanted something with simple color work and a simple fade. I did not want to create a project that had a lot of ends to weave in with this already intimidating stitch pattern. By using these two colors that compliment each other so well just having three color changes achieved the look of a fade without becoming overwhelming!
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About the Yarn
I love using lighter weight yarns, especially hand yes specialty yarns. There is just something about using a skein of yarn that has its own personality. Hand dyed yarns will never be the same as each other, they may be similar but yeah skein will have its own variations. I chose to use two complimenting blue hanks of hand dyed fingering weight yarn to make this beautiful Free Crochet Shawl Pattern! Keep scrolling to use the free crochet pattern in this blog post!
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- (1) Skein 437 yds/100g, Fingering Weight Yarn – Color A
- (1) Skein 437 yds/100g, Fingering Weight Yarn – Color B
- 5.00 mm hook (I prefer a Clover or Furls Hook)
- Yarn Needle
The gauge for this Free Crochet Shawl Pattern is 17 sts x 12 rows in sc. For yardage purposes the gauge is important, however if you have extra of a color and aren’t scared of yarn chicken don’t worry if your gauge is off! The shawl will open up beautifully when blocked and was designed tone on the larger side.
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
- Chain Stitch – ch
- Slip Stitch – Sl St
- Single Crochet – sc
- Half Double Crochet – hdc
- Double Crochet – dc
- Space – sp
- Picot – ch 4, slst in top of last st made.
- One Size
- * Designates a repeat.
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Ch 3 does count as a stitch.
- “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch.
- “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches.
- “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st to create an increase.
- Skill Level: Intermediate but could be considered easy if you
Free Crochet Shawl Pattern Begins
Row 1 (Color A)
Sc in second chain from hook, scin each stitch across.
Row 2 (Color A)
Ch 3, turn, sk 1 st, dc in next stitch then dc in skipped stitch to create an ‘X’ or crossed stitch, *sk 1, dc in next stitch then dc in skipped stitch, repeat from * until you have 1 stitch remaining, dc in last stitch.
Row 3 (Color A)
Ch1, turn, and sc in every stitch across. [270 total stitches.]
Row 4 (Color A)
Ch 1, turn, sc in first stitch, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in next stitch, ch 3, sc in next stitch, repeat from * to end. [Reference
Stitch Diagram below for stitch placement clarity.]
Row 5 (Color A)
Ch 5, turn, sc in ch-5 sp, *ch 5, sc in ch-5 sp, repeat from * to last ch-5, ch 2, hdc in last st.
Row 6 (Color A)
Ch 1, turn, sc, *ch 3, 2 sc in ch-5 sp, repeat from * to last ch-5, ch 3, sc in turning ch-5.
Row 7 (Color A)
Ch 1, turn, sc, *3 sc in ch-3 sp, sc 1 in next 2 sts, repeat from * to end. [270 total stitches.]
Rows 8 – 20 (Color A)
Repeat Rows 2 – 7 with Row 20 being a repeat of Row 2.
Row 21 (Color B)
Repeat Row 3
Row 22-24 (Color A)
Repeat Rows 4 to 6
Row 25 (Color B)
Repeat Row 7
Rows 26 – 39 (Color B)
Repeat Rows 2 – 7 with Rows 38 and 39 being a repeat of Rows 2 and 3 respectively.
Row 40 (Color B)
Ch 1, turn, sc, *ch 3 and skip 2-sc, (dc, ch 4, dc) in next stitch, ch 3, skip 2-sc, sc in next stitch, repeat from * to end.
Row 41 (Color B)
Ch 3, turn, *skip ch-3 loop(s), (4dc, picot, 4dc) in next ch-4 sp, repeat from * to end, dc in last sc, finish off and weave in ends.
How to Block Your Crochet Shawl
- Using your choice of Wool Wash or my preference, baby shampoo, soak your finished piece for at least 30 minutes in cool or warm water, not hot.
- Gently Squeeze out excess water and roll gently into a towel.
- Use a blocking board, towels, a bed sheet, etc., to lay your finished shawl.
- Pin down corners and sides.
- Place one pin in each trim picot and pull to a point.
- Wait until your piece is dry, unpin that beauty and go show off your Melody Shawl!
I hope you really enjoyed making this stunning vintage inspired crochet shawl! Thank you so much for visiting the Life and Yan Blog and be sure to Sign Up for my Newsletter so you never miss new free crochet patterns and projects! Check out some of my other free shawl patterns with links below!
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