Ah shawls, don’t you love them? I find something so very relaxing working on one. I can just sit and zone out and vibe as it were, while working on one. Not like my wall hangings, those require constant attention like a child (I assume). And while I love making complex and complicated designs, it’s nice to kick with calming make. Ya know? That’s why this week’s new release is the Brecken Shawl crochet pattern.
While I was getting ready to move last month I was feeling really out of sorts. Things felt like they were going both really fast and really slow at the same time. I wanted to feel secure and in place for a little and so I rifled through my stash and found a couple skeins of this lovely Mandala yarn in the color Pixie and I knew it needed to become a shawl. And you know what? it was exactly what I needed. It helped me relax and feel grounded like nothing else did. I’m so glad I could work on it. And now I’m sharing the fruits of those weeks with you.
This shawl is super easy, worked from the point to the larger end in row by row. Each row you add one st (all your increases need to stay on the same side btw) and if you’re like me and using a colorful yarn, you get to watch the colors develop. Now, I couldn’t just leave it a simple shawl, I had to go with some fun texture. For this design I used the extended half double crochet because I just love it. In fact, the ehdc is having a big month because I also used it for my new Elsie Tank Top. It’s just that extra little loop (described in the Notes section below) that gives it something extra, don’t you think?
In addition to the ehdc, I brought out the dcc for some texture. The double crochet cluster stitch is worked just like a dc2tog and a ch 1 worked as one st. I find that having the 2 sts (dc2tog and ch1) count as 1 st it’s less confusing in the pattern. Just make sure when you’re working across on the next row, you work into both the dc2tog and ch1, or else you will definitely lose stitches. And so, between the dcc and ehdc this shawl has loads of texture but it’s all super achievable and easy to make. And of course, if you’re like me you’re going to want to add those tassels, because they’re just too fun not to. Ya know?
Overall, I really hope you like this pattern. I had a lot of fun making this design because I loved watching the colors develop. But I would love to see it in one color, so if you’ve make it please tag me in the photos on social media. Have a great rest of your month and remember to be kind to yourself and others but don’t put up with anyone’s bigoted nonsense.
Please note: I was provided the yarn for this pattern by Lion Brand Yarn for the purposes of designing the Brecken Shawl crochet pattern, with compensation for the kit. I wasn’t provided the yarn with the expectations of positive or negative reviews but I did enjoy using this yarn, as I have in the past with my Britta Top. It’s a wonderful yarn.
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Where to purchase the Brecken Shawl crochet pattern
- 15 ehdc x 8 rows = 4”
Terms/ Stitches used
- Sk: Skip
- Ch: Chain
- St: Stitch
- RS: Right Side
- Sc: Single crochet
- Dcc: Double Crochet Cluster (explained below)
- Ehdc: Extended half double crochet (explained on the next page)
- Extended Half Double Crochet (Ehdc): Yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, ch 1, yarn over, pull through the 3 loops on the hook.
- Double crochet cluster (Dcc): This st is worked over 2 sts. Yarn over, insert your hook into the first st, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops, yarn over, insert your hook into the next st, yarn over, draw through 2 loops, yarn over, draw through the final 3 loops on your hook, ch 1. This st is basically a dc2tog and a ch 1 being counted as 1 st and when you work back into it you will use both the top of the dc2tog and the ch 1.
- This pattern is worked from the point to the wider end in rows with a turn at the beginning of each row.
- The ch 1 at the beginning of some rows does not count as a stitch.
- The ch 3 at the beginning of some rows does count as a stitch.
- The row stitch counts increase one stitch per row, so the stitch count on the ehdc rows will be the same as the row number.
- This pattern is basically reversible but I did label a “right side” to make it easier to follow.
- The sample in the photos was made with about 2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn’s Mandala in Pixie. Check out the kit from Lion Brand Yarn here.
- You can buy a pdf of this pattern in my Ravelry shop here.
Approx Finished Product Details for the Brecken Shawl crochet pattern
|Length||Width (at widest)|
|56.5”||34” (at widest on Row 128)|
Brecken Shawl Crochet Pattern Instructions
(RS) Row 1: A: Ch 2, sc into the second ch from the hook – 1 sc
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, ehdc twice – 2 ehdc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, ehdc twice into the first st, ehdc once into the last st – 3 ehdc
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, ehdc once into the first 2 sts, ehdc twice into the last st – 4 ehdc
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, ehdc twice into the first st, ehdc across – 5 ehdc
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, ehdc across until 1 st remains, ehdc twice into the last st – 6 ehdc
Row 7: Ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), turn, dc into the first st, dcc across until 1 st remains, dc into the last st – 3 dc, 2 dcc
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, ehdc across until 1 st remains, ehdc twice into the last st – 8 ehdc
Rows 9 – 16: Repeat Rows 7 – 8, a total of 4 more times.
Row 17: Ch 1, turn, ehdc twice into the first st, ehdc across – 17 ehdc
Row 18: Ch 1, turn, ehdc across until 1 st remains, ehdc twice into the last st –18 ehdc
Rows 19 – 20: Repeat Rows 17 – 18, once more.
Rows 21 – 30: Repeat Rows 7 – 8, a total of 5 more times.
Rows 31 – 34: Repeat Rows 17 – 18, twice more.
Rows 35 – 118: Repeat Rows 21 – 34, a total of 6 more times.
Rows 119 – 128: Repeat Rows 7 – 8, a total of 5 more times.
Your stitch count on the final row will be 128, as your row numbers and stitch counts are the same throughout the shawl.
Fasten off, weave in your ends. Block your piece so it measures 56.5” in length and 34” across on Row 128.
For each tassel: make 20 lengths of yarn at about 10” – 11” each. Cut another piece of yarn and tie it around the center of the bundle you just cut. Fold the bundle in half around the piece you just tied and using another piece of yarn, tie the two halves back into one. Attach each tassel to one of the points on your shawl. Feel free to steam block the tassels to get the yarn to lay evenly.