If you are a beginner crocheter looking for your next easy crochet project, then look no further! In this blog post, I’ve compiled a list of 30 free beginner crochet shawl patterns, each one selected for their simplicity and style.
An easy crochet shawl pattern is the perfect way for a newer crocheter to practice their skills, all while creating a beautiful piece of wearable art!
If you are just starting out and have gotten your head around the basic crochet stitches, or even if you are a more experienced crocheter looking for an easy and satisfying “couch” project, you’re sure to find a new crochet shawl pattern to add to your project list.
So get your hook and yarn ready, and let’s start crocheting!
What is the easiest type of shawl to crochet for beginners?
For beginners, a simple crochet wrap or shawl is definitely one of the easiest projects you can make.
Rectangular shawlsare usually theeasiest shape to startwith as they often require only basic stitches (such as single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet) and have a straightforward construction with no increasing or decreasing. If you are a complete beginner, then I would definitely try one of these first.
Triangle crochet shawls can also be suitable for beginners, but they do have a little added complexity in that you will be working some increase stitches to create the triangle shape. This can require some understanding of increasing stitches and following a pattern, so it may be a little more challenging if you are completely new to the world of crochet.
In general, it is best to look for crochet wrap patterns that use basic stitches, such as the single or double crochet, and have clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Step-by-step photos and video tutorials can also go a long way to helping you finish your project successfully. With a little bit of practice, you will absolutely be able to crochet a beautiful shawl that you can be proud of ☺.
What you’ll need to make an easy crochet shawl
As with many things in life, crochet shawls come in all different shapes and sizes! The type of yarn you use will really depend on the season and the type of shawl you want to create.
If you’re looking for a cozy shawl for cooler months, you might consider using a bulky weight yarn.
On the other hand, a worsted weight yarn (the jack-of-all-trades of the yarn world!) can be used for a shawl that is appropriate for any season.
As a beginner, you’ll also want to take yarn fiber into account when making your yarn selection as some fibers are definitely easier to work with than others.
In general, you may find it easier to start with a more forgiving fiber like acrylic, cotton, or wool. As you become more comfortable with crocheting and counting your stitches, you can try working with other fibers, such as silk or mohair.
The best hook size for a crochet shawl will depend on the type of yarn you’re using and the stitch pattern used in the design. Generally, a hook that is one or two sizes larger than what is recommended on the yarn label is a good choice. This creates a more relaxed and draping fabric which is perfect for shawls.
All of the designs below list a recommended hook size to use for the project, but you are free to adjust your hook based on your own gauge and style of crocheting. It’s important to remember that the recommended hook size is just a starting point and you may need to adjust it to achieve the desired look and feel for your shawl.
You’ll also need a scissors, a yarn needle (for weaving in those ends!) and possibly stitch markers.
A note on stitch markers
You do not necessarily need stitch markers to make a crochet shawl, but they can be useful in certain situations!
Stitch markers are used to mark specific stitches or rows in your work, helping you keep track of where you are in the pattern. They can be particularly helpful when working with complex stitch patterns, counting stitches, or marking the beginning and end of a repeat.
For simple shawl patterns, stitch markers may not be necessary. However, If you’re a beginner crocheter, you may find stitch markers helpful even in simple patterns as they can help you stay organized and make the process of crocheting a shawl easier and more enjoyable.
How to Block a Crochet Shawl
I could not write about crochet shawls without mentioning blocking.
If this is a brand new term to you, do not worry! Blocking in crochet simply refers to the process of wetting, shaping, and drying a finished crochet piece to enhance its appearance, improve its drape, and even out its stitch pattern.
Blocking can be done in a variety of ways, but most of them involve the following steps:
introducing moisture to the crochet item (either through soaking or steam)
pinning it to a blocking board or foam mat (shaping and adjusting it the desired size)
allowing it to dry completely
Blocking can be done using blocking wires, which are flexible metal wires that are used to shape the piece, or simply by pinning the piece to the blocking surface. Blocking is especially important for items like shawls and wraps as it can help to bring out the stitch definition, create a more even fabric, and make the finished product look more polished.
Wilma from wilmade.com has some fantastic before and after pictures of a blocked crochet shawl. Hopefully this will convince you that when it comes to shawls and wraps, blocking is definitely worth the effort!
30 Free Beginner Crochet Shawl Patterns
Here are some of my favorite beginner-friendly crochet shawl and wrap designs. If you are new to crochet then you will definitely want to give one of these easy patterns a try!
This simple crochet shawl is ideal for a beginner crocheter or anyone looking for a one-cake project with a one-row repeat! For a mindless and relaxing crochet project, the only stitch you’ll need to know to make this shawl is the double crochet stitch.
This cozy Crochet Cake Yarn Shawl pattern requires only one ball of any cake yarn in DK/Light Worsted weight. This pattern is very simple and beginner-friendly, and you'll be able to crochet a few shawls for gifts in no time!
Size: Shawl measures 70 in [178cm] in longest length x 56 in [102cm] x 31 in [79cm] after blocking
The Poudreuse Wrap is a simple biased wrap worked using two colors. Only simple stitches are used in this pattern, with the exception of the bead stitch, which adds some extra texture to this gorgeous shawl.
This lovely shawl is a beginner-friendly triangle shawl pattern made with worsted weight yarn. It has a straightforward design with a two-row repeat. If you've never made a triangle shawl before, this simple shawl pattern is a great one to start with.
The gorgeous Alannah Shawl is a crescent-shaped shawl uses only double crochet stitches and works up quickly for a stunning result.. The shawl requires approximately 600m of worsted weight yarn and can be finished with fringe detailing for a fun effect!
Size: 70” (178cm) wide and 15.5” (39cm) deep, without the fringe.
This comfy triangle shawl crochet pattern is so simple to make! While this shawl has a lacy appearance, because it is worked in a bulky weight yarn, it is still cozy and comfortable to wear on cooler days and evenings.
A light weight scarf that's perfect for warmer weather, this shawl uses a simple stitch to draw attention to the color of the yarn. And it works up quickly so you can finish it in one sitting. This is one of those projects that doesn't require any counting, so you can crochet while watching TV or listening to a podcast!
The Primavera Shawl is a rectangular shawl worked in back and forth rows, making it the simplest shape for beginners. The pattern is a two-row repeat using only two types of stitches (double crochets and puff stitches) and the hook size used is one size larger than recommended for the yarn, resulting in fluffier and airier puff stitches.
The Bracken Ridge shawl is a beginner-friendly triangle shawl using basic double crochet and half double crochet stitches. It is an easy and elegant design that is perfect for wearing with a summer dress or with a t-shirt for a more casual look.
This easy-to-make crochet shawl is made with Lionbrand Mandala and is worked top-down using only double crochet stitches and chains. This is a great project to work on while watching TV or Netflix or listening to your favorite podcast. You can easily customize the shawl to your liking by making it smaller or larger, adding tassels or fringes!