A crochet shawl or wrap is a fantastic crochet project for all seasons. And if you are looking for an easy crochet project, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful rectangular crochet shawl pattern!
This list of crochet wrap patterns includes shawls that are perfect for layering in spring and summer, as well as cozy wraps that can be worn as a scarf during the winter.
A rectangle crochet wrap is a perfect pattern for a beginner. There are no increases or decreases, and usually, once you have mastered the first few rows, it is a matter of “rinse and repeat” for the rest of the pattern :-).
Best yarn for a Crochet Shawl
A shawl is definitely one of the most versatile crochet projects you can make. And the type of yarn you choose very much depends on the intended purpose.
Crochet Shawls for Summer
For a lightweight, lacy shawl to throw over your shoulders in summer, you are definitely going to want to go for breathability – cotton or linen are great options here. And thinner yarns are a must (think #3/DK weight, #2/Sport or even #1/Fingering).
Crochet Shawls or Blanket Scarfs for Autumn/Winter
For cooler seasons, you will probably want a heavier shawl with a more textured stitch pattern – your shawl might even be more of a blanket scarf!
And the world is your oyster when it comes to yarn fibres – you can go for wool (or a wool blend) if allergies are not an issue, or try out a gorgeous premium acrylic yarn like WeCrochet Brava Worsted for a super soft (and washable!) shawl.
30 Free Rectangular Crochet Shawl Patterns
The patterns below come in a variety of styles and yarn weights, so you are sure to find something for all seasons 🙂
For each of the projects below, I list the pattern format as well as the yarn weight. This allows you to see at a glance what you might be able to use from your stash for your next rectangle shawl crochet project.
"This free pattern is written for one size and uses a lightweight #2/sport yarn with a gorgeous gradient. A solid colour would look great too. The shawl body has a simple two row repeat, so once you have worked the first couple of rows, it’s easy peasy after that 🙂" - Sarah @ Ned & Mimi
"I had the idea for this concept of The Unicorn Poop Stole My Heart when I saw the color Fi sent me and the play on words was too perfect to pass up. By definition, in garments, a Stole is simply a wide long scarf that can be worn as a wrap loosely over the shoulders. One carefully placed button allows you the create so many looks with this one item. " - Michele @ Stitch and Hustle
"This wrap is made using the filet crochet technique. It is an easy technique using only the chain and the double crochet (US) stitch. As is common with filet crochet the pattern consists of a grid to follow and some instructions on how to read the grid. " - Torun Johansson
"I made this wrap for Valentine’s Day and because it represents love, I think it would be perfect for any time of the year. This is a beginner friendly pattern and if you love to play with color, I am sure you will enjoy making this as much as I did!" - Arunima @ Knitter Knotter
"This crochet pattern is for a sampler style, textured, airy wrap that features a variety of stitches and an over-sized fit. While fairly easy, you need to be comfortable with basic crochet stitches as well as counting stitches for this project! The wrap can be used as a cover-up, or just a functional, yet beautiful piece to throw over your shoulders on cool evenings (with your favorite outfit or sundress)." - Jessica @ Mama in a Stitch
" I LOVE this for the transition from summer into fall. It’s made with a simple four row pattern repeat and the yarn is soft as can be with the perfect drape. I also love that the Ferris Wheel Yarn cakes are large so that this wrap only uses three cakes total. It’s self striping, so there’s no need to make color changes." - Jessica @ Mama in a Stitch
"The Finestra Scarf Wrap crochet pattern is light and lacy. Style it as a scarf, or wrap it around your shoulders on chilly mornings. Contrasting stripes and open blocks create a stunning shawl to welcome in spring this season." - Crystal @ Christaco Design
"Worked in rows, this shawl is a rectangular shawl. It’s worked lengthwise and alternates rows of single crochet stitches with cluster shell stitches. And I love the way that the cluster stitches look like spring blossoms!" - Sarah @ Rich Texture Crochet
"If you like simple projects – some might call it “mindless” crochet – or, if you’re a beginner looking for your first “big” project, then the Serape Shawl is perfect for you. The sample is made with Valley Yarns Charlemont, a lusciously soft blend of superwash Merino wool, mulberry silk, and polyamide. This yarn has phenomenal drape, but so does the stitch pattern." - Marie @ Underground Crafter
Size: 70” (178 cm) long x 13.5” (34.5 cm) wide before blocking
"It’s time to crochet a wrap that adds just what you’ve been missing in your closet. It’s great for the spring when you wear it over a dress and open in the front. It’s great for the winter when you wear it as a scarf. Any way you wear it, it’ll keep you warm and fashionable all at once." - Ashley @ Cream Of The Crop Crochet
"The Joy Wrap is a fantastic spring and summer accessory. You can make it as long as you prefer. With this one I wanted one a little bit longer. Living on the coast in the UK the wind can be a little chilly, even in summer, so I like to have something to cover my shoulders and chest on family walks and when out with the dogs. I have spent many years stuck in a rut with being comfortable wearing darker colours and jeans so I also wanted something that screamed summer and made me smile! The yarn I used for this one does just that. " - Helen @ Sunflower Cottage Crochet for Joy of Motion
"The Tidelands Wrap is designed to showcase the gradual color changes in fingering weight gradient yarn. The wrap is versatile as well. You can wear it several different ways. Pair it with both casual and dressy looks. Because it is lightweight, you can wear it as an outer layer when it’s not too chilly. On colder days, double it up and tuck it under a jacket or coat for a stunning and warm neck layer. " - Suzanne of Crafting Each Day for Joy of Motion
"An easy open lace pattern is used to create this Delicate Crochet Shawl. Perfect for draping as a light evening shawl and dressing up any Summer outfit! The delicate bobble fringe adds a touch of flair to this statement wrap.I designed this shawl with Summer in mind. We all love to have an easy repetitive project to work on relaxing outside or for taking with us on road trips. I think you will love the open lace stitch pattern and how fast this shawl works up! And this rectangular wrap can be worn all year round!" - Carmen @ Annie Design Crochet
"This easy to wear rectangular shawl is worked in a four-row repeat crochet pattern, and it’s easy to customize for your perfect size. It would be perfect to add a splash of colour to a winter coat, or as a light shawl for warmer weather." - Carmen @ Annie Design Crochet
"By making the shawl extra wide, you can wear it in different ways: like a normal scarf around the neck or like a shawl around the shoulders. The pattern is easy to follow and a therefore a perfect project for beginners as well." - Wilma @ wilmade
"The Miss Mille Scarf is dedicated to Mille, a six year old girl from Denmark. It’s a very simple pattern: the scarf itself is made with double crochet stitches and the white diamond shaped overlay is made with slip stitches." - Wilma @ wilmade
"This beautiful crochet summer wrap has been designed with Rowan Summerlite 4-ply yarn. It is a cotton yarn which makes this crochet shawl ideal for warmer months as it is breathable." - Veronika @ Blue Star Crochet
Size: 170 cm in length and 47 cm in depth when blocked
"I chose to use the Solomon’s Knot stitch, because it’s so airy and lacy. Plus it let me finish the entire shawl with just one skein of yarn! This shawl pattern is perfect for stash busting, and gifting. I love that I can wear it as a shawl, scarf, or wrap, too! I" - Katie @ Salty Pearl Crochet
"The pattern is easy to adjust for sizing and uses a cotton/acrylic blend for a light weight feel with a touch of warmth. A beautiful 2 row repeat of the blossom stitch gives the wrap gorgeous texture with an easy lace look." - Ashley @ Through the Loop Yarn Craft
"The pattern is rated easy in difficulty. However, an advanced beginner could easily make this shawl. The stitches are very basic, and when combined create a beautiful shell style design." - Michelle @ Two Brothers Blankets
"The Slanting Shells Wrap involves a 4-row repeat that can seem daunting at first, but it’s actually easy. You don’t have to use a gradient yarn, as a solid color in your favorite fiber would be lovely too. If you decide to use a yarn weight that’s not worsted, it will change the overall size and yarn needed." - Courtney @ Creations By Courtney
"The Woodland Shawl is a beautiful, colorful, lacy wrap. The easy and repetitive stitching is comforting as you crochet along. Finish it off with a lacy stitch and pretty border for a stunning shawl to keep for yourself or to give away to a loved one. " - Carolyn @ The Purple Poncho Crochet By Carolyn
"The Poudreuse Wrap is an easy biased chunky crochet scarf pattern in 2 colors. Only simple stitches are used as well as the bead stitch for some added texture and just a little twist." - Hortense @ Knitting with Chopsticks
"The Susan Shawl is an easy rectangular shawl pattern perfect for spring. The lightweight shawl works up quickly in worsted weight yarn. The openwork stitch patterns look lovely in a classic cream color. Or, have some fun and experiment with bands of contrasting color or stripes." - Suzanne @ Crafting Each day