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Dawn in the Woods Shawl

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Shawl Crochet Pattern

Dawn in the Woods is a fun, scarf-like shawl featuring an eye-catching pineapple crochet border.

The basic shape of this shawl is a long, flat triangle, which means that the shawl can be wrapped or draped just like a scarf. The shawl is worked sideways, starting at one narrow end of the triangle, getting wider towards the middle and then narrowing again on the other side.

The body of the shawl is made up of V-stitches and is quite straightforward to work, as long as you mind the increases and decreases. The shawl's border is the real challenge in this project, and is actually pineapple crochet!

As many projects, this shawl started with a yarn. In my stash, I had a Kauni fingering-weight yarn featuring long color transitions of pink, white and coffee. Every time I saw it, the color combination reminded me of a bright, pink dawn on a snowy winter day. Here in the Northeast, we get plenty of those! I wanted to create a shawl that would work with the yarn to enhance this atmosphere. (shop for this yarn here!)

That said, this shawl can be made with almost any color or weight of yarn, including lace, sport, DK or even worsted-weight, as long as you use the appropriate hook. You may also wish to adjust the size of the shawl accordingly.  This is easy to do, by just repeating rows 11-24 of the pattern more or less times. Just remember that increases in the first half of the shawl need to be followed by corresponding decreases in the second half!

For this type of pattern in particular, I think it's very useful to have a diagram, and so I included one. Hopefully, it is helpful!

Size: width - 78" (195 cm), depth - 20" (50 cm)

Materials: Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn 100% Wool sport weight yarn 440 yd (400 m)/100g, color EJ pink-beige - 2 skeins. (shop for this yarn here!)

Hook: 7 (4.50 mm)

Gauge is not important

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Shell - (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into ch 2
V-Stitch - (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into ch 1 of the V-stitch of the prev. row
double V-st -  (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) into ch 1 of the V-stitch of the prev. row
2dccl - 2 dc cluster (dc decrease)
3dccl - 3 dc cluster (dc double decrease)
3tr-bobble  - 3 treble bobble st

Shawl

Ch 4, join to create a circle.
Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc into circle, ch 2, 3 dc into circle.

Row 2: ch 3, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into ch 2.

Row 3: ch 3, shell, shell into next ch 2.

Row 4: ch 3, shell, ch 5, shell, ch 3, 1 dc into ch 3.

Row 5: ch 5, 1 dc into ch 3, ch 2, shell, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5, ch 3, shell.

Row 6: ch 3, shell, ch 5, 2 dc in 1 dc, ch 5, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, ch 5, 1 sc in ch 5, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 5.

Row 7: ch 5, 1 dc in 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5, ch3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell, ch 6, 2 dc in next 2 dc, ch 6, shell.

Row 8: ch 3, shell, ch 7, 2 dc in next 2 dc, ch 7, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, place marker, (1dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in ch 5. This is the beginning of the main part of the shawl.

Row 9: ch 3, skip ch 1, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc [double V-st]) in next ch 1, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 6, 2 dc in 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 6, shell.

Row 10: ch 3, shell, ch 5, 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 5, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3) twice, ch 3, V-st in ch 1 of double V-st, V-st in second ch 1 of double V-st, 1 dc in ch 5.

Row 11: ch 3, 2 V-sts, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 4, 2 dc in first dc, 3 dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 4, shell.

Row 12: ch 3, shell, ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3) twice, ch 3, double V-st in first V--st, V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 13: ch 3, 3 V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell, ch 2, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 1, skip ch 1, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip ch 1, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 2, shell.

Row 14: ch 3, shell, ch 2, 2dccl in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in next 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 2, 2dccl in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in next 2 dc, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) 3 times, ch 3, 3 V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 15: ch 3, 2 V-st, double V-st in last V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) 3 times, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell, ch 3, 3dccl, ch 3, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, 3dccl, ch 3, shell.

Row 16: ch 3, shell, ch 4, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 4, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) 4 times, ch 3, 4 V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 17: ch 3, 4 V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) 4 times, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell, ch 3, 2dccl in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in last 2 dc, ch 3, shell.

Row 18: ch 3, shell, ch 3, 3dccl in next 3 dc, ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 5) 5 times, ch 3, double V-st, 3 V-st (or V-st to the end of the row), 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 19: ch 3, 5 V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) 6 times, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell, 3tr-bobble in next shell, turn.

Row 20: ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 2, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) 6 times, ch 3, V-st to the end of the row, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 21: ch 3, work V-st, double V-st in last V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) 6 times, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, ch 2, shell.

Row 22: ch 3, shell, ch 6, skip 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 6, skip 2 dc, shell in following ch 3, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, V-st to the end of the row, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 23: ch 3, work V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 6, 3 dc in 1 dc, ch 6, shell.

Row 24: ch 3, shell, ch 5, 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 5, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3) twice, ch 3, double V-st in first V-st, V-sts to the end of the row, 1 dc in ch 3.

Repeat rows 11-24, work double V-st in every 3rd row (next will be 27th row) until there are 26 V-sts (if you want a wider shawl, make more increases), then work 14 rows without increases. Then start making V-st decreases as follows:

Row 1: 1 dc in first V-st (or last V-st, depending on RS or WS you are working)

Row 2: working on the last V-st, work 1 dc, ch 1, 2dccl (in same ch 1 and in 1 dc from prev. row) or (for other side) 2 dccl (1 in 1 dc and second in ch 1 of first V-st), finish V-st by ch 1, 1 dc.

Row 3: V-st to the end of the row or to border. You now have 1 V-st less.

Continue to work shawl making decreases in main part until row 12 of the last border repeat. You should have 3 V-st left.

End of the Shawl

Border repeat is worked from row 12 (see above)

Row 13: ch 3, 2 V-st, 1 dc in last V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 2, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 1, skip ch 1, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip ch 1, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 2, shell.

Row 14: ch 3, shell, ch 2, 2dccl in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in next 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 2, 2dccl in next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in next 2 dc, ch 2, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, (2dccl, ch 1, 1 dc) (see row decrease above), 1 V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 15: ch 3, 2 V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) 2 times, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 3, 3dccl, ch 3, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, 3dccl, ch 3, shell.

Row 16: ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 dc in 3dccl, ch 3, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3dccl, ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in first V-st, V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 17: ch 3, 1 dc in ch 1 of V-st, ch 1, 2dccl in ch 1 and 1 dc (2nd row of V-st decrease), (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 6, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 6, shell.

Row 18: ch 3, shell, ch 5, 5 dc in next 5 dc, ch 5, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, 1 V-st, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 19: ch 3, 1 dc in V-st, (ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 5, 2dccl in 2 next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2dccl in 2 last dc, ch 5, shell.

Row 20: ch 3, shell, ch 4, 3dccl in 3 dc, ch 4, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, (ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3) twice, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3.

Row 21: ch 5, 1 dc in ch 5, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, ch 3, 1 dc in 3dccl, ch 3, shell.

Row 22: ch 3, shell, ch 2, 1 dc in 1 dc, ch 2, shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3, ch 5, 1 sc in ch 3, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 5.

Row 23: ch 5, 1 dc in ch 5, ch 3, 1 dc in ch 3, shell, shell.

Row 24: ch 3, 3 dc in ch 2 of first shell, 3 dc in ch 2 of second shell, ch 3, 1 sc in ch 3.

Row 25: ch 5, shell into space btw 2 groups of 3 dc, ch 2, sl st to ch 3. Tie off. 

Finishing

Block the shawl.

Enjoy!

Beginning of the shawl

End of shawl

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Comments

There are 8 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Yvonne
April 21, 2017

I love the pattern but I too have not been able to figure out the decreasing. It doesn't look right. A diagram like the others would probably help a lot of us. PLEASE!!!!!
Poster: Elaine Phillips
May 1, 2017

You'll find the decreases in the chart 2 (end of shawl). The right side of the chart shows the decreases.
Poster: Sheila
August 13, 2016

I am halfway through this beauty! Love the pattern, but cannot figure out how to do the v- stitch decrease for the life of me!! Can anyone help put it in simple words for me? I kind of wish there were more diagram for this part than there is...HELP!!!
Poster: conny
February 23, 2016

hallo, gibt es für die Annahmen auch eine Häkelschrift? Leider kann ich kein Englisch.
Poster: Emily
February 20, 2016

Can you tell me how I can download this to my phone or computer? I would love to try it.
Poster: Angela
May 26, 2016

You can open this on your computer. Copy what you need, paste it into a word document. Save that on your computer. Then also email it to yourself amd open it from your phone.
Poster: neferalda
October 19, 2015

I love it ! i'm not speaking well english, so with diagram it 's the best. Thanks a lot for sharing, it s a really wonderful shawl you did !
Poster: nangy
September 20, 2014

Simply beautiful!!! THANK-YOU for all the FREE patterns,you are so generous.

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