Crochet Bohemian Rose Shawl Pattern
Hi everyone, this week I am bringing to you a tutorial on how to crochet The Bohemian Rose Shawl Pattern. It’s a lovely and therapeutic project to crochet. It features a feminine chain arch edging border, as well as beautiful embroidered flowers. To say I absolutely love this vintage shawl is an understatement! This wrap is of course part of my Vintage Crochet Series.
You can find the video tutorial for this project here:
Crochet Bohemian Rose Shawl Pattern: the inspiration
This crochet shawl has been in the works for well over a year. Indeed, I crocheted the actual body of the wrap over a year ago, with the idea that I would add this border, and then embroider flowers onto it. Once I have finished the wrap, it seemed that I became so busy with different projects that I left it aside, in a way. Last week end, I really needed a pick me up kind of project, and this shawl came to mind. I am so delighted with how it is turning out to be. The embroidered flowers add so much beauty and dimension to this project.
I decided this wrap would be in the Vintage Crochet Series. Indeed, it is very feminine, and loosely inspired by Slav fashion. The embroidered flowers are very much present in Russian and Eastern garments from the 19th Century. Indeed, embroidered flowers and animals are often present on Eastern European accessories such as wraps and bags for instance. I absolutely love that look, and had been wanting to add some dimension to some of my crochet pieces.
The shape of this wrap (a V), is also very present during the later part of the 19th century. The main part of the shawl is crocheted using the C2C stitch, giving it a delicately textured appearance. A lovely chain arch edging is later added to the wrap, before embroidering the flowers and motifs onto the wrap. This is a complex, yet beautiful crochet shawl that I loved creating!
If you are looking for another Vintage Crochet Series project, take a look at The Loretta Victorian Shawl pattern. This is a shell stitch wrap that is very feminine and fun to crochet.
Crochet Bohemian Rose Shawl Pattern: the embroidered flowers
Embroidering flowers onto a crochet project is relatively easy and straightforward. It is therapeutic and fun, and adds a lot of creativity to an otherwise plain project. Flowers and other motifs can be crocheted onto any project that you wish to decorate. It is a great way of up cycling your wardrobe too! Just add some flowers to an old sweater of cardigan, and voila, you have a brand new item of clothing. I was thinking of adding some embroidered flowers to a bag that I have.
To create your flowers, it is very simple and straightforward (see full details on my pattern just below). I went for a slightly “imperfect” look, meaning I wanted the flowers to look slightly different from each other, whilst still creating a harmonious finished look. I think the overall look is perfect, and I can’t wait to decorate more projects in the future using this technique.
For this project, I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn in shades Cream and Candyfloss. However, you can substitute this yarn for Bernat Softee Baby in shade Antique White and Candyfloss. The result will be the same, and both brands are amazing. Have you ever embroidered motifs onto a finished crochet project? I love doing this, as it is very therapeutic and fun. I will definitely be doing this again soon.
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Crochet Bohemian Rose Shawl: the Pattern
You can purchase the large print, ad free, PDF pattern from my Etsy store here: Crochet The Bohemian Rose Shawl PDF Pattern
4” (10 cm)x4” (10 cm): 4 rows of C2C pattern
Size of finished shawl (including border):
27.5”(69 cm) x 62” (157.5 cm)
Size of embroidered flower (approximately):
1.5/2” (4/5 cm) x 1.5/2” (4/5 cm)
I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)
You will need:
4 skeins of Stylecraft Special DK in shade Cream, or 3 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby in shade Antique White
1 skein of Stylecraft Special DK in shade Candyfloss, or 1 skein of Bernat Softee Baby in shade Pink
A 5 mm crochet hook
Pair of scissors
A tapestry needle
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)
DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)
EOR: End of Row
To start, make a slip knot.
Complete rows as follows:
1: Ch 6, DC in 4th ch from the hook and in each st along (=4 DC)
2: Ch 6, turn work, DC in 4th ch from hook and in each st along (=4 DC); turn work to sl st in between the 3rd and 4th DC from the previous row; ch 3 (counts as a DC throughout), and add 3 DC in between the 3rd and 4th DC from the previous row to form a square.
3: Ch 6, turn your work, DC in 4th ch from hook, DC in each st along (=4 DC); sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th DC; ch 3 (=DC), and add 3 DC in that space, sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th DC. Ch 3 (=DC), and add 3 DC in that space, sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th DC.
Row 4-53: repeat row 3, adding the required number of squares as you go along.
Do not fasten off.
Create chain arch edging:
You will be creating a chain arch edging all along the “V” of your shawl.
Attach pink yarn to one corner of the shawl.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), turn your work, and place SCs all along the “V” of the shawl, making sure you space them evenly as you go along.
Row 2: [Ch 3, sk 1 st, SC into next st] until EOR.
Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.
Create your embroidered flowers:
Place your shawl on a flat surface. Cut off a piece of yarn measuring approximately 1 meter (=100 cm). Place yarn onto tapestry needle, and select the place where you would like the center of your flower to be on your shawl.
Thread your needle through the shawl at about 2.5 cm/1” from where you would like the center of your flower to be. Now go into the stitch that will be the center of the flower. You have created the first strand of one petal. Now place 4 more strands at about 1 cm interval each time, using the same technique, making sure you go from the top of a petal to the center of the flower; Each of the 5 strands should be evenly spaced out. These five strands are where each petal will be.
Now go over each strand about 6 more times to create the petal, making sure you go from the top of the petal to the center (this creates a much neater flower).
Once you have done this, gently tie your loose ends together at the back of the flower. Fasten off and tidy up all loose ends.