Crochet Crescent Shawl Pattern
Hi everyone, I am so excited to bring to you this Crochet Crescent Shawl Pattern. This is a great project for Spring and Summer, however it is adaptable to every season too. It is easy to crochet, yet delicate and lovely. It is part of my Vintage Crochet Series, and is called The Nina Crescent Shawl. I think crescent/half circle shawls are so beautiful, and look amazing on everybody.
The video tutorial can be found here:
Crochet Crescent Shawl Pattern: The Inspiration
I love being inspired by vintage crochet projects to create my projects. The sources of my inspiration come in all sorts of ways, from original engravings, to books that I read, to movies and series that I may watch. This is a perfect crochet pattern for beginners, as my video tutorial has been especially filmed for novice crocheters. All stitches are explained in great detail in the video. Lots of photographs are available in the free written pattern available down below, also.
Crescent shawls were very popular in the 1900s. This type of crochet wrap was favored in that era, and were often closed at the top (neck opening) with either a button or brooch. The arc circle shape of this wrap gives a lovely almost poncho like garment. It looks very different from a V shaped shawl. The crescent shape looks so soft and feminine, and it has a very vintage vibe too.
Crochet Crescent Shawl Pattern: The Yarn and Stitch
This shawl is created with a simple Half Double Crochet repeat. Once the shawl is completed, a feminine border. The border was added with a different yarn to the main shawl. I used Lion Brand Mandala Baby in shade Acre Woods for this project. This is such a beautiful yarn, and is so perfect for this wrap. The best part of this project is that you can easily substitute this yarn for another, such as Lion Brand Mandala yarn, or any other yarn in a light 3 yarn (DK yarn in British term).
I crocheted the border with Bernat Softee baby in shade Antique White. This is a super soft yarn, and I love the contrasting colors for this shawl. I think this contrast of colors makes for a lovely finishing touch. Let me know if you enjoy using different colors for a project too. I love crocheting a border in a different shade as I think it adds dimension to a project.
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Crochet Crescent Shawl: The Pattern
You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern on my Etsy boutique here: Crochet The Nina Shawl PDF Pattern
Gauge (measuring from center starting point)
4” (10 cm): 9 rounds across
4” (10 cm): 11 rounds high
Size of finished shawl
50” (127 cm) wide and 22” (56 cm) high (from the bottom center to the top center)
I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)
You can make this shawl larger just by adding rows until you are happy with size.
You will need
2 skeins of Sirdar Pattercake in shade Sweet Dreams, or 2 skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Baby in shade Acre Woods.
1 skein of Bernat Softee Baby in shade Antique White (or any DK/Light 3 yarn in a cream shade of your preference).
5 mm crochet hook
Pair of scissors
Sl st: slip stitch
TC: Turning Chain
HDC: Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble Crochet)
SC: Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)
DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)
EOR: End of row
For this part you will be using Sirdar Pattercake or Lion Brand Mandala Baby yarn.
To start, make a slip knot. Ch 4, sl st through 1st stitch to form a ring.
Complete rows as follows:
1: Ch 1 (=TC), 5 HDC into center of ring (=5 HDC total).
2: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into each stitch across until EOR (=10 HDC total).
3: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC into next st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next st] until EOR (=15 HDC total).
4: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC in next 2 st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next 2 st] until EOR (=20 HDC total).
5: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC in next 3 st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next 3 st] until EOR (=25 HDC total).
6: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC in next 4 st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next 4 st] until EOR (=30 HDC total).
7: Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC in next 5 st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next 5 st] until EOR (=35 HDC total).
Please carry on this pattern until you reach row 53 (or more if you wish to make the shawl bigger). Apply this principle of adding 5 HDC per row, adding these HDC evenly throughout each row. This means that with each row that you make, you will be adding a HDC on it’s own inside a stitch, in between each increase stitch (which are 2 HDC inside one stitch).
So for example, row 8 will go as follows:
Ch 1 (=TC), 2 HDC into 1st st, 1 HDC in next 6 st, [2 HDC into next st, 1 HDC into next 6 st] until EOR (=40 HDC total).
Frilly edging border
For this part you will be using Bernat Softee Baby yarn in shade Antique White.
Attach yarn to one side of the arched part of the shawl (it doesn’t matter which side).
Complete rows as follows:
1: Ch 1 (=TC), place a SC into each stitch across on the arched part of the shawl until EOR.
2: Ch 3 (=DC), place 2 more DC into the 1st stitch (=3 DC together); place 3 DC into next stitch and all stitches across until eor.
3: Ch 3 (=DC), place a DC into next stitch until EOR.
Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.