Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag Free Pattern
Hi everyone, this week I am bringing to you the Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag Free Pattern. I am so excited to bring you this new project! Indeed, this is a new installment in my Vintage Crochet Series inspired by the series Outlander. I do love this series so much, because it’s amazing and also features beautiful crochet and knit wear.
You can find the video tutorial for this project here:
Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag Pattern: the inspiration
For this shawl, I was inspired by the series Outlander. Indeed, the main character Claire wears lots of beautiful gowns, shawls and wraps throughout the show. In season 6, she is seen wearing a beautiful and simple grey shawl/sontag. As seen on camera, this shawl is completely wrapped around her body, and secured in the back. This type of shawl is called a sontag, and was very popular in the 18th and 19th century.
Sontags are garments which resemble a shawl and that are wrapped around the body and tied at the back. The fastening can either be ties (such as the ones in the pattern), or a button or brooch. This type of wrap was crocheted or knit from at least the 18th Century (as seen on Outlander), and was made very popular around the 1860s. Indeed, during this time, German singer Henriette Sontag made these garments very popular. In the case of the Victorian sontag, these wraps featured very slim lines that were also named “cache-coeur” or “bossom friends”. I really would love to feature a more typical sontag design on the blog, so watch this space.
When I crochet a typical sontag garment, I will go into more detail concerning the origins and history of sontags.
My crochet pattern is therefore directly inspired by the sontag seen in the series and worn by main character Claire. I decided to make a light grey version, as we are in Spring at the moment. Indeed, I do love a nice cozy shawl that can be perfect for all seasons.
Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag Free Pattern: the name
I decided to call this pattern The Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag in honor of Loch Katrine, situated in the Scottish Highlands. This is a beautiful and stunning part of the Scottish Highlands, where some episodes of the series season 2 were filmed. I love this breathtaking part of Scotland, and I thought the name very appropriate for this shawl.
This sontag is crocheted in a simple V shape. The main part of the shawl is crocheted with a simple Double Crochet pattern repeat which creates a lovely and simple V shape. Once this is completed, a lovely V stitch border is added for two rows. Once these are crocheted, a delicate shell stitch edging is added to finish the sontag design. After these steps are completed, two thin ties are added to each side of the triangle to help with the tying of this shawl.
This is a great pattern for beginners, and is perfect if you are a fan of vintage crochet. Last year, I crocheted The Claire Shawl from Outlander, which was very popular. It is a beautiful shawl inspired by a design featured in Season 1 of Outlander.
For this crochet project, I used Caron Cloud Cake in shade Cloud Grey. I absolutely love this new yarn! It’s very soft and cozy, but also super light weight too. It doesn’t contain any wool, which is great for a more delicate skin, as well as the Spring and Summer. This wrap however is also perfect for all seasons.
Connecting with you
You can also join my private Facebook group to connect.
Please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, where you will find out all of my news as soon as it is made available.
Crochet Katrine Shawl Sontag: The Pattern
You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern from my Etsy store here: Crochet The Katrine Sontag Shawl PDF Pattern
4”x4” (10x10 cm)= 5 rounds of Double Crochet pattern
Size of finished shawl (including border)
32” (81 cm) x 53” (135 cm) at largest point
Size of finished ties: 13.5” (34 cm) each
I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)
You will need
A skein of Caron Cloud Cake in shade Cloud Grey
A 5 mm crochet hook
A 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. Ch 4, sl st through 1st stitch to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (= DC), 5 DC in ring, ch 2, 6 DC in same ring.
Row 2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, DC into same 1st stitch (=2 DC together in one stitch). DC into each DC until center ch 2 space. Place 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC into center space. DC into every DC until eor, and place 2 DC together in last stitch (ch 3 from previous row).
Rows 3-38: Repeat row 2
Do not fasten off.
V stitch and shell border
Row 39: Ch 1 (=SC), SC into next stitch until center ch 2 space. In center ch 2 space, place 2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC; place a SC into next stitch until eor.
Row 40: Ch 4 (=DC + ch 1 space), sk 1 st, [place 2 DC into the next (=V stitch), sk 1 st] until you reach center ch 2 space. Place 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC into center ch 2 sp. Now [sk 1 st, place 2 DC into next st] until you reach the last 2 stitches at eor. Sk 1 st, ch 1, place a DC into last st (which is also the chain 3 from previous row).
Row 41: Ch 4 (=DC+ch 1 space), place a V stich (=2 DC) into V stitch from previous row until ch 2 sp. Place 2 DC, ch 2, 2 DC into center ch 2 space, then place a V stitch into each V stitch from previous row until you reach last V stitch. Ch 1, place a DC into last stitch.
Row 42 (shell stitch edging): Ch 3 (=DC), place 2 DC into same first stitch (=half shell stitch). Sk 2 stitches, [place SC into next st, sk 2 st, place 5 DC into next st (=shell stitch), sk 2 st] until you reach center chain space from previous row. In center chain space place a SC, [sk 2 st, place 5 DC into next st, sk 2 stitches, place a SC into next st] until you reach last 3 stitches. Sk 2 stitches, place 3 DC into last stitch (which is also the ch 3 from previous row).
Do not fasten off.
Create ties on each end of the triangle
With yarn that is still attached to the finished shawl, chain 50. Once you have chained 50, sk 1 ch, and SC into the next chain until eor. Once you reach the end of the chain, slip stitch to any stitch on this section of the shawl to secure the tie in place. Fasten off.
Create the 2nd tie: Attach yarn on the other side of the wrap, and chain 50. Sk 1 ch and SC into each ch until you reach the eor, sl st to the angle of the wrap to secure tie. Fasten off.
Tidy up all loose ends.
How to wear and fasten the sontag
To wear the sontag, wrap the shawl around your shoulders, crossing both sides of the wrap around your body so that the two ties are situated in the back area.
You can attach the ties so that the ties either show, or not. If you do not want the ties to show, just secure these under the “V” at the back of the shawl.