Crochet The Polina Half Circle Shawl
Hi everyone, this week I am bringing to you a crochet tutorial on how to crochet the Polina half circle shawl. This is a beautiful and dainty project. I am absolutely in love with it and hope you love it too.
It’s not only a stunning crochet shawl, but it is also very easy to crochet. This is also a perfect Spring crochet wrap, and it works up quite quickly too.
The video tutorial for this crochet project can be found here:
Crochet The Polina Half Circle Shawl: the inspiration
There is quite a story behind this crochet half circle shawl. Indeed, I started this crochet wrap last year, at the beginning of the first lockdown. The beautiful and vivacious rainbow colors really uplifted my mood, and I remember how much I enjoyed making this project. I had wanted to crochet a feminine shawl with this yarn, but I couldn’t figure out which stitch to use for this new crochet wrap.
In the meantime, I started watching a Russian period drama that I fell in love with. This series is called “Life of a Mistress”, and is a beautiful and epic story set in nineteenth century Russia. I love Russian clothes so much. The vivid colors that are very much present in their clothes and architecture. The main character of this show is called Polina, which is why I have called this wrap “The Polina Shawl”. Long story short, I spotted a beautiful wrap worn by Polina in the shape of a half circle, and I knew I had the beginning of my crochet pattern.
So during this first English lockdown which was filled with so much uncertainty, I crocheted away. This beautiful semi circular shawl built up really quickly, and I remember finding so much joy in the process of crocheting it.
I loved not only the epic Russian period drama, but also this colorful wrap that I created whilst watching this series. Let me know if you have seen this show too!
Crochet The Polina Half Circle Shawl: the project
Somehow, I finished this crochet half circle shawl, but left it aside with the thought I would eventually make a video tutorial out of it. However, it always seemed like I had a so many more crochet projects to film and release, that it just stayed on the back burner for quite a while. A whole year to be exact. However, I recently needed a new crochet tutorial to film. Indeed, I had been so busy with life that I had to find a crochet project that I had already made. I have a collection of crochet projects that I make, and leave in a special basket, awaiting to be filmed into a tutorial.
I spotted this shawl and knew I had to film a tutorial for it. To be honest I fell in love with it all over again. I simply had to find a suitable border for this wrap. The inspiration to create this frilly edging came to me last Friday, and I was really excited to film this tutorial. Let me know if you love this tutorial as much as me.
Both the pattern for the shawl and it’s edging are easy to follow. These create the most beautiful effect, enhanced by the variegated yarn I used. I used Sirdar Pattercake in shade Candy Cane for the body of the shawl. This can easily be substituted with Lion Brand Mandala Baby. You can also use any DK/light 3 yarn of your preference for this project.
I have already used Sirdar Pattercake in this particular shade for another project, The Everlasting Love Shawl. It’s a super easy crochet tutorial I released two years ago.
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Crochet The Polina Half Circle Shawl: the pattern
You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern from my Etsy store: Crochet The Polina Shawl PDF Pattern
4” (10 cm): 4 rounds across
4” (10 cm): 8 rounds high
Size of finished shawl
57” (145 cm) wide and 23” (58 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)
2 skeins of Sirdar Pattercake in shade Candy Cane, or Lion Brand Mandala Baby in shade Narnia (you can also substitute with any DK/Light 3 yarn of your preference).
1 skein of Paintbox Simply DK yarn in shade Champagne 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
DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)
SC: Single Crochet (UK Double 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 3 (=DC), 6 DC into ring (=7 DC in total)
2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), 2 DC into each DC from previous row
3: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
4: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 2 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
5: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 3 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
6: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 4 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
7: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 5 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
8: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work, place a DC into 1st DC from previous row (=2 DC in same stitch), [DC into next 6 DC, 2 DC into next DC] until eor
9-38: repeat rows as previously explained, making sure you always add one DC on it’s own per row in between the 2 DC together in one stitch. You will then gradually enlarge your shawl to make it in the shape of an arc circle.
Frilly edging border:
For this part you will be using Paintbox Simply DK yarn.
Attach yarn to one side of the arched part of the shawl.
Row 1: Ch 1 (=SC), place a SC into each stitch on the arched part of the shawl until the eor.
Row 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.
Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.