Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl Free Pattern
Hi everyone, today I am bringing to you the Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl Free Pattern. This is a great project for beginners, and looks beautiful in all seasons. This vintage shawl is inspired by an actual Victorian shawl that was exhibited in my local library. It is a square wrap, that is folded in half to create a V shape. Four tassels are then added to each corner of the project.
The video tutorial for this project can be found here:
Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl Free Pattern: The Inspiration
This shawl is inspired by an actual Victorian shawl I recently saw. I love vintage crochet patterns, and if you do too, you can check out The Fantine Shawl which is typical of the French 19th Century. A few weeks ago I also designed the The Delicate Rose Vintage Shawl, which is also part of my Vintage Crochet Series.
A few months ago, I was visiting a local library with my little boy. This library is located in the city of North Shields, in the North East of England. A section of the library had been transformed into a museum. Clothing from the English Victorian Era were exhibited and it was so interesting! A large variety of vintage clothing and costumes were shown.
You can also check out The Simple Purity Vintage Shawl if you enjoy crocheting vintage crochet shawls. This is a lovely and feminine shell stitch shawl.
Amongst these, was a section dedicated to women’s typical outfit during the Victorian Era. This exhibit really caught my eye. Indeed, it featured a beautiful dress, delicate gloves, and a wonderful shawl. The whole outfit was delicate and feminine. The dress was so beautiful and simple. What struck me the most was that it was so similar to many dresses that are available today! That part really intrigued me. Indeed, the dress was long and beautiful, and featured very delicate buttons going down the front, as well as long sleeves. This dress could have been worn today and it would not have been strange at all!
Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl Free Pattern: A Delicate Feminine Shawl
The part that I loved the most in this exhibit was the shawl. Indeed, this shawl was so beautiful and feminine. It was so lovely to finally set eyes on an actual wrap from that era! The Katrine Shawl Sontag is also a Vintage Crochet shawl that you may like too.
Firstly, it was very delicate and fine. It featured a square shape, which I loved! The shawl was then wrapped in two, creating the V shape. A tassel was present on each corner, adding a lovely little bit of detail to an otherwise simple wrap. What struck me the most was the simplicity of this accessory. It was fine yet sturdy looking.
The colors of the whole outfit were quite dark. The dress was a very dark grey, and had a simple vibe to it. The shawl was black, which gave it a lot of elegance, and also a bit of an edge. I loved it!
I decided to create a slightly lighter shawl, as black is a difficult color to crochet or knit with. It is also very difficult to film a tutorial with black yarn. I decided to use the Treble C2C stitch for this shawl, creating a square. I then added a tassel to each corner, adding four in total.
So I hope you enjoy this simple and fun tutorial! I loved recreating this typical Victorian shawl for you, it was so much fun!
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Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl: The Pattern
You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern from my Etsy store here: Crochet Vintage Victorian Shawl PDF Pattern
Notes: I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)
4” (10 cm) x 4” (10 cm): 3 rounds of C2C pattern
Size of finished square shawl (including border)
38” (96,5 cm) x 38” (96,5 cm)
You will need
2 skeins of Caron Cloud Cakes in shade Cloud Gray
A 5 mm crochet hook
Pair of scissors
A tapestry needle
A book or piece of cardboard measuring about 6” across to create tassels
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)
TC: Treble crochet (UK Double Treble Crochet)
EOR: End of Row
To start, make a slip knot.
Complete rows as follows:
1: Ch 7, TC in 5th ch from the hook and in each st along (=4 TC)
2: Ch 7, turn work, TC in 5h ch from hook and in each st along (=4 TC); turn work to sl st in between the 3rd and 4th TC from the previous row; ch 4 (counts as a TC throughout), and add 3 TC in between the 3rd and 4th TC from the previous row to form a square.
3: Ch 7, turn your work, TC in 5th ch from hook, TC in each st along (=4 TC); sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th TC; ch 4 (=TC), and add 3 TC in that space, sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th TC. Ch 4 (=TC), and add 3 TC in that space, sl st to previous square in between 3rd and 4th TC.
4-33: repeat row 3, adding the required number of squares as you go along.
34: sl st through the top of the 4 TC of the last square of previous row. Turn your work; ch 4, add 3 TC into the 3rd and 4th TC from previous row to form a square. Sl st through the 3rd and 4th TC from previous square.
Repeat this process until you reach the last square from previous row; sl st to the 3rd and 4th TC of this last square to finish row.
35-until square is complete: Repeat row 34.
Do not fasten off.
Single Crochet Edging Border
Ch 1, turn your work, place a SC all across the edge of the shawl until you reach the 1st corner. In the 1st corner, place 2 SC together. Carry on placing a SC evenly across the rest of the shawl edging, making sure you place 2 SC together in each corner.
This is the wrong side of the stitches, so just make sure you place all the SC evenly so as not to “tighten” the project.
Once your reach the first ch 1, sl st through this ch 1 and fasten off yarn.
Tidy up all loose ends.
Tassels (make 4)
Make 4 different tassels that you will be placing onto each corner of the shawl.
For this part of the project, you will be needing your book/cardboard and yarn.
Cut out 2 pieces of yarn measuring about 10″ each, place them to the side.
Go round your book/cardboard about 45 times with your yarn. Once you are satisfied with the number of times you have gone around (this will be the fullness of your tassel), you will slide your wound up yarn off the book.
Lay it on a flat surface, and taking one of the 10” pieces of yarn you set aside previously, insert it through the center of the wound up yarn you just created.
Tie this piece of yarn tightly at the top, so as to secure all the strands of yarn together.
Take the second 10″ piece of yarn and place it horizontally on the flat surface. Place the tassel on top of this piece of yarn, making sure that your piece of yarn is placed approximately an inch below the top of the tassel. Gently tie a knot across the tassel, then go around the tassel once again with the piece of yarn, and make a second knot at the front. Fasten off piece of yarn
Pulling gently on the wound up yarn, take your scissors and cut the bottom pieces of yarn so as to create the tassels. Make sure all the tassel pieces are equal. Trim the pieces of yarn at the bottom if needed.
Attach tassel to each of the 4 corners of the shawl.
To fasten on tassel, use the piece of yarn we used at the beginning to secure the top of the tassel. You can use your crochet hook to help with securing the tassel.