Bella Vita Shawl

Bella Vita Shawl free crochet pattern

My mother made herself a crochet shawl with one of my Cottonflowersyarn cakes I ordered a while back. I love how the colors change so equally. She wrote down the steps while working on it and asked me to share it here on my blog, so others can make it as well.

So here you go, the free pattern of my mom’s crochet shawl which we call the Bella Vita Shawl (means good life in English)!

Materials

– 1 Cottonfloweryarns cake, 3ply and 1000m. The yarn is from a German lady that sells on Etsy. She currently has free shipping worldwide, also to the USA.
– 3.5 mm hook (US E/4 hook, UK 9)

Abbreviations (US terms)

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
dc around: double crochet around the chains of the previous row, so into the big empty space (hole)
puff: puff stitch
picot: ch 3, sc in first ch
( ): the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row
**: repeat what’s between the **


Puff stitch

Below you can find a video showing you how to crochet the puff stitch.

Other notes

– The first 4 chains at the start of every row are 1 dc + 1 chain
– Double crochet stitches above the chains are worked around the chains instead of inserting your hook through the loops.

Bella Vita Shawl

Bella Vita Shawl crochet pattern diagram
Start with ch 4, slip stitch in the first stitch to close the round (4)

Row 1: ch 4 (1 dc + 1 turning ch), 3 dc in the ring, ch 2, 3 dc in the ring, ch 1, 1dc in the ring. (12)

Row 2: ch 4, 1 dc around the ch of the previous row, 3dc, 1 dc around the chains of the corner, ch 2, 1dc around the chains of the corner, 3dc, 1dc around the ch of the previous row, ch 1, 1dc in the third chain of the previous row. (16)

Row 3: ch 4, 1 dc around, 5dc, 1 dc around the corner, ch 2, 1 dc around the corner, 5 dc, ch 1, 1 dc around, ch 1, 1 dc in third ch of previous row (20)

Row 4: ch 3, 1dc in same stitch, 7 dc, 1dc around, ch 2, 1 dc around, 7 dc, 1 dc around, 1 dc in third ch of previous row (22)

Row 5: ch 3, 2 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, dc till the corner, 1 dc in the corner, ch 2, 1 dc in the corner, dc till the end, 2 dc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in third chain of previous row. (28)



Bella Vita Shawl crochet start close-up
Row 6 & 7: Repeat row 5 (34) (40)

Row 8: ch 3, 1 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, dc till the corner, 1 dc in the corner, ch 2, 1 dc in corner, dc till the end, 1 dc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in third chain of previous row. (44)

Row 9 – 11: Repeat row 5 (50) (56) (62)
Row 12: Repeat row 8 (66)
Row 13: Repeat row 5 (72)

Row 14: ch 3, 1 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, *ch 2, skip 2, 2 dc* till corner, ch 2, skip 2, 1 dc in the corner, ch 2, 1 dc in the corner, *ch 2, skip 2, 2 dc* till end, ch 2, 1 dc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in third chain of previous row. (40 if you include the chains in the corner)

Row 15: Repeat row 5, but make 2 dc around all chains from the previous row (82)

Row 16: Repeat row 14, but at the corner, make: 1dc in the last stitch before the corner, 1dc in the corner, ch 2, 1 dc in corner, 1 dc in the next dc.

Row 17: Repeat row 15 (92)

Row 18: ch 2, 2 sc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, sc till corner, 1sc in corner, ch 3, 1 sc in corner, sc till end, 2sc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 sc in third chain of previous row. (99)



Row 19: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 puff stitch* till corner, 1 puff in corner, ch 2, 1 puff in corner, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 puff stitch* till end
End: 2 dc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in second chain of previous row.

Row 20: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, *ch 1, 1 puff stitch (between the puff stitches of the previous row)* till corner, 1 puff in corner, ch 2, 1 puff in corner, *ch 1, 1 puff stitch* till end
End: 2 hdc between last dc and starting chains of previous row, 1 hdc in second chain of previous row.

Row 21: ch 2, 2 sc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 1 sc around chains previous row, *2 sc between the puff stitches* till corner, 1sc in corner, ch 3, 1 sc in corner, *2 sc between the puff stitches* till end,
End: 1 sc after last puff from previous row, 1 sc in next hdc, 2sc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 sc in third chain of previous row. (113)

Row 22: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, *ch 1, skip 1, 1hdc* till corner, 1 hdc in corner, ch 2, 1 hdc in corner, 1 hdc in 1st stitch after corner, *ch 1, skip 1, 1hdc* till end
End: 2 hdc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 hdc in second chain of previous row.

Row 23: ch 3, 2 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 2 dc, *ch 1, skip 1, 1dc in back loop only* till corner, 1 dc in corner, ch 2, 1 dc in corner, 1 dc in 1st stitch after corner, *ch 1, skip 1, 1dc in back loop only* till end
End: 2 hdc, 2 dc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in second chain of previous row.

Row 24: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 3 hdc, skip 1, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 hdc in front loop* till corner, 1 hdc in corner, ch 2, 1 hdc in corner, 1 hdc in 1st stitch after corner, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 hdc in front loop* till end
End: 3 hdc, 2 hdc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 hdc in second chain of previous row.

Row 25: ch 2, 2 sc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 4 sc, *2 sc around all chains, skip hdc from previous rows* till corner, 1 sc in the last 2 hdc from previous row before corner, 1 sc in corner, ch 3, 1 sc in corner, 2 sc, *2 sc around all chains, skip hdc from previous rows* till end
End: 4 sc, 2 sc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 sc in second chain of previous row. (131)

Row 26: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 1 hdc, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 puff* till corner, at the corner: ch 1, 1 puff, ch 2, 1 puff, ch 1, 1 puff in the first stitch after corner, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 puff* till end
End: 1 hdc in last stitch of previous row, 2 hdc between last stitch and starting chains of previous row, 1 hdc in second chain of previous row.

Row 27: ch 3, 2 hdc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 2 hdc, *ch 1, 1 puff* till corner, at the corner: ch 1, 1 puff, ch 2, 1 puff, *ch 1, skip 1, 1 puff* till end
End: 1 hdc in last stitch of previous row, 2 hdc between last stitch and starting chains of previous row, 1 hdc in second chain of previous row.

Row 28: ch 2, 2 sc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, 2 sc, *2 sc between the puff stitches* till corner, 1 sc in corner, ch 3, 1 sc in corner, *2 sc between the puff stitches* till end
End: 2 sc between last hdc and starting chains of previous row, 1 sc in second chain of previous row. (151)

Row 29: ch 3, 2 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, dc till corner, 1 dc in corner, ch 2, 1 dc in corner.
End: 2 dc between last stitch and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in second chain of previous row

Row 30: ch 3, 1 dc between the 1st and 2nd stitch of the previous row, *ch 2, skip 2, 2 dc* till corner, at the corner: 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, 2 dc, *ch 2, skip 2, 2 dc* till end.
End: ch 2, 1 dc between last stitch and starting chains of previous row, 1 dc in second chain of previous row



Row 31: Repeat row 5 and make 2 dc around all chains from the previous row (166)
Row 32: Repeat row 30
Row 33: Repeat row 5 and make 2 dc around all chains from the previous row (180)
Row 34: Repeat row 8 (184)
Row 35: Repeat row 5 (190)
Row 36: Repeat row 8 (194)
Row 37: Repeat row 5 (200)
Row 38: Repeat row 8 (204)
Row 39: Repeat row 5 (210)
Row 40: Repeat row 8 (214)
Row 41: Repeat row 5 (220)
Row 42: Repeat row 8 (224)
Row 43: Repeat row 5 (230)
Row 44: Repeat row 8 (234)
Row 45: Repeat row 5 (240)
Row 46 – 64) Repeat row 14 – 33
Row 65: Repeat row 5 and make 2 dc around all chains from the previous row (344)



Row 66: Repeat row 5
Row 67: Repeat row 8
Row 68: Repeat row 5
Row 69: Repeat row 8
Row 70: Repeat row 5
Row 71: Repeat row 8
Row 72: Repeat row 5
Row 73: Repeat row 8
Row 74: Repeat row 5 (390)

If you want to make your shawl longer, continue making the rows you just made.

Border

Row 75: repeat row 30
Row 76: ch 2, 1 sc in same stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, *hdc, dc, picot on the dc, dc, hdc. 1sc in next stitch, skip 1* repeat till corner, at corner: 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc. *hdc, dc, picot on the dc, dc, hdc. 1sc in next stitch, skip 1* repeat till end. End: 1 sc between last stitch and starting chains of previous row, 1 sc in third chain of previous row.
Bella Vita Shawl crochet bottom close-up

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And your beautiful shawl is done! Have fun and don’t forget to show us your pictures! Tag me on Instagram @wilmawestenberg.

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandy Hammond
    22 July 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Wilma, I love the pattern for this shawl, and I am crocheting this pattern. I ran into trouble on Row 14. Row 13 counted 72 stitches. When I finish Row 14, I only come up with 40 stitches, (off count by 4). I have torn it apart many times, reread the pattern multiple times and I can’t see where I am wrong. What am I missing? I include the dc, ch2, dc in the corner as part of my count. I also count in the dc between each row at beg and end. I am baffled. Can you please help me? Please tell your mother she does beautiful handwork. I could learn a lot form her. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      22 July 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Sandy, that is correct! My bad, I put the wrong number at the end of row 14. We just counted and end up with the same amount as you. 38 dc & 38 chains (40 with corner as you described). Will change it when I” home, thanks for letting me know! If you have any other questions, please let me know! X

  • Reply
    Michelle Cronmiller
    21 July 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful shawl thank you so much! You and your mother are so kind and talented.You must have gotten your love of crochet your Mom . Blessings to you both!!!

  • Reply
    kagurasohma
    20 July 2017 at 10:04 am

    Hello,
    I really like the shawl I’m trying to make it but I’m stuck at row 5

    “2 dc between last dc and starting chains of previous row,”

    I don’t see where I have to do the dc.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hey hey, this means you should make 2 DC between the last 2 stitches. But the very last stitch is actually 3 chains (3 chains = first DC of previous row). So ‘2 DC (an increase) between the last DC and 3 starting chains. Hope this helps! Otherwise I can draw it for you 🙂 x

      • Reply
        kagurasohma
        20 July 2017 at 11:30 am

        yeah would really appreciate a drawing. I can’t see where to insert the hook

  • Reply
    Peg
    18 July 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for such a beautiful design please thank your Mother too, I love these colours together and will be buying from the recommended Etsy shop. I may have to ask my friend to help me a little, I’m not always confident with crochet patterns and sometimes need visual help to get me over a stumbling block (in my brain😄) so looking forward to working this.👍😊💕

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thank you Peg! If you need any help, feel free to ask! x

    • Reply
      kagurasohma
      20 July 2017 at 11:12 am

      yeah I had understood that but I don’t see where I have to insert my hook don’t see where is the between the 2 stitches ^^`

  • Reply
    Heather Watts
    18 July 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Wilma, give your Mum a big hug for allowing you to share this shawl pattern with us, it is really beautiful.
    I am awaiting the yarn to arrive which I ordered through Etsy, can’t wait to get started!
    Heather

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:24 am

      Thanks so much for your kind reply Heather! Will show her your comment.

  • Reply
    Christy
    17 July 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Hi there! I wanted to tell you how beautiful your shawl is. Also, I am looking for clarification on the yarn. You state that you used only one cake but I can not find any that are the size you stated. Please clarify if you do actually need more than one cake. Thank-you.

    • Reply
      Kerry
      18 July 2017 at 2:46 pm

      1 Cottonfloweryarns cake, 3ply and 1000m. If you check out the lady’s etsy, the 1000m is the first on the drop down list of sizes.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:22 am

      Hi! Yes, one cake is used for the shawl. I put the link, name, info, etc at the materials section. You can click on that link and see all details – or contact the seller if you need some more info x

      • Reply
        Sandra Morris
        24 July 2017 at 5:11 pm

        Beautiful piece! I am confused as to the amount of yarn. Is it only one 1000m cake? Or one cake 3 ply and 1000m? What is the total meters used as i would like to purchase the correct amount. Thank you.

        • Reply
          Wilma
          24 July 2017 at 5:12 pm

          Thank you! Yes, we used one 3ply / 1000m cake. If you click on the link, you will be redirected to the exact same yarn cake. x

  • Reply
    matkailijakirppu
    16 July 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Lovely! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thank you! 😀

  • Reply
    Ginny
    15 July 2017 at 3:59 pm

    What color is shown…..thank you

    • Reply
      jo.
      16 July 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you very much for the shawl pattern of your mother’s…it is lovely and I sure appreciate her for sharing .

      • Reply
        Wilma
        20 July 2017 at 10:20 am

        Thanks for your kind words Jo! x

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hi Ginny, I put the link to the exact same color combination at the materials section! x

  • Reply
    Valda B
    14 July 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Again, thank you for posting this. I have few friends that I would love to make this as gifts for them.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      20 July 2017 at 10:19 am

      TY for your kind reply! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Spears
    13 July 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Is the Dc around the same thing as a front post DC?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Wilma
      13 July 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Hey hey! DC around is just normal DC, but made around the chains of the previous row. So normally you make a DC in another stitch, but to make sure you make the DC around the chains, we named it ‘DC around’. Let me know if you have any more questions! x

      • Reply
        Lisa Spears
        13 July 2017 at 5:23 pm

        Thanks! So dc in the chain space.

        • Reply
          Valda B
          14 July 2017 at 8:12 pm

          Hi. I just looked this up on Youtube and found a nice video from Garnstudio, and it looks like for us Americans, “DC around” means DC into the big empty space (hole) made in the previous round. I just wanted to be sure, because when written out, it seems like FPDC to me too. I feel confident now! LOL

          • Wilma
            15 July 2017 at 2:27 pm

            Hi Valda, in the patterns I use abbreviations. Otherwise the text will be way too long. In the abbreviation section on top of the page you can find the meaning of this! If you need to make a front post double crochet, I would have used FPDC 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Charlotte Lind
    11 July 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thanksgiving you to you and mom for sharing.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      11 July 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for your kind reply Charlotte! 🙂

  • Reply
    Astrid
    10 July 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Is er een Nederlandse versie van dit patroon?

    • Reply
      Wilma
      11 July 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Hoi hoi, ja, ik zet ‘m vanavond online! Had er gisteren helaas geen tijd meer voor 🙂 x

      • Reply
        Elly van Drunen
        15 July 2017 at 10:48 am

        Hoi, is dit al on line en waar kan ik me er dan op abboneren?? Groet Elly

        • Reply
          Wilma
          15 July 2017 at 10:50 am

          Hoi, ja het staat al online. Klik op de Nederlandse vlag, dan kom je bij de Nederlandse versie van mijn site. wilmade.com/bella-vita-omslagdoek

  • Reply
    Pat
    10 July 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This shawl is beautiful! What is the size of it? I’m a pretty big girl an need a pretty big shawl.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      12 July 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks so much! I used the smallest yarn cake, you can get the same colors / yarn cake with more length and make more rows to make a larger shawl! 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Kate
    10 July 2017 at 11:06 am

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      12 July 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you Kate! <3

  • Reply
    Kim
    10 July 2017 at 7:52 am

    Will there be a video tutorial for this shawl?

    • Reply
      Wilma
      12 July 2017 at 1:43 pm

      It takes long to make & record & edit, next time I will try to find a way to make a video, but for this one I do not think I can make a video anytime soon. Maybe later when I have a bit more time! 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Mary Ann
    10 July 2017 at 5:28 am

    Look at the chart. It means three loops plus one turning loop which equals four chain stitches. It is a chain four, but NOT dbl crochet, just chain four, then three double crochet, etc. Charts are read from right to left.

  • Reply
    Linda
    10 July 2017 at 2:50 am

    Thank you for posting and thank your Mom for her thoughtfulness.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      10 July 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thank you for your kind message! I will show her your comment x

  • Reply
    Rhonda Tenderholt
    9 July 2017 at 11:49 pm

    This is a beautiful shawl. I haven’t started yet, reading over the pattern to make sure I understand.

    Row 1: ch 4 (3l + 1 turning ch) – what does (3l) mean?

    • Reply
      Karen Del Gatto
      10 July 2017 at 1:26 am

      Means you have a total of 31 chains + 1 turning ch

    • Reply
      Laurie Steed
      10 July 2017 at 2:10 am

      Thanks for asking this question as I was wondering the same thing. I think the directions may have a typo. It looks like the letter ‘l’ instead of the number ‘1’. Just enough of a difference to look a little different!

    • Reply
      Sherry
      10 July 2017 at 2:56 am

      It can’t be 31 chains, your working in the circle you made in the prv step. I think its supposed to be ch 4 which would be a dbl crochet with a ch 1… 🙂

    • Reply
      Misty
      10 July 2017 at 7:13 am

      I interpret it as 3 loops + 1 chain. Maybe?

    • Reply
      Wilma
      10 July 2017 at 8:11 am

      TY, it indeed was a typo. I edited it now. The first 4 chains mean it’s a double crochet (=3 chains) + 1 chain. 🙂

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