Ana Lucia Shawl

I’m happy to share a new free crochet shawl pattern today: the Ana Lucia Shawl. This is the second design in my new series of patterns dedicated to my extended family (people with the same condition as me).

The Ana Lucia Shawl is dedicated to dear Ana Lucia, a six year old girl from Colombia. She’s a very happy girl that loves to dress up and pick her own outfits. I really hope I can meet Ana Lucia and her family one day!

Ana Lucia Shawl - a free crochet shawl pattern by Wilmade

My mother helped me with this design. We chose a pink gradient yarn cake with glitter because Ana Lucia loves to wear girly, happy, bright colors like cute pink tutu’s!


Ana Lucia Shawl by Wilmade - a free crochet shawl pattern

We wanted to design an elegant shawl with beautiful details, based on her beautiful name ‘Ana Lucia’ and her girly feminine style. We came up with a shawl that is mainly made out of double crochet stitches and variations of this stitch, like back post, front post, worked in back loops only and of course normal double crochet stitches.

Ana Lucia Shawl - close up of beautiful details - free crochet shawl pattern

We tried to make the pattern as simple as possible, taking beginners into account while designing. There are only 10 rows that need to be repeated four times. That’s all!

And even those 10 rows are quite simple. Five rows are double crochet stitches, the other five rows contain a bit more variation. Simple and fun to make with a beautiful outcome.

Ana Lucia Shawl - picture from above - free crochet shawl pattern

As we had some yarn left, we decided to make matching tassels to add to the ends of the shawl. Personally I think this gives the shawl a final touch!

Ana Lucia Shawl - Tassels close up - free crochet shawl pattern

About this series of patterns

I was born with a (benign) tumor in my face. For more than 22 years my doctors did not know what it was exactly. In 2017 I did a second opinion and got diagnosed with an ultra rare condition. I immediately started searching for other people with this condition.

So far I have found about 20 people in the whole wide world. It’s amazing how many similarities we have and how much we look alike. I feel very grateful they came into my life.

Many of my upcoming patterns, including this one, will be special designs inspired by my new ‘extended family’ who have made a huge impact on me.

> Read more about me
> Read more about this special series of patterns

Ana Lucia

Ana Lucia with one of her cute ballet outfits


1 Ana Lucia yarn cake (4 ply, 760m / 830yds)

– Crochet hook 4mm (US G/6 hook, UK 8)

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Finished size

Height: 60cm / 23.5” before blocking
Width: 145cm / 57” before blocking


20 double crochet and 10 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square

Stitches used

– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– fpdc: front post double crochet
– bpdc: back post double crochet
– bpsc: back post single crochet


– The first 3 chains at the start of every row count as 1 dc

– The last stitches of a row are made in the third chain of the previous row

– The counting only includes the dc stitches, not the chains in the corner


Below you can find a video tutorial of the Ana Lucia Shawl.

* Click here to see the video on YouTube


** You can purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Etsy and Ravelry. The PDF is designed for printing and this way you can support me! **

Start with 4 chains, slip stitch in the first stitch to make a circle

Row 1:
ch 3, 3 dc in the ring, ch 2, 4 dc in the ring (8)

Row 2:
ch 3, 2dc in the first stitch,
1 dc in every stitch till corner,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corner,
1 dc in every stitch till end,
3 dc in last stitch (14)

Row 3 till 6:
Repeat row 2 (20, 26, 32, 38)

Let’s start with the details!

Row 7:
Repeat row 2 but make front post double crochet stitches instead of double crochet stitches (44)

Row 8:
Repeat row 2 but make the double crochet stitches in the back loops only (50)

Row 9:
ch 5, (2 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in first stitch,
*skip 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch* till corner,
ch 2, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corner, ch 2,
*1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, skip 2* till end,
(1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in last stitch (42)

Ana Lucia Shawl Row 9 - V stitch tutorial

Row 9 – V Stitch

Row 10:
ch 1, 1 sc around first chain bow,
*7 dc around next ch bow, 1 sc around next ch bow* till end,
1 sc in 4th chain of last chain bow (89)

Ana Lucia Shawl Row 10 - 7 dc around ch bow tutorial

Row 10 – 7 dc and 1 sc

Row 11:
ch 3, 2 dc in the first stitch,
7 fpdc, *1 bpsc, 7 fpdc* till end,
3 dc in last stitch (93)

Ana Lucia Shawl Row 11 - 7 fpdc bows fpdc tutorial

Row 11 – 7 fpdc & 1 bpsc

Row 12:
ch 3, 2 dc in first stitch,
2 bpdc, *1 bpdc in first dc from 7, ch 3, 1 bpsc in 4th dc from 7, ch 3, 1 bpdc in last dc from 7, 1 fpdc in sc* till corner,
1 bpdc in first dc from 7, ch 3
(1 bpsc in 4th dc from 7, ch 2, 1 bpsc in same stitch),
ch 3, 1 bpdc in last dc from 7,
*1 fpdc in sc, 1 bpdc in first dc from 7, ch 3, 1bpsc in 4th dc from 7, ch 3, 1 bpdc in last dc from 7* till end, 2 bpdc,
3 dc in last stitch (54)
* Read this row carefully, it uses four different stitches which I have highlighted

Ana Lucia Shawl Row 12 - double crochet in 1st, 4th and 7th st tutorial

Row 12 – stitches in sc and 1st, 4th & 7th dc

Row 13:
In this row we’re going to make a DC in every stitch and every chain space (ch sp)
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 5 st,
*1 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1dc in next st, 1 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in next 3 st* repeat till corner, 1 dc in next ch-3 sp,
(1dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corner,
1 dc in next ch-3 sp, *1 dc in next 3 st, 1 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in next ch-3 sp* repeat till end,
1 dc in next 5 stitches, 3 dc in last stitch (80)

Ana Lucia Shawl Row 12 - double crochet in 1st, 4th and 7th st tutorial

Row 13 – Double crochet stitches

Row 14:
Repeat row 2 but make back post double crochet stitches instead of double crochet stitches (86)

Row 15:
Repeat row 2 but make the double crochet stitches in the front loops only (92)

Row 16:
Repeat row 2 (98)

From now on it’s all repeat!

Row 17 – 46:
Repeat row 7-16 three more times


Row 47 – 51:
Repeat row 7 – 11


The table below shows the rows you should repeat and the amount of stitches you should have at the end of each row.

Ana Lucia Shawl counting table


Tassels are easy and fun to make. Personally I think this gives the shawl a final touch.

1. Wrap the yarn around your hand until you find it thick enough. With a 4-ply cake (fingering weight yarn) 45 times should be enough. Cut two more strands which are about 40 cm / 16″.

2. Fold one strand around one of the two ends. Tie a tight knot.

3. Cut the yarn on the bottom (opposite of your knot)

How to make tassels - tutorial by Wilmade

4. Fold the other strand around the top of your tassel, about 1 cm from the top knot. Secure tight.

5. Trim the bottom

How to make tassels 2 - tutorial by Wilmade

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  • Reply
    13 June 2018 at 10:43 am

    Hi, I have bought your pattern from Etsy. Some questions before I start my project.

    I will be using Scheepjes Woolly Whirl for this shawl. Can i use hook size 3mm instead? Or whats the smallest hook I can use? Will the shawl uses all the 1000m ? Cos it will be a waste if I have left a portion of the color unused.

    Thanks for your kind advice.
    Kristine, Singapore

    • Reply
      13 June 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Kristine, thanks so much for your support and buying the pattern! All the way from Singapore, wow! <3

      I have used a cake which was 760m so yes, you will have some left overs. Or you can make the shawl bigger by repeating the rows one more time, then you'll probably use the full 1000m.

      About the hook size, I think you can, but it also depends on whether you crochet tight or loose. Just try a few rows and you'll notice whether you like it or not 🙂

      Best wishes,

  • Reply
    Deisy Radel
    9 June 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Wilma!
    I really enjoyed the shawl!
    I would like to ask a few questions: How many meters are there to make the shawl? Do you use the 760m line or use less? It’s because I live in Brazil, and here only lines with 600 meters (take a look If it is more, how can I make for my shawl to have a gradient equal to yours?
    And another question, did you start using the middle or the end line? In gray or dark red? I would like to make my shawl starting with the lighter color near the neck and darker towards the end (just like you did).
    Thank you if you can answer me.
    Thank you and your blog is fantastic!

    • Reply
      13 June 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Deisy,

      So sorry for my late reply, I hope I can still help you! I used a bit less than 760, I would say… hmmm.. 720 maybe? With the left overs I made tassels.

      That yarn looks amazing! I see some amazing color options, love it! I think 600m is really not enough, do they also have bigger cake options which are about 800m? Or you can make a smaller shawl, you just need to make less repeats, but then it will turn out quite smaller. I have another shawl that was made with a 600m cake:

      I started in the middle because that’s easier with a yarn cake, but also because I wanted to start with that color. With other shawls I have started from the outside sometimes. Just depends on the color!

      Best wishes,

      • Reply
        Deisy Radel
        20 June 2018 at 11:29 pm

        Thank you! I was wainting for your reply to buy the cake 🙂
        I think that they have only 600m… but I can try a smaller shawl. Thank you!
        Hugs, Deisy.

  • Reply
    2 June 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, such a pretty pattern and I love that yarn! Amazing job!

  • Reply
    29 May 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you so very much for sharing The pattern!
    Love to work The shawl up
    Ty and hugs
    Madeleine Sweden

    • Reply
      1 June 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Madeleine! Hugs from Holland!

  • Reply
    26 May 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Hola Wilma! Acabo de llegar a tu blog gracias a “The Linky Ladies Parties”. Muy bonito el chal, y preciosos los colores.
    Gracias por la explicación. Saludos 😉

    • Reply
      26 May 2018 at 10:21 pm

      ¡Muchas gracias por visitarme! 😀

  • Reply
    25 May 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Wilma, thank you so much for the pattern for this stunning shawl! It’s the start of a holiday weekend here in the U.S., and I know exactly what I will be making this weekend. Thank you, too, for sharing the story of your extended family and the beautiful photo of Ana Lucia.

    • Reply
      26 May 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind message Judy! Enjoy your long holiday weekend! <3

  • Reply
    Della Bennett
    24 May 2018 at 1:01 am

    This is breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing pattern.

    • Reply
      26 May 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you dear Della!

  • Reply
    Diane Smith
    19 May 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I love your Joyful Josie shawl and have been looking for the yarn you used to make it. I live in the US and can’t seem to find the Durable Colorful Cake yarn to purchase. Do you have any idea where I could buy this yarn or suggest another yarn I could use that would produce the same beautiful effect? I would appreciate any help you could provide.
    Diane Smith

    • Reply
      19 May 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Diane, thanks so much! If you go to the materials section at the Joyful Josie Shawl page, you can find a similar yarn cake that is sold in the USA! 🙂

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