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Ana Lucia Shawl

The Ana Lucia Shawl is an elegant crochet shawl with beautiful details. This is the second design in my special series of patterns dedicated to my extended family (people with the same rare tumor as I).

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Ana Lucia Shawl - a free crochet shawl pattern by Wilmade

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About Ana Lucia

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. She loves to wear girly and bright colors like cute pink tutu’s!

Ana Lucia with one of her cute ballet outfits

Ana Lucia

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About the design

My mother helped me with this design. 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.

We chose a pink/purple gradient yarn cake with glitter because Ana Lucia loves to wear girly pink tutu’s.

Ana Lucia Shawl by Wilmade - a free crochet shawl pattern
Ana Lucia Shawl

About the 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.

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 - picture from above

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About this special 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 Shawl - close up of beautiful details

Ana Lucia Shawl
free crochet pattern


1 gradient plied yarn cake on Etsy (4 ply, 760m / 830yds)
> Read more about gradient yarn cakes available in the USA

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

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 (US terms)

– 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. If you do not see the video, turn off your ad-blocker.

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Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. You can also begin with a magic 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 – 6:
Repeat row 2 (20, 26, 32, 38)

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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

End of pattern.

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  1. I have just joined my church’s prayer shawl ministry and started working on this pattern with Yarn Bee Rainbow Wrapsody in teal. In order to make the shawl large enough I have to keep repeating the row 7 – 16 pattern until it becomes the right size. It’s a beautiful pattern and I hope to make more. I would like to give this particular one to one of the priests to give to his 28 year old sister-in-law who has been diagnosed with cancer. She has two young children and, like everyone who receives a cancer diagnosis, is afraid. Although I don’t know her personally, I understand her fear as I went through a cancer scare myself. I am 3 years out from surgery and have 2 years of additional monitoring before the doctors tell me I am clear and monitoring can be done at longer intervals to make sure nothing else develops. Thank you for this lovely pattern.

  2. I enjoy to crochet and try to challenge myself with every new project. The Ana Lucia shawl looked a bit daunting to me, but it was so pretty. Finally built up the courage to start and it was such a lovely project and turned out beautifully. I followed the written pattern and referred to the video if I got stuck or unsure of how to do something. I made it slightly longer and the stitch-count was easy to calculate and worked out perfect. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I also made the Vintage Tulip Shawl. What a simple, beautiful pattern! I want to make another shawl with a different type of yarn to use in Autumn and Spring.

  3. After several times pulling it out back to row 33 after reaching row 38, I gave up! Curving corners and looking awful. 6th time, it all came out and I started another pattern 🙁

  4. This pattern is gorgeous! I love that even though there seem to be a lot of rows, the pattern is EASY. I plan to make this in as many colorways as I can find- thank you!

  5. Hi Wilma! Thank you for this beautiful pattern and may God bless you for the work you are doing to help others with your condition—a generous gift to all!!
    I have read the comments here and many from your lovely tutorial but can’t seem to find anyone having the same trouble as me. At the end of row 8, I have the correct stitch count. I begin row 9 as you instruct but as I get to the corner, my work is not like yours—my stitches don’t come out properly at the corner. I’ve read the pattern and watched this part of the tutorial many times and can’t seem to figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve undone my work so many times that my yarn is starting to look worn. I was wondering if you recall anyone having problems on this row and how they were resolved. Any help you (or anyone else) can offer would be most appreciated. I am eager to complete this beautiful pattern and very frustrated with myself for not being able to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Thank you so much for any assistance you are able to offer. God bless!
    Janice Love ♥️

    1. I have ripped this out numerous times only did discover you can’t count. On the first row 7 repeat you state 104 double crochets on the row eight repeat you say it should be 110 double crochets but you’re only adding two doubles to each side which makes 106 in total for all you people that have ripped this out numerous times you’re going to have to do the math on your own or forget about it.

      1. My count is exactly like Wilma’s pattern. There are 6 additional stitches on row 18 repeat (the first row 8 repeat) for 110 dc. Even if their were a count error there is reason to be rude. Designing a pattern is not easy and I have done several. Just be thankful there are people like Wilma, others and myself are doing it.

      2. You use different combinations of stitches for different rows …look at the table, the stitch counts are spot on. Also note how the centre point/turning point is worked, that might make the difference. Watch the video tutorial.

  6. Hi Wilma, I am currently making this one with the Cotton Kings Twirls Shadow 04 (blue and black) and it is working out wonderfully so far. Working on row 25 at the moment. Keep up the good work!
    Groetjes uit het zuid-westen van Nederland 🙂

    1. Correction on my defense I’m very frustrated it should be 108 on the repeat of 8 if you add three to each end …you’re counting six but it’s only four.

  7. Hi, and thank you! I buy my cakes at Walmart. They have different color mixtures
    I bought several cakes of the happy colors I like but have just found this pattern that is perfect for this yarn. Wilma, when you said you had a condition, I thought, oh, good, so.eone who is also hooked on crochet!!! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your patterns with us. How generous of you!

    I am lilybelle408 on Instagram, but I am not yet good at using Instagram. I am an old woman and am learning.

    I love your patterns.

    Our USA first lady has an accent, too.
    Your accent is lovely as is hers.

    Hope to hear from you.


  8. Hello. I am on row 19 of this beautiful shawl. My last V stitch us not in the stitch just before the corner. Is this correct ? My stitch count seems to be correct.

  9. Heyo, I hope you see this, soon, I’m loving the pattern, and I made another shawl of yours no issues, and have been crocheting for years but I think I somehow have messed the pattern up the ends are curving in a ton, other than that the center seems to be correct and is making the right triangle shape when I lay it flat but on the ends on both ends they curve a ton, its not like yours in the pic when you have it laid down flat ad the top is a pretty straight line 🙁 I could post a pic wish I

      1. I have the same issue than Tonya. I tried Pink´s tip and that solved the curling on the sides, but then, after a few rows, the shawl started curving on the central peak as well, so I had to unravel it. Unfortunately, I´ll look for another pattern even though I loved this one. I wonder if the issue is related to the yarn since I didn´t use the same one as described here.

        1. Oh no! I didn’t have this problem but I did realize the pattern is a bit confusing when it comes to corners and the edge. I made sure there was always a V stitch in the tip of my triangle and basically fudged to make it work out that way and followed all directions for the edge. That seemed to work well for me.
          I think if you have too many stitches, even if your corner works, it will always show on the edges. That’s been my experience with any pattern. If someone is having this issue adjust your method for the corner (tip of triangle) and I bet that will solve the problem.

    1. Hi did you find a solution for this? It’s happening to me (for the second time now) I’m on row 23 and really don’t want to have to undo it all again 🙁
      As far as I know I’m following all The guidelines provided and also feel slightly relieved it’s not just me

  10. I just finished making this pattern as a Christmas gift for my cousin. It came out beautifully and so I will be using it again for another gift. Thank you for creating and sharing this pattern. Your instruction video was great and easy to follow as well.

  11. I’ve made the Anna Lucia Shawl and I love it. Is there a way to adapt the pattern into a rectangle instead of triangle shape? Thanks

  12. Hi Wilma,

    I followed a link from Moogly blog. this shawl is absolutely beautiful, a wonderful tribute to the little girl you made it to honour. I really do connect to your reasons for this series of patterns, I have a rare disease and to get a diagnosis after many years (I was 28 and it had affected me from the age of 3) is such a freeing experience, then to find a community of people who share your experiences is a great comfort. I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome, not really rare but rare enough that the majority of medics are stumped! We refer to ourselves as zebras so I’m going to do this in black and white. it’s going to take a long time but once I do achieve it (I’m halfway through a sweater I started three years ago so here you have an idea of my timelines!) I shall post it on Instagram for you to see.

    My best wishes to you, the people who share your condition and to all rare, unique people

    1. A dear friend’s daughter recently had surgery for Ehlers-Danlos (with a surgeon in SC) and is improving greatly. I hope you are being treated and the treatment is helping.

  13. Thank you…..you have worked hard to provide us a beautiful pattern with clear, meticulous details (like the stitch count). I am making one with Lion Brand Mandala yarn and slight variations to the rows of double crochet. On the scalloped areas, I am still doing the front post and back post stitches, but on the rows where it is just “regular”, I have made changes….rows ending in 7 and 8 are my version of an X stitch, rows ending with 3 and 6 are plain dc, and rows ending in 4 and 5 are a V stitch. So fa, so good. Again, thank you. May GOD bless you abundantly.

      1. It says right in the instructions that the 3 chain at the beginning of each row before the 2 DC in the first stitch count as a double crochet. Her counts are correct, learn to read.

  14. wow! You are so talented, Wilma. My gosh, I love all your patterns. They are so beautiful just like you. Hugs and Kisses. Keep inspired and inspire others with your art. Love Doma.

  15. I have some special Shawl Real Orignal Pashmina from KASMIR INDIA , Real Hand Made in Good Price , i can export in your city with Good Quality and Any thing you want i can help u to Get U..

  16. Hi, I love this pattern. I’m working on it now, but I want to make it smaller size to be wrapped around the neck.
    can you please help how to make the edges thinner while maintaining the triangle on the front with the desired length, I want to be like shawllet not big triangle scarf.

  17. i love this patten its so easy to understand… i live in Denmark so this is my first patten in English 🙂

  18. I love this shawl. I just have a question about row 10, what does “bow” stand for? I notice that in the picture the 7dc shell and in the next chain space is a single crochet, it looks a lot closer to each other in the picture but as I am doing mine there is more space where in the picture no space. Am I putting the single crochet in the right space? Thank you for your help with this matter.

  19. I just want to say thank you for sharing your wonderful pieces with us. You are very talented. I would also like to say Kudos to the awesome clear instructions. Your extra effort to make it easier for us to understand by doing a simple chart for rows etc is very well done. I wish everyone would provide this. Well done and once again….keep it going. Go strong and never look back….as the future is yours to live !

  20. thank you for this tutorial, I made mine and I am happy with ..I wanna ask if you have a tutorial for a poncho? I will like to made one with neck up

  21. Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern. It was very easy to follow, your instructions are perfect. I made my shawl with Alize acrylic thread and a 3.5mm hook. It was alot of stitches, but the final result is a polished look, and stretchy material that hugs your shoulders nice. Let me know how I can post a photo of it on your site for all to see.

    1. That is just being mean for the sake of nothing.

      Regardless of the inspiration of the pattern (and I have seen “Lost in Time” too, they are not that similar), the patterns are free, and made solely for a good cause. To shed light on a rare illness. You should be ashamed.

    2. The ONLY similarity is the 2 rows of shells with post stitches. Everything else is completely different. There’s only so many stitch combinations in existence. We can’t say all shell stitches are copying the other. Whoever actually invented shells is long dead anyway. I’ve done both lost in time and this pattern and they are absolutely COMPLETELY different. For example some major differences, lost in time uses skipped stitches, single crochet, puff stitches between shells, 3 rows for the shells, etc etc. Get over yourself. Find me a pattern that is completely unique, bet you can’t.

      1. You do realise that the Lost in Time Shawl is another of Wilma’s designs I hope. This beautiful woman is designing these patterns for very special people and making her wonderful designs available to us all. I have made 3 of her shawl designs and they are stunning.

        1. The Lost in Time Shawl is designed by Johanna Lindahl at Mijocrochet. The pattern is free and available on Ravelry and on Johanna’s blog.

  22. Hallo my name is Dunia from Amman Jordan middle east.. Wonderful work… In my aria thay don’t know English language… I whant ask you for Permission to make this wonderful shall in Arabic language video and i will put your link below??!!! And thank you.. Bless you ❤️

  23. Hi Wilma, thanks for this gorgeous pattern.would it be possible to use cotton yarn to do this? Would the pattern have to be adapted?
    Thank you

  24. Hi Wilma,

    Love the pattern! Are there diagrams of this pattern? And if not, is it okay with you if I make them?
    Love from Holland!

  25. Love, love the Ana Lucia Shawl and would like to make mine in the same exact yarn you used. Could you direct me to the website that I can buy this and also name and color of yarn? Thankyou so much for your generosity and beautiful patterns.
    Joann Downs in Oregon, USA

    1. Hello Joann,
      I know I’m rather late to the party but I’m only just starting to learn crochet and came across this site just recently. If you can remember, did you ever get to hear what this exact yarn and colour was? Like you I’ve fallen for both the pattern and yarn! Your reply and advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Chris x

  26. Hi, I love your patterns! Especially the Ana Lucia shawl. I’ll definitely be making that next. God bless!

  27. Hi Wilma, thank you for sharing this lovely pattern! I’ve just started on it and seems to be hitting a problem with my stitch count after row 13. From row 14, my count is only 84 instead of 86 and the shortage compounds as I move along… any idea what have I done wrong? Thanks in advance!

    Cheers Jenn, from sunny Singapore! 🙂

  28. I must say I love this shawl pattern. Ive already completed 2 repeats, but I do have a question. Your pattern calls for 4 total repeats, but Im a plus size woman and wanted to see if I could make 6 repeats, is that possible?

      1. do you have a stitch count for repeats 5 and 6? since im making mine a bit larger. or how would i figure it out myself?

          1. Ahh so thankful for this pattern and the extra rows with stitch counts. This is *exactly* what I was looking for! Beautiful pattern!

          2. Your stitch count on every row after the first six rows is totally wrong.. you are adding each end double crochet stitches to the total count which should not be because it is including the initial count plus your add on..WRONG !!!

  29. Hi Wilma,

    Thank you for this beautiful shawl pattern. I am using a medium worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook. The work is coming out tight looking. I noticed on your video, your shawl looks similar in tension to mine but in another picture of the finished shawl, the tension looks loose and more open. Should I use a bigger hook? My tension is average (not too tight but not too loose). Thank you.

    1. Hi Sue, thank you for your compliment! If the shawl is already looking too tight, I would try using a bigger hook indeed. The shawl will turn out bigger (also because you’re working with medium worsted yarn), but you can decide to only make 3 repeats instead of 4. Or if you want to have an extra big shawl, then you can just continue making more repeats 🙂

  30. 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

    1. 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,

  31. 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 https://www.armarinhosaojose.com.br/fio-prisma-circulo-600m.68946.html). 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!

    1. 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: https://wilmade.com/pom-pom-happiness-shawl/

      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,

      1. 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.

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

  33. 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 😉

  34. 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.

  35. Wilma, you have done it again! Beautiful shawl! I cant wait to finish what I’m working on to start this one! Thank you!

  36. 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

    1. 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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