Joyful Josie Shawl

Today I’m sharing a round crochet shawl pattern called the Joyful Josie Shawl. It’s the first project in my new series of free patterns dedicated to my extended family (people with the same condition as I have).

The Joyful Josie Shawl is inspired by my dear friend Josie. Josie is 10 years old, lives in Iowa with her parents, twin brother and younger sister. I was fortune enough to get to meet Josie three weeks ago in Kansas City.

Joyful Josie Shawl made with Durable Colorful - free round crochet shawl pattern

Josie is a competition swimmer. I also used to be a competition swimmer when I was her age. I wanted to do something with this similarity. I chose a yarn cake that has blue tones – the color of water – and some glitter for her shining personality.Durable colorful yarn cake - free crochet pattern round crochet shawl

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I used a simple stitch to lay the focus on the beautiful color transitions. The stitch is a combination of single crochet and double crochet stitches on top of each other, which gives a beautiful texture.

For the shape I chose a round crochet shawl design based on the waves in the water. “Waves are created by energy passing through water, causing it to move in a circular motion.”

Joyful Josie Shawl made with Durable Colorful - free round crochet shawl pattern

Thanks to the round shape the shawl can be worn in different ways: like a normal scarf/ shawl or as a wrap around the shoulders.

Joyful Josie Shawl made with Durable Colorful - free round crochet shawl pattern

I added some simple details to the rows where colors changed to a darker tone. The simple details are made with chain bows and remind me of a net or line in the water.

Joyful Josie Shawl made with Durable Colorful - free round crochet shawl pattern

The pattern is quite simpel and is a great project for beginners. The only stitches you need to know are chains, single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches. I loved working on this shawl in the car or in front of the TV while watching Netflix.

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
> Read more about my meeting with Josie

Video

Below you can find a short video tutorial of this pattern.

Materials

  • 1 Durable Colorful cake, 4ply and 800m/875ydsMy cake is a Dutch brand that is only sold in Europe. You can use this 4ply yarn cake if you’re from the USA / Canada. Select either 620yds if you want a smaller version or 830yds if you want the same size as mine.P.s. I think this color is also amazing!
  • Crochet hook 4.5mm (7 US)

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Abbreviations / stitches that are used

– Ch: chain
– Sc: single crochet
– Dc: double crochet
– St: stitch

Gauge

With my yarn cake 14 stitches and 14 rows equal 10×10 cm / 4” square

Finished size

Sizes are after blocking:
Height: 45 cm / 17.5″
Width: 210cm / 83″

If you bought a smaller cake or want to make a smaller version, it’s best to skip some rows between row 29 and 50. For example, repeat row 2 only for 16 rows instead of 22. And skip some repeats of row 2 at the end between row 55 and 73 (or just make rows till you run out of yarn).

Joyful Josie Shawl made with Durable Colorful - free crochet round shawl pattern

Notes

– I do not count turning chains as the first stitches. I just used them to gain height.

– Normally you would make 1 turning chain for a single crochet, but I used 3 turning chains, so it would stretch better and give straighter edges. If you use only 1 turning chain, it will be less flexible and might curl.

– Like most knitted/crochet shawls the shawl needs to be blocked when it’s finished. So don’t worry if yours gets a bit wonky or curls a bit, blocking will fix this.

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Pattern

Chain 5 (counts as 4 chains + 1 turning chain)

Row 1:
(1sc, 1dc, 1sc) in 2nd chain from the hook,
(1dc, 1sc) in next 2 stitches,
(1dc, 1sc, 1dc) in last stitch, turn (10)

Row 2:
ch 3, (1sc, 1dc, 1sc) in first stitch,
*1dc in next st, 1sc in next st* repeat till end,
(1dc, 1sc, 1dc) in last stitch, turn (14)

Row 3 – 25 (23 rows):
Repeat row 2 (see counting table below)
My color changed for the first time after row 25.

Two chain bows

Row 26:
ch 6, 1sc in first st,
*ch 5, skip 3, 1sc in next st* repeat till end,
ch 5, 1 sc in last stitch, turn (28 sc, 28 chain bows)

Row 27:
ch 6, 1sc in first chain bow, *ch 5, 1 sc in next chain bow* repeat till end, turn (28 chain bows)

Row 28:
ch 3, (1sc, 1dc, 1sc) in first stitch,
*(1dc, 1sc, 1dc) in next chain bow, 1sc in next st* repeat till end,
(1dc, 1sc, 1dc) in last stitch, turn (114)

Row 29 – 50 (22 rows):
Repeat row 2 (see counting table below)
My color changed for the second time after row 36 and for the third time after row 44.

NOTE: If you use a smaller yarn cake or want to make a smaller version, it’s better to skip some rows between row 29 and 50.

For example, repeat row 2 only till row 44 (16 rows) or till you reach your third color change.

Three chain bows

Row 51:
Repeat row 26 (52 chain bows)

Row 52:
Repeat row 27 (52 chain bows)

Row 53:
Repeat row 27 (52 chain bows)
My color changed for the 4th time after row 53.

Row 54:
Repeat row 28 (210)

Row 55 – 73 (20 rows):
Repeat row 2 (see counting table below)
My color changed for the 5th time after row 57 and for the 6th time after row 64.

NOTE: From now on you can just continue making rows until you run out of yarn or till you think the shawl is long enough. My yarn cake was done after row 73, but if you have more yarn left, you can choose to continue.

If you use a smaller yarn cake or if you want to make a smaller version, just repeat row 2 till you think the shawl is big enough. 

Counting

The table below shows the amount of stitches you should have after each row. I have included the amount of stitches till row 75 in case you want to make it bigger.

Stitch count you need to have after every row for the Joyful Josie Shawl

Blocking

When you’re done, make sure to block the shawl, because it might look a bit wonky or not as straight as you want it to be. Don’t worry, almost all knitted/crocheted shawls need to be blocked to bring the shawl in the shape you want.

In short, blocking means you pin your project in the correct shape, for example on a bed or using foam blocks, and then you spray it wet. You can also use a steam iron. It will dry and stay in the shape you pinned it. Here you can find my short tutorial about blocking.

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    girliefriend
    16 May 2018 at 7:57 pm

    This shawl is lovely Wilma, and represents your description of Josie perfectly! Thank you.

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