Pom Pom Happiness Shawl

After making her very first shawl – the Bella Vita Shawl – one month ago, my mother immediately started working on a second shawl with another yarn cake.

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pom pom happiness shawl free crochet pattern

This cake was a bit smaller than the first yarn cake she used and resulted in a smaller shawl that can be worn up front. She chose a cake with bright colors blue, green and yellow to make it a perfect shawl for spring.

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The shawl has a very happy border with cute little pom poms which makes it a great shawl for spring and kids. The pom poms really bring a ‘happy’ touch to the shawl!

While working on this shawl, she tried to keep the steps as easy as possible, making it a great shawl for beginners! For those who prefer visual more, I have recorded a video of this pattern which you can find below.

pom pom happiness shawl katia spring rainbow yarn cake shawlette

Materials

– 1 Katia Spring Rainbow yarn cake which is 4 ply and 600m/ 656 yds. Katia is a European brand.
If you live in the USA or Canada, you can order similar cakes from this shop. It’s best to select 830 yards, I’m afraid 620 yards will not be enough).

3.5 mm hook (US E/4 hook, UK 9)

Video

Below you can find a video of the Pom Pom Happiness Shawl. Scroll further for the written pattern.

Finished sizes

Sizes after blocking:
Height: 70cm / 28”
Width: 165cm / 65”

Gauge

16 double crochet equal 10 cm / 4”
10 rows equal 10 cm / 4”

Abbreviations (US terms)

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
Pom pom: ch 4, 3 dc cluster in second chain, ch 3, 3 dc cluster in first chain, turn and twist the hook so that both clusters will be side by side, chain 2, (see video below)
**: repeat what’s between the **
( ): the amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row

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Other notes

– The pattern is written in US terms

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

– Double crochet stitches above the chains are worked around the chains instead of inserting your hook through the loops.

– The last stitches of a row are made in the third chain of the previous row (or 2 if you only made 2 ch in the previous row).

Pattern

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Start with 4 chains, slip stitch in the first stitch to close the round

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 and 4:
Repeat row 2 (20, 26)

Row 5:
ch 3, 1dc 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,
2 dc in last stitch (30)

Row 6 – 14 (9 rows):
Repeat row 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2 (36, 40, 46, 50, 56, 60, 66, 70, 76)

Making rows with gaps

Row 15:
Ch 4, 1 dc in the first stitch,
ch 1, skip 1, *1 dc, ch 1, skip 1* till corner,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in corner,
ch 1, skip 1, *1 dc, skip 1, ch 1* till end,
1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in last stitch (42)

Row 16:
Ch 4, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the first gap,
*ch 1, 1 dc in next gap* till corner,
(ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1) in corner,
*1 dc in the next gap, ch 1* till end,
1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the last gap (46)
* Make the dc stitches in the gaps of the previous row

Row 17: 
Ch 4, 1 dc in the first gap,
*ch 1, 1 dc in next gap* till corner,
(ch 1, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1) in corner,
*1 dc in the next gap, ch 1* till end,
1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the last gap (48)
*Make the dc stitches in the gaps of the previous row

Row 18:
Repeat row 16 (52)

From now on it’s all repeat repeat repeat!

Row 19 – 24 (6 rows):
Repeat row 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5

Row 25 – 30 (6 rows):
Repeat row 15, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16

Row 31 – 36 (6 rows):
Repeat row 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5

Row 37 – 44 (8 rows):
Repeat row 15, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16

Row 45 – 46 (2 rows):
Repeat row 2, 5 (256, 260)

Border

Row 47:
Repeat row 15 (134)

Row 48:
ch 6, 1 dc in the first gap, ch 3,
*1 dc in the next gap, ch 3* till corner,
(1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in corner,
*ch 3, 1 dc in the next gap* till end
ch 3, 1 dc in the last dc (3rd chain) (136)

Row 49:
ch 7, *skip 1 chain bow, 1 sc in the next chain bow, ch 6* till corner,
skip 1 chain bow, (1 sc, ch 4, 1 sc) in corner,
*ch 6, skip 1 chain bow, 1sc in the next chain bow* till end
ch 6, 1 sc in the last bow (70 dc)

Row 50:
*ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 triple crochet, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) around the chain bow, ch 1, 1 sc between the chain bows* till end (551)

Row 51 (the pom pom part):
Ch 1, *3 sc, (you’re now in the middle of the previous row), make a pom pom, 3 sc, ch 2, skip 5* till end (69 pom poms)

Pom pom: ch 4, 3 dc cluster in second chain, ch 3, 3 dc cluster in first chain, turn and twist the hook so that both clusters will be side by side, chain 2. See video below.

Video

Below you can find a video that shows you how to make the pom pom border.

Blocking

Did your shawl turn out in a weird shape – or maybe even like a stingray shape as some call it? Don’t worry, you can easily fix this with blocking. I wrote a blocking tutorial here.

before and after blocking your crochet project

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    Swati
    13 April 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Wilma,
    Many questions!
    1. Row 17 – beginning will be ch4, dc in first stitch? You say 1 st gap. This done does not match with the end of the row instructions. Please can you clarify?
    2. Can you please put a close up picture of the ENDS of row 14-18. For some reason my shawl is beginnings to look like a sting ray fish!
    3. I too am confused about the term bow. Please can you explain from 48 onwards? Is the bow the 1 chain space of row 47 (which is row 15!)
    4. Also, I am unable to access the videos. It says “error setting up player, invalid license key”. Please can you put in a few pictures? I am yet to reach the pom-poms row but hope to do so in two days!
    5. Once done, I’d like to have your permission to link to this page through my own blog. It’s a personal blog and I do not sell anything – not enough confidence yet! I’ve given you the link below.
    Thank you.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      13 April 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Hi,
      1. Yes 1st gap, I made a close up picture, I will email you the picture separately (can’t upload pics in comments). I changed ‘last st’ to ‘last gap’ in row 17 to make it more clear, thank you for the suggestion.
      2. Ah there are two things you can do. First, make one more chain at the start and end of every row, this way it will stretch more. Also, at the end when you’re done, make sure to block it – this will definitely make the shape straight! I have it too sometimes when I make shawls, it depends on the yarn and tension (how tight or loose you crochet).
      3. I changed ‘bow’ to ‘gap’, hopefully that makes more sense!
      4. Can you reload the page and try again? we just checked the videos and they worked.
      5. Of course, I would like that! 🙂 Thanks!

      Let me know if you have more questions!

      • Reply
        Swati
        18 April 2018 at 11:04 am

        Hi Wilma, I have emailed you with pictures and an explanation!

        The videos worked after restarting my browser!

        Thank you.

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    Laura
    10 April 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Wilma,

    Bedankt voor dit mooie patroon 🙂 ik kom er alleen niet helemaal uit. Ben nu bij rij 19 waar ik 2 en 5 weer beurtelings herhaal. Ik vraag me echter af of ik zowel in de gaps als de double crochets van rij 16 moet werken? Dat is me namelijk voor niet helemaal duidelijk.

    Alvast bedankt 😉

    Groetjes,

    Laura

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      Wilma
      10 April 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Hoi hoi Laura, bedankt voor je compliment! De eerste toer na de gaatjes haak je 1 stokje in de gaatjes (de lossen van de vorige toer, ik heb uit gemak gewoon om de lossen gehaakt ipv echt door de lusjes van de losse) en 1 stokje in elk stokje! 🙂

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    Jessica-Jean
    19 March 2018 at 12:34 am

    I love the pattern, and plan on making it with fingering weight baby yarns from my stash. My only problem is the pompoms. Only a video? No text instructions anywhere? I don’t usually crochet at the computer. If text isn’t available, I’ll just have to park myself and the nearly completed shawl in front of a computer, until I have the sequence down pat.

    Thank you for the pattern.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 March 2018 at 12:35 am

      Hi Jessica, you can find written instructions at the top of the page at the abbreviations

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    Lindsie
    27 February 2018 at 1:20 am

    What are the dimentions of the shawl once its finished?

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    charlotte grove
    21 February 2018 at 1:09 pm

    hi i am doing this scarf but am on row 49. ch7, skip 1 chain bow. [what is that?] please can you help me.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      21 February 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Charlotte, In the previous row you made *1 dc in the next chain bow, ch 3* – those ch 3 create little bows which I called ‘chain bow’. Hope this helps! If you have more questions, let me know!

      • Reply
        Swati
        13 April 2018 at 7:05 pm

        Hi Wilma,

        Many questions!

        1. Row 17 – beginning will be ch4, dc in first stitch? You say 1 st gap. This done does not match with the end of the row instructions. Please can you clarify?

        2. Can you please put a close up picture of the ENDS of row 14-18. For some reason my shawl is beginnings to look like a sting ray fish!

        3. I too am confused about the term bow. Please can you explain from 48 onwards? Is the bow the 1 chain space of row 47 (which is row 15!)

        4. Also, I am unable to access the videos. It says “error setting up player, invalid license key”. Please can you put in a few pictures? I am yet to reach the pom-poms row but hope to do so in two days!

        5. Once done, I’d like to have your permission to link to this page through my own blog. It’s a personal blog and I do not sell anything – not enough confidence yet! I’ve given you the link below.

        Thank you.

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          Swati
          13 April 2018 at 10:15 pm

          I’m putting the above questions again as a separate query! Thank you.

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    Ann
    30 December 2017 at 6:26 am

    Love the scarf, hate looking for the yarn. You have suggested a place that is still closed and it’s almost New Years. You told us the color and the brand, but nowhere did you mention what size yarn it it. I’m eager to start making this scarf. Please tell me the size of yarn to purchase, even if it isn’t the brand/color you’ve suggested. Thank You, Ann

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      Lesanne
      7 February 2018 at 11:53 pm

      Ann, if you look up the brand and colour online you will find the weight of the yarn that way. Very few cakes come in different weights.

      Hope that helps.

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    Threasa
    30 November 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I love this shawl. Going to make one for my sister. I have the yarn you mentioned. I have been searching for a pattern that uses one ball. Thanks for sharing your lovely pattern.

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      Wilma
      4 December 2017 at 12:19 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! x

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    MARY
    14 November 2017 at 2:25 am

    Want to make this with the Scheepjes Whirl yarn which it very thin fingering weight. Can I keep going more than the 46 rows before starting the border? It would be way too small with this thin yarn without adding rows. What rows can I keep repeating? Thanks

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      Wilma
      14 November 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Hi Mary, Scheepjes has (almost) the same thickness so don’t worry about it being thin fingering yarn. My cake was 600m, yours is 1000m. I would try this:

      Row 1 – 44: do what the pattern says
      Row 45 – 50 (6 rows): repeat row 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5
      Row 51 – 60 (10 rows): repeat row 15, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16, 17, 16
      Row 61-67: make rows 45-51 from my normal pattern

      I haven’t made this longer version myself yet (need to get a 1000m cake first!) so let me know if it helps 🙂

  • Reply
    Annette Lutze
    8 November 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Love the scarf could I make it in two ply

  • Reply
    Barbara
    16 October 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love your videos! Its my first crochet and I really love how easy you made it for me!

    • Reply
      Wilma
      16 October 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much Barbara, really appreciate your kind words!

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        Annette Lutze
        8 November 2017 at 9:59 pm

        Hi Wilma, am going to try and make your lovely pom-poms scarf.
        Just a question you can tell I’m a beginner can I make it using 2 ply, would I use the same number of stitches

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          Wilma
          8 November 2017 at 10:08 pm

          Hi Annette, thank you for your kind words. You can keep the same amount of stitches, but the shawl will probably be a bit smaller than mine. But still big enough I think!

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    Emma
    11 October 2017 at 10:42 am

    Adore this shawl so much! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pattern xx

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    Christine
    30 September 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thank you Wilma for creating and sharing the shawl pattern. It is beautiful. It will be a good winter project.

    • Reply
      Wilma
      2 October 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Christine!

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    Karin
    22 September 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Dank je wel voor dit prachtige patroon! Ik ben het aan het haken en merk dat het patroon niet helemaal hetzelfde is als het voorbeeld op de foto en in de video. Toer 47 is een herhaling van toer 15. Op de afbeelding zie ik daarna nog een paar keer herhaling van toer 16/17. Maar dat staat niet in de omschrijving. Wat te doen?
    Alvast bedankt voor je antwoord. x

    • Reply
      Wilma
      23 September 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Hoi hoi Karin, je kan gewoon het patroon aanhouden, de sjaal in de video is precies hetzelfde als het geschreven patroon! Fijn weekend!

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    Marelva
    16 September 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Love it, and the colors as well my compliments to your mom and thanks for sharing..! Greetings

    • Reply
      Wilma
      17 September 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks so much Marelva! Really appreciate your kind comment

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    Terry
    9 September 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I’m so putting this in my project cue! Beautiful pattern stunning color! Gotta get my other 6 projects

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    Melony Boseley
    9 September 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I’m making this at the moment, and it is such a beautiful and easy pattern to follow! I can’t wait to finish it. My friend, Emmeclaire, shared it with me on Instagram. Love the giveaway!

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    Esther
    8 September 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Love it. Will definately try it. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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      Debbie
      10 September 2017 at 11:54 pm

      I absolutely LOVE the colors‼️‼️‼️ The pattern is fantastic, thanks

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    Carol
    2 September 2017 at 11:24 pm

    The scarf is beautiful! Thank you for the pattern.

    Since I’m in the USA, how many yards of what weight yarn was used?

    Thanks.

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    Toni
    28 August 2017 at 5:24 pm

    This is just gorgeous! Your mother is brilliant, please tell her I said so. The pom poms are fabulous.

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      Wilma
      30 August 2017 at 10:37 am

      Thanks so much Toni! <3

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    Pam
    27 August 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love this scarf, it will be my next project, thanks for sharing it

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