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Pom Pom Happiness Shawl

Today I have a new free crochet pattern to share with you: the Pom Pom Happiness Shawl. This simple shawl is made with double crochet stitches and chains. It has a playful pom pom border, which makes it a perfect crochet shawl for spring and kids as well!

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About this design

While working on this shawl, we tried to keep the steps as easy as possible, taking beginners into account. The shawl is completely made out of double crochet stitches and chains.

The shawl has a playful border with little pom poms. This gives a happy, playful touch to the shawl and makes it a great shawl for spring. Kids will love it for sure! The pom poms are easy to make, and for those who can’t read patterns, I’ve made a video which you can find below.

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About the yarn

For this shawl we’ve used a small gradient yarn cake with a length of 600m. This resulted in a smaller shawl that can be worn up front. We’ve used yarn cake with bright colors (blue, green and yellow) because we think these colors make it a perfect crochet shawl for spring.

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Pom Pom Happiness Shawl

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Materials

– 1 gradient yarn cake (Weight 3/light, 875yds/7.1oz, 800m/200g).
I’ve used Katia Spring Rainbow which is discontinued.
If you live in the USA, you can find similar cakes in this Etsy shop and Hobbii.

> Click here to read more about alternative yarn cakes available in the USA/worldwide.

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).

Crochet shawl for spring pattern

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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46 Comments

  1. I tried to make the Pom Pom Shawl several times. I probably made the equivalent of 3 shawls. Each time it turned out looking like a sting ray. I finally gave up and started with another pattern. It’s turning out to be a triangle!
    Don’t know why, but I just couldn’t figure out this pattern.

  2. Hi, thank you for the wonderful designs.
    My yarn is 800m long, so I would like to make the pom-pom-shawl a little bigger. Which row can I add? And how many?
    I tried to add some dc rows after the 36th row, but it didn’t go well when I reached the following skip-one-row.

  3. Hi, in the video you say to turn your work, it would be helpful for a new crocheter like me if this was in the written pattern!!!

  4. Beautiful shawl! I am so excited to try it. I can not figure out how 15! I don’t have the skip 1 before the corner. I have 76 stitches from row 14. What am I doing wrong?

  5. I really love the shawl pattern and your viedo is great!! I will be using Schweppes Whirl yarn, one cake is 1000 yards. I will be following the pattern you suggested for a larger shawl. Thank you so much for the great pattern and the helpful viedo. Cheryl Hurst

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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

    1. 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! 🙂

  8. 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.

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

  10. 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

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    1. 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 🙂

      1. 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

        1. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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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