Shell Wave Shawl

Learn how to make your own Shell Wave Shawl, a simple shawl made with flowing raised shell stitches forming beautiful waves. After the big success of my Such Simple Shawl I decided to design another simple crochet shawl for beginners, but this time with a bit more texture. The Shell Wave Shawl features the same stitches (chains an double crochet) and introduces another exciting stitch: front post double crochet, a variation of the double crochet stitch. Level up your crochet game with this textured shawl using Lion Brand Mandala Baby!

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Shell Wave Shawl

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About the design

This shawl is inspired by the Such Simple Shawl. I wanted to create a ‘next step’ for those who want to level up their crochet game. It features a combination of lace and textured waves which are created with shells and front post double crochet stitches.

I decided to add tassels for a final touch. You can easily change the size of your tassels (bigger, smaller) or no tassels at all. Or maybe fringes for a boho touch?

Shell Stitch Wave Shawl - Simple crochet shawl for beginners - free pattern

About the pattern

This simple crochet shawl for beginners is worked in rows, which means we turn our work at the end of each row. It’s worked top-down and features (front post) double crochet stitches and chains.

The shawl is a simple repeat of 12 rows: 6 rows to create chain spaces and 6 rows to create the textured waves.

If you need some visual guidance, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with a video tutorial which shows you how to make this shawl step by step.

Shell Stitch Wave Shawl - Simple crochet shawl for beginners - free pattern

About the yarn

For this shawl you’ll need 2 cakes of Lion Brand Yarn’s Mandala Baby. I’ve used the color Wishing Well, which is perfect for fall. Mandala Baby is a new line of Lion Brand Mandala, Lion Brand Yarn’s popular self striping yarn. Mandala Baby was created with little ones in mind and comes in soft and neutral colors. I needed about 1.5 cakes to make the shawl + 3 tassels.

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Lion Brand Mandala Baby Wishing Well yarn

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Materials

– 2 x Mandala® Baby Yarn color Wishing Well (Weight 3/light | 590yds/5.3oz | 540m/150g)

– Crochet hook 6mm (J/10)

– Tapestry needle

Tassel maker

– Scissors

Finished size

Height: 60 cm / 23.5″
Width: 180 cm / 71”

Gauge

13 double crochet and 8 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– ch-sp: chain space
– dc: double crochet
– fpdc: front post double crochet

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Shawl is worked top down

– We turn our work at the end of reach row

– First 3 chains do not count as a stitch

– It is helpful to place a marker in the first, center and last stitch and move it up with every row

– Stitch count does not include first 3 chains and 2 center chains

Video

Below you can find a video of this crochet shawl tutorial

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Pattern

** Note: 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! **

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring. Or begin with a magic circle.

Row 1:
ch 3, 3 dc into ring, ch 2, 3 dc into ring, turn (6)

Row 2:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, ch 1,
*1 dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st* to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
*ch 1, skip next st, 1 dc in next st* to end,
ch 1, 2 dc in last st, turn (12)

Row 3:
ch 3, 3 dc in first st,
*ch 1, 1 dc in next ch-sp* to center ch-sp,
ch 1, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
*ch 1, 1 dc in next ch-sp* to end,
ch 1, 3 dc in last st, turn (18)

Row 4:
ch 3, 2 dc in first st, ch 1, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc,
*1 dc in next ch-sp, ch 1* to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
*ch 1, 1 dc in next ch-sp* to end,
ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in last st, turn (24)

Row 5:
repeat row 3 (30)

Row 6:
ch 3, 5 dc in first st, skip 2 dc,
*1 sc in next ch-sp, skip next dc, skip next ch-sp, 5 dc in next dc, skip next ch-sp, skip next dc* to center ch-sp,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-sp,
*skip next dc, skip next ch-sp, 5 dc in next dc, skip next ch-sp, skip next dc, 1 sc in next ch-sp* to end,
skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in last st, turn (36)

Row 7:
ch 3, 3 dc in first st,
1 fpdc in each dc and sc to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 fpdc in each sc and dc to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (42)

Row 8:
ch 3, 5 dc in first st, skip 2 st,
*1 sc in next st, skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st* to center ch-sp,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-sp,
*skip 2 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st* to end,
skip 2 st, 5 dc in last st, turn (48)

Row 9:
repeat row 7 (54)

Row 10:
repeat row 8 (60)

Row 11:
repeat row 7 (66)

REPEAT

CH-SP
Row 12 – 17 (6 rows):
repeat row 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 3

SHELLS
Row 18 – 23 (6 rows):
repeat row 6, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7

CH-SP
Row 24 – 29 (6 rows):
repeat row 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 3

SHELLS
Row 30 – 35 (6 rows):
repeat row 6, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7

CH-SP
Row 36 – 41 (6 rows):
repeat row 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 3

SHELLS
Row 42 – 47 (6 rows):
repeat row 6, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7

Shell Stitch Wave Shawl - Simple crochet shawl for beginners - free pattern

Stitch count

The table below shows the amount of stitches you should have at the end of each row. Each chain and each (front post) double crochet counts as 1 stitch. Note: counting does not include first 3 chains and 2 center chains.

Stitch count Shell Stitch Wave Shawl

Tassels

Tassels are great for a final touch. It’s very easy to make them using a tassel maker.

1. Wound yarn around your phone 40 times. Cut two more strands.

2. Add a knotted cord on top.

3. Knot a strand around the tassel, about 1 cm from the top knot.

4. Cut the yarn on the bottom (opposite of your knot) and trim the ends.

Tadaa!

How to make tassels for a crochet shawl - with Lion Brand Mandala yarn

Blocking

If your shawl shape looks a bit off, for example without a straight edge, you can easily fix it with the blocking method. I wrote a blocking tutorial here.

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Annemarie
    30 October 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Wilma, komt het patroon ook in het Nederlands op je site? Prachtige sjaal!

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