Vela Flower Friend Shawl 1

After months of working on the Vela Flower Shawl, I decided to make a shawl that’s completely made with only 1 of the 3 unique flower stitches that were used for the original design. The Vela Flower Shawl is part of my special series of patterns and is dedicated to Vela (4) from San Diego who loves flowers and calls them her flower friends. This shawl features Vela’s Flower Friend 1. It’s a triangle shawl worked top-down and full of visual texture. This beautiful crochet flower shawl pattern is available for free and includes a video tutorial.

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 Vela Flower Shawl

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Free crochet flower shawl pattern - Vela Flower Friend Shawll

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About Vela

The Vela Flower Shawls are dedicated to Vela, my 4 year old mini-me from San Diego who also was my flower girl. Vela has the same blond hair, blue eyes and even the same character and temper as I had at that age: literally my mini-me! She is the most happy and funny girl and absolutely loves flowers. She always wants to smell them and calls them her flower friends.

Wilma and mini-me Vela

About the design

This crochet flower shawl is a simple version of the Vela Flower Shawl which is inspired by Vela’s love for flowers. The shawl features 3 unique flower stitches a.k.a. ‘Vela’s Flower Friends’. I’ve got a lot of positive messages about the flower stitches and I decided to use them for easier versions.

The Vela Flower Friend Shawl 1, Vela Flower Friend Shawl 2 (coming soon) and Vela Flower Friend Shawl 3 (coming soon) respectively feature only 1 of the 3 stitches. Make a shawl with your favorite flower stitch or go all the way and combine all 3 stitches in the Vela Flower Shawl!

About the pattern

This shawl is worked top-down and features chains, double crochet and single crochet stitches. It contains three blocks featuring Vela Flower Friend stitch 1. The flower sections are separated with 7 rows of double crochet stitches and back post double crochet stitches. Together they create a beautiful texture.

This pattern might look complicated, but if you take a look at the pattern, you’ll see how simple it actually is. And don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a video tutorial which shows you how to make each row step by step.

Free crochet flower shawl pattern - Vela Flower Friend Shawll

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 30 people in the whole wide world. It’s amazing how many similarities we have and how much we look alike. I am very happy they came into my life. Many of my upcoming patterns, including this one, will be special designs inspired by my new ‘extended family’.

> Read more about me
> Read more about this special series of patterns

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Materials

– Gradient yarn cake (fingering weight, 3ply, 1.095 yards / 1.000m, 200g). I have used a yarn cake from a local store, but you can find similar yarn here. Or click here to read about other alternatives in the USA.

– Crochet hook 4mm (US G/6 hook)

– Stitch markers

– Tassel maker

Tapestry needle

– Scissors

Finished size

Height: 60 cm / 23.5″
Width: 150 cm / 59”

Gauge

20 dc and 10 rows equal 10 cm x 10 cm / 4” square

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch
– sl st: slip stitch
– ch: chain
– ch-sp: chain space
– sc: single crochet
– dc: double crochet
– dc blo: double crochet worked in the back loop only
– fpdc: front post double crochet
– Special stitch:

Flower friend 1:
1 sc in next st, ch 4, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch, *ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 3, sl st in same ch* repeat 2 more times, ch 1, sc in same st as where you started

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Shawl is worked top down

– First 3 chains count as a stitch

– Stitch count does not include 2 center chains

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

Video

Below you can find a video of this crochet shawl tutorial

Click here to watch the video on YouTube. For this shawl only 00:00 till 17:48 is relevant for you.

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, 4 dc into ring, turn (8)

Row 2: 

ch 3, 2 dc in first st,
1 dc in each st to center ch-sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-sp,
1 dc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (14)

Row 3 – 5:
Repeat row 2 (20, 26, 32)

Row 6:
ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st,
1 fpdc in each st to ch-2 space,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) into ch-2 space,
1 fpdc in each st to end,
3 dc in last st, turn (38)

Row 7:
ch 3, 2 dc blo in 1st st,
1 dc blo in each st to ch-2 space,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) into ch-2 space,
1 dc blo in each st to end,
3 dc blo in last st, turn (44)

— Flower friend 1 

Flower friend 1:
1 sc in next st, ch 4, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch, *ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 3, sl st in same ch* repeat 2 more times, ch 1, sc in same st as where you started

Row 8:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, 1 sc in next st,
*ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st* to center ch-2 sp, ch 2,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-2 sp,
*ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st* to end,
ch 2, 2 dc in last st, turn (17 ch-sp)

Row 8

Row 9:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 3, skip next dc,
*flower in next sc, ch 6, skip next sc* to center ch-2 sp,
flower in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc,
(flower) in center ch-2 sp,
skip next sc, ch 3, flower in next sc,
*ch 6, skip next sc, flower in next st* to end,
ch 3, skip next dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (9 flowers)

Row 9

Row 10:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 3, skip next dc, 1 sc in next ch-sp,
*ch 3, 1 sc in next flower, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-sp* to center flower, ch 3,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center-flower,
*ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next flower* to end,
ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 3, skip next dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (21 ch-sp)

Row 10

Row 11 – 16:
repeat row 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10 (11 flowers, 25 ch-sp, 13 flowers, 29 ch-sp, 15 flowers, 33 ch-sp)

— Ribbing —

Row 17:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st,
*2 dc in next ch-sp, 1 dc in next st* to center ch-2 sp,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-2 sp,
*1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next ch-sp* to end,
1 dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn (104)

Row 17

Row 18 & 19:
repeat row 6 & 7 (110, 116)

Row 20 & 21:
repeat row 2 (122, 128)

Row 22 & 23:
repeat row 6 & 7 (134, 140)

— Flowers —

Row 24 – 32:
repeat row 8, 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10 (49 ch-sp, 25 flowers, 53 ch-sp, 27 flowers, 57 ch-sp, 29 flowers, 61 ch-sp, 31 flowers, 65 ch-sp)

— Ribbing —

Row 33:
repeat row 17 (200)

Row 34 & 35:
repeat row 6 & 7 (206, 212)

Row 36 & 37:
repeat row 2 (218, 224)

Row 38 & 39:
repeat row 6 & 7 (230, 236)

— Flowers —

Row 40 – 48:
repeat row 8, 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10 (81 ch-sp, 41 flowers, 85 ch-sp, 43 flowers, 89 ch-sp, 45 flowers, 93 ch-sp, 47 flowers, 97 ch-sp)

— Ribbing —

Row 49:
repeat row 17 (296)

Row 50 & 51:
repeat row 6 & 7 (302, 308)

Row 52 & 53:
repeat row 2 (314, 320)

Row 54 & 55:
repeat row 6 & 7 (326, 332)

Stitch count

The table below shows the rows you should repeat and the amount of stitches you should have at the end of each row.

Vela Flower Friend Shawl 1 - stitch count

Tassels

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

1. Wound yarn around the tassel maker 40 times (kids) or 5o times (adult). Cut two more strands which are about 40 cm / 16″.

2. Add a knotted cord on top

3. Cut the yarn on the bottom (opposite of your knot)

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

5. Trim the bottom

Clover Tassel Maker photo crochet shawl tutorial

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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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    5 December 2019 at 1:41 pm

    This shawl is beautiful

  • Reply
    Trish
    4 December 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful patterns with us. Your shawl patterns are amazingly beautiful and special just like you and I love crocheting them for my family and friends.

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