Vela Flower Friend Shawl 3

Make this simple floral shawl with my free crochet pattern! After months of working on the Vela Flower Shawl, I decided to make another shawl that is completely made with only 1 of the 3 unique flower stitches from 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 3 which is made with chains and picot stitches.

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 Vela Flower Friend Shawl 3

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Vela Flower Friend Shawl - free floral shawl pattern

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 1Vela Flower Friend Shawl 2 and Vela Flower Friend Shawl 3 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 original 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 3. 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.

Katia Silk Degrade - gradient yarn cake for shawls

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

Floral Shawl Pattern

Vela Flower Shawl 3 - floral shawl - pinterest pin

Materials

– 1x Katia Silk Degradé (fingering weight, 4ply, 150g, 600m/656 yds). Unfortunately this color is not available anymore. I’ve found an alternative on Etsy with khaki – light grey – alabaster which is quite similar to my colors. Keep in mind that it’s not 100% the same. You’ll need the 4 ply/830 yds option. 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: 55 cm / 21.5″
Width: 155 cm / 61″

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 stitches:

Flower friend 3:
1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, 1 sc in same ch-sp

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. Relevant video parts will be highlighted in the pattern.

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! **

Relevant video parts for row 1 – 7: 00:00 till 7:25.

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 3 

Flower friend 3:
1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, 1 sc in same ch-sp

Relevant video parts for row 8 – 10: 24:10 till 30:18

Row 8:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, 1 dc in next st,
*ch 6, skip 5 st, 1 flower in next st* to center ch-2 sp, ch 3, skip 2 st,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-2 sp,
ch 3, skip 2 st, *1 flower in next st, ch 6, skip 5 st* to end,
1 dc in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in last st, turn (6 flowers)

Row 40

Row 9:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, skip next dc, sc in next ch-2 sp,
*ch 6, flower in next ch-6 sp* repeat across, ch 6, skip next ch-3 sp,
(flower) in center ch-2 sp,
skip next ch-3 sp, *ch 6, flower in next ch-6 sp* to end,
ch 6, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip next dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (7 flowers)

Row 41

Row 10:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch-2 sp,
*ch 6, 1 flower in next ch-sp* to center flower, ch 3,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center flower,
ch 3, *1 flower in next ch-sp, ch 6* to end,
1 sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in last st, turn (8 flowers)

Row 42

Row 11 – 16:
repeat row 9, 10, 9, 10, 9, 10 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 flowers)

— Ribbing —

Row 17:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp,
6 dc in each ch-6 sp across, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 1 dc in next dc,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center ch-2 sp,
1 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 6 dc in each ch-6 sp across,
2 dc in next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn (104)

Relevant video parts for row 17: 15:36 – 17:30

Row 49

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 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 flowers)

— 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 (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 flowers)

— 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 for size adult.

Vela Flower Friend Shawl 3 - stitch count overview

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 6o times. 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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Questions?

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