Vela Flower Shawl

After months of working on this design, it’s finally here: the Vela Flower Shawl. It’s a triangle shawl worked top-down and full of visual texture. It features three different flower stitches which start with a tight weave of stitches close together, and gradually changes to the loose open weave of lace. This crochet flower shawl comes in two sizes: adult and child version. This design is part of my special series of patterns dedicated to extended family (people with the same rare tumor as I have).

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 Vela Flower Shawl

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About Vela

The Vela Flower Shawl is 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 friends. Last year I visited Vela and her parents in San Diego which is when I started working on this shawl. She even helped me designing this ‘cute shawl’, as you can see in the YouTube video below 😉

Wilma and mini-me Vela

About the design

This crochet flower shawl is inspired by Vela’s love for flowers. I’ve designed three different flower stitches aka Vela’s flower friends as she calls them. If you have a preference for only 1 of the 3 flower stitches, make sure to check out the Vela Flower Friend Shawl 1, 2 & 3, each featuring only 1 of the 3 unique stitches!

I’ve used a pink/purple gradient yarn cake which are Vela’s favorite colors. I’ve shown her many different color options, and this is the color option she chose herself.

This design is available as both a child and adult version. The smaller version is a bit shorter and made with less repeats.

Vela Flower Shawl - close-up of crochet flower shawl stitches

About the pattern

This shawl is worked top-down and features double crochet, single crochet, chains and 3 special flower stitches.

It contains three different blocks each featuring a unique flower stitch. To keep the pattern as simple as possible, each flower block consist of 3 rows that are repeated.

The flower sections are separated with 7 rows of double crochet stitches and variations such as post stitches and worked in the back loop only, 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.

Vela Flower Shawl - free crochet shawl pattern by Wilmade

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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Crochet Flower Shawl

Materials

– Gradient yarn cake (fingering weight, 4ply, 875 yards / 800m, 200g). I have used a yarn cake from a European 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

Adult
Height: 60 cm / 23.5″
Width: 165 cm / 65”

Kid
Height: 45 cm / 17.5″
Width: 140 cm / 55”

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
– puff: puff stitch
– Special stitches:

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

Flower friend 2:
1 puff stitch in next dc, ch 1, 1 puff stitch in same dc, ch 1, 1 puff stitch in same dc

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

Pattern – adult size

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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)

Flower friend 2

Flower friend 2:
1 puff stitch in next dc, ch 1, 1 puff stitch in same dc, ch 1, 1 puff stitch in same dc

Row 24:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, 1 dc in next st,
*ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in next st* to center ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip 2 st,
(1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in center ch-2 sp,
*ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 sc in next st* to end,
ch 2, skip 2 st, 1 dc in next st, ch 2, 2 dc in last st, turn (49 ch-sp)

Row 24

Row 25:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 2, skip next dc, flower in next dc,
*ch 2, skip next sc, flower in next dc* to center ch-2 sp, ch 2,
(flower) in center ch-2 sp,
ch 2, skip next dc, *flower in next dc, ch 2, skip next sc* to end,
flower in next dc, ch 2, skip next dc, 2 dc in last st, turn (25 flowers)

Row 25

Row 26:
ch 3, 1 dc in first st, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-sp,
*ch 3, 1 sc in next flower, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-sp* to center flower, ch 3,
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in center-flower,
*ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next flower* to end,
ch 3, 1 dc in next ch-sp, ch 3, 2 dc in last st, turn (53 ch-sp)

Row 26

Row 27 – 32:
repeat row 25, 26, 25, 26, 25, 26 (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)

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

Row 40:
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 (38 flowers)

Row 40

Row 41:
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 (39 flowers)

Row 41

Row 42:
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 (40 flowers)

Row 42

Row 43 – 48:
Repeat row 41, 42, 41, 42, 41, 42 (41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 flowers)

— Ribbing —

Row 49:
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 (296)

Row 49

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 Shawl - stitch count adult

Pattern – kid size

You can easily make a smaller version for kids. It’s the same pattern, just less repeats.

Vela Flower Shawl - stitch count kid

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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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Katherine Lessard
    18 November 2019 at 5:34 am

    Hi Wilma. I’ve made several of your shawls successfully and they turned out beautiful. However I’m having trouble figuring out rows 11-16 of the Vela flower shawl. The video doesn’t demonstrate where the flowers should go. Where can I get additional help?

    • Reply
      Wilma
      19 November 2019 at 12:42 am

      Hi Katherine, so happy to hear you made several of my shawls! ❤ I’ve attached a video tutorial that demonstrates each row, it also shows you where to make the flowers

  • Reply
    Angelica
    27 October 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful. Where did you buy the yarn?

  • Reply
    Nancy
    21 October 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful shawl! You design such beautiful items! I’m glad you are doing well, and I look forward to more in this series.

  • Reply
    Patty Boyer
    21 October 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Such a Beautiful Gorgeous Shawl!!! You are the one I go to for pretty shawls!! Don’t want to miss anything you do.

  • Reply
    Emily
    17 September 2019 at 9:02 am

    Hey Wilma,
    Wauw, wat een mooie omslagdoek. De kleuren van het garen vind ik geweldig maar de textuur en het patroon van de sjaal is geweldig. Die verhalen vind ik altijd zo gaaf om te lezen en hoe je dan ieders karakter eigenlijk in een sjaal weet te stoppen vind ik echt heel bijzonder.
    Dankjewel voor je mooie patroon.

    Lieve groetjes,
    Emily

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