Vibrant Virginia Shawl

The Vibrant Virginia Shawl is a beautiful shawl worked from one side to the other. The basis of this shawl is made with single crochet stitches with increases and decreases on one side. It has a beautiful leaf border on the bottom of the shawl inspired by Virginia’s love for nature. This shawl is part of my special series of patterns dedicated to extended family (people with the same rare tumor as I).

Get the free pattern below or 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!

crochet leaf shawl - free crochet pattern by Wilmade with Lionbrand Coboo

Vibrant Virginia Shawl

Vibrant Virginia Shawl - free crochet pattern - pinterest pin

About Virginia

This shawl is dedicated to Virginia (33) from Germany. Virginia and I were born with the same rare condition. We met on Instagram 2 months ago because the algorithm showed Virginia my picture (thanks, Instagram!). She didn’t have a diagnosis yet, but immediately knew it was FIL when she saw my picture with Jaycee. We talked on Facebook for a while and discussed all the rare similarities we have. Only 2 months after her Instagram message I got to meet her in Germany. Of course I gave her the Vibrant Virginia Shawl dedicated to her.

Wilma (left) and Virginia (right) wearing the Vibrant Virginia Shawl

Wilma and Virginia wearing the Vibrant Virginia Shawl - facial infiltrating lipomatosis

About the design

The shawl is inspired by Virginia’s love for nature. Virginia is an author, editor for sustainability & biodiversity and nature lover. I decided to keep the shawl simple with a somewhat rounded shape and a beautiful leaf border on the bottom.

I’ve used an earth tone to keep the design calm. This color looks so good with Virginia’s red hair! It can be wrapped around the shoulders like a shawl or worn upfront like a scarf.

About the pattern

For this shawl you can use any yarn; I’ve used LionBrand’s Coboo (DK weight) but you can also use fingering weight. The basis of the shawl is completely made with single crochet stitches. It’s worked from side to side with increases and decreases on the same side to create a beautiful rounded shape.

After that, we work a row of single crochet stitches along the bottom. Finally we make a beautiful leaf border which might look challenging, but is very fun to work on. Below you can find a video tutorial which shows you how to make this shawl step by step.

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 was going on. In 2017 I finally got diagnosed with an ultra rare condition. I immediately started searching for other people and so far I’ve found about 50 people in the whole wide world. It’s amazing how many similarities we have and how much we look alike. Many of my upcoming patterns 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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Vibrant Virginia Shawl

Materials

– Lion Brand Coboo (Weight 3/light, 232yds/3.5oz, 212m/100g)
4 balls in color tan [835-123]
or 315 grams

– Crochet hook 6 mm (US J/10)

– Crochet hook 5 mm (US H/8) for the border

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Finished size

Height: 17” / 43 cm
Width: 88” / 224  cm

Gauge

With hook size 6mm:
14 sc x 17 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4″ square

Stitches & abbreviations

– sl st: slip stitch
– ch: chain
– sc: single crochet
– sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)
– dc: double crochet
– dc2tog: double crochet 2 together (decrease)
– dc3tog: double crochet 3 together (decrease)

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– This shawl is worked from one side to the other with increases and decreases on one side. Lastly we will make the border

– Turn your work at the end of each row

– Turning chains does not count as a stitch

– It is helpful to place a stitch marker on the increase side, so you can easily see when you need to make increases

Block your finished shawl

Video

Below you can find a video of this shawl

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! **

With hook size 6mm: ch 2, turn

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn (1)

Row 2: 2 sc in sc, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 3: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn (2)

Row 4: 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1,  turn (3) Place a marker in last sc

Row 5: 1 sc in each sc, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 6: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (4)

Row 7 – 98: repeat row 5 & 6 (50)

creating that smooth curve

Row 99 – 101: 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (50)

Row 102: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (51)

Row 103 – 105: 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (51)

Row 106: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (52)

45 rows straight

Row 107 – 151 (45 rows): 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (52)

time for that smooth curve again

Row 152: 1 sc in each sc across until last 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (51)

Row 153 – 155: 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (51)

Row 156: 1 sc in each sc across until last 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (50)

Row 157 – 159: 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (50)

decrease till end

Row 160: 1 sc in each sc across until last 2 sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (49)

Row 161: 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (49)

Row 162 – 255: repeat row 161 & 162 (2)

end of shawl

Row 256: sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1)

Row 257: 1 sc, ch 1, turn (1)

Do not fasten off, we will continue with the border.

Vibrant Virginia Shawl - overview before border

Border

Continue on the bottom of the shawl. Work 1 sc in each row until the the end, and 2 sc in the last row. Make sure you have 258 stitches before you continue with the border.

Reminder: you can find my video tutorial here.

Vibrant Virginia Shawl - sc along bottom

Change to crochet hook size 5mm.

Row 1: ch 9, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 2, skip 2 ch, skip 1st sc, sl st in next 3 sc, turn

Row 2: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in 2nd dc, 2 dc in 3rd dc, ch 2, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn

Row 3: 1 dc in dc, ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 2, skip next sc, sl st in next 3 sc, turn

Row 4: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in last dc, ch 2, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn

Row 5: 1 dc in dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next 9 dc, ch 2, skip next sc, sl st in next 3 sc, turn

Row 1 – 5

Vibrant Virginia Shawl - border row 1-3

Row 6: ch 2, dc2tog, 1 dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog, ch 2, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn

Row 7: 1 dc in dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc2tog, 1 dc in next 3 dc, dc2tog, ch 2, skip next sc, sl st in next 3 sc, turn

Row 8: ch 2, dc2tog, 1 dc in next dc, dc2tog, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn

Row 9: 1 dc in dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, dc3tog, ch 2, skip next sc, sl st in next 3 sc, turn

Row 10: ch 2, skip dc3tog, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 dc in last dc, ch 3, turn

Repeat row 5 – 10 for a total of 20 times. Repeat one more time, but dont’t start a new leaf in the last 3 rows (see video here).

Row 6 – 11

Vibrant Virginia Shawl - border 5 - 7 - 9

Blocking

When your shawl is done, make sure to block it. Especially for the lace border this will make a huge difference. I wrote a blocking tutorial here.

Share a picture!

If you are going to make this shawl, please tag me @wilmawestenberg on Instagram and add this pattern to your Ravelry queue. I would love to see what colors you used and feature some of your pictures!

Questions?

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    KAREN LUCAS
    7 October 2020 at 12:40 am

    beautiful ,stunning work. I never though i could do anything i like but using your step by by i finished Ana Lucia Shawl while on a cruise from Australia to Hawaii after my breast cancer treatment. Now i want to do vela flower with the dark purple. What is the yarn called as it stunning

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    Donata Pfisterer
    7 October 2020 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful. I have several of your pattern but seems I have no time to make them.

  • Reply
    Susan C Mason
    6 October 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Love this shawl! I’m going to put this pattern in my stash to make. I love wearingi shawls!

  • Reply
    Kay Torrence
    6 October 2020 at 5:54 pm

    This is beautiful I cant wait to make for my daughter who is 27 she will love it.

    Thank you

  • Reply
    Jen
    6 October 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Hello,this is a beautiful pattern and looks gorgeous on you and Virginia. I have a question,its kind of dumb,but I crochet tight,would you bump up a hook size or leave as written?thank you very much.

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    Barbara Clauss
    6 October 2020 at 4:20 pm

    You are so very generous! I LOVE this shawl! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Reply
    Elena
    17 September 2020 at 8:20 pm

    I need help.
    How can I achieve 88 inches with 258 rows if the gauge is 17 rows to 4 inches. Mine only measures 60 inches.
    Thanks!!

  • Reply
    Robyn
    15 September 2020 at 5:50 am

    Hi Wilma, This shawl is so beautiful! Just wondering if you can give me some tips for making it a little less wide. I’m very short so the wingspan will be way too long for me.

  • Reply
    Sherri
    12 September 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful work you do. You’ve inspired me with much more desire than I have time but I’m still going to try. Could you tell me what kind of yarn you used in the picture of you and Virginia together for the Virginia shawl?

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