Top 30 crochet shawl patterns
Whatever the weather, a crochet shawl will always be a welcome accessory, so we're picked our favourite crochet shawl patterns for you to try!
If you're looking for one of the most satisfying projects that a crocheter can hook up, then it's got to be a classic crochet shawl. Perhaps the best thing about crochet shawl patterns is that they're a satisfying project to get stuck into, but not so big that they become tedious and take forever to finish. As you'd imagine, crochet shawl patterns come in a huge range of shapes and styles, from lacy summer layers to warming winter wraps.
The term shawl usually refers to an item that is wide enough to wrap around your shoulders (and a wrap would be slightly wider still), but the terms shawl, wrap, scarf and stole are all used pretty freely to describe the same items. For example, when something is called a crochet scarf we would generally think of that as a long slim piece of fabric, however if it is a wide scarf then some people would then call it a shawl or wrap.
We've picked 30 of our favourite crochet shawl patterns in a range to suit every ability, from intricate lace designs to relatively simple stitch patterns, with plenty of free crochet shawl patterns included too.
Free lace shawl crochet pattern
Our first free crochet shawl pattern is this elegant design by Simply Crochet editor Sara Huntington. Featuring a beautiful repeating diamond stitch pattern, and hooked up in a silk and wool blend lace yarn, it's so pretty you can wear it over a fancy evening dress for special occasions.
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Catch your eye crochet scarf pattern
All eyes will be on you when you show off this crochet scarf. This sculptural design is made in stages - lots of circles are made first, then they're connected to make the eye shapes, before being attached together with a lacy join to create a triangle shawl design. The different pieces and assembly make for an epic project that you'll be super-proud of once you've completed it, and although it looks complicated it actually only uses simple stitches!
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Free Dream and shine scarf crochet pattern
This free scarf crochet pattern from Hobbii is a great project for those of you who want to venture into some fancy stitches... but nothing too complicated. The design uses sections of simple stitches, as well as some crochet cross stitches to give some extra detail, as well as a pretty (but not too tricky) edging. Plus it's hooked up in gorgeous metallic yarn too!
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Trailblazer shawl crochet pattern
This Trailblazer shawl crochet pattern is another stunning design by Sarah Huntington that you'll just love hooking up! The really clever thing about this design is that it only uses a single Scheepjes Whirl yarn cake to create a fantastic ombre effect, which runs over both the section of solid crochet stitches as well as on the intricate pineapple lace edging - and as the Scheepjes Whirl cakes are available in 54 different colour combo's, you're really spoilt for choice!
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Free solomons knot crochet shawl pattern
If you're looking to try your hand at your first lacy shawl pattern, then you've gotta try this free Solomons knot crochet shawl pattern by Becky Skuse. Solomon's knot can seem very confusing to start off with, but you can master this technique with our How to crochet Solomons knot tutorial. Once you've got the hang of it, you'll be surprised by how quick this shawl is to make!
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Sunset shawl crochet pattern
Here's another crochet shawl pattern that is great for showing off your favourite variegated yarn (another project that can be worked up in a single Scheepjes Whirl yarn cake). Combining a range of fun stitches to create a fabulous open shawl lace effect, this fabulous design by Shari White is the perfect summer shawl!
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Free lacy crochet shawl pattern
If you're looking for a free crochet shawl pattern that is full of colour, textures and ripples, then you'll love this lacy shawl pattern from Bernat. Made using a self-striping yarn and super-tall triple treble crochet stitches (be aware that it's a US pattern so they're called double treble stitches in the pattern), this fab design is full of character and will be a fun and entertaining crochet project.
Find the Free lacy crochet shawl pattern on Yarnspirations
Boho shawl crochet pattern
We love all of the variegated colours and textural stitches in this Boho shawl crochet pattern by TheHatandI. With clear step-by-step instructions and photos, it's a crochet shawl pattern that even relative crochet beginners can get stuck into!
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California coast shawl crochet pattern
Eleonora Tulley (aka Coastal Crochet) specialises in creating stunning crochet designs inspired by the seaside, and her California coast shawl crochet pattern is a brilliant example of her amazing skills. With a really interesting mix of stitches and colour combinations, it's a beautiful design that is the perfect accessory for you to wear on those long walks on the beach!
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Sylvia Shawl Tunisian crochet pattern
For those of you who love a bit of Tunisian crochet, then this Sylvia Shawl Tunisian crochet pattern by Gwen Buttke McGannon is perfect for you! This triangle shawl pattern uses a 2 row repeating pattern of simple Tunisian crochet stitches to create a beautiful lace design.
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Free crochet scarf pattern
If you feel that a lot of the designs look a bit too complicated, you can always keep things simple with this free crochet scarf pattern by Susie Johns. Hooked up in chunky yarn and with a fun chevron stitch pattern, this wide scarf can easily be draped around your shoulders and worn as a wrap... plus it's got some bonus pompoms too!
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Arrowhead shawl crochet pattern
This geometrical crochet shawl pattern is not only a fun design that you can easily pick up and put down whenever you want, but it's also a brilliant stash-buster project! Each diamond shape is made independently, so you can use up all those scraps of left-over yarn that you've been holding onto. Remember to weave your ends in as you go with this design, then you can use those yarn tails to make some fun tassels on the edges!
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Free dragon scale shawl crochet pattern
If you're after a free shawl crochet pattern that is full of fun stitches, then you'll love this dragon scale shawl pattern from Hobbii. The combination of a glittery gradient yarn and scale-style stitches makes this a crochet shawl that you'll love wearing every day and really shows off your crochet skills.
Find the Free dragon scale shawl crochet pattern at Hobbii.com
Boomerang crochet shawl pattern
This crochet shawl pattern by Hannah Cross is a pretty summer shawl with a gentle curved 'boomerang' shape to it. With a combination of puff stitches and filet crochet techniques, the stitches are the star of the show and really stand out with a solid colour yarn.
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Sunburst scarf crochet pattern
The Sunburst scarf crochet pattern by Peppergoose design has a fantastic 4 row pattern that creates those fabulous 'sunburst' motifs, and looks amazing hooked up in a variegated yarn. You can follow the pattern to make it as a crochet scarf, but the pattern repeats can also be easily adjusted to make it into a wider wrap.
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Ursula crochet shawl pattern
If you really want to show off your crochet skills and impress your friends and family, then how about trying this Ursula crochet shawl pattern. Combining filet crochet and intricate lace stitches, it's a real stunner of a shawl, and although it might be a little tricky for crochet beginners the pattern is supplied with handy charts and graphics which really help with this sort of design.
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Lime pickle crochet shawl pattern
This lace shawl pattern may look complicated with its chain construction and solid 'leaf' sections, but it's a lot simpler than it first appears. This crochet shawl pattern by Lucy Croft also features a pretty picot edging, and as it's worked in rows there's no real front or back sides.
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Dive in crochet shawl pattern
Here's another fabulous crochet shawl pattern that is perfect fro crochet beginners! Using 2 self-striping Aran weight Caron Cakes, and simple stitches, this design by Vicky Gorry is super-quick to make - your first shawl project perhaps?
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Free kids panda scarf crochet pattern
If you struggle to convince your little one to wrap up warm, or if they just want to get in on the crochet shawl action too, you'll have no problem convincing them with this free kids panda scarf crochet pattern from Hobbii. Made in super bulky Baby Snuggle yarn, your little one will be all wrapped up in super-soft panda hugs!
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Feather wing crochet shawl pattern
We knew we had to include this crochet shawl pattern in this list as soon as we saw it! This incredible feather wing crochet shawl pattern by CraftyIntentions is the perfect project for fantasy lovers. If you think it looks tricky, it comes with a full set of written instructions available in English, Spanish, German and French, as well as plenty of photo illustrations and a tutorial video!
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Batwing crochet shawl pattern
For those of you who love a bit of Gothic style, or just want a crochet shawl with an interesting shape, then this Batwing crochet shawl pattern might be right up your street! This one might be a bit tricky for complete crochet beginners, but if you think you're up for the challenge, the crochet shawl pattern includes a cheat sheet of row and stitch counts, helpful photos and links to video tutorials for stitches and techniques.
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Free mosaic shawl crochet pattern
Mosaic crochet has had a real boom in popularity in the recent years, but it's not just all about blankets and cushions - this free mosaic crochet shawl pattern by Red Heart uses two yarn cakes of different variegations, meaning you not only get that fab mosaic effect from the contrasting colours but you get a bonus ombre effect too!
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Embossed phoenix scarf crochet pattern
Here's another shawl crochet pattern that immediately caught our attention! We love the interesting colours and shaping on this embossed phoenix scarf crochet pattern, which can be made as a scarf or a cowl, plus the designer Bonita Patterns also has similar wrap and cardigan patterns in the same style too!
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Blooming Flower shawl crochet pattern
If you're more of a fan of small crochet motifs rather than projects with long rows of stitches, then you'll love this blooming flower motif shawl crochet pattern. Each motif is made individually, and then are joined to each other on the last round - meaning you don't need to worry if want to have a break, you can easily pick it up again and not have to worry about losing count!
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Shadowcat shawl crochet pattern and yarn kit
You might have picked up on the fact that we've got a bit of a thing for crochet triangles, and if you're like us then you'll love this Shadowcat shawl crochet pattern by Every Trick on the Hook. This shawl is actually an infinity shawl too, as its joined in one big loop, ensuring it effortlessly stays on your shoulders.
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Free Gardenia shawl crochet pattern
Whether you're off to a wedding (or even the bride), or just want a light and airy shawl for summer months, this Gardenia free shawl pattern is a must-make. Hooked up in fine cotton crochet thread, this lace crochet shawl pattern is full of beautiful stitches that really make this a shawl for those special occasions!
Find the Gardenia free shawl crochet pattern on Yarnspirations
Leaping hare shawl crochet pattern
If you've yet to come across designer Pollevie and her amazing shawls, then you're in for a real treat! Many of her patterns come with tutorials on how to customise the designs and motifs to make your own custom shawl, but it's her leaping hare shawl crochet pattern that is one of our favourites!
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Do the foxtrot shawl crochet pattern
Here's another pattern by super-star designer Hannah Cross that is another rectangular design that can definitely be worn as a shawl thanks to it's generous width. This gorgeous 'Do the Foxtrot' crochet shawl pattern is hooked up in super-soft Scheepjes Mohair Rhythm, a fluffy yet strong lace yarn that feels lovely and soft against your skin.
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Grinda lace shawl crochet pattern
Tatsiana of LillaBjornCrochet is another big name in the world of crochet designers, and when you see her Grinda lace shawl crochet pattern you'll understand why! This incredible crochet shawl pattern is choc full of incredible crochet details, from the filet-style hearts to the raised stitches and bobbles, and it's all topped off beautifully with some pretty edging.
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Hot dog scarf crochet pattern
We thought we'd end our list of crochet shawl patterns with a little bit of fun - and of course that brings us to the crochet world of Twinkie Chan! Her hot dog scarf crochet pattern is definitely a make for those with a sense of humour, and if you're not a hot dog fan then don't worry - she's also got a burger scarf pattern too!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of our favourite crochet shawl patterns, if you enjoed this you might also like our picks of the best summer crochet top patterns and best winter crochet top patterns, or maybe you'd like to take a look ay the best modern crochet blanket patterns. And don’t forget that if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.