I’m excited to be a part of the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with Underground Crafter and have designed this new free crochet pattern, the Griffin Shawl / Triangular Scarf, specially for this event! Every day in March 2019, we’ll highlight a different crochet designer who is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America. Each designer will share a free crochet pattern or a 25% discount on a premium pattern. We’ve also partnered with some of our favorite companies to round up some great prizes for you — including yarn, crochet hooks, notions, pattern books, and more! Find out more information about the participating designers, the schedule, and how to enter to win the prizes HERE.
Before we get to the free crochet pattern, let’s chat a little about the Crochet Guild of America. It’s volunteer run and the only national organization dedicated to the craft of crochet! I became a member shortly before going to San Diego, CA in July of 2015 for my first ever crochet conference. While at the conference I took classes from some of the industry’s top instructors and because I was a member, I received a big discount on those classes! On top of receiving member discounts on educational classes, as a member, you’ll also receive a subscription to Crochet! magazine, discounts to several suppliers (such as Annies & Leisure Arts), and my favorite benefit… connecting with others at conferences who are as passionate about crochet as I am!
I previously purchased several cakes of Lion Brand Yarns, Mandala. I’m normally a solid color girl when it comes to most everything in life, especially yarn. But the cakes were calling my name from the store shelves, so I decided to give them a whirl. While I love them all, I am ashamed to admit that I’ve been hoarding more cakes than I’ve been using. The only colorways I’ve used so far are Gnome and Genie. I used the Gnome colorway when I designed my Girls Butterfly Mandala Vest and matching 18″ doll 5 piece set. I used the Genie colorway when I designed my Water’s Edge Shawl. Even though I’ve only used a couple of the cakes I had on my shelves, when I saw the Griffin colorway in the store, I knew it would be perfect for the shawl design concept I had rolling around in my head!
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For the Griffin Shawl, I’ve combined several simple crochet stitches to give it a nice texture and drape. The size is easily customizable so you can make it and wear it as a shawl or triangular scarf.
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- Yarn: DK Weight / 3 / Yarn, 1,180 yards (Lion Brand Yarns, Mandala, in Griffin was used for the sample in the photos) (150 g / 5.3oz / 590 yards / 540 meters / 100% acrylic) per cake – You’ll need 2 cakes!
- Crochet Hook: J/10/6.00mm (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
- Yarn Needle
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- Dimensions are included within the instructions to check gauge as you work. Gauge isn’t crucial.
- In sc: 10 sts = 4″ + 6 rows = 2.5″
- Adult Shawl Size: 61″ W x 30″ L (at center point)
- Child Size – see Pattern Notes
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st: slip stitch
- st(s): stitch(es)
- sc: single crochet
- dc: double crochet
- puff st: see special stitches below
- RS: right side
- yo: yarn over
- rep: repeat
- sp: space
- Alt-dc: alternate double crochet (click HERE for tutorial)
- I tend to crochet on the tighter side. You may need to go down a hook size (or two) to meet gauge if you crochet on the looser side.
- Turning chains are not included in stitch count.
- The first stitch of every row is worked into the same stitch as the turning chain, unless stated otherwise.
- Yarn: Yarn used for the sample shown here is Lion Brand Yarn Mandala, in Griffin, 3 / DK Weight Yarn (150 g / 5.3oz / 590 yards / 540 meters / 100% acrylic). You’ll need 2 cakes for an adult size shawl
- Chains (for chain spaces) are included in stitch count. When reading the instructions, skipped stitches can be chains or stitches.
- Shawl is worked from the center outward in a triangular shape.
- Tassels: If you’re planning to add tassels to your shawl or scarf, set aside 13 yards of yarn for each tassel, before you begin. Click HERE for my Tassel Tutorial.
- Child Size Shawl: Use 1 cake of Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle or Lion Brand Mandala to make a child size shawl following the same instructions below. See the Ravelry listing for child size photos.
- Alternate Double Crochet (alt-dc): After turning your work, do not ch, instead, insert your hook into the first st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru both loops, insert your hook between the legs of the st just made, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through one loop, yo, pull thru remaining loops. Click HERE for tutorial.
- Single Crochet Puff Stitch (puff st): Yo, insert your hook into the indicated stitch/space, yo and pull up a long loop, (yo, insert your hook into the same stitch/space, yo, and pull up a long loop) 4 more times, yo, pull through all 11 loops on your hook. Note: You typically close a puff stitch with a ch 1, but for this design, it is written to ch-1 after the stitch. This ch-1 is used to close the puff stitch and create the next ch-1 space in the design. So only work one ch 1 after each puff stitch, not 2.
Tassels: If you’re adding tassels, before you begin your shawl, set aside 13 yards for each tassel.
Griffin Shawl Instructions
Row 1: Ch 2, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) into the 2nd ch from your hook. Turn. (6 sts) *Chains (not including turning chains) are counted as stitches.
Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, 2 sc into the first st, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, 2 sc in the last st. Turn. (10 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc into the first st, ch 1, skip the next st, sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, 2 sc in the last st. Turn. (14 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in the first st, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st) rep across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st) rep across to the last st, 2 sc in the last st. Turn. (18 sts) *Stitch count increases by 4.
Rows 5 – 7: Rep Row 4. (30 sts at the end of Row 7) Approximately 4.75″ W x 2.5″ H at this point.
Row 8: (Alt-dc, dc) in the first st, skip the next st, (2 dc in the next ch-1 sp, skip the next st) rep across to the ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in the ch-2 sp, skip the next st, (2 dc in the next ch-1 sp, skip the next st) rep across to the last st, 2 dc in the last st. Turn. (32 sts) *Stitch count increases by 2.
Row 9: Ch 1, 2 sc in the first st, ch 1, skip each of the next 2 sts, (sc between the next 2 dc, see the photos below for stitch placement, ch 1, skip each of the next 2 sts) rep across to the ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip each of the next 2 sts, (sc between the next 2 dc, ch 1, skip each of the next 2 sts) rep across to the last 2 sts, skip each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the last st. Turn. (34 sts) *Stitch count increases by 2.
Rows 10 – 11: Rep Row 4. (42 sts at the end of Row 11) *Stitch count increases by 4 at the end of every row. Approximately 8″ W x 4.25″ H at this point.
Row 12: Ch 1, 2 sc in the first st, ch 1, skip the next st, (puff st in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st) rep across to ch-2 sp, (puff st, ch 2, puff st) in the ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, (puff st in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st) rep across to the last st, 2 sc in the last st. Turn. *Stitch count increases by 4.
Rows 13 – 15: Rep Row 4. (58 sts at the end of Row 15).
Rep Rows 8 – 15, ending w/ a Row 11 rep, until you have approximately 10 yards remaining. Then rep Row 4, 4 more times, giving you 7 rows of linen stitch to end your shawl. Note: This is how I ended my shawl. You can end on any row you’d like.
- Blocking isn’t mandatory, but it does add a nice finished look to crochet wearables!
- Click HERE for my Blocking Tutorial & Learn 3 Different Ways to Block!
- For the tassels shown, I used a 5″ piece of cardboard and wrapped the yarn around it 44 times.
- Click HERE for my Tassel Tutorial
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