Free Crochet Shawl Pattern: Cordelia

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Introducing a free crochet shawl pattern using one skein fingering/ 4ply yarn, Cordelia. This easy free pattern is the perfect crochet project you can start today.

About the Crochet Shawl Cordelia

Cordelia is a sleek asymmetrical shawl or scarf project perfect for showing off a treasured skein of hand dyed yarn or any 4ply, fingering weight yarn. You can wear your Cordelia like a shawl or a scarf. Scroll down near the end to see an example of wearing it like a scarf or find out a chic way to wear a long scarf or skinny shawl.

The free crochet pattern below is written in both UK and US terms, and you can also find an inexpensive downloadable pdf to print on Ravelry and Etsy. The pdf also includes a chart to keep track of stitch counts.

If you want to make a bigger shawl, use more than 100g of yarn or any weight yarn. The yarn I used was one skein of sock yarn, or 4ply fingering yarn, 100g. Perahps you have a special skein of yarn from a trip or yarn festival? If your yarn is a heavier weight you will need more, and also need to use a bigger hook.

The free pattern is written for both adventuruous beginners and more experienced crocheters to enjoy.

The Pattern

Get a printable, downloadable pdf pattern from Ravelry here. The print-ready pdf also includes a handy row-by-row table to keep track of stitches and stitch counts.

free one skein shawl crochet pattern

Construction

To make Cordelia, you will start off working in the corner, increasing along one edge with traditional double crochets (UK treble crochets). I have added in rows of treble crochet (UK double trebles) for extra drape. The unique textured lace stitches are created using crossed stitches.

As you increase along one edge a long asymmetrical triangle is formed, and finished with a simple faux picot edging giving the shawl a soft wave edging.

Materials

Yarn

4ply fingering sock yarn
(100g/465yards/425m approximately)

Hook

4.5mm/7 or 5mm/H8 depending on your tension. Choose the bigger hook size if you usually have tighter tension.

Gauge

Not essential for this project.

Notes

Instructions are provided at the end of the pattern for making a larger shawl.

If you use different yarn weight, quantity or hook size you will need different quantities of yarn than stated.

Block your project to help open up the crossed stitches and improve the drape.

Pattern is written in both US terms and UK terms. Check you are following the pattern for the crochet terms you usually use.

US terms Instructions

US Abbreviations

Chain ch
Double crochet dc
Double crochet two together dc2tog
Remain rem
Repeat rep
Right side RS
Single crochet sc
Stitch st
Stitches sts
Treble crochet tr
Treble crochet two together tr2tog
Wrong side WS

US Special Stitches

Two crossed treble crochet 2ctr
Skip the next st, work 1 tr in next st, then work 1 tr in the previous skipped st by taking the hook behind the first st before inserting it, maintaining a clear X shape.

Start Crocheting

Row 1 (RS): Chain 5 sts, work dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 dc), dc in remaining st, turn. (3 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout), dc in the same st, dc2tog, turn. (3 sts)

Double crochet section
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in the same st, dc in each st across, turn. (4 sts)
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in the same st, dc in each st across until 2 sts rem, dc2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (4 sts)

Rows 5-8: As Rows 3-4 twice. (6 sts in R8)
Rows 9-14: As Rows 3-4 three times. (9 sts in R14)

Treble crochet section
Row 15: Ch 4 (counts as tr here and throughout), tr in same st, tr in each st across, turn. (10 sts)
Row 16: Ch 4, tr in same st, tr in each st across until 2 sts rem, tr2tog over last 2 sts, turn. (10 sts)

Row 17- 18: As Rows 15-16. (11 sts)
Rows 19-24: As Rows 3-4 three times. (14 sts in R24)

Crossed Treble crochet section
Row 25: Ch 4, tr in next st, tr in base st of ch 4, taking the hook behind the previous tr before inserting it, [2ctr over next 2 sts] across until 2 sts rem, tr2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (14 sts)
Row 26: Ch 4, tr in next st, tr in base st of ch 4, taking the hook behind the previous tr before inserting it, [2ctr over next 2 sts] across until 2 sts rem, dc in each of the last 2 sts, turn. (15 sts)

Rows 27-28: As Rows 3-4. (16 sts in R28)
Row 29-30: As Rows 25-26. (17 sts in R30)
Rows 31-118: As Rows 9-30 four times. (61 sts in R118)
Rows 119-124: As Rows 3-4 three times. (64 sts in R124)

Faux Picot Edging
Row 125: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, sc in the same st, sc in each of the next 7 sts, [3 ch, sc in each of the next 7 sts] across until last st, sc, ch 3, sc in last st.

Break yarn and fasten off. See below if you want to make a larger shawl.

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UK Terms Instructions

Abbreviations

Chain ch
Double crochet dc
Double treble dtr
Double treble two together dtr2tog
Remain rem
Repeat rep
Right side RS
Stitch st
Stitches sts
Treble crochet tr
Wrong side WS

Special Stitches

Two crossed double treble crochet 2cdtr
Skip the next st, work 1 dtr in next st, then work 1 dtr in the previous skipped st by taking the hook behind the first st before inserting it, maintaining a clear X shape.

Start Crocheting

Row 1 (RS): Chain 5 sts, work tr in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 tr), tr in remaining st, turn. (3 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout), tr in the same st, tr2tog, turn. (3 sts)

Treble crochet section
Row 3: Ch 3, tr in the same st, tr in each st across, turn. (4 sts)
Row 4: Ch 3, tr in the same st, tr in each st across until 2 sts rem, tr2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (4 sts)

Rows 5-8: As Rows 3-4 twice. (6 sts in R8)
Rows 9-14: As Rows 3-4 three times. (9 sts in R14)

Double Treble crochet section
Row 15: Ch 4 (counts as dtr here and throughout), dtr in same st, dtr in each st across, turn. (10 sts)
Row 16: Ch 4, dtr in same st, dtr in each st across until 2 sts rem, dtr2tog over last 2 sts, turn. (10 sts)

Row 17- 18: As Rows 15-16. (11 sts)
Rows 19-24: As Rows 3-4 three times. (14 sts in R24)

Crossed Double Treble crochet section
Row 25: Ch 4, dtr in next st, dtr in base st of ch 4, taking the hook behind the previous dtr before inserting it, [2cdtr over next 2 sts] across until 2 sts rem, dtr2tog in last 2 sts, turn. (14 sts)
Row 26: Ch 4, dtr in next st, dtr in base st of ch 4, taking the hook behind the previous dtr before inserting it, [2cdtr over next 2 sts] across until 2 sts rem, tr in each of the last 2 sts, turn. (15 sts)

Rows 27-28: As Rows 3-4. (16 sts in R28)
Row 29-30: As Rows 25-26. (17 sts in R30)
Rows 31-118: As Rows 9-30 four times. (61 sts in R118)
Rows 119-124: As Rows 3-4 three times. (64 sts in R124)

Faux Picot Edging
Row 125: Ch 1, dc in same st, ch 3, dc in the same st, dc in each of the next 7 sts, [3 ch, dc in each of the next 7 sts] across until last st, dc, ch 3, dc in last st.

Break yarn and fasten off.
Weave in ends. Block your project. See below on how to make a larger shawl.

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Make a larger shawl

Row 118 onwards: Continue repeating Rows 9-30 until you have almost reached the size you want. Repeat Rows 3-4 until you have a stitch count divisible by 8.
Last Row: As Row 125.

Get a printable, downloadable pdf pattern from Ravelry here. The print-ready pdf also includes a handy row-by-row table to keep track of stitches and stitch counts.

The Inspiration

I live in Wales near the sea. I love walking along the beach and  always come back home energised and full of ideas. The idea for this free crochet shawl pattern came to me on one such walk. The Welsh name Cordelia means “treasure or jewel of the sea” so it seemed a fitting name for this unique crochet shawl design.

Comment below and let me know what colour and yarn you would make your Cordelia in?

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Free Crochet Shawl Pattern: Cordelia

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