The best free crochet shawl pattern for beginners

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This easy crochet triangle shawl pattern is the perfect project for beginners cause’ it uses a simple double crochet stitch, which turns it into the ideal first, more significant beginner-friendly crochet project to try! Buy the ad-free PDF pattern, or scroll down for the free shawl pattern.

Using self-striping yarn in this project means you can enjoy the benefit of color variation without the hassle of switching yarns. This simplifies the process and results in a beautifully multi-toned shawl with minimal effort, making it even more beginner-friendly.

Why crochet a triangle shawl as my first project?

As most of us, after you begin crochet and learn how to crochet the basic crochet stitches like single crochet, slip stitch, half double crochet, and double crochet, the first finished project is a crochet pot holder, dishcloth, granny square or simple scarf.

Don’t get me wrong; these are perfect for practicing new crochet stitches, elevating your skills, and evening out your tension as a newbie.

But after a few smaller projects, you will want to try a more challenging yet simple pattern with only basic stitches that beginners can complete without breaking a sweat!

And here it is, a triangle shawl crochet pattern, a free pattern for a stunning shawl crocheted with beginners in mind!

simple crochet shawl free pattern

Is This Crochet Shawl Pattern Suitable for Beginners?

  • Absolutely, yes! This free crochet triangle shawl pattern is a fantastic choice, especially for those just starting their crochet journey. The pattern primarily uses double crochet stitches, one of the basic and most used stitches in crochet, making it a wonderful and straightforward project for beginners.
  • Furthermore, this pattern takes advantage of a self-striping yarn. This type of yarn automatically changes color as you crochet, eliminating the need to join new colors and weave in numerous ends, which can be challenging for newcomers to the craft. Plus, self-striping yarn takes away the stress of choosing color combinations for your project, which can sometimes be tricky!
  • Another great aspect of this pattern is the use of double crochet stitches in constructing the triangle shawl. This stitch is not only simple to learn, but it also works up relatively quickly compared to other crochet stitches. This means you can see your shawl taking shape in no time, which is incredibly rewarding and motivating, especially for those new to crocheting.

More easy crochet shawl and scarf patterns to try!

Looking for more inspiration? Here are some additional easy crochet shawl and scarf patterns to try! These free patterns are perfect for those chilly winter nights or as thoughtful handmade gifts for friends and family.

What is the best stitch for a crochet shawl?

Double crochet stitch (DC) is ideal for making crocheted shawls due to its height, allowing quick pattern work. It can also create other enjoyable crochet patterns perfect for shawl designs, scarves, blankets, and cardigans as well.

The best yarn for crochet shawls for beginners

If you are a beginner looking for the best yarn for a crochet shawl, we recommend using a DK weight yarn or worsted weight yarn made of acrylic, wool, or cotton. These types of yarn are typically consistent in thickness, and acrylic yarn specifically can easily be unraveled if you make a mistake, making it a great option for beginners.

Crochet a triangle shawl pattern overview

First of all, this crochet triangle shawl is worked from the top down, which means that we will start with ch4, sl st in 4th ch to form a ring or with a magic ring and place a few stitches into it.

We will start with a small number of stitches and will continue increasing every row. To do so, at the beginning of each row, we will chain 3 and make two double crochet stitches in the base of the initial chain 3, and at the end of each row, we will make 3 double crochet stitches on top of turning chain 3.

This way, we will increase 4 stitches per side in each row. For example, if we have 4 stitches in row 1 per side, in row 2 we will have 8 stitches.

If you do not like to weave ends, you can crochet the shawl without breaking the yarn. The color changes can be in the middle of a row, interrupting the color changes, but if it is not bothering you, this is the easiest way!

If you prefer or are an advanced beginner, break each skein by its colors and combine them when you are crocheting the shawl. For example, If you start with the cream color yarn of the first skein and don’t want to change color in the middle of the row, you can break the second skein, add the cream color, and continue working your row to the end. You have to repeat the same for each color, resulting in more ends to weave!

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Easy crochet triangle shawl free crochet pattern

For this Warlock scarf, we have shared a video tutorial on our YouTube channel, and if you are a visual learner, we hope it will help guide you through the free pattern.

How to Crochet Your First Triangle Scarf Instruction Video

You can find more video tutorials on our YouTube channel

Pattern notes :

  1. Ch 3 is COUNTED as a stitch, which is our first stitch!

  2. At the beginning of each row, we will ch 3 and make 2 dc in the base of initial ch3.

  3. At the center which is ch-2 space we will make ( 2dc, ch2, 2dc all in same ch-2 space )

  4. At the end of each row, we will make 3dc on top of turning ch3.

  5. We will increase with 4 sts per side in each row, so for example, if we have 20 sts in row 4 per side, in row 5 we will have 24 sts, and so on.

  6. The table below indicates the color for each row, and the numbers indicate how many sts you must have at the end of each row.


dc – double crochet

ch- chain       

rep- repeat

ch-1 sp- chain – 1 space

ch-2 sp- chain- 2 space

ch-3 sp – chain- 3 space

tch- turning chain

st(s)- stitch (es)               

sk – skip

  ** – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

( ) – make the stitches in the brackets in the same stitch


  • Lion Brand Mandala yarn in color Warlock 100% Acrilyc, 150g/5.3 oz, 540m/590yd – 2 skeins total.

  • 4.5 mm crochet hook size

  • scissors

  • yarn needle

  • cardboard or tassel maker for making the tassels

Free crochet pattern for easy triangle shawl

Row 1: Ch 4, in 4th ch from hook to form a ring and then, make ch 3, 3dc, ch 2, 4dc into the ring.

Row 2: Ch 3, 2dc in base of initial ch 3, dc in each st till ch-2 space,( 2dc, ch 2, 2dc ), dc in each st till the end of the row, 3dc on top of tch3.
Row 3-6: same as row 2.

Row 7: Ch 3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st – rep till 1 st before ch-2 sp, ch 1, sk 1 st, ( 2dc, ch 2, 2dc all in ch-2 sp), ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st rep till the last 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, 3dc on top of tch3.

Row 8: Ch3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, dc in each st and each ch-1 sp till ch-2 space,( 2dc,ch2,2dc all in ch-2 sp), dc in each st and ch-1 sp till the end of the row, 3dc on top of tch3.

Row 9: same as row 7.

Row 10: same as row 8.

Repeat rows 3 – 10     4 more times. Here, you will be crochet 42 rows in total.

Row 43: Ch3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, dc in each st till ch-2 space,( 2dc, ch2, 2dc all in ch-2 sp ), dc in each st till the end of the row, 3dc on top of tch3.

Row 44: Ch3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st -rep till 1 st before ch-2 sp, ch 1, sk 1 st, ( 2dc,ch2,2dc all in ch-2 sp), ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st rep till the last 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, 3dc on top of tch3.

Row 45: Ch3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, 1dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1dc in next ch-1 sp – rep till 2 sts before ch-2 sp, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1dc in next st ( 2dc,ch2,2dc all in ch-2 sp), 1 dc in next st ch 1, sk 1 st, 1dc in next ch-1 sp rep till last 3 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st, 3dc in tch3.

Row 46: Ch3, 2dc in base of initial ch3, dc in each st and each ch-1 sp till ch-2 space,( 2dc,ch2,2dc ), dc in each st and ch-1 sp till the end of the row, 3dc on top of tch3.

Row 47: Same as row 43.

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The color scheme of the triangle shawl easy pattern

The table shows how many stitches you must have at the end of each row repeat and how many repeats you must have with ch-1 space rows. The colors show how many rows you must crochet with the color.

The finished shawl is decorated with tassels. You can CHECK the detailed explanation and mini video tutorial on how to make tassels at home or read the written instructions here:

How to make tassels at home

To make tassels, take a small piece of cardboard, then wrap yarn around the cardboard 40 times. Take a small string of yarn and insert it under one side of the yarn we wrapped around the cardboard and tighten it up. Cut the yarn from the downside of the cardboard. That’s it. The first tassel is ready. Make 2 more and sew them to each side of the triangle shawl.

How to customize this easy crochet triangle shawl?

There are so many options to choose from! That’s why I am in love with this free crochet pattern! Here are some suggestions to consider!

  1. Use different yarn weights, like lightweight or fingering weight yarn, to turn it into an elegant, lightweight shawl as a summer shawl. Use worsted-weight yarn for a more fall-vibe triangle shawl.

  2. The free pattern uses simple stitches. You can crochet it with half double crochet instead of double crochet.

  3. To turn it into a boho-style crochet shawl pattern, add small tassels or fringes around both sides of the scarf.

  4. You can use just one skein to make it a shorter shawl.

  5. The possibilities are endless when customizing this free crochet shawl pattern!


Frequently asked questions about how to crochet a shawl.

How to crochet a triangle shawl?

To crochet a triangle shawl, start with a slip knot and chain a few stitches. This forms the top of your shawl. Increase the number of stitches in each row by adding an extra stitch at the beginning, end, and center. This creates a triangular shape. Keep your stitches consistent for a neat look. Continue until you reach your desired size, then finish off your final row and weave in any loose ends.

How long does it take to crochet a triangle shawl?

Crochet a triangle shawl can take 3-4 hours up to days! It depends on how fast you crochet and your skill level. It also depends on what type of yarn you are using and how easy or complicated the pattern you follow is. Bulkier weight yarn works quicker than DK weight or fingering yarn weight. Simple and easy-to-follow patterns are easy to memorize and need less focus!

How long should a crochet triangle shawl be?

The length of a crochet triangle shawl can vary greatly depending on the style, usage, and the person it’s intended for. However, a standard guideline for a comfortable, versatile shawl is that it should be about 60 inches wide and 30 inches long down the center spine when laid flat. This size ensures that the shawl will be long enough to wrap around the shoulders and tie or drape in various ways.

How much yarn do I need to crochet a shawl?

The amount of yarn needed to crochet a shawl can vary greatly depending on the pattern, the size of the shawl, the stitch used, and the weight of the yarn. As a general guideline, a small triangular shawl might require as little as 400-500 yards, while a larger, more elaborate shawl might require 1000 yards or more.

If you’re using a lighter weight yarn, such as fingering weight, you’ll need more yards than if you’re using a heavier weight yarn, such as worsted weight. The stitch pattern can also affect the amount of yarn needed. For example, a lacy stitch pattern uses less yarn than a dense, textured pattern.

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  1. Fun shawl pattern!! I thought your way of writing the pattern was so helpful for a less-experienced crocheter! I couldn’t find a hook size in the written instructions, so I just went with my intuition and grabbed a 4.5– then I watched the video and that’s what you used— so my intuition was good. Thanks!!

  2. I’m stuck on row 2.
    Do I slst then Ch 3 or ?
    The bottom of the ch 3, do you mean where I started it on the circle?

    1. At the beginning, you will start by ch4 and in 4th chain from the hook to form a ring, then ch3,3dc,ch2,4dc into the ring.For row 2 – ch3 always counts as a stitch and you must make your dc in this st, not the next ones. I hope this will help

  3. This shawl is SO gorgeous that immediately after seeing it, I went and ordered myself a bunch of Warlock cakes so that I could make one! I’ve got it on the hook now! Thank you so much for all of the pix and clear instructions. I sometimes tend to be written-pattern challenged but not with this! I could not be happier with this pattern!

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