My Rainbow Shawl design was inspired by both the yarn and stitch. And this one is an asymmetrical shawl meaning we increase stitches on every other row all the way to the last row. This is convenient because there is no need to calculate the yardage as you would with symmetrical triangle shawl to know the middle point where you need to start decreasing and have enough yarn for the other half (unless you have 2 balls of yarn!).
Red Heart It’s A Wrap Rainbow yarn is perfect for this shawl with its beautiful bright colors and interesting texture. The blend of acrylic and cotton makes it so soft and 1 ball/cake is enough for one shawl. The weight category of the yarn is Super Fine 1. It consists of 4 thread-like strands, and using crochet hook size 4 mm (recommended) you will make a beautiful soft and drapey fabric.
The double crunch crochet stitch creates extra texture with stitches of different heights used together. It consists of basic crochet stitches: slip stitches, double crochet and half double crochet stitches. But the stitch placement can be somewhat tricky, that’s why I recommend this pattern for crocheters who have mastered the basic stiches. So the skill level is between easy and intermediate. Hopefully the video tutorial below will help too!
VIDEO TUTORIAL OF RAINBOW SHAWL
WRITTEN PATTERN OF RAINBOW SHAWL
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You will need fine or super fine yarn (size 1 or 2), aka fingering or sport weight. I used one cake of Red Heart It’s a Wrap Rainbow yarn and ball size is 150 g/5.29 oz, 570 meters/623 yards. Check out this great source for yarn substitution. And crochet hook is 4 mm.
Abbreviations: ch = chain hdc = half double crochet sl st = slip stitch dc = double crochet beg = beginning
- Row 1 = ch 3, hdc 2 in 1st ch, turn.
- Row 2 = sl st in 1st hdc, dc in next hdc, sl st in top of beg ch, turn.
- Row 3 = ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc throughout), hdc in 1st st (=last sl st on previous row), hdc in each next st, turn.
- Row 4 = sl st in 1st hdc, dc in next hdc, sl st in next hdc, dc in last hdc, turn.
- Row 5 = ch 2, hdc in 1st st (=last dc on previous row), hdc in each next st, turn.
- Row 6 = sl st in 1st hdc, dc in next hdc, sl st in next hdc, dc in next hdc, sl st in next hdc, turn.
- Row 7 = ch 2, hdc in 1st st (=last sl st in previous row), hdc in each next st, turn.
- Repeat these 2 rows:
- on every even-numbered row = start with sl st, followed by dc + sl st + dc + sl st etc.
- on every odd-numbered row increase = ch2 + hdc in 1st st, hdc in each next st
I completed 194 rows with 98 stitches on last row.
If you enjoy crocheting shawls, check out my Picot Mesh Shawl pattern and tutorial here.
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