Anna’s Shawl [Free Crochet Pattern]

In January 2011, I created and published a pattern called “Anna’s Shawl.” I was still very inexperienced in my pattern writing, but it quickly became my most popular pattern to date. This pattern was originally created when I made a comfort shawl for a friend going through a hard time. I love the idea of prayer shawls, but I like to call them comfort shawls, because many times when words aren’t enough, a comforting gift is like a loving hug you can carry with you.

Last year I began a project to update all of my old patterns to reflect my improved skills as a designer, but I didn’t realize there was still an error in the pattern. So I decided to go ahead and completely rework the pattern myself using new yarn, Lion Brand Mandala, to fix some of the minor issues with the pattern. My heart for Anna’s Shawl remains the same: that it would be a way for you to either bring comfort to your own life as you work on it going through a hard time, or be a comforting gift to give to someone else.

I am pleased to share my newly revised Anna’s Shawl pattern! Because the original pattern was offered for free, it will continue to be available for free as a thank you to all of my wonderful followers and supporters! See below for a list of supplies (affiliate links) and the pattern. If you prefer to have a downloadable pdf file, you can purchase one for a low cost on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

Anna’s Shawl

2 skeins Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Chimera (or color of choice)

Size J (5.75 mm) Boye ergonomic crochet hook (Boye hook set)

Yarn needle, tape measure, and scissors

Finished size: wingspan 60 inches, Center spine 31 inches long (info on how to make a gauge square here)

Level: advanced beginner/intermediate (if you are new to crochet, here’s a great book to get started: Learn to Crochet)

Gauge: 15 sc and 18 rows = 4″/10 cm

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp, sps – space, spaces
  • st, sts – stitch, stitches
  • V-Stitch – (Dc, ch 1, dc) in same st/ch
  • V-Stitch Inc – (Dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in same st/ch
  • WS – wrong side

Notes

If you are struggling with gauge, it would be better to go with a larger hook than a smaller one; gauge is not essential. Using the right size hook for your yarn and tension will keep the top edge of the shawl from curling downwards. If you find that it is curling downwards too much, you need to go up a hook size. Slight curling is okay and should flatten out during the edging portion and/or with a light steam blocking. Steam blocking is recommended due to the acrylic content of the yarn. For the Body, the sc count at the end of each row should always be an odd number. You can make the shawl longer/wider by continuing to repeat Rows 48-49 in the Lace Section.

Body

Row 1 (RS): Ch 6. 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook, ch 2, skip next ch, sc in next ch (center sc created), ch 2, skip next ch, 2 sc in last ch. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc & 2 ch-2 sps)

Row 2 (WS): 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, sc in center sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc & 2 ch-2 sps)

Row 3 (RS): 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across to last sc before first ch-2 sp, 2 sc in next sc, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc in center sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (11 sc & 2 ch-2 sps) Rows 4-5: Repeat Row 3. (19 sc & 2 ch-2 sps)

Row 6 (WS): 1 sc in each sc accross to first ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc in center sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in next sc and each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (19 sc & 2 ch-2 sps)

Row 7 (RS): 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across to last sc before first ch-2 sp, 2 sc in next sc, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc in center sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (23 sc & 2 ch-2 sps) Row 8 (WS): 1 sc in each sc across to first ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, sc in center sc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, 1 sc in next sc and each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (23 sc & 2 ch-2 sps)

Rows 9-46: Repeat Rows 7-8 until you have 99 sc, ending on a WS row. (99 sc & 2 ch-2 sps). Turn, do NOT fasten off. Continue to Lace Section.

Lace Section

Row 47 (RS): Ch 4 (counts as first dc & ch 1, here & throughout), (dc, ch 1, dc) in same first sc, *skip next sc, V-Stitch in next sc. Repeat from * across to last 2 sc before first ch-2 sp, skip next sc, V-Stitch Inc in next sc, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in center sc (center dc created), ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, V-Stitch Inc in first sc, * skip next sc, V-Stitch in next sc. Repeat from * across to last 2 sc, skip next sc, V-Stitch Inc in last sc. Turn.

Row 48 (WS): Ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp of first V-Stitch, V-Stitch in each V-Stitch ch-1 sp across to first ch-2 sp, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in center dc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, V- Stitch in each V-stitch ch-1 sp across. Turn

Row 49 (RS): Ch 4, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch-1 sp of first V-Stitch, V-Stitch in each V- Stitch ch-1 sp across to last V-Stitch before first ch-2 sp, V-Stitch Inc in ch-1 sp of next V-Stitch, ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in center dc, ch 2, skip next ch-2 sp, V-Stitch Inc in ch-1 sp of first V-Stitch, V-Stitch in each V-stitch ch-1 sp across to last V-Stitch, V- Stitch Inc in last V-Stitch ch-1 sp. Turn.

Rows 50-70: Repeat Rows 48-49, ending on a WS Row. Turn, do NOT fasten off. Continue to Edging.

Edging

Row 71 (RS): Ch 4, sl st in ch-1 sp of first V-Stitch, * ch 4, sl st in ch-1 sp of next V- Stitch. Repeat from * across to first ch-2 sp, ch 4, sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 4, sl st in next ch-2 sp, * ch 4, sl st in ch-1 sp of next V-Stitch. Repeat from * across to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn, sc evenly across the top edge of the shawl. Join with sl st to beginning ch 4. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Steam block lightly if desired, but original as shown in pictures was not blocked.

Link your project to pattern page on Ravelry here. Share on Instagram with the hashtag #annasshawl and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep. Happy crocheting!

Pattern for personal use only. Please do NOT distribute copies of this pattern and do NOT sell copies of this pattern. You may sell finished items that you make using this pattern, but you are required to credit the original pattern/designer as follows: “Made using a pattern from Kountingsheep by Jenny Galusha-Luna: http://kountingsheep.com ” Do not use the photos from this pattern to sell your items. Do not copy and paste the pattern from this blog post to create your own pattern document. Downloadable pattern is available for purchase here.

Copyright 2018. All photos and written content contained in this pattern are the property of Jenny Galusha-Luna

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