Dark Comfort Shawl Pattern

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This is a very basic granny stitch style shawl with a slightly scalloped side edge that cascades into a gentle point.

Simple and lightweight it has been constructed in cotton yarn. This shawl will be a perfect accent piece to a spring, summer, or fall evening out.

I personally crocheted this version in solid black because I am intending to wear it to my Gramps’ funeral. He died on January 12th at the age of 90 years. This was the first item I felt inspired to crochet following his death and it did indeed bring comfort to me while I was making it and thinking of him and my Nana.

I hope you try this pattern and I would love to see what beautiful colours you choose to use for your Comfort Shawl – I will be adding this pattern to Ravelry this week. If you would like to favourite it, and/or add it to your queue I would love to see your finished pictures!

Dark Comfort Shawl Pattern

Free Pattern Dark Comfort Shawl @OombawkaDesign

Stitch Multiple: Multiple of 4 +1 for the beginning chain.

Yarn: Bernat Cotton-ish (2 balls)
Hook: 4.0 mm G

Finished Dimensions: 58″ wide, 18″ tall

Free Crochet Pattern Dark Comfort Shawl @OombawkaDesign

Gauge is not imperative for this project. After R2 my project measured 58″ wide but you can customize this to any size.


R1: chain 229; beg in the 4th ch from the hook (the skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, (ch 1, skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts) repeat across, turn [57 (3 dc sets), 56 ch1sp]

R2: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts and 1 sl st into the ch 1 space, (ch 3, 2 dc) in the same ch1sp; (ch 1, skip the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the next ch1sp) repeat across to the last 3 dc of the row, skip the last 3 dc, turn [55 (3 dc sets), 55 ch1sp]

Each row you will decrease 2 (3 dc sets) and 1 ch1sp.

R3-R4: repeat R2

R5: (1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts, 1 sl st into the ch1sp) two times; (ch 3, 2 dc) in the same ch1sp; (ch 1, skip the next 3 sts, 3 dc in the next ch1sp) repeat across to the last 7 sts (Note: the 6 dc and 1 ch1sp countas 7 sts) of the row, skip the last 7 sts; turn,

R6-R7: repeat R2

R8: repeat R5

R9-R10: repeat R2

R11: repeat R5

R12-R13: repeat R2

R14: repeat R5

R15-16: repeat R2

R17: repeat R5

R18-R19: repeat R2

R20: repeat R5

R21-22: repeat R2

R23: repeat R5

R24-R33: repeat R2

R34: repeat R5

R35-36: repeat R2

R37: repeat R5

R38-39: repeat R2

R40: 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts and 1 sl st into the ch1sp, (ch 3, 2 dc) in the same ch1sp, skip the last 3 dc, finish off and weave in ends.

Free Pattern Dark Comfort Shawl 2 @OombawkaDesign



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  1. Hi Katina, I’m sorry to hear that you lost someone too. I hope making the shawl brings some distraction and some comfort to you. It could be a bit bigger if the yarn is a bit heavier and if you gauge is more relaxed than mine. Gauge is a tricky sometimes and I could have been crocheting tighter than in my regular patterns for this one because of when I made it – emotions tend to affect the way we crochet. Wishing you the very best, Rhondda

  2. I love this shawl I’m doing it with red heart black metallic I’m on my 3rd skein & still got about 1/4 to go it’s huge I live it but everyone says theirs r small mine isn’t idk if I did something wrong but I’m glad I did it’s gorgeous thank u sharing I live this I told am using it as a dark comfort shawl bc I too lost someone it does help thank u

  3. Hi Rhondaa, thank you so much for this lovely pattern. I make prayer shawls, probably 11 by now, basically using your pattern. They are specifically made for each person.

    Did make a few changes, yet it’s still your pattern. Hope that’s ok. I always give you credit for your design. I found that deleting two clusters at each end makes the shawl too small to wrap up in. I changed it to one on each end. Makes the shawl perfect. I get many compliments on them.

    Then as I am often trying to make it as fast as I can, I substituted V stitches for the clusters.

    Love that it starts at the top so each row gets smaller. Thank you!

  4. Hi Suzy, It should have been a multiple of 4 + 1. I’ve updated it and added stitch counts for the first few rows to help 🙂 Thank you for noticing! No one has mentioned it before! All the best, Rhondda

  5. This is the perfect shawl I have been looking for as a gift for my very petite goddaughter! I love the simplicity and thank you for sharing it, but I have a question about the multiples count and the starting number of chains in the directions. The multiples count of 4 – 1 = 227 stitches doesn’t match a starting chain of 230 stitches. In a previous post regarding resizing, you refer to a stich multiple of 4 + 1 which doesn’t come out to either 227 or 230. I am confused. (I have been out of school for a loooooong time, but I think my basic math skills are still the same as those used today. ha ha) Can you help me understand which count is correct and which formula I should use. Normally one or two stitches would not be a problem, but with such a long starting chain, it would be a shame to have to frog out the entire first row and start over if the count is off when you get to the end of the chain. I hope I have made myself clear enough to be understood so you can help me. Thanks. Suzy J

  6. Hi Shirley, this is a small shawl. In fact some people choose to wear it as a scarf for their coats in the fall and winter. The stitch multiple is 4 +1 and since you are starting with the long edge (shoulder edge) you can simply crochet your chain to the size you want being sure you have a multiple of 4 stitches then chain 1 more (to get the multiple of 4 + 1) and follow the pattern using any yarn you wish 🙂 If you want it to be the very same dimensions using a different yarn and hook combination simply chain your starting chain as a multiple of 4 stitches to 58 inches and begin. I hope this helps, Rhondda

  7. Hi Rhondda,
    Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn is a cat. 4 yarn, similar to Red Heart’s Super Saver yarn. Being short (I’m 58″) I think this would be large on me and I’m not sure how to make it smaller

  8. Hi Shirley, We don’t actually have Hobby Lobby’s Yarns available in Canada. You would need to check your gauge and then adjust the size accordingly. Perhaps make a small sample using the stitches to see what gauge you have with the yarn and hook recommended on the yarn label? Then we can go from there. Hope this helps, R

  9. With hobby lobby’s I love this yarn what size hook would I need to use and what would I need to change the foundation chain and row count to?

  10. If you use I love this yarn by hobby lobby what hook would you use and how would you change the beginning foundation chain?

  11. I’m new at this kind of things, but it is so Pretty that I want to try but will try with some yarn I have and if it works then will go buy the right yarn.. Have made a few things but not real good at it but I try.. Wish there was video step by step but Thanks I will try this.. Thanks for sharing.. Love this..

  12. Hi Teri, That is very strange. It took less than 2 balls for my project. I wonder if the yardage has changed on the balls of yarn? I hope you get the same color lot too! Fingers crossed, Rhondda

  13. I bought the yarn you suggested and have run out before it was finished. I bought it mail order so I hope when I order more that it comes through in the same color.

  14. Thank you Rhondda, I am just starting up again after many years of not crocheting and I am thankful for your patterns. This one is very pretty and I will try to give it a try soon!

  15. I can’t seem to print the pattern of the Dark Comfort Shawl. Any suggestions?

  16. Thank you for this pattern, Rhonda! It is shaping up very nicely, and is infact a calming piece to work on.
    I have found i am using more yarn than the estimate on ravelry. I am guessing i will use 400-450 yards by the time i finish. I don’t know if i am doing something differently to cause this, maybe the type of yarn? I am using debbie bliss ecobaby dk weight cotton. Regardless, i can’t wait to see it finished, and may have a hard time not keeping it for myself! Thanks again!

  17. Hi Desi! I apologize for the confusion. I reworded the instructions to make it clearer. You actually need to skip the 7 sts for Row 5. So I rewrote it to say (Note: 6 dc and 1 ch1sp count as the 7 sts), skip 7 sts, turn.

    Hope this makes it much clearer!

    Thank you for letting me know it was confusing!!

    All the best, Rhondda

  18. I love this pattern so much and so far I’m enjoying making it…but I’m not sure if it’s cuz it’s late or what but I seem to be stuck on Row 5….

    repeat across to the last 7 sts (6 dc and 1 ch1sp) of the row, turn,

    Where am I putting the 6 dc? In one stitch or 1 per stitch? Can you help clarify please? Thank you!

  19. Just gorgeous, Rhondda. Especially when it has so much meaning to you. Thank you for the lovely pattern.