Grandma’s Shoulder Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

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Grandma’s Shoulder Shawl is a crocheted comfort shawl. Designed to be soft, lightweight and warm. This lovely light shoulder wrap will keep the chill from your loved one’s shoulders without the extra weight usually associated with a heavier blanket, or sweater.

When my Nana (my Mom’s mom) lived with me I remember how she used to tell me she always felt a chill on the back of her neck and shoulders. She would often wear a grey fleece vest with her long sleeve shirts and then put a small lightweight blanket over her shoulders when she sat and read in the living room.

When I was deciding what to gift my Grandma (my Dad’s Mom) this year for Christmas, I remembered my conversations with my Nana and how she appreciated the lighter weight blanket for her shoulders.

I decided to make Grandma a small shoulder shawl that she could wear across her shoulders. Something super soft and very lightweight that she would be able to put on and off herself. Something warm but not heavy.

I decided to use the Hygge Fur I found at Michael’s for this pattern because it is SO crazy soft and the color of the yarn seemed perfect as it is a warm dusty pink.

I hadn’t worked with it before but I was pretty sure because of the type of yarn it was, that finding the actual loops of my stitches might not be as easy as I would like – so for this project we are working between the stitches, into the spaces, rather than the loops.

I think it made it much easier to work the shawl this way. You only need to be able to find the posts of the stitches in order to crochet it and if you need to count your stitches – count the posts. They are much easier to find than the loops themselves.

The yarn is very forgiving because the stitches are somewhat hidden due to the soft fluffy texture. I think it would make a lovely lap blanket or throw too! A project for another day 🙂

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Grandma’s Shoulder Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Grandma's Shoulder Shawl Free Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

Supplies

  • Yarn:  Yarnspirations. Red Heart Hygge Fur. 7 oz (200 g) / 260 yds (238 m) Bulky Weight Yarn [5]. 100% Nylon. Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Dry flat. Do not iron. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean. Color: Dusty Pink
  • Hook: 6.5 mm (K)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)

Difficulty Level

EASY

Finished Size

17.5 inches diameter

Gauge

2 stitches = 1 inch
2 rows (1 row hdc and 1 row tr) = 1.75 inches

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

ch – chain
DMR – magic ring
hdc – half double crochet
R – row/round
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
st sp – the space following the stitch
st sps – the spaces following the stitches
tr – treble crochet (or triple crochet)
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches

Treble Crochet Stitch

Treble Crochet (tr) or Triple Stitch(tr): Yarn over the hook 2 times. Insert your hook into the specified stitch and yarn over the hook. Pull up 1 loop. You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook. You now have 3 loops on your hook.  Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook.  You now have 2 loops on your hook.  Yarn over the hook and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook to complete the stitch.

Helpful Tutorials

Invisible Join

Double Magic Ring

Stitch Anatomy

Treble Crochet Stitch

Grandma’s Shoulder Shawl Video Tutorial (on YouTube)

Notes

  • the chain stitches are used as specific stitches and will be included after the ‘turn’ at the beginning of the row for which they will count
  • work the stitches in the spaces between the stitches
  • remember to work into the turning ch at the end of each row
  • the first 2 sts of each row are worked as follows: the turning chain and then the next stitch is worked into first stitch space of the row
  • ch 4 counts as 1 tr
  • ch 2 counts as 1 hdc
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Grandma’s Shoulder Shawl Instructions

This project begins using a double magic ring. You can substitute with a chain 3 and slip stitch to form a ring (or another method). The shawl is crocheted back and forth in rows.

R1: DMR: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr) and work 7 more tr in the ring. Turn. [8]

R2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 2 hdc in each rem st sp across. Turn. [16]

R3: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in the next st sp. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in the next st sp**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [24]

R4: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [32]

R5: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 3 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next  3 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [40]

R6: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [48]

R7: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 5 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next  5 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [56]

R8: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [64]

R9: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 7 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next 7 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [72]

R10: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 8 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 8 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [80]

R11: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 9 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next 9 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [88]

R12: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [96]

R13: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 11 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next 11 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [104]

R14: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [112]

R15: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 13 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next 13 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [120]

R16: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 14 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 14 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [128]

R17: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 15 sts. *2 tr in the next st, 1 tr in each of the next 15 sts**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [136]

R18: Ch 2 and 1 hdc in the first st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 16 st sps. *2 hdc in the next st sp, 1 hdc in each of the next 16 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn.  [144]

R19: Ch 4 and 1 tr in the first st sp, 1 tr in each the next 17 st sps. *2 tr in the next st sp, 1 tr in each of the next 17 st sps**. Rep from * to ** across. Finish off and weave in your ends.  [152]

Grandma's Shoulder Shawl Crochet Pattern ODC2020
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8 Comments

  1. Hi
    I haven’t made this…YET!!! I’m getting ready to start on it for my grandmother for her upcoming birthday…SHE’LL BE 91 NEXT MONTH!!!
    Her neck and shoulders stay cold. We have to keep her bundled up in layers of blankets up around her shoulders and neck. But then her arms and hands are always “trapped” under it all and she has to undo everything to do anything.
    I think this will be WONDERFUL for her!!! And I love that the pattern came to be for your grandmother ❤
    Thank you and God bless you and yours!

  2. Hi Ledonna, I think I responded to you directly by email but just in case I didn’t – yes 🙂 you can make this as long as you want easily by repeating the same sections and increase 8 stitches each row 🙂 I’m so happy you are liking the pattern! Best wishes, Rhondda

  3. Hi. Just finished this lovely shawl. The pattern is so easy to follow and the design is perfect for those of us who are elderly as it stays put on the shoulder and keeps the old bones nice and toasty. I do have one question however. Can the pattern be continued to make it longer? In other words, can I keep increasing the 8 stitches per row until it is long enough for me? Thank you for this lovely pattern.

  4. Hi Karen, I’m afraid I forgot to weigh it before I gave it to Grandma as a gift. I was crocheting madly in the car on my way to our Christmas party. I remember needing to purchase an additional ball of yarn so I am pretty sure it took 2 balls. But I can’t be sure how much of the second ball I used. I’m very sorry!! If you do make it if you can let me know I’d appreciate it 🙂 Thank you,
    Rhondda

  5. Hi Esmeralda, You are very welcome! I hope it will help you. My sister has Fibro too and it is a daily battle for her. I will mention about keeping her shoulders warm – it may help her too! Thank you 🙂 Rhondda

  6. Wow! It’s fantastic!! I have fibromyalgia and when it flares up I need warmth on my shoulders to control the pain. Thank you so much!!