I created this simple summer shawl for Darla – she loves to wear tank tops and sun dresses in the summer time…and her playtime now extends into the early evening hours.
This shawl serves 2 purposes:
1. it helps to keep the chill off her neck and shoulders
2. the yarn reflects light – to make her more visible in the early evening (i.e. car headlights!)
This little shawl is crafted with Red Heart Reflective Yarn which is perfect for late afternoon and early evening playtime – the headlights from oncoming cars reflect off the yarn and catch the attention of drivers quickly.
Darla thinks it looks like a Princess Cape – she also loves it because it sparkles like twinkling stars.
She spent the entire photo shoot dancing and singing the theme song from the movie Frozen…
This project works up very quickly and takes one ball of Reflective Yarn.
The yarn is very easy to work with and the reflective strand is strong – it did not snag, or snap when I crocheted the project (even when I frogged my first design attempt!).
Free Crochet Pattern
Starlight Summer Shawl
To fit: Toddler / Small Child
Hook: 6.50 mm (K)
Gauge Information (added November 11, 2015 – request from Ravelry – and I apologize this was not included initially!)
Gauge is approximately 10 dc in 4 inches. Each row of dc is approximately 1 inch in height.
The neck opening is approximately 18 inches in circumference once fastened; without being stretched.
Height from neckline to edge of edging is 5 inches.
Overall width of fabric (when not fastened closed) is 26 inches. When fastened there is an overlap of 1.5 inches for both edges so a total of 3 inches is overlapped fabric leaving a 23 inch wide finished product.
Abbreviations: ch: chain, dc: double crochet, sl st: slip stitch, x: times, st: stitch, sts: stitches, 2-dc cluster: 2 double crochet cluster, 3-dc cluster: 3 double crochet cluster, fdc: foundationless double crochet
2-dc cluster: this cluster is worked into a chain stitch, *yarn over, insert hook into the specified chain stitch, yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook* repeat from *to* a second time, yarn over and draw the loop through all 3 loops on the hook
3-dc cluster: this cluster is worked across 3 double crochet stitches, *yarn over, insert hook into the next dc, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook* repeat from *to* for the next two double crochet stitches, yarn over and draw through all four loops remaining on the hook (Dedri has a great photo tutorial for this 3-dc cluster if you want to take a peak)
*If you are unfamiliar with the fdc stitch, you can substitute the following for the initial Row of the pattern below:
R1: chain 49, turn
R2: 1 dc in the 4th chain from the hook and in each stitch across, ch 3, turn 
Starlight Summer Shawl
Note: the chain stitches do not count as stitches, now and throughout.
R1: 46 fdc, ch 3, turn
R2: (1 dc in each of the first 6 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 6 x, leave the last 4 sts unworked, ch 3, turn 
R3: (1 dc in each of the first 7 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 6 x, ch 3, turn 
R4: (1 dc in each of the first 8 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 6 x, ch 3, turn 
R5: (1 dc in each of the first 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 6 x, ch 3, turn 
R6: 1 dc in the first st, (ch 3, 2-dc cluster in the 3rd chain from the hook; 3-dc cluster over the next 3 sts) repeat across to the last st, 2 dc in the last st, ch 3, 2 dc-cluster in the 3rd chain from the hook
Turn the project 90 degrees to work along ends of the rows:
(ch 3, 2-dc cluster in the 3rd chain from the hook, sc into the next row end) 3 x,
Turn the project 90 degrees and sc in each st across, finish off and weave in ends.
To embellish the project sew on a button, or bobble if you wish.
I secured Darla’s Shawl with 2-small metal snaps. The rose button is sewn on the front of the shawl as a decorative button.