For now, however, I am just offering up a free shawl pattern that I designed last year. It's a simple pattern, perfectly suitable for beginners, I think.
The pattern will be linked up to Ravelry, if you're on there. If you would like a PDF of the pattern sending to you then email me at badschnoodles (at) g mail (dot) com and I'll send it to you. If you'd rather print it out yourself then just cut and paste into your choice of documents.
So here's the pattern, with all original notes. It has been tested but if you find an error or have any questions then please let me know.
I designed this simple shawl as a mum-to-be gift for my friend. I wanted her to have something that was light enough to wrap up baby, but big enough to throw round her shoulders during a night-time feed. It also needed to be machine washable and easy-care!
The shawl is made really simply in filet crochet style. Once the pattern is set up there are just three rows to repeat and the way the stitches are laid out means that you should always be able to see what the next stitch should be – ideal for beginners and working on the go!
You can use any yarn and a hook to compliment it for this pattern and gauge isn’t too important. If you want the shawl to have more drape then I would recommend using a hook size slightly larger than recommended. The shawl pictured was made in baby 3-ply using a 4mm hook.
Pattern uses US terms.
*the turning chain does NOT count as a stitch*
R1. Make a magic circle. 10DC in ring, join with a slip-stitch (10)
R2. Ch2. 2DC in first 5DC. Ch2. 2DC in next 5 DC. DO NOT JOIN (10dc, 2ch, 10dc)
R3. Ch2 turn. 2DC in DC *Ch1, skip 1 DC, 2DC in next DC* Repeat * * to the ch2 space. 2DC ch2 2DC in ch2 space. *ch1, skip 1 DC, 2DC in next DC* to end. (2dc 1chsp x5, 2dc ch2 2dc in point, 1chsp 2dc x5)
R4. Ch2 turn. 2DC in first DC, DC in next. *ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2 DCs* repeat to ch2 space, (2dc, ch2 2dc) in ch2 space *ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2 DC* until end. 2DC in last DC.
R5 – PATTERN ROW A – Ch2 turn. 2DC in first DC, DC in next 2 *ch1, skip ch1 space DC in next 2* repeat to point. (there will be 4DC before and after CH2 space – DC in first 2, Ch1, skip 1, DC in next) (2dc ch2 2dc) in ch2 space, DC in first DC, ch1, skip 1, DC in next 2 DC. *ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2* repeat to end. 2DC in last DC.
R6 – PATTERN ROW B – Ch2 turn. 2DC in first DC. Ch 1, skip 1dc, DC in next 2 DC *ch1, skip ch1space, DC in next 2 DC* repeat to point. (There will be 3 DC before and after ch2 space – DC in first 2, ch 1, skip 1) (2DC ch2 2DC in ch2 space) Ch1, skip next DC, DC in next 2 DC *ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2* repeat pattern to end with 2DC in last DC.
R7 – PATTERN ROW C – Ch2, turn. 2DC in first DC, DC in next. *Ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2 DC* repeat to point. (there will be 2DC before and after ch2 space Dc in each) (2DC ch2 2DC) in Ch2 space. 2DC in next 2 DC. *ch1, skip ch1 space, DC in next 2 DC* repeat to end with 2DC in last DC.
Repeat pattern rows A B and C until the shawl is the desired size.
Ch1. Working along the edge, 2HDC in the side of each DC. 2HDC in corner. Continuing around HDC in each DC, 2HDC in each Ch1 space, 3HDC in point, continue to start, 2HDC in corner, join with a slip stitch to first HDC . Finish off and weave in the ends.