Who doesn’t love a cake?? Be it the yummy sugary edible kind or the super squishy yarny kind, I must admit I have a weakness for both.

If you’ve found yourself on my blog because you love my shawls and you’d like to own one click on this link to go to my shop.

If you’d like to make a shawl of your own or you’d just like to know what I’ve been up to lately then please read on….

Over the past year I have seen my insagram feed fill up with wonderful stripy creations from all over the world.

First, knitters and crochet addicts alike went mad for Caron Cakes then one by one more and more different variations on the wonderful yarn cake began to spring up.  I was spoiled for choice.  I struggle to make decisions about the simplest of things so although I knew I loved them all, some how I had to decide which cake to try.

I paid regular visits to to Caron cakes section of my local Hobycraft yet somehow failed to commit.

One day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed marvelling at all of the wonderful creations when my eye was drawn to a stunning shawl.

Here it is.

If you don’t already follow the lovely Kerry over at @hookerycrochet go and check her feed out, give her a quick follow and say “Hi”.

(Kerry also has her own online store so if you’d like to check out her other items follow this link.) 

This is not the first time that Kerry has been a source if inspiration for me and I highly doubt that it will be the last.  

As soon as I saw Kerry’s beautiful shawl I knew that I had found the cake for me, I had to give it a go.  I asked her about her choice of yarn, she said it was a Scheepjes Whirl.  Not only did she tell me what it was but she also pointed me in the direction of a brilliant little online store that so happened to have it discounted for that month!!

Here she is.

 

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This shop (soon to be a real life bricks and mortar store) belongs to Helen.  She is super helpful, knowledgeable and she’s a crochet addict too!! 🙂 .  If you’re in the UK please follow this link to pick up some super squishy yarn .

If you’re in the US Here’s a link to Deramores who stock the full range of Scheepjes Whirls.

Here are some of the amazing colour ways that you can buy!! 😀

If you’re anything like me you’ll take a look at the price tag and freak out but don’t worry, check out the meterage.  You get a whole 1000 metres in just one whirl. You can make a whole shawl out of one cake…..bargain. 😀

I had awful trouble making a decision with so many beautiful colour ways to choose from but eventually I opted for Lemon Cassis Cream. 

Scheepjes whirl shawl pattern
Scheepjes Whirl - Lemon Cassis Cream.

Delivery was super swift.  Before I knew it I was squishing my very own Scheepjes whirl!! I was in yarn addicts heaven. 

For several days my brand new cake sat looking pretty and having the occasional squish.  I wanted to find a pattern that would do it justice.  

I eventually opted for a shawl pattern that I found in Simple Crochet Magazine. 

I reached for my hook and off I went. I’d love to tell you that a couple of days later I had created an exact replica of the pattern in the magazine but I’m afraid that was not the case. 

I am a super speedy, chunky yarn, big hook, no need to count, watch the telly kinda gal.  The pattern required concentration and counting, the yarn (though incredibly beautiful) was fine and the hook small. I ripped it back more often than I’d like to admit but the amazing colour changes kept me going. 

Aren’t they stunning?

On I went, working my way through the pattern.  

I deliberately chose a shawl pattern that would use all 1000 metres of my whirl so that I would be able to show off all the colour changes.  What I didn’t account for was that I would loose track (while watching Game of Thrones) and add a stitch or twenty!! 

As I came to my last few rows it became apparent that I was going to run out of yarn!!  Disaster!!!  What on earth was I going to do?? 

I took to Instagram and put out an appeal.  Helen shared my plight with her customers, we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.

A few moments later a message popped into my inbox.  It was Kerry!!  Not only did she have a spare bit of purple whirl in her stash but she also lives in the same town as me and could pop it through my door the very next day!! 😀

Disaster averted, we were back on track.

Here is the finished shawl.

Right there and then I made the decision to write a simple pattern so that next time I could sit back and enjoy the wonderful colour changes of my whirl stress free. 

Having already ordered a second whirl (because of my yarn addiction I’m always planning at least 3 projects ahead. This time I opted for Sherbet Rainbow) I decided that I would create a simple shawl pattern that required minimal stitch counting so that I could watch the rest of Game of Thrones in peace.

I totally underestimated quite how much frogging would be involved in planning a shawl from scratch.

Yarn cakes aren’t the easiest things to rip back.  If there is anyone reading this who can tell me how to rip them back without creating a tangled mess please, please comment below and put me out of my misery. 

Anyway…… I finally decided on a pattern that I am happy with.  As per normal you’ll have to bear with me and let me know if it doesn’t make sense.

Here we go. Here’s my simple stress free crochet shawl pattern. 

Sherbet Rainbow Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern

You Will Need;

1x 4mm US G/6 crochet hook

1x Sherbet Rainbow Sheepjies Whirl 

Scissors 

Darning needle 

Blocking mats 

Blocking pins 

Stitches and abbreviations;

Ch – Chain

St- Stitch

Dc – UK double crochet (US single crochet)

Tr – UK treble crochet (US double crochet)

Dtr – UK Double treble crochet (US treble crochet)

Ps – Puff stitch 

Htr – UK half treble crochet stitch (US half double)

Ss – Slip stitch

Sk st – Skip a stitch

Rpt – Repeat 

Foundation.

Ch 5, join with a ss. 

Row 1.

Ch 4 (counts as dtr), 4 dtr into foundation loop, ch 3, 5 dtr into loop. Turn.

Row 2.

Ch 4, 2 dtr into the stitch at the base of the chain, dtr into each stitch until you reach the ch3 space, 2dtr ch3 2dtr into the ch 3 space, dtr into each stitch until you reach the end of the row, 3dtr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 3.

Ch 4, 2 dtr into the stitch at the base of the chain, dtr in each stitch until you reach the ch3 (11 dtrs including ch), 2dtr ch3 2dtr into the ch 3 space, dtr to the end of the row, 3 dtr in the top of the turning chain from the previous row. (26dtr) Turn,

Rows 4 & 5.

Repeat row 3 (40dtr)

Row 6.

Ch 5 (counts as dtr ch1) dtr ch1 dtr into the stitch at the base of the ch5, sk 1 st, dtr ch1 sk1 until you reach the ch3 space of the previous row, dtr ch1 dtr ch3 dtr ch1 dtr into the ch3 space, ch1 skip a stitch dtr until you reach the final stitch of the previous row, ch1 dtr ch1 dtr ch1 dtr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. 

Row 7.

Ch3, 2tr into the stitch at the base of the chain, tr into each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp. 2tr ch3 2tr into the ch3 sp. Tr to the end of the row, 3tr into the top of the ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 8.

Ch2 2dc into the stitch at the base of the chain, dc into each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp, 2dc ch3 2dc into the ch 3 sp from the previous round, dc in each stitch to the end or the row, 3dc into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 9.

Ch 3, 2tr into the stitch at the base of the chain, tr in each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp, 2tr ch 3 2tr into the ch 3 space, tr in each stitch until you reach the end of the row. 3tr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn

Row 10.

Ch2, 2 dc into the stitch at the base of the ch2, dc in each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp from the previous row, 2dc ch3 2dc into the ch3 sp, dc to the end of the row, 3dc into the top of the turning chain from the previous row. Turn.

Row 11.

Ch4, 2dtr into the stitch at the base of the ch4, dtr into each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp, 2dtr ch3 2dtr into the ch3 sp, dtr to the end of the row, 3dtr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 12.

Repeat row 6

Row 13.

Ch3, 2tr into the stitch at the base of the ch3, tr in each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp. 2tr ch3 2th into the ch3 sp, tr to the end of the row, 3tr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 14.

Ch2, 2dc into the stitch at the base of the ch2, dc into each st until you reach the ch3 sp. 2dc ch2 2dc into the ch 3 sp, dc to the end of the row, 3dc in the to of the turning ch. 

Row 15.

Ch3, 2tr into the stitch at the base of the ch3, tr in each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp, 2tr ch3 2tr in the ch3 sp, tr to the end or the row, 3tr into the top or the turning ch form the previous row.  Turn.

Row 16 & 17.

Repeat row 14

Row 18.

Repeat row 15

Row 19.

Repeat row 15

Row 20.

Ch4, 2dtr into the stitch at the base of the ch4, dtr into each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp. 2dtr ch3 2dtr into the ch3 sp. Dtr into each stitch until you reach the end of the row. 3dtr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Row 21.

Repeat row 6.

Rows 22 to 54.

Repeat rows 13 to 21 four times. 

 

Row 55.

Ch 3, ps ch1 ps in the stitch at the bottom of the ch3. Work 1ps ch 1 in ch1 space from the previous row until you reach the ch3 space. Ps ch1 ps ch3 ps ch1 ps in the ch3 space. Ps ch1 in each of the chain 1 spaces until you reach the end of the row. Ps ch1 ps tr into the top of the turning chain from the previous row. Turn.

How To Work a Puff Stitch.

Insert your hook , yarn over, pull the loop through, yarn over. Do this 4 times. You will have 8 loops on your hook. Yarn over one more time, pull the yarn through all of the loops on the hook. Ch1 to secure.

Free shawl pattern - crochet puff stitch
Row 56

Ch3, 2tr into the stitch at the base of the ch3, tr into each puff stitch and each chain space until you reach the ch3 sp. 2tr ch3 2tr into the ch3 sp. Tr into each puff and each ch1 sp until you reach the end of the row. 3tr into the top of the turning ch from the previous row. Turn.

Rows 57 & 58

Repeat row 14

Row 59

Repeat row 15

Rows 60 & 61.

Repeat row 14

Row 62

Repeat row 15

Row 63

Repeat row 14

Row 64

Repeat row 11

Rows 65

Repeat row 14

Rows 66 

Ch2, 2htr into the stitch at the base of the ch2, htr into each stitch until you reach the ch3 sp, 2htr ch3 2htr into the ch2 sp, htr in each stitch until you reach the end of the row, 3htr. Turn.

Row 67

Repeat row 65 then fasten off and weave in the ends. 

So, there you have it, your finished shawl.

All you need to do now is pin it out and give it a quick steam with your iron or steam cleaner. 

Let it dry and you’re all done. 😀

I hope that you’re still with me and that I haven’t lost you along the way.

As per usual, you are my pattern testers. Please let me know if you spot a mistake of you’re having trouble understanding anything. 

I am very new to writing patterns so i apologise if you find tricky to follow. This blog is a work in progress, please be kind. 
Sherbet rainbow free pattern

Massive Thanks.

I like to say a huge thank you to Kerry @hookerycrochet and Helen @Artisanalley for allowing me to use their photos in this post.  

As with all of my other posts please don’t copy, distribute or do anything else with the images or any of my other blog contents without my prior permission. They have been created for you to enjoy for free so please don’t abuse that.

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Cheers for now,

Lou 🙂

6 comments on “Sherbet Rainbow Shawl – Free Crochet Shawl Pattern”

  1. Have been looking for at least 2 hours for a free pattern to try and finally came upon your pattern so thank you for making it available. Im self taught crocheting so I do a lot of trial and error. Love the pattern and can’t wait to get started. Once again Thanks for the chance to make this shawl.

  2. I saw your post on one of the FB crochet groups I’m in and was immediately drawn to your amazing scarf. I love how you really emphasized the gorgeous colors of that yarn! I can’t wait to get started making my own. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the rest of us.

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