Free Crochet Pattern…Kristen Shawl!

The Kristen Shawl is both delicate and cozy…a fabulous cold weather accessory.  It follows a simple one row stitch pattern and you’ll work it up in no time.  The yarn used here adds subtle self striping, but would be equally pretty with a solid color too.  Included with this pattern are instructions for sizing for a regular sized shawl and a smaller “shawlette.”

The shawl was named after a dear reader and fabulous stitchy friend, Kristen.  She contacted me through Ravelry recently and realized she had made a “mistake” while making the Butternut Squash Neckwarmer (click here for pattern).  While making it, she added an extra stitch at the end of the row and ended up with a triangle…such a neat little discovery!  She kindly asked me if I could whip up a pattern and here it is!  Thank you Kristen for your extra stitch…this one’s for you!

Kristen Shawl

By Jennifer Dickerson


  • J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook
  • 2-3 Balls of Lion Brand Amazing Yarn (Note: if making the regular sized shawl, you’ll need 3 balls of yarn.  If making the smaller “shawlette” you’ll need 2)
  • Tapestry Needle (for weaving in ends)


Note: this shawl pattern is extremely customizable, the measurements provided are just to give you an idea.  If you want yours to be longer, just keep going!  Some people like a smaller shawl without all the bulk, while others like a longer shawl with lots of drape…just work it until you get the size you like!

  • Shawl (shown in shades of blue below): 46 inches across the top and 38 inches down each side
  • Shawlette (shown in shades of violets above): 40 inches across the top and 30 inches down each side


Foundation Row: Chain 7.  In 4th chain from hook (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same chain.  Skip two chains, and in the next chain (the last chain), work (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same chain.

Row 1: Turn, ch 3 and work (dc, ch 1, dc) in each of the chain 1 spaces from the previous row (center of each “V”).  At the end of the row, finish with a (dc, ch 1, dc) in the last space (ch 3 turning space).

Repeat row 1 until shawl is desired length (the smaller shawlette uses 2 full balls of the yarn and the regular size shawl uses 3 full balls of yarn)

Finishing: Weave in the ends and you’re ready to go!

Here’s a video to crochet the Kristen Shawl stitch by stitch:

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62 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern…Kristen Shawl!

  1. I was able to make the Butternut Squash Neck Warmer as a gift for a friend and I just loved it! Thank you for the pattern. Now, I would also give this Kristen shawl a try.

  2. This is beautiful! I was thinking of making my sister a shawl for Christmas – she works from home and recently moved from So. Cal to Denver so I wanted to make her something keep her warm. This will be perfect!

  3. I made the Butternut Squash neckwarmer exactly like the pattern & love it! I'm going to try this with Amazing, too.both your patterns & yarn selections rock!

  4. This is beautiful. I love shawls, but this is the first "Shawlette" that I have liked. It's so practical too! I can see I'm going to have to make several of these. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern.

    1. Thanks! I love smaller shawls because they can be worn more traditionally or as interesting scarves. It's fun to make them too and watch them grow. 🙂

  5. hi there, this looks really beautiful. i am attempting to crochet this, but mine looks kindof funny so far, and im confused.
    when you say, dc/ch/dc in each of the chain 1 spaces from the previous row (center of each "V"). …do you mean we dc/ch/dc in every stich in the back loop only?

    1. Hi Aisha!

      Nope, I just mean in each space, so you would do a dc, ch 1, dc in each space that made a V shape from the previous row. Hope that helps!

  6. Thanks for this pattern….I crochet for the Pink Posse of GA; childhood cancer; and anyone I know needs a special "yarn" hug. This will be a great addition to my "hug" patterns.

  7. This will be a wonderful addition to our Prayer Shawl group at church. These are made and given to those who need a little help and warmth in there lives.

  8. I made the shawl with 3 skeins of Amazing yarn. It went very quickly and is very pretty. It seems to be kind of long and pointy in the back on me. Do you have any suggestions on how I can make it wider without making it longer in back?

    1. The shawl increases by one "V" per row, so if you want to make it wider without making it longer, you could always increase by two "V" instead in just one per row.

    2. This is such a cute shawl and I have the perfect yarn just waiting for it! I just want to tell you thank you so much for your kindness to other people; for sharing your pattern and knowledge. Its very much appreciated. God Bless You… 🙂 Pickles

  9. I just found your pattern for the Kristin Shawl and am not understanding how this works up with just 7 chains for the foundation

    1. It starts from the bottom point and works its way up, increasing into a larger and wider triangle as it grows. The 7 starting chains make that beginning triangle point. Hope that helps!!

  10. I just finished one of these in the Amazing Yarn "Violets" colorway to go with a wine-colored dress I'm going to wear to an outdoor wedding in March. It's so pretty, and I will stay warm and still look nice at the wedding. I wanted mine a little longer so I could wrap it over my arms, so I actually used 3 1/2 skeins.

  11. I love this shawl pattern. I am using some on-hand bulky weight wools I have left over from making fibre scarves and amongst them are some textured yarns which are adding interest to this wonderfully fast, easy pattern. I often play bridge with some ladies who are fresh air fiends and I am always in need of a warm cover up. This is it! Thanks a lot for sharing. You are so kind.

    1. The bulky weight shawl sounds so cozy! Sounds really pretty too, enjoy wearing it with your friends…sounds like fun!

  12. Love your patterns..always so easy to do..don't have to keep looking at the pattern. I am making this with a couple of balls of yarn I had in my stash..Yeah! 🙂

  13. hi i'm a beginner at crocheting what do you mean by ch 3 turning spaces and row 1 starts with ch 3 do i skip chaining 3 in beginning of row 1 thanks

    1. Thanks for your question! All that means is that when you finish the previous row, and go to begin the new row, chain 3 and turn (flip the piece over). Then continue with the rest of the row. Do this for each row.

      Hope that helps!

  14. Winnie Oct. 11, 2013
    I enjoyed making your shawl pattern. When finished I crocheted a lacy edge all around. The top edge I finished with 1/2 double crochets because I liked the straight front. Your answer to someone sho wanted a larger shawl to increase 2 V's at each end. I am going to try that. Thanks, it is easy and goes so quickly.

  15. Crystal clear directions!!! So easy and pleasurable to do!!! Thanks so much!!! I've just gotten started, shawl looks great already, and I'm looking forward to making many Kristen Shawls for my Prayer Shawl group. This is working up fast, there are no complicated directions to follow, and your directions were a real snap to follow. Just what I was searching for. Can't thank you enough – and the pictures were an incentive to get started – they looked so good.
    God Bless You…

  16. It was a pleasure to work with your simple pattern instructions…thanks.. I got creative and improved on your "recipe" making two triangles, gathering two sides of the top and leaving space for the head and turning the shawl into a poncho for my granddaughters. I also added some fun fur along the borders and they loved the finished product. Thanks again & God Bless You…

  17. Thank you so much for this pattern. I printed it off on 12-4 and have made 4 of them for Christmas presents. Super easy.. Thanks again

  18. Thank you, this is just what I've been looking for.I love all your patterns, I want to make everything! Keep up the good work

  19. I'd also like to know which colorways of the Lion Brand Amazing yarn were used above. I've tried in vain to discern the colors from your two shawls above with online color samples. Many thanks.

  20. Love this! Lucky me I just bought a bunch of Amazing yarn @ the Lion Outlet yesterday. It's a "gotta make this" item!! Thank you so much for the pattern.

  21. Beautiful shawl. I love my shawls rectangular 24 x 60 inches. Amazing Yarn would be gorgeous in this pattern.

  22. THANK YOU for the fantastic shawl pattern!!! I'm going to male this for a friend of my daughter to thank her for all the help she has given to our family. She is always there when needed and is a fantastic person.

  23. I love your patterns! I just finished the Ocean Air Scarf and I LOVE IT! I'm working on some fingerless mitts with the same scallop pattern to go with. One question about the Kristen scarf, approx. what weight is the yarn you used? My local yarn shop doesn't carry Lion brand.

  24. the yarns i do have are: red heart, caron simply soft, lb heartland. which would be best to use for the kristen shawl? I only have solid colors.

  25. Great pattern. Thanks! I added an edging of 2 hdc in each space all the way round (4-5 hdc in each corner). Came out beautifully.

  26. I made the Kristen shawl in Amazing "Vineyard" for a Christmas gift and it turned out lovely. I used 4 balls of yarn for a bigger shawl. Can you tell me which color of Amazing you use for the longer shawl — the one with the purples, oranges and browns? I can't find a color match on the Lion Web site. Thank you.

  27. Hi there,

    I'm really looking forward to making this shawl for my aunt. Just wondering which colour of the lion brand amazing yarn you used in the shawl shown in the picture?


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