Welcome to my hug-me shawl free pattern!
One of the things I have found hardest about lock down is not being able to hug my extended family and friends. So I came up with the idea of an alternative hug- a hug in a shawl!!
This shawl is such a lovely make- based on a straightforward pattern of repeats it works up quickly and would make a fantastic christmas present for someone who you are missing hugging!! Ideal for someone who has learnt the basics of crochet but would like to try something new or for the more experienced crocheter who’s looking for a quick and satisfying make. It also gives you the perfect excuse to experiment with yarn cakes!! So far I have tried Lion Brand shawl in a cake and Stylecraft batik whirl- both worked really well! or you might like to stash bust! Anything goes with this shawl!
Here’s a printable PDF for those that like to print:
You will need:
Approx 500-1000m yarn in any yarn weight
Appropriate hook size (see yarn wrapper)
Ch 4, sl st to first ch to make a ring (be careful not to twist)
Row 1 ch3, make 3 tr in the ring, ch2, make 4tr in the ring (8 stitches)
Row 2 ch3, turn, make 2tr in the first stitch (the one at the base of the ch3), make 1tr in each of the next 3 tr, in the ch2 space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr), make 1tr in each of the next 3 stitches, make 3tr in 3rd chain of ch3 (16 stitches)
Row 3 ch3, turn, make 2tr in first stitch (the one at the base of the ch3), ch1, skip one stitch, *make 1tr in the next stitch, ch1, skip one stitch**, repeat from * to ** until ch2 space, in ch2 space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr),ch1, skip one stitch, repeat from * to ** until last stitch (this is the initial 3ch from round 2), make 3tr in 3rd ch of 3ch (24 stitches)
Row 4 ch3, turn, make 2tr in first stitch (the one at the base of the ch3), make 1tr in each of the next 2 trebles, make 1tr in the chain space *make 1tr in the next stitch, make 1tr in the following chain space)**, repeat from * to ** until the last 2 stitches before the ch space, make 1tr into each of these stitches, in ch2 space make (2tr, ch2, 2tr), make 1tr into each of the next 2 stitches, make 1tr in ch1 space, repeat from * to ** until the last 3 stitches, make 1tr into each of the next 2 stitches, make 3tr in 3rd of 3ch (32 stitches)
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until shawl is desired size.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
TIP: if you want to check stitch count the total number of stitches increases by 8 every row so for example on row 10 you should have a total number of 80 stitches (40 per side), not counting the ch2 space.
The edging is completely optional. I have 2 suggestions for how you might edge it if you choose to:
- *Chain 8, skip 2 rows, sl st in the space at the end of the next row** repeat all the way along the shawl
- Sl st in the edge of shawl, *make the following sequence into the ends of the rows: 1dc, 1,htr, 1tr, (2dtr, ch1, 2dtr), 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, sl st**, repeat from * to ** all the way up and down the shawl, including the ch 2 space at the bottom.
I hope you enjoy making your shawl! Don’t forget to share photos over on the crochet hangout on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/932484713493883