Hello! Nicole here at From: Nicole’s Creations. This year I’ve really gotten into making and designing warmer weather items, so I’m excited to share this pattern with you today! I learned to crochet from my vecmom (Latvian for grandmother) when I was about 8 years old. I’ve crocheted off and on since then, but because I learned by watching her, I never learned to read patterns until about 8 months ago! Once I did, it felt like the creative world of crochet opened up to me and I decided to start designing and writing patterns of my own, like this Rustic Summer Asymmetrical Shawl Crochet Pattern.
Summer Asymmetrical Scarf/Shawl is the newest piece to my Rustic Summer Collection. This shawl has a simple look with wonderful texture, reminding me of garden trellises, woven rattan, simple summer pleasures, and spending time outdoors. I love asymmetrical shawls because you can wear them wrapped around your neck like a triangle scarf, or use them to wrap around your shoulders like a shawl, plus they naturally create a fun diagonal design. This shawl features alternating blocks of half double crochet decreases and the herringbone half double crochet, creating a relaxing, easy to work repeat, once you become familiar with the stitches.
If you are unfamiliar with making asymmetrical scarves, they start in one corner and increase by one stitch every row. This increase is always on the same side of the scarf. Because it starts out small, it can be a little fiddly to work with until you’ve worked up several rows. It might not look like it’s right at the beginning, but trust the process. You should see the pattern emerge by the time you finish the first full set of repeats (row 15).
This pattern uses DK (#3) or a lightweight worsted weight (#4) yarn. To make this shawl lighter for summer, I suggest working with cotton or a cotton blend yarn, however, it can also be made with an acrylic or wool yarn to make a heavier piece for the fall. I chose to use a Caron Cotton Cake, but my testers also successfully used Caron Skinny Cakes, Lion Brand Mandala, Yarn Bee Sweet Divinity, and Bernat Softee Cotton yarns. Self-striping yarns can be particularly fun with this type of scarf, although it is also stunning in a solid color.
Rustic Summer Asymmetrical Shawl Crochet Pattern
I recommend a J/6.0mm hook, but you can go up or down a hook size depending on your tension
At least 650+ yards of DK (#3) or lightweight worsted weight (#4) yarn (depends on how big you want to make it!)
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Markers (optional, but helpful!)
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
hdc2tog: half double crochet 2 together, also known as a half double crochet decrease (Yarn over, insert your hook into the first st and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops)
h-hdc: herringbone hdc (Yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Without yarning over, pull the first loop through the second. Then, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops)
Sizing & Gauge
Gauge is not important for this piece as you will just continue to repeat the pattern until your desired size is reached! My testers tended to like a minimum of 9 repeats (127 rows) as their final size, but you can keep going if you would like a larger scarf/shawl!
-The turning chain at the beginning of the row does NOT count as a stitch, so the first stitch will go in the same stitch as the chain. Tthe ch 1 between hdc2tog stitches DO count as stitches and you will crochet into them in the next row.
-To keep track of whether you should be doing a ch 1 or a ch 2 for your turning ch, you will ch 1 on the non-increase side and ch 2 on the side you are increasing.
-I don’t include stitch counts since you will be repeating the same instructions until you reach your desired size. However, if you would like to keep track, your stitch count for the row will always be the row number you are on + 1 (ie. Row 3 will have 4 stitches, Row 10 will have 11 stitches, Row 32 will have 33 stitches, etc). Alternatively, you can count your hdc2tog stitches. Each hdc2tog row will have one more hdc2tog than the row below. After the h-hdc block, your first hdc2tog row will have 3 more hdc2tog stitches than the last row below the block.
-In can be really helpful to put a stitch marker in the ch 2 space between your turning chain and your first stitch of the row on the increase side. The stiches have a way of condensing down and having a stitch marker here will help you find this space when you need to crochet into it.
Rustic Summer Asymmetrical Shawl Crochet Pattern
To start: Ch 4
Row 1: sc in the 3rd and the 4th stitches from your hook, ch 1, turn
Helpful Hint: Put a stitch marker in the ch 2 space that is created, or even add the stitch marker before you do your sc stitches.
Row 2: hdc2tog over the 2 st, ch 1, dc in ch 2 space from the row below (the dc is your increase), ch 2, turn
Row 3: 2 sc in the first st (this is your increase), sc across, ch 1, turn
Helpful Hint: Remember, the ch 1 in the hdc2tog rows count as stitches, so throughout the pattern you will stitch in both the hdc2tog and in the ch 1 as you move across the row.
Row 4: hdc2tog over the first 2 st, ch 1, hdc2tog over the next 2 st, ch 1, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, turn
Helpful Hint: Your hdc2tog will stack with the hdc2tog stitches below it. It may be hard to see at the beginning. It’s easier to see with more rows.
Row 5:2 sc in the first st, sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 6: hdc2tog over the first 2 st, ch 1, *hdc2tog over the next 2 st, ch 1**, repeat from *to** across, dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, turn
Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 5 and 6 two more times, ending with a row 6
Helpful Hint: You will have 5 sc rows alternating with 5 hdc2tog rows
Row 11: 2 h-hdc in first st (this is your increase), h-hdc across, ch 1, turn
Row 12: h-hdc in each st across, 2 h-hdc in the last st (this is your increase), ch 2, turn
Rows 13-15: Repeat rows 11 and 12, ending with a row 11
Helpful Hint: You will have 5 rows of h-hdc total
hdc2tog and sc block:
Row 16: Repeat row 6
Rows 17-24: Repeat rows 5 and 6 four times
Helpful Hint: Rows 16-24 will have 5 rows of hdc2tog and 4 rows of sc
Rows 25+: Continue alternating between the h-hdc block (Rows 11-15) and the hdc2tog and sc block (Rows 16-24) until you have reached your desired size! While it is completely up to you, I recommend ending with a h-hdc block.
If you would like a more finished edge: Starting on the non-increase edge, sc in each st across, put 3 sc in the corner st, sc evenly across the turning chains. Finish off and weave in your ends.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it! If you decide to make one and post it on social media, feel free to tag me and use the hashtags #rusticsummershawl and #rusticsummercollection. I want to see what you make!
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