Spring Hope Crochet Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern and Book Review

A quick to stitch cotton shawl with the simplest of shaping, my String Network Crochet Shawl, is the perfect accent piece for your summer nights on the town. Get the free pattern below and read a special book review for “Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary” by Dora Ohrenstein.

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Edenton Top – Free Crochet Pattern

Copped. Colorful. Cold Should. Edenton is just about everything you need in a chic summer top. Worked in two identical panels and seamed, it’s perfect for first time garment makers.


The Inspiration

I absolutely love a colorful cropped top. There is just something about summer that makes me want to design all of the cropped tops.

This top was super special. I know, I feel like I say that about every design of mine but…this one. Ugh!

Okay, so I’ve been obsessed with Granny Stripes for as long as I can remember. Granny stitch itself is so undeniably classic crochet that it’s hard to dismiss. This top was all about combining bright colors, modern shapes, and being as size inclusive as possible!

The Design

This design is really easy to construct. You begin with a long chain, work a short body, then construct the sleeves up to the neckline. From there it’s just about working a few shoulder rows to create the straps! How fun is that?

You’ll notice that the sizing is a little different than what I’ve used in the past. Instead of standard sizing with labels, I’ve decided to offer sizes in 12 sizes. The sizes will differ based on the designs moving forward, but for this pattern we’ll be working the bust sizes ranging from 40in through 69in!

The Instructions

Skill Level: Easy

Materials:

Lion Brand Yarn ZZ Twist Yarn (100% Acrylic; CYC 4: Medium; 246yds/225m; 3.5oz/100g)

Yarn A: Peacock (#763-170) x 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) [5, 6, 7, 8] balls

Yarn B: Hot Pink (#763-195) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn C: White (#763-100) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn D: Sky Blue (#763-106) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Yarn E: Coral (#763-103) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 3, 3] balls

US H/8 (5mm) Crochet Hook

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: Work 14dc and 8.5 rows to measure 4in x 4in over double crochet using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Work 4.5 3-dc groups and 8 rows to measures 4in x 4 in over 3-dc granny stripe pattern using 5mm hook, or size required to obtain gauge.

Dimensions:

Sizes Offered: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9]

Finished Bust: 40 (43.5, 48.5, 52, 55.5) [58.75, 62.25, 65, 69] inches

Sleeve Seam: 10.25 inches

Length: 13.5 inches Note: this is adjustable.

Top shown is wearing a size 4. Model is 5’10” tall with a 46” bust.

Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

St(s) – Stitches

Rep – Repeat

In – Inch

WS – Wrong Side

Notes:

Front and back (including sleeves) are each worked in one piece from the bottom up.

Weave in ends as work progresses.

Pattern Instructions

With yarn A, ch 36, fasten off and set aside (make 2).

Front

With 5mm hook and yarn A, ch 72, (78, 87, 93, 98) [105, 111, 116, 123]

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (70, 76, 85, 91, 97, 103, 109, 114, 121)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), dc in each dc across, turn.

Rep row 2 until piece measures 5.5in., end after worked a WS row.

Note: If a longer sweater is desired, simply work more rows as needed before beginning granny stripe pattern.

Shape Sleeves

Row 1 (WS): Ch 38, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in back bar of next 34 ch, dc across front sts, pick up one of the set-aside chains and dc in back bar of each of the 36 ch across, turn. – (142, 148, 157, 163, 169, 175, 181, 186, 193) sts.

Granny Stripes

Row 1 (RS): Join B, ch 4 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *sk 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, ending with a dc in last dc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 2dc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * across to last ch-1 sp, 2dc in last ch-1 sp, dc in last dc, turn.

Work these two rows 8 times more, changing colors ever RS row in the following order:

C, A, C, D, B, C, E, A

Next Row: With A, Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-sp across. Finish Off.

Back

Work as for Front.

Finishing

Seam sides and underarms. Mark center 40 sts on both back and front, seam top of sleeves from cuff to just above elbow (about 6 inches).

Note: The center 40 sts on both the back and front are for the neck hole. Customize this, as desired! Stick the neckline where you’d like it – just make sure it’s centered!

Straps

With Front facing and beginning at marker on right, join A, and work strap as follows:

Note: For the larger sizes, you may want to make the straps a bit wider/longer. This will depend on your bust and your personal preference. There is a lot of room for customization here!

Row 1: Sc in each of the next 10 sts, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across.

Rep Row 2 a further 38 times.

Finish Off.

Seam strap to corresponding stitches on back.

Repeat for second strap on left side of Front. Weave in all ends and block as desired.

Sorbet Summer Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern

The perfect way to add a little pop of color to your summer wardrobe, my Sorbet Summer Shawl is the newest free pattern from Rohn Strong!


Hello Friends!

I love welcoming each of you like that. That’s exactly how I think of each of you. Friends. You bring such positivity and light to my little corner of the world and, for that, I thank you.

Alright, back to the crochet!

I whipped up this shawl some time ago and haven’t had a moment to share it with you! It’s a gorgeous simple shawl using some cotton yarn.

Here in the south, we have the hottest summers known to man and each year they just seem to get hotter. This year is no exception. The truth is, as hot as it gets outside, it gets colder inside.

If you’re like me, that damn A/C unit just chills me right to the bone. So, having a little something to throw around my shoulders is just perfect.

The Design

This design is constructed back and forth using a thinner worsted weight yarn and a larger hook. Increases and decreases form the asymmetrical shape and I worked stripes every few rows to give it a really cool and modern look!

The yarn I chose to use was discontinued between actually making this project and posting this pattern. So, in lieu of that I am just going to share the yarn amounts/yardage with you and you can make the shawl as you wish!

The Pattern

Finished Shawl Size:

Wingspan: About 54in.

Depth: About 20in.

Approximately Materials:

  • 3 colors worsted weight cotton yarn (approximately 150yds of each)
  • Size US K/6.5mm Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Gauge:

Gauge is not essential for this shawl. The most important thing is that the fabric is loose and there is quite a bit of drape. 

Shawl

Section 1:

Row 1: Using Color A, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 2sc in each of the next 2 sts. (6 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (6 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2sc in each of the last 2 sts. (8 sts)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (8 sts)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until working row has 60 sts. End after working a Row 4.

Section 2:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join A with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 78 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 3:

Row 1: Join B with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (62 sts)

End off B.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, 2sc in first st, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog. (62 sts)

End off A.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the working row has 86 sts. End after working a Row 2.

Section 4:

Row 1: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, 2tr in each of the last 2 sts. (88 sts)

End off.

Row 2: Join C with a sc, ch 3, turn, 2tr in first st, tr in each st across to last 2 sts, tr2tog. (88 sts)

End off.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until working row has 94 sts.

Repeat Row 1, once more. (96 sts)

Edging

With RS facing, join A in the last st worked. Working from Left to Right, reverse single crochet in each st across. End off.

Finishing

Block shawl to finished shape. Weave in all ends.

Crochet Woodburn Tee

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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.

I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.

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I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Looking for Tunisian Crochet Hooks? Check out Twin Birch Products HERE!

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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).

Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

To make this garment, you’ll need:

1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)

  • Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
  • Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)

  • This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.

3. Tapestry Needle 

4. Measuring tape and/or ruler

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length

  • Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger. 

Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches

Abbreviations (US Terms):

Ch – chain

Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Skill Level

Level 3 – Advanced Beginner

Notes

  1. This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
  2. The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
  3. Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
  4. Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
  5. This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
  6. All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet. 

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Pattern:

Front and Back

With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)

*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.

Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across. 

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.

Return Pass is same throughout.

Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these two rows once more. 

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Change to Color B, if desired. 

Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.

Change to Color A.

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these last two rows once more. 

Next Row: Sl st in each st across.

Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.

Finishing

Shouler Seams

Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.

Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.

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Side Seams

With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.

Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”

With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.

Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.

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