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Aurora Borealis Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern

Inspired by this breathtaking natural phenomenon is the Aurora Borealis Easy Crochet Rectangular Shawl.

As the night sky unfurls its celestial tapestry, few spectacles rival the mesmerizing dance of the Aurora Borealis.

There’s something magical about translating the vibrant hues and undulating waves of the Northern Lights into a tangible piece of wearable art.

Runner-Up Names for Our Aurora Borealis Shawl

During our creative journey in crafting the perfect name for our latest crochet shawl pattern, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of imagination and inspiration from our community. Each submission brought its own unique charm and resonance, making the task of choosing just one name a delightful challenge.

Today, we’re thrilled to share with you the top ten runner-up names that we loved. Many of these names were suggested multiple times. While these names didn’t claim the spotlight this time around, they were amazing suggestions. Showcasing the boundless creativity of our community members. Thank you! It was so fun to have you all take part in naming this beautiful shawl.

Aurora Borealis Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern

Without further ado, let’s unveil the contenders:

  1. Ocean Breeze
  2. The Pacific
  3. Mermaid/s Tail
  4. Aquatic Devotee
  5. Salty Sea
  6. Ocean Waves
  7. Jewel of the Sea
  8. Tropical Waves
  9. Summer Breeze
  10. Spring Awakening

Each of these names evokes a sense of tranquility, beauty, and wonder, mirroring the essence of the shawl’s design and the experiences it promises to evoke. We were truly touched by the thoughtfulness and creativity behind each submission. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in our naming contest.

Back View of Aurora Borealis Shawl

Colorful Aurora Borealis Shawl Pattern

While the decision was difficult, ultimately, one name stood out. “Aurora Borealis”.

Inspired by the ever-shifting hues and mesmerizing dance of light across the Arctic skies. We sought to translate this celestial spectacle into a tangible work of art that could be draped around shoulders and treasured for a lifetime.

The intricate lacework of the shawl evokes the intricate patterns and delicate filaments of light that dance across the night sky. While the colors transition from deep, mysterious blues to vibrant, electric greens. That mirrors the ever-changing palette of the Northern Lights.

However, this would look lovely in different colors, even in one color. This same stitch pattern is used in this Easy Drunken Granny Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern. It is made using a medium weight yarn. It’s amazing how using basic stitches, simple construction, changing the yarn to a worsted weight, and changing the size of a project can take on a completely different look.

Perfect Crochet Project for a Beginner Crocheter

This crochet rectangle shawl pattern is a perfect project for beginners and experienced crocheters alike. It might look difficult, but if you can work double crochets into spaces, you can complete this baby blanket. All you need to know is how to make chain stitches and double crochet stitches.

Using easy 1-row pattern repeat and double crochet stitches, it’s a relaxing and fast project to create for fellow crafters.

This crochet pattern is beginner-friendly, using basic crochet stitches to create a lovely lacy design. As you continue to repeat for 3, the lacy and delicate look comes alive.

With just one lightweight yarn cake, you can make this generous size shawl. The color changes make it easy to achieve the beautiful gradient effect. Rectangular shawls are the perfect accessory and can be worn in so many ways. Especially when they are lighter weight yarns like this one.

Rectangular Lacy Shawl Wrapped Over Shoulders

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Directions: Aurora Borealis Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner Crocheter. You should be able to read a crochet pattern and work double crochet stitches and chain stitches.


16 stitches and 10 rows of double crochet every 4 inches.


Finished size 29 inches X 54 inches after blocking.

To make this in your desired size, adjust the length by changing the beginning number of stitches. Use multiples of 5 + 4. Adjust the width by adding or decreasing rows.


Yarn Color number 14 in Twirls yarn from Cotton Kings. 1 skein or 874 yards. I purchased the yarn for this at Hobbii. You can find the link for Hobbii on our savings page. It is a number 2 fine thread yarn weight.  

5.0 mm Crochet Hook Size H

Tapestry Needle. For weaving in the yarn ends.

Scissors. For sniping off any excess yarn.


CH = Chain

DC = Double Crochet

SK = Skip

SP = Space

ST = Stitch

STs = Stitches

[ ] = Repeat Between

Crochet Pattern Notes

Turn at the end of each row.

The chain three at the beginning of each row counts as a double crochet.

Repeat row 3 throughout the pattern.

This pattern is written in US Terms.

You will be working a series of crochet stitches in the next open space of the row below that was created by the CH 2.

The beginning chains are quite long as you will be working the length in long rows.

Hint for crocheting a long beginning chain foundation row for this rectangular shape like this one. Sometimes, it is easier to put stitch markers every ten or twenty stitches to help track your count.

Basic Crochet Stitches Used

Double Crochet (DC). Yarn over, insert the hook through both loops and pull up a loop. Next, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Lastly, yarn over again and pull through the last two loops on the hook.

Drunken Granny Cluster. (3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC) in the same Stitch.

Crochet Pattern Directions


Foundation Chain of 219

Row 1

SK 5 CH STs (Counts as 1 DC and 2 CH). Work the first stitch in the 6th Chain from the hook work (3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC) all STs between ( ) are worked into the 6th CH ST. [SK 4 CH STs, all in the next CH ST work (3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC)]. Repeat between [ ] across the whole row until there are 3 CH STs left. Then SK 2 CH STs and work 1 DC into the last Chain. Turn

Row 2

CH 3 (Counts as 1 DC). [SK over to the CH 2 SP of the previous row. In the CH 2 SP work (3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC)]. Repeat between [ ] across to the end of the row. Working the STs between ( ) in each CH 2 SP.  End with 1 DC into the 3rd CH of the initial CH STs that were SK in Row 1. Turn

Row 3

CH 3 (Counts as 1 DC). [SK over to the CH 2 SP of the previous row. In the CH 2 SP work (3 DC, CH 2, 1 DC)]. Repeat between [ ] across to the end of the row. Working the STs between ( ) in each CH 2 SP. The last ST is 1 DC into the top of the CH of the previous row. Turn

Rows 4 through 52

Continue to work a Row 3 repeat.


When you have reached the end of the pattern, cut the yarn leaving about a 12-inch yarn tail. Pull the yarn tail through the last stitch.

Use the yarn needle to weave the yarn through the crochet stitches to secure.

Block your crochet project as desired. I blocked mine.

Video Tutorials

You can find video tutorials on our YouTube channel for the Drunken Granny Stitch.

Here is a short video of me working on this Aurora Borealis Shawl when I’m about half way done.

How to Crochet the Drunken Granny Stitch

Right Hand Tutorial.

Left Hand Tutorial.

Photo Tutorials are here: Drunken Granny Stitch: An Easy Crochet Pattern for Beginners.

If you are brand new to crocheting, you can find lots of free crochet tutorials on the website along with a tutorial on how to finish your crochet projects.

Blocking the Aurora Borealis Shawl

Blocking a Crochet Project

Blocking is a process used to shape and set the final dimensions of your crochet project. It’s especially important for items like scarves where the finished appearance and drape matter. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to block a crochet scarf for beginners:

Materials Needed:

  • Crochet scarf
  • Rustproof Pins
  • Blocking mats
  • Spray bottle with water


  • Prepare Your Scarf. Make sure that your scarf is clean. Blocking is often more effective on clean, dampened projects.
  • Choose a Blocking Surface. Lay out your blocking mats or a clean, dry towel on a flat surface. Another option for a larger project like this is a yoga mat. This provides a surface for your scarf to be pinned into shape.
  • Pin Your Scarf. Lay your scarf on the blocking surface. Use rustproof T-pins to pin the edges of the scarf to the desired dimensions. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or uneven areas.
  • Shape the Scarf. Gently manipulate the scarf into the desired shape. If your scarf has specific stitch patterns or motifs, take the time to shape them neatly. Pay attention to the edges and corners, ensuring they are straight and even.
  • Spritz with Water. Lightly spray the scarf with water using a spray bottle. This is particularly helpful for natural fibers like wool or cotton, as it can help the fibers relax and set in the desired shape.
  • Allow to Dry. Leave the scarf in place until it is completely dry. This might take a day or more depending on the yarn and the humidity of your environment.
  • Check Dimensions. Once dry, unpin your scarf and check its dimensions. If needed, you can make small adjustments at this point.
  • Finish and Wear. Your scarf is now blocked and ready to be worn. Enjoy your beautifully shaped and finished crochet project.
Four Views of the Easy Crochet Shawl

Style a Lightweight Shawl

There are so many different ways they can be worn. Styling options for a simple wrap can complement various outfits and occasions. Here are several ways to wear it.

Classic Drape. Simply drape the shawl over your shoulders, letting it cascade down your back. This timeless style adds an elegant touch to any outfit, such as wearing jeans and a t-shirt in warm weather. Beautiful shawls are gorgeous in a more formal setting too.

Shoulder Wrap. Wrap one end of the lacy shawl around your shoulders, letting the other end hang freely. This creates a cozy wrap with a chic look that’s perfect for cool evenings or air-conditioned spaces.

Front Knot. Lightweight rectangle crochet shawls are wonderful for this style. Fold the shawl in half lengthwise to create a long strip, then drape it around your shoulders. Tie the ends together in a loose knot in front, adjusting the knot to your desired level of snugness. This creates a stylish and effortless look with a bit of added flair.

Belted Shawl. Wrap the shawl around your shoulders and secure it in place with a thin belt around your waist. This creates a more structured and polished look. Perfect shawl for dressing up a simple outfit or defining your silhouette.

Off-the-Shoulder. Allow one end of the shawl to slip off your shoulder slightly for a relaxed and subtly alluring look. This styling option works well with off-the-shoulder tops or dresses, adding a touch of bohemian charm.

Pinned Wrap. Secure the shawl in place with a decorative pin or brooch at one shoulder. This adds a touch of sophistication and can help keep the shawl in place. Especially on breezy days and warmer weather.


Fold the shawl into a narrower strip and wrap it around your head, tying it securely at the nape of your neck. This creates a stylish and practical headscarf, perfect for protecting your hair from the sun or adding a pop of color to your look.

What Size is a Crochet Rectangle Shawl?

The Rectangle Shawl generally ranges from 18-25 inches wide by 55-75 inches long. However, the size varies depending on the design and your personal preference.

You can make anything from a lightweight shawl to a cozy scarf. Or a large wrap like a blanket using medium weight yarn.

Here are a few other free crochet patterns to inspire your next project.

More Free Crochet Shawl Patterns

You can find many easy crochet shawl patterns on my blog including many patterns for rectangular wraps or triangle shawls.

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