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Journey Through the Stones Crochet Shawl

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When this journey through the stones crochet shawl was complete, it reminded me of something that would be worn on the television set of Outlander. I could picture Claire wearing this as she wandered through the magical stones.

When I showed this shawl to my friend and asked her what this reminded her of, the first thing she said was a magical shawl. I think the name of this shawl was meant to be.

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If you have never heard of the television show Outlander or had a chance to watch the series; here is a bit more about it.

What is Outlander

Outlander is an American television drama series that follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. As she struggles with the strict social rules of 18th-century Scotland and her new life as a woman trying to fit into both worlds, she must adapt to this unfamiliar world where war is on the horizon and secrets are hard to keep. The show has become one of the most popular shows on TV today by combining romance with action and adventure while telling an epic story of love and loss set against historical events like Jacobite uprisings. The show has been praised for its positive portrayal of strong women, especially Claire’s character. You can find out more about how historical facts inspired this tv drama series.

Journey Through the Stones Crochet Shawl
Journey Through the Stones Crochet Shawl

Claire and Her Shawls

If you have been watching the television show, then you know that Claire has worn some beautiful crossover triangle shawls. While this is not the typical triangle shawl that can be wrapped about the body and tied in the back, the style of this shawl looks like something that she would wear.

You can find crochet patterns for triangle shawls. Each one will grow as the rows are completed. Make them as large as you desire.

handmade Crochet Shawl Pattern
handmade Crochet Shawl Pattern

Outlander’s Craigh Na Dun Standing Stones

If you have watched the popular television show the Outlander, you have seen Claire journey through the stones. Writer Diana Gabaldon based her time traveling mythical stones called Craigh Na Dun Standing Stones, which are based on real stones called Callanish Stones on the Isle of Harris.

I have watched the entire series of Outlander while crocheting many items. If you are not familiar with this popular show, here is a bit more about it. The Outlander was originally a novel written by Diana Gabaldon. Originally, she wasn’t even going to publish this novel. It was more of a practice book. However, once the public got ahold of it, it became wildly popular.

It is in the genre of “historical fantasy.” The story begins after World War II, when a combat nurse, Claire Beauchamp Randall is vacationing with her husband in the Scottish Highlands in current time. She is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland through an ancient stone.

There, she meets another man, Jamie Fraser, and the adventures begin…

If you would like to know more about the show or the book series, here is A Guide to the Outlander Book Series.

Crochet Sideways Shawl

This shawl is worked sideways from end-to-end. It starts off at the tip on one side and gradually grows by 1 stitch with each row until the widest section, which is in the middle. Then each row decreases by 1 stitch until you reach the tip on the other side.

If I close my eyes, I can picture this shawl being worn when walking through the magical stones. It has woodsy and earthy tones to the yarn. When I was crocheting the length of the sideways shawl, I kept thinking of what to do with the border. Here is a photo of the shawl with the colors on either side. It looks nice, but a little plain.

Initial-3-Colors-of-yarn
Initial-3-Colors-of-yarn

Lacy Crochet Border

When I first purchased the yarn, I had chosen four colors and had planned to make something using all four. When first starting out this shawl, I was thinking of using just three of the colors. You can see the three colors next to each other in the photo. They look lovely together; however, as I was nearing the end of the length of the shawl on the decreasing side, I decided to use all four colors. The darker cypress color really helps add depth and makes the clay color pop.

You will note in the YouTube Video Tutorial that I mentioned I was using just the 3 yarn colors. I changed my mind and used all 4 colors.

With and Without Lacy Border
With and Without Lacy Border

You can see the photos of the sideways shawl without the border. It looks nice, but wow, when the border gets added, it just pops!

The border uses eight rows to add the lacy edge to this shawl. For me, this is what makes this shawl go from nice to wow.

Using the cypress color, you will make kind of a spacer row with double crochet and chain stitches. The next row has double crochet stitches worked inside of the chain stiches. You will be repeating rows 3 and 4 all the way through to row 8.

There are 4 rows of the cypress color yarn and 4 rows of the clay yarn.

Easy Crochet Shawl with Lacy Border
Easy Crochet Shawl with Lacy Border

Directions: Journey Through the Stones Crochet Shawl

Size

86 inches wide, measured from side-to-side. The length in the center of the shawl is 22 inches long.

Gauge

16 single crochet every 4 inches. However, gauge is not critical to this shawl. Adjust the length by stopping the increasing rows in the middle where you think the mid-length would be. Add the next color and complete the shawl decreasing rows.

Abbreviations

CH = Chain

DC = Double Crochet

DC2Tog = Double Crochet 2 Together

SC = Single Crochet

SK = Skip

SL ST = Slip Stitch

SP = Space

ST = Stitch

STs = Stitches

[ ] = Repeat Between

Materials

Clay Lion Brand Touch of Linen 1 skein 197 yards. I used about ¾ of the skein of yarn for the crochet border

Cypress Lion Brand Touch of Linen 1 skein 197 yards. I used about ¾ of the skein of yarn for the crochet border

Fog Lion Brand Touch of Linen 1 skein 197 yards. I used this for the sideways length of the shawl.

Stone Lion Brand Touch of Linen 1 skein 197 yards. I used this for the sideways length of the shawl. If you are not able to find the yarn locally, you can purchase it here.

Crochet Hook Size H

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Crochet Pattern Notes

Shawl is worked from side-to-side first and the crochet border is added to one side after the main part of the shawl is complete.

Turn at the end of each row.

In the first half of the shawl, the stitches increase by 1 stitch for each row.

In the second half of the shawl, the stitches decrease by 1 stitch for each row.

The lacy border consists of 8 rows of crochet.

There are video tutorials below the written directions on how to crochet the Journey Through the Stones Shawl Crochet Pattern.

This crochet pattern uses the double crochet 2 together. If this is new to you, here is more information.

Double Crochet 2 Together
Double Crochet 2 Together

Double Crochet Two Together (DC2Tog)

This decreases the stitches by one double crochet each time this is worked.

Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop. There will be three loops on the crochet hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops on the hook. There should now be just two loops left on the hook.

Yarn over and insert the hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. There will be four loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops. There should now be just three loops on the hook. Lastly yarn over and pull through the remaining three loops.

Here is a video tutorial on DC2Tog

Crochet Pattern Directions

Start with Stone colored yarn.

For the first 60 rows, you will be increasing each row by 1 stitch.

Row 1

CH 4 (Counts as DC and CH 1), DC in the 4th CH from the Hook. Turn (2 DC)

Row 2

CH 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC on top of the previous row CH 3 ST. Turn (3 DC)

Row 3

CH 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in the next ST, DC on top of the CH 3 ST. Turn (4 DC)

Row 4

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST, DC on top of CH 3. Turn (5 DC)

Rows 1-4
Rows 1-4

Row 5

CH 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in next ST, DC in in next 2 STs, Dc on top of CH 3. Turn (6 DC)

Row 6

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next 2 STs, 2 DC in next ST, DC in next ST, DC on top of CH 3. Turn (7 DC)

Rows 5 & 6
Rows 5 & 6

Row 7

CH 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in next ST, DC in each ST across. End with a DC on top of CH 3. Turn. (8 DC)

Row 8

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next 2 STs, 2 DC in next ST, DC in each ST across. End with a DC on top of CH 3. Turn (9 DC).

Rows 9 – 60

Repeat rows 7 and 8

Switch to Fog colored yarn

Row 61

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in each ST across. Turn (61 DC)

The next row you begin decreasing each row by 1 stitch.

Row 62

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in next 2 STs, DC2Tog, DC in each ST Across. End with DC on top of CH 3. Turn

Row 63

CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC2Tog, DC in each ST across. End with DC on top of CH 3. Turn

Rows 64-120

Repeat rows 62 and 63

Row 121

CH 3 (Counts as DC). DC on top of CH 3.

Finishing

Weave in yarn ends and remove the excess yarn.

Lacy Crochet Border Directions

Begin with Cypress yarn

Row 1

Row 1 Note: for row 1, the stitches are really being worked in the side of the shawl. Therefore, I ease the stitches across. Generally, work at least a CH 1, SK 1, and DC for each row. I ended up with 136 DC STs.

CH 4 (Counts as DC, CH 1), SK 1 ST, work DC in next ST. [CH 1, SK 1, DC in next ST]. Repeat across between [ ]. End with a CH 1, SK 1, and DC in the last ST. Turn

Journey Through the Stones Border Rows 1 and 2
Journey Through the Stones Border Rows 1 and 2

Row 2

SL ST into the CH 1 SP of the previous row. Work 1 SC into the Same SP. [SK DC, 4 DC into the CH SP, CH 2, SK DC, 1 SC into the CH 1 SP]. Repeat across between [ ]. End with a SC into the final CH SP. Turn

Journey Through the Stones Border Row 2
Journey Through the Stones Border Row 2

Journey Through the Stones Border Row 2 and 3
Journey Through the Stones Border Row 2 and 3

Row 3

CH 1, SC in the same SP, SC in the CH 2 SP, CH 4 [SC in the SC ST, SC in the CH 2 SP, CH 4, SK 4 DC]. Repeat across between [ ]. End with a CH 4, SC in the SC SP. Turn

Journey Through the Stones Border Row 4
Journey Through the Stones Border Row 4

Journey Through the Stones Border Row 4 Completed
Journey Through the Stones Border Row 4 Completed

Row 4

SL ST into the first CH 4 SP. CH 3 (Counts as DC), work 3 DC into the same CH 4 SP [CH 2, SK next SC, work 1 SC into the next SC, work 4 DC into the next CH SP]. Repeat across between [ ]. End with 4 DC in last CH 4 SP, CH 2, SC in the last ST. Turn

Row 5

Change yarn to the Clay color

Repeat row 3

Row 6

Repeat roe 4

Row 7

Repeat row 3

Row 8

Repeat row 4

Finishing

Weave in all yarn ends and snip off the excess yarn

Journey Through the Stones Magical Shawl
Journey Through the Stones Magical Shawl

YouTube Video Tutorial on How to Crochet Journey Through the Stones Crochet Shawl Pattern

Right hand crochet

Left hand crochet

If you like lacy style crochet shawls, here are a few others for you to check out.

Victoria Lacy Shawl

Beautiful Occasions Evening Shawl

Blushing Beauty Crochet Shawl

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