The Northern Lakes Crochet Triangle shawl is crocheted using two different colors of yarn from the top down. Using a combination of double crochet. single crochet, and chain stitches throughout the pattern make this an easy pattern.
Ever since I learned how to crochet, I’ve been obsessed with shawls. There’s just something about their drape and versatility that makes them a must-have for any season. With its simple stitch pattern and easy construction, you’ll have this shawl finished in no time.
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Handmade Crochet Shawl
Handmade shawls can be just that perfect last-minute accent to your outfit. However, this time of year, shawls are the perfect cover up as you can easily wrap yourself up when you feel a chill and loosen it up a bit to fall around your arms and shoulders if you get too hot.
About the Yarn
I need to be honest with you. The yarn I used was a hank of yarn and I had never worked with this before. So, with my first hank, I did not take the time to wrap the yarn in a ball. It seemed easy enough to just lay the large loop of yarn flat and have it easily roll off.
Well, let me be the first to tell you, that is a mistake. Rather quickly, the yarn was so tangled, it took me 3 hours to untangle and wrap into a ball. Lesson learned!
I used two chair backs to hold my yarn; this made it much easier to wrap the yarn into a nice ball, which is a pleasure to work with in my yarn bowl. My sister-in-law gifted me this yarn bowl a few years ago and I had never used it. What a lovely and handy crochet tool to have.
Learn from my mess and wrap the yarn into a ball before starting this crochet pattern if you use a hank of yarn like I did.
About the Triangle Shawl Crochet Pattern
The classic triangle shape and crochet stitches make the Northern Lakes shawl pattern a warm, yet beautiful project to dress up your wardrobe this winter. The simple single and double crochet stitches mean this pattern is easy, and even an advanced beginner should be able to crochet this without too much trouble.
The stitch count increases with each row. Generally, on each side and the middle. This helps the triangle shape continue to grow at the same rate for a lovely result.
This pattern might look complicated, but if you look closely at the pattern, you will see how simple it is. Triangle shawls may seem challenging if you have never made one before. However, my guess is that you will have this crochet pattern down pat in just a few repeats.
Once each row is started, it requires truly little concentration. Therefore, it is a perfect project to make while you are watching your favorite movie and sipping your favorite beverage
The pattern is a 4-row repeat of rows 5-8. There are stitch counts to help keep you on track. If you prefer to learn from a video tutorial, the link for that is below the written pattern. It shows you how to crochet rows 1-8, including the final row too.
Altering the Size of the Triangle Crochet Shawl
The best thing about this triangle shawl pattern is that you can make it to the length that you prefer. Just stop at the desired length and add the two rows for the crochet accent border (I stopped at the row 8 repeat).Weave in the yarn ends and remove the excess yarn and you are ready to wear or gift your handmade creation.
Choosing Yarn Colors for This Project
Often, I struggle when choosing complimentary and contrasting colors for a project. While there are color charts and they do provide some guidance, they really do not always match up with a specific shade of yarn. Therefore, it takes patience and multiple tries to find colors that work well together.
With this color combination, I was lucky. The colors just looked great together. I was making the Bobble Blanket Decked in Blue and needed one more skein of Caron Simply Soft Royal Blue. Of course, I had to get to the yarn store. Well, can we ever really get out of a yarn store with just one skein? It is hard for me.
I walked past the Latte Stripes yarn from Red Heart and immediately knew I wanted to make a blanket using the Alpine Stitch. This pattern is already written with video tutorials too.
Then, at the end of the yarn isle was this gorgeous yarn, The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK 100% Merino Wool. I stood there mesmerized for a few minutes. I started to see a shawl made with the Moss and Surf colors. This pattern is the result of that yarn purchase. It turned out so much prettier than I had even imagined. I hope you like it too.
Directions: Northern Lakes Crochet Triangle Shawl
22 stitches to 4 inches
86 inches wide at the widest part X 23 inches long measured from the center to the tip.
Surf from The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK 100% Merino Wool, 2 skeins, or approximately 526 yards.
Moss from The Yarn Collective Bloomsbury DK 100% Merino Wool, 2 skeins, or approximately 526 yards.
If you are not able to find this yarn locally, you can purchase it here.
Size F (4.0 mm) crochet hook
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
Picot ST = Picot Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
SK = Skip
SL ST = Slip Stitch
SP = Space
ST = Stitch
STs = Stitches
YO =yarn Over
Crochet Pattern Notes
Turn after each row.
On the rows where the yarn is altered every other row, rather than cut the yarn each row, carry the yarn to the next row it is used by slip stitching into the first stitch of the row.
Use a stitch marker for the middle stitch of each row.
Chain 3 in each double crochet row counts as a double crochet.
Chain 1 in the single crochet rows does not count as a stitch.
Count the stitches in each row to help reduce having to go back a row or two and redo. I found that counting the stitches after each row really helped make sure that everything was done correctly.
This pattern repeats rows 5-8 changing yarn colors at various rows throughout the pattern.
The accent crochet border is worked in the last two rows.
Starting from the stitch where you want the Picot stitch to be, Chain (CH) 3. Insert your hook in the third chain from the hook and complete a Slip Stitch (SL ST). See the quick video on this stitch to help if this is a new crochet technique for you. Here is a super quick video tutorial on how to crochet the Picot Stitch.
Beginning with the Moss color yarn.
CH 4, SL ST into the first CH to form a ring.
CH 3 (Counts as a DC), 6 DC in the ring. Turn (7 DC total)
CH 1 (Does not count as a ST), 2 SC in the first DC ST, SC in the next 2 DC in the fourth DC, complete (SC, CH 1, SC). (place a stitch marker in the CH 1 SP). SC in the next 2 STs, 2 SC in the top ST of the previous row CH 3. Turn (10 SC & 1 CH SP)
See the Charts Below for the Color Changes.
The Yarn Does Not Change Color Until Row 8.
CH 3 (Counts as a DC), DC in the same ST, SK 1, 2 DC in the next ST, SK 1, 2 DC in the next ST. In the CH 1 SP work (DC, CH 1, DC) (add the stitch marker to the CH 1 SP) 2 DC in the next ST, SK 1, 2 DC in the next ST, SK 1, 2 DC in the last ST. Turn (14 DC, 1 CH SP)
CH 1 (Does not count as a ST), 2 SC in the first DC ST, SC in each DC ST to the center CH 1 SP then work (SC, CH 1, SC). Continue to SC in each ST across ending with 2 SC in the top ST of the previous row CH 3. Turn. (18 SC, 1 CH) Make sure to keep moving the stitch marker in the middle stitch.
Rows 5-8 are the Repeat Rows Throughout This Crochet Pattern
CH 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in the same ST, DC in each ST across to the middle CH SP, then work 5 DC in the CH SP. Continue working a DC in each ST ending with 3 DC in the last SC. Turn (27 DC)
CH 1 (Does not count as a ST), 2 SC in the first ST, SC in each ST to the middle DC of the previous row (5 DC Section). On the middle ST work, (SC, CH 1, SC). Continue working a SC in each ST across ending with 2 SC in the top ST of the previous row CH 3. Turn (30 SC, 1 CH SP)
Make sure to keep moving the stitch marker in the middle stitch.
CH 3 (Counts as DC), DC in same ST [SK 1, 2 DC in the next ST] repeat between [ ] across to the CH 1 SP, then work (CH 1, DC in CH 1 SP, CH 1) Continue working [2 DC, SK 1] repeat between [ ] across ending with 2 DC in the last ST. Turn (33 DC, 2 CH SP)
Join the Surf color yarn; do not cut off the Moss color just yet as that will be used again in row 9.
CH 1, 2 SC in the first ST, SC in each ST across working (SC, CH 1, SC) in the center DC of the previous row. Then continue working a SC in each ST across ending with 2 SC in the last ST. Turn (38 SC, 1 CH SP)
Repeat rows 5-8.
Color, Rows, and Stitch Count Charts
See the chart for the yarn color changes and the stitch count for each row.
Lines 1-20 showing the color, repeat row, and stitch count
Color, repeat row, and stitch count for rows 21-44
Color, repeat row, and stitch count for rows 45-66
Join the Surf color yarn.
CH 1, SC in the same ST [CH 2, SK 2, SC in the next ST]. Repeat between [ ] to the center CH 1 SP. Then work (SC, CH 1, SC). Then continue working [CH 2, SK 2, SC in the next ST] repeat across ending with a SC in the last ST.
Still using the Surf color yarn:
(Complete a Picot Stitch, which is CH 3, SL ST back into the same ST). Work [2 SC in the previous row CH 2 SP, SC in the SC SP, Picot ST]. Repeat between [ ] to the center CH SP. Then work a (SC, Picot ST, SC). Continue working [2 SC in the previous row CH 2 SP, SC in the SC SP, Picot ST]. Repeat across to the end. In the last ST, work a Picot ST.
Weave in yarn ends.
Remove the excess yarn.
Videos of the Northern Lakes Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern
Right hand video for rows 1-8 and the final two rows for the border
Left hand video for rows 1-8 and the final two rows for the border
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has worked in restaurants for many years. Her many crochet patterns and quilt patterns are enjoyed by many. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.