How to crochet shawls & wraps

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How to crochet shawls & wraps
Corcheting a shawl or wrap requires a lot of yarn and patience. (crochet and knitting image by Ivonne Wierink from Fotolia.com)

Crochet has many stitches that look beautiful in a shawl or wrap. The easiest shawl or wrap to start crocheting is an open weave style, which is perfect for a cool spring day. A style like this doesn’t require a pattern, and after you complete your foundation chain, you don’t have to worry about counting stitches. An open weave shawl or wrap is a project that's easy to work on while watching a movie.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 5 to 6 skeins of yarn
  • Crochet hook

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Instructions

    Fishnet Shawl

  1. 1

    Crochet a foundation chain in a multiple of five plus four. Make it as long as you’d like. When you have your desired length, single crochet into the eleventh chain from the hook. Turn your work.

  2. 2

    Chain five, then skip five chains and single crochet in the sixth chain from the hook. Continue chaining five and single crocheting every sixth stitch until you reach the end. You should end with a single crochet in the first chain you made.

  3. 3

    Slip stitch into the first three chains from the previous row. Chain five, then single crochet into the third chain of the chain five from the previous row. Chain five, and slip stitch into the third chain of the next chain five from the previous row. Continue the row, ending with a single crochet in the third chain of the last chain five in the previous row. Turn your work.

  4. 4

    Continue this pattern on every row. You will notice your shawl becoming more triangular as you add rows. The last row will be a single chain five, forming the point of the shawl. Thread in any loose yarn, then try on your shawl.

    Open-weave Wrap

  1. 1

    Crochet a chain of a multiple of two plus one. When you have your desired length, single crochet into the third chain from the hook. Chain one, then skip a chain and single crochet in the next chain. Continue this pattern until you reach the end of the row.

  2. 2

    Finish the row with a single crochet in the last chain, then chain two and turn your work.

  3. 3

    Skip the chain one, and single crochet into the single crochet from the previous row. Chain one, skip the chain one from the previous row, and single crochet into the next single crochet. Continue the pattern.

  4. 4

    Keep adding rows with this pattern until the shawl reaches your desired width. Finish on a single crochet in the last stitch of the row, tie off, and thread in any loose yarn.

Tips and warnings

  • Now that you know how to make simple shawls and wraps, change the stitches. Use Solomon’s Knot for a different look to your fishnet shawl. Use double or triple crochet instead of a single crochet in the wrap, or skip two or three stitches between your single crochets.

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