Hi guys! I’ve been sharing a lot of lengthy blanket patterns, so I wanted to take a break and post about a mindless crochet project that you can create in a few hours: The Witching Hour Crochet Shawl.
Crochet is a creative outlet for many of us. When we pick up our crochet hook and yarn, we can feel our anxiety melt away as our hands create beautiful stitches out of thin air! Crocheting is supposed to be fun, but it is so easy to experience crochet burn out when we move from one never-ending project to the next. If we continue this cycle of long-winded projects, we risk losing our crochet mojo altogether. Balance is the key to controlling crochet burn out. This means that we need to throw some quick and easy projects into the mix of large projects. The opposite holds true too; if you are making a lot of easy projects, you might need to challenge yourself to a more complicated project to keep the crochet spark alive.
Avoid Crochet Burnout with the Witching Hour Crochet Shawl
Let’s treat ourselves to the Witching Hour Crochet Shawl. It’s a light weight scarf that is perfect for the warmer weather; uses a simple stitch to draw attention to the colour of the yarn; and works up within a few hours, so you can finish it in one sitting. This is one of those projects that doesn’t require any counting, so you can throw on your favourite show OR podcast, and crochet away! If you’re already 10 steps ahead, and have started making gifts for the holiday season, then this is a great project for any teen or adult on your list. Did I mention that there are only a couple of ends to weave in? Go ahead and grab a snack, before you settle in to make something amazing!
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- *2 Skeins of Red Heart – Boutique Unforgettable Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 279 yd/ 256 m, 100 g / 3.5 oz) – Dragonfly (used approximately 360 yds for this project)
- *8.0mm crochet hook
- *Yarn Needle
- *Steamer OR Iron with a steam setting (optional)
Yarn Choice & Alternative Yarn Options
Before the quarantine started, I was browsing through Value Village, when I spotted a skein and a half of Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. I snatched it up before I had time to talk myself out of it. This beautiful self-striping yarn is fun to work with because it is light and airy, making it perfect for spring or summer scarves; and it changes colours on it’s own, so there are less ends to weave in at the end of the project – this is the main reason why I love self-striping yarn! For this project, you can use any medium 4 worsted weight yarn, but I highly recommend a thinner medium 4 yarn because it will drastically improve the drape of your piece. The simple design and construction draw attention to the yarn, so this would be a great project for your prettiest or most colourful yarn.
Other Crochet Patterns You’ll Love:
- The Willow Wall Hanging
- The Cloud 9 Ear Warmer
- The Easy Knit-Like Cowl & Infinity Scarf
- The Vintage Jean Tube Scarf
Pin Now, Crochet Later!
- Width: 51″
- Height of Triangle: 17.5″
Making Adjustments to Your Crochet Shawl:
The width and height of the shawl increase with each row. The original pattern calls for crocheting 24 rows, which makes a scarf measuring 51″ wide by 17.5″ in height. If you would like to make your scarf smaller or larger, repeat Row 3, until you are happy with the size of your crochet shawl.
- St(s) – stitch/stitches
- Hk – hook
- Ch – chain
- Sp – space
- Sk – skip
- Dc-cl – 2 double crochet cluster (a cluster made of 2 double crochets)
-  – Repeat instructions inside these brackets
Gauge: Approximately 13 stitches x 6 rows in 4″ x 4″
- Ch 15
- Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hk, and in each ch across. (13 dc)
- Row 2: Ch 1, dc in each st across. Turn. (13 dc)
- Row 3 – 6: Repeat Row 2.
2 Double Crochet Cluster Stitch
I’ve included a photo tutorial below, to guide you through the steps of making a 2 double crochet cluster stitch. However, if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to an excellent tutorial by AllFreeCrochet.
*Each cluster will be made in a chain space.
Step 1: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the space.
Step 2: Yarn over, and draw up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook.
Step 3: Yarn over, and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook. You should have 2 loop remaining.
Step 4: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the same space. Yarn over, and draw up a loop. You should have 4 loops on your hook.
Step 5: Yarn over, and pull through the first 2 loops. You should have 3 loops remaining on your hook.
Step 6: Yarn over, and pull through the remaining 3 loops on your hook. You’re done!
- Each double crochet cluster (dc-cl) is made up of 2 double crochet stitches (tutorial shown above).
- You will be making a (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in the first and last stitch of each row, as well as in the center chain-2 space (a.k.a. the top of the triangle).
- Each side of the triangle increases by 2 dc-cl stitches every row.
- The beginning chain of each row does NOT count as a stitch.
Make a magic ring.
Row 1: In the magic ring, [ch 2, dc-cl] 4 times; pull the yarn tail tight to close the magic ring. Turn. (Stitch Count: 2 dc-cl on each side of the triangle)
Row 2: Ch 1, (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in first st; ch 1, dc-cl in 1st ch-2 sp, ch 1, sk next st; (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in center ch-2 sp; ch 1, sk next st, dc-cl in last ch-2 sp, ch 1; (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in last st. Turn. (Stitch Count: 4 dc-cl on each side of the triangle)
Row 3: Ch 1, (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in first st; ch 1, [dc-cl, ch 1] in each ch-sp until you reach the center ch-2 sp; (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl, ch 1) in center ch-2 sp; [dc-cl, ch 1] in each ch-sp until you reach the last st; (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in last st. Turn. (Stitch Count: 6 dc-cl on each side of the triangle)
Row 4 – 24: Repeat Row 3. (Stitch Count: Each side of the triangle increases by 2 dc-cl every row.)
To make your scarf smaller/larger, repeat Row 3 until you are satisfied with the size of your scarf. Fasten off and weave in ends!
Add Tassels, Fringe or Beads to your Shawl
Now that you’ve finished the crochet shawl, you can choose to keep it simple, or add some accessories to make it pop! I played around with the idea of adding tassels, fringe, or beads to my piece, but I thought that there was something beautiful in the simplicity of this scarf. Please feel free to add your own personal twist on this pattern – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Block your Work:
Blocking your work is optional, but it does improve the drape and look of your stitches. Blocking your work is done by wetting or steaming your crochet piece to allow the stitches to relax, stretch out, and lie flat.
Steamer/Iron Method: Lay your piece flat or vertically (depending on how your steamer works) and move the steamer/iron over your work. Make sure that the steamer/iron is at least 2 inches away from your work. Pull on your piece to straighten it out, and let it dry.
Pin and Spray Method: If you don’t have a steamer or iron, you can use straight pins to stretch and straighten out your work, before lightly spraying it with water. Allow the piece to dry overnight or wait 24 hours before unpinning it.
Congratulations! You’ve made your first Witching Hour Triangle Scarf. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. If you loved this pattern, please share it, so that others can make it too! Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.
Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).
Looking for a New Project?
If you loved this project and are dying to make a new scarf with lots of color, you might like the Easy Knit-Like Cowl and Infinity Scarf. This scarf is crocheted with simple stitches to highlight the color work in the yarn. It is so fun and easy to work up. This is the perfect project to work on while you binge watch some TV or listen to a podcast!
Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!