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 with a more complicated project to keep the crochet spark alive.
You can find the free pattern below.
Reasons to Love the Witching Hour Shawl
Let’s treat ourselves to the Witching Hour Crochet Shawl. It’s a light weight scarf that is perfect for the warmer weather; it uses a simple stitch to draw attention to the colour of the yarn; and it 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 450 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.
Pin this Shawl Pattern for Later – Here!
You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Ad-Free Printable PDF of this pattern on Ravelry HERE! This 8 page PDF includes the complete pattern, photo tutorials, and step-by-step pictures, so you can follow along on paper, highlight, and make notes.
- Width: 51″
- Height of Triangle: 17.5″
Customizing the Size of your Scarf:
The width and height of the scarf increase with each row. To make the scarf smaller or larger than the original pattern, repeat Row 3, until satisfied with the size of your scarf.
Other Crochet Patterns You’ll Love:
- The Willow Wall Hanging
- The Cloud 9 Infinity Scarf
- The Easy Knit-Like Cowl & Infinity Scarf
- The Vintage Jean Tube Scarf
- St(s) – stitch/stitches
- Ch – chain
- YO – yarn over
- Sp – space
- Sk – skip
- Dc-cl – 2 double crochet cluster (see stitch tutorial below)
-  – Repeat instructions inside these brackets
- Rs – right side
- Ws – wrong side
Gauge Swatch (4″ x 4″):
The final swatch should measure approx. 4” x 4” unblocked. The beginning ch 2 does not count as a st.
- Ch 13
- Row 1: Dc in third ch from hook, and in each ch across (11 dc). Turn.
- Rows 2 – 6: Ch 2, dc in each st across (11 dc). Turn.
Trouble with Gauge?
- If your gauge swatch is too small, try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook, until you meet the gauge.
- If your gauge swatch is too big, try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook, until you meet the gauge.
2 Double Crochet Cluster Stitch (Dc-Cl)
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.
Note: Each cluster will be made in a ch-sp, except for the first and last st of each row.
Step 1: YO, and insert hook into the indicated sp / st.
Step 2: YO, and draw up a loop. There should be 3 loops on the hook.
Step 3: YO, and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook. There should be 2 loops remaining.
Step 4: YO, and insert hook into the same sp / st. YO, and draw up a loop. There should be 4 loops on the hook.
Step 5: YO, and pull through the first 2 loops. There should be 3 loops remaining.
Step 6: YO, and pull through the remaining 3 loops on the hook. You’re done!
- The shawl increases by 2 dc-cl sts, on each side of the center ch-2 sp, every row.
- Odd numbered rows are considered the Rs, and even numbered rows are considered the Ws.
- The beginning ch of each row does NOT count as a st.
- Stitch counts are given at the end of each row in <>.
Make a MR.
Row 1 (Rs): In the MR, [ch 2, dc-cl] 4 times; pull the yarn tail tight to close the MR. Turn. <2 dc-cl on each side of the center ch-2 sp>
Tip: Mark the center ch-2 sp (between the second and third dc-cl) with a stitch marker (or safety pin).
Row 2 (Ws): Ch 1, (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in first st, ch 1, dc-cl in first 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. <4 dc-cl on each side of the center ch-2 sp>
Row 3 (Rs): Ch 1, (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in first st, ch 1, [dc-cl, ch 1] in each ch-sp until 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 the last st; (dc-cl, ch 2, dc-cl) in last st. Turn. <6 dc-cl on each side of the center ch-2 sp>
Rows 4 – 24: Repeat Row 3. Each side of the center ch-2 sp will increase by 2 dc-cl every row. Row 24 has 48 dc-cl on each side of the center ch-2 sp.
To make your shawl smaller/larger, repeat Row 3 until you are satisfied with the size of your shawl.
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!
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Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!