Charming Small Squares Crochet Shawl

Charming Small Squares Crochet Shawl

The array of colors in this Charming Small Squares Crochet Shawl are simply stunning. When you put just the right amount of contrast together in one piece you really do end up with a masterpiece. This crochet shawl pattern is made of 140 squares and joined together following a diagram. Although it looks like you have to be an expert, this design is in fact an easy crochet pattern. The double crochet stitch is used allowing you to work it up quickly.

Difficulty LevelEasy

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • 860-148 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Burgundy 3 balls Note: (A)
  • 865-203 Vanna's Palettes: Earthy 2 balls Note: (B)
  • 865-204 Vanna's Palettes: Charming 2 balls Note: (C)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size J-10 (6 mm)
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
  • Diagram


One Square = about 3 x 3 in. (7.5 x 7.5 cm).

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.



1. Shawl is made from 140 Squares: 5 Squares worked with each color of B and C for a total of 80 Squares and 60 Squares worked with A.
2. Squares are crocheted tog following a diagram.
3. Border is worked around entire outer edge of assembled Shawl.


SQUARES (make 140 – 60 with A and 5 with each color of B and C)
Ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in ring, (ch 1, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – Four 3-dc groups and 4 ch-1 sps.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), (3 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in same ch-1 sp (first corner made), *(4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc) in next ch-1 sp (corner made); rep from * 2 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch – Eight 4-dc groups and 4 corner ch-1 sps.
Fasten off.

From RS, arrange Squares into a rectangle of 20 rows of 7 Squares each, as shown in diagram. B and C Squares should be placed as desired.

Crochet the corners of neighboring Squares tog. When joining Squares along the edges of the Shawl follow the "Join 2 Corners" instructions. For all other Squares, follow the "Join 4 Corners" instructions. All Squares are joined tog using A.
Join 2 Corners: From RS, join A with a sl st in corner of first Square, ch 1, yarn over, insert hook into corresponding corner of neighboring Square and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook, ch 1, sl st in beg ch-1.
Fasten off. Tie securely and weave in ends.
Join 4 Corners: From RS, join A with a sl st in corner of first Square, *ch 1, yarn over, insert hook into corresponding corner of next neighboring Square and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook; rep from * 2 more times, ch 1, sl st in beg ch-1.
Fasten off. Tie securely and weave in ends.


From RS, join A with sl st in sp between 4-dc groups on side of any Square, *ch 5, sc in join between Squares, ch 5, (sc, ch 5, sl st) in next sp between 4-dc groups; rep from * around, working (sc, ch 5, sl st) in each corner; join with sl st in same sp as first sl st.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

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This charming small squares crochet shawl is really different. I have seen granny squares used in almost any way you can imagine. I would have loved to see this in a different picture to see the assembly laid flat. It almost looks like the shawl has a cowl.

Very colorful shawl. I have never seen squares connected together at just the corners before. But I was thinking wow when I saw that this project needs 140 squares. Connecting the squares at only the corners will really cut down on the sewing together time. I also only leaned about Vannas Palettes from the comments. Did not know that info, but glad to have the knowledge now for future use.

I learned something new by reading the comments below. I too thought that there are way more than two colors in the finished product. Then I learned that Vanna's Palettes are groups of yarns put together as a set... that would explain the math and the number of squares not adding up! I guess I have not seen this yarn at the store. However, this shawl is amazingly beautiful, as is. This is the type of project that is a favorite of mine. Mini granny squares are so FUN to make!

Wow. What a lovely shawl. i never imagined the squares to be assembled in this manner. It is so gorgeous. And the colors used are very warm earth tones. Perfect wear at home this cold season. The colors can be changes according to the season. Thanks MLuth.

Correction Submitted too soon. "The colors can be changed according to the season." Thanks for giving us a very organized pattern complete with diagrams.

Please clarify the materials, as there are clearly more than 3 colors in the shawl in the photo. The math doesn't add up, either, as 5 squares each of colors B and C do not equal 80 squares.

Hi MaryAnn, The Vanna's Palette's are sets of mini balls of yarn, so the Earthy and the Charming Palettes each contain 8 individual colors. What the instructions are saying is that you make 5 squares of each color of B and of C. 8 colors per pack, 16 total colors. 16x5 = 80 ) Hope that helps!

not sure why it would not let me print the normal way I copied and printed that way.

I would like to have more detail about joining the squares. Is each square worked completely, both rows, and then joined. When joining, how is the yarn carried from corner to corner? Or is it cut off after each corner join? What am I missing?

Can the materials list be clarified? Obviously there are more than 3 colors in this pattern from the picture...thanks.


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