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Irish Crochet Shawl

Irish Crochet Shawl
Irish Crochet Shawl
This image courtesy of lionbrand.com

Wrap yourself up in elegance with this Irish Crochet Shawl. This particular crochet shawl pattern is ideal for the experienced crocheter, as it is worked in 10 motfis that are joined together as you work. Each motif measures about 11 inches by 11 inches, and the shawl measures approximately 22 inches by 55 inches when complete. This is a timeless crochet design that is great for keeping the chill off your shoulders anytime of the year.

Notes:
1. Shawl is made of 10 Motifs that are joined into a rectangle of 2 rows with 5 Motifs in each row.
2. Motifs are worked in joined rounds, with RS always facing. Do not turn at the ends of rounds.
3. After working the First Motif, remaining Motifs are joined while working the last round (Rnd 8). No sewing is required.
4. The Second Motif is joined to the picots of the First Motif across one edge. Hold the First and Second motifs together with WS of Motifs together, sts matching, and RS of Second Motif facing you.
5. You will be joining Motifs 3-5 to form a strip of 5 Motifs. Motif 6 will be joined alongside one end of this strip. As you finish each Motif, determine which picots need to be joined to picots of neighboring Motifs. You may wish to place stitch markers in the picots of the neighboring Motifs to be joined. Hold this Motif and neighboring Motif(s) with WS of Motifs together, sts matching, and RS of this Motif facing you.

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Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeOne Motif = About 11 x 11 in. (28 x 28 cm)

Finished SizeAbout 22 x 55 in. (56 x 139.5 cm)

Materials List

  • LION BRAND® VANNA'S GLAMOUR® (Art. #861) - #146 Jewel 4 balls or color of your choice
  • LION BRAND® crochet hook size G-6 (4.25 mm)
  • LION BRAND® stitch markers
  • LION BRAND® large-eyed blunt needle

Pattern

First Motif

  1. Ch 6; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

  2. Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 5 (counts as first dc and ch-2), *dc in ring, ch 2; rep from * 10 more times; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 12 dc and 12 ch-2 sps at the end of this rnd.

  3. Rnd 2: (Sc, ch 1, 2 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-2 sp around; join with sl st in first sc – 12 petals at the end of this rnd.

  4. Rnd 3: BPSLST around beg ch of Rnd 1, ch 6 (counts as first BPDC and ch-3), *BPDC around next dc of Rnd 1, ch 3; rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 12 BPDC and 12 ch-3 sps at the end of this rnd.

  5. Rnd 4: (Sc, ch 1, 2 dc, 3 tr, 2 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-3 sp around; join with sl st in first sc – 12 petals at the end of this rnd.

  6. Rnd 5: Sl st in each st to center tr of first petal, ch 7 (counts as first dc and ch-4 sp), (dc, ch 9, dc) in center tr of next petal, ch 4, (dc, ch 11, dc) in center tr of next petal (corner made), ch 4, *(dc, ch 9, dc, ch 4) in center tr of each of next 2 petals, (dc, ch 11, dc) in center tr of next petal, ch 4; rep from * around, dc in same tr as beg, ch 9; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 4 ch-11 sps, 8 ch-9 sps, and 12 ch-4 sps at the end of this rnd. Fasten off.

  7. Corner Leaves: From RS, join yarn with sl st in any ch-11 sp, ch 7, *Cl in same ch-sp (leaf made), ch 4, sl st in top of Cl just made (picot made), ch 6; rep from * 3 more times, sl st in same ch-11 sp. Fasten off. Work Corner Leaves in remaining three ch-11 sps.

  8. Rnd 6: From RS, join yarn in any ch-9 sp of Rnd 5 that follows a corner, ch 10 (counts as dc, ch 7), *(dc, ch 9, dc) in next ch-9 sp, sc in first picot of next group of corner leaves, ch 11, sc in next picot of corner, ch 13, sc in next picot of corner, ch 11, sc in last picot of corner, (dc, ch 9, dc) in next ch-9 sp, ch 7; rep from * 2 more times, (dc, ch 9, dc) in next ch-9 sp, sc in first picot of next corner leaves, ch 11, sc in next picot of corner, ch 13, sc in next picot of corner, ch 11, sc in last picot of corner, dc in same ch-9 sp as beg, ch 4, tr in 3rd ch of beg ch (last ch-4 and tr count as ch-9 sp) – 8 ch-11 sps, 8 ch-9 sps, 4 ch-7 sps, and 4 corner ch-13 sps at the end of this rnd.

  9. Rnd 7: *Ch 10, sc in next ch-9 sp, ch 8, sc in next ch-11 sp, ch 11, (dc, ch 6, dc) in next ch-13 sp (corner made), ch 11, sc in next ch-11 sp, ch 8, sc in next ch-9 sp; rep from * around; join with sl st in first ch of beg ch – 8 ch-11 sps, 4 ch-10 sps, 8 ch-8 sps, and 4 corner ch-6 sps at the end of this rnd.

  10. Rnd 8: *(5 sc, picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (2 sc, picot, 3 sc, picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6 sp, (6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Second Motif

  1. Ch 6; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

  2. Work Rnds 1-7 of First Motif. Fasten off.

  3. Rnd 8 (Joining Rnd): From RS, join yarn with sl st in any corner ch-6 sp, *(2 sc, picot, 3 sc, ch 2, sl st in corresponding picot of First Motif, ch 2, sl st in last sc made (joining-picot made), 2 sc) in same corner ch-6 sp, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (5 sc, joining-picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (2 sc, joining-picot, 3 sc, picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6 sp, *(6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (5 sc, picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp**, (2 sc, picot, 3 sc, picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Motifs 3-6

  1. Ch 6; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

  2. Work Rnds 1-7 of First Motif. Fasten off.

  3. Rnd 8 (2-edge joining rnd): From RS, join yarn with sl st in any corner ch-6 sp, (2 sc, picot, 3 sc, joining-picot made, 2 sc) in same corner ch-6 sp, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (5 sc, joining-picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (2 sc, joining-picot, 3 sc, joining-picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (5 sc, joining-picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, joining-picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, joining-picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (2 sc, joining-picot, 3 sc, picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6, *(6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (5 sc, picot, 5 sc) in next ch-10 sp, (4 sc, picot, 4 sc) in next ch-8 sp, (6 sc, picot, 6 sc) in next ch-11 sp**, (2 sc, picot, 3 sc, picot, 2 sc) in next corner ch-6 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

History of Irish Crochet

Irish crochet, as seen in this Irish Crochet Shawl, is a type of crochet that was developed in the middle of the 19th century in Ireland as a way of imitating the expensive Venitian lace styles of the time. Irish crochet is worked up in little motifs that are then joined with mesh stitches to form lace, unlike the rows and rounds construction that are popular with most forms of crochet. It's typically made with a fine steel hook and very fine yarn and was originally used to make collars, trims and gowns. Over time, though, Irish crochet has evolved and is now seen everywhere, from bags and tops to dresses, jewelry and crochet shawl patterns. Due to it's piece-by-piece construction, each motif can range in difficulty and complexity, so a wide variety of Irish crochet projects can be seen. 

Abbreviations

BPDC (Back Post Double Crochet)
Yo, insert hook from back to front then to back, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Skip st in front of the BPDC.
BPSLST (Back Post Slip Stitch)
Insert hook from back to front then to back, going around post of indicated st, draw loop around st and through loop on hook.
CL (Cluster)
(Yarn over) 2 times, insert hook in indicated ch-sp and draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, (yarn over) 2 times, insert hook in same ch-sp and draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
Picot
Ch 4, sl st in last sc or Cl made.
Joining-picot
Ch 2, sl st in corresponding picot of neighboring Motif, ch 2, sl st in last sc made.
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This Irish Crochet Shawl is perfect for any season of the year, it will depend on how you wear. The finished shawl is triangular in shape so the possibilities are endless. You can do this in any solid color of your choice it's up to you. Thanks for the pattern which is clearly presented. My fellow crocheters will have an easy time doing this. Happy crocheting. Cheers!

I am trying so hard to ignore the Advanced rating of this pattern because I am so determined to wear one. It is quite lovely, the open design is so beautiful and I am so hoping that my very own personal crochet guru, Filly, will be able to get me through making this, lol! If my temperamental PC will allow I will upload a pic once I have made it!

I am not Irish and I am not familiar with Irish crochet or the story / history behind it, but this is a very lovely shawl either way. Thank you for providing the pattern here on this site. It is so much easier than when we have to click to go to an outside site or blog. This pattern could really use some diagrams and pictures of the various steps instead of just the written instructions.

Whether this is traditional Irish crochet or not it is absolutely lovely! As a yarn addict who is forever buying yarn to use at some time in the future, it just so happens that I have a similar yarn in a very nice shade of blue so am going to try using that. Here is holding thumbs that it works.

It may not be the traditional Irish crochet that I was taught as a kid, but this scarf sure is sweet. I think it'd look lovely tucked into a winter coat or worn in a chilly office. Thanks for the free pattern.

I'm not sure where Lion got their definition of Irish Crochet, but this is what I was taught it was.

you have to download the ebook: inside you'll find also the shawl pattern

If you can't get it through the link, head over to Lionbrand.com - they have it on their website. I made this last year and it turned out beautiful!

Hi, i have made the poncho, it turned out beautiful. My daughter loved it. However I am attempting to make the irish crochet shawl, but how does it turn out to be a triangle when it is made in 11x11 squares. I don't see how you put these together in the pattern. Am I missing out on a piece of the pattern. HELP. Pat

Hi, just noticed that you made this irish crochet shawl. Did it turn out like a triangle shawl. I would love to see a photo of it. I am attempting to make one for Christmas for one of my daughters, and I cant see how it can turn out triangle as it is done in 11x11 inch squares. I am from Manchester united kingdom. Please let me know. Many thanks.

ok I have jumped through ALL the hoops - where is the pattern???

why can't I get the pattern for the Irish shawl??????

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