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Beautiful Bridal Shawl
Beautiful Bridal Shawl

Add a homemade touch to your special day with this Beautiful Bridal Shawl. Use Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread from Red Heart to complete this free crochet shawl pattern. It can be made in ivory or white for the bride, or in any color for a bridesmaid or maid-of-honor. Bamboo thread gives this crochet design beautiful drape and a nice silky sheen.

Intermediate

Crochet HookF/5 or 3.75 mm hook

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

MATERIALS:

  • AUNT LYDIA’S® Iced Bamboo™: 8 balls 3001 Icicle
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook:
    3.75mm [US F-5] (for shawl)
    3.25mm [US D-3] (for flower motifs)
  • Yarn needle

 

SIZE:
Shawl measures 15” (38 cm) wide (from back neck to lower edge) and 86” (218.5 cm) long (across lower edge)

 

GAUGE/TENSION: One flower motif measures 3¾” (9.5 cm) from petal tip to petal tip. Gauge is not critical for this design.

 

NOTES:
1. Flower motifs are worked in joined rounds with right side facing at all times. Motifs are joined using a “join-as-you-go” technique into a long strip.
2. The body of the shawl is worked beginning across one long edge of the flower motif strip.

 

FIRST MOTIF
With smaller hook, ch 5; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 (right side): Ch 7 (counts as dc, ch 4), dc in ring, [ch 4, dc in ring] 5 times, ch 4; join with slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch—7 dc and 7 ch-4 spaces.
Round 2: *(Slip st, ch 5, 7 dtr) in next ch-4 space (petal made), ch 1, work 3 slip sts
evenly spaced down last dtr made; repeat from * around; join with slip st in same ch- space as first petal–7 petals.

NEXT MOTIF
(make and join 22 more)
Work same as first motif through Round 1—7 dc and 7 ch-4 spaces.
Current motif is now completed and joined to the previous motif when working the last two petals. Arrange and join motifs so that there are four petals of each motif across one long edge (lower edge) of strip and three petals of motif across other long edge of strip (top edge).
Round 2 (joining round): *(Slip st, ch 5, 7 dtr) in next ch-4 space (petal made), ch 1, work 3 slip sts evenly spaced down last dtr made; repeat from * 4 more times to make 5 petals; hold current motif and previous motif with wrong sides together and sts matching, following sts are worked into the current motif except when sts of the previous motif are explicitly indicated: (slip st, ch 5, 7 dtr) in next ch-4 space, ch 1, slip st in corresponding dtr of previous motif, ch 1, work 3 slip sts evenly spaced down last dtr made, (slip st, ch 5, slip st in next dtr of previous motif, 7 dtr) in next ch-4 space, ch 1, work 3 slip sts evenly spaced down last dtr made; join with slip st in same ch-space as first petal.

SHAWL:
Row 1: With larger hook and right side of flower motif strip facing, join yarn with slip st in top of beginning ch-5 of first petal of top edge. Note: The first petal of the top edge is the first of the three petals at the top of the first motif. The third of the top three petal of the first motif is joined to the 2nd motif. Ch 7, slip st in last dtr of same petal, ch 7, slip st in top of beginning ch-5 of next petal, ch 7, slip st in last dtr of same petal, ch 7, slip st in top of beginning ch-5 of next petal (third petal at top edge of first motif), *ch 7, slip st in last dtr of first petal of next motif, ch 7, slip st in top of beginning ch-5 of next petal, ch 7, slip st in last dtr of same petal, ch 7, slip st in top of beginning ch-5 of next petal; repeat from * across top edge, ch 7, slip st in last dtr of last petal of top edge, turn.
Row 2: Ch 7 (counts as tr, ch 3), slip st in first ch-space, *ch 7, slip st in next ch-space; repeat from * across, ch 3, tr in last slip st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 5, skip first ch-3 space, (dtr, ch 3, dtr) in each ch-space across to last ch-space, dtr in last ch-space, turn.
Row 4: Ch 5, (dtr, ch 3, dtr) in each ch-space across, dtr in top of turning ch,, turn.
Rows 5–7: Ch 5, (dtr, ch 2, dtr) in each chspace across, dtr in top of turning ch, turn.
Rows 8–11: Ch 4, (tr, ch 2, tr) in each chspace across, tr in top of turning ch, turn.
Rows 12–14: Ch 4, (tr, ch 1, tr) in each chspace across, tr in top of turning ch, turn.
Rows 15 and 16: Ch 3 (counts as dc), (dc, ch 1, dc) in each ch-space across, dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 17: Ch 1, sc in each dc across skipping all ch-1 spaces. Fasten off.


FINISHING
Weave in ends.

 

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This is gorgeous. A bride wearing this in a Spring or Summer wedding would really be the center of attention. I know that some of the posters seem unable to work this. It takes some experience, patience and being able to understand written directions without the aid of pictures. When I first started crocheting it was all just written. Pictures are a luxury not a necessity.

Im sure this shawl is lovely, but this presentation of the pattern is so disappointing. The project is rated as Intermediate, but there are no photos or videos to help guide the crafter. It would be really helpful since this requires the flower motifs to be worked as you go. Granted that a lot of truly vintage patterns are text only, thats not necessary in this day and age. A link to the original Red Heart posting would be nice, too.

Leave a comment...I am having a very hard time understanding the instructions for Row 2 on the shawl. it makes no sense to me for moving on to row 3 was wondering if I am missing something or just the way it is worded that I am not understanding. Any help from someone who has previously made this that could clarify it for me would be appreciated. I need to have this made and in Texas for a wedding in September. Thank You. My email is terioconnor24@gmail.com please feel free to email me with HELP !!!!!

Not the easiest pattern that I have made and certainly not for a beginner, it would benefit from some images showing how to join the flower motifs as I just couldn't understand it at all and ended up just making all the flowers and then stitching them together afterwards, as the shawl is made by crocheting along the flowers I found that this did not affect the finished look of the shawl. It is stunning and I wore for a family wedding where I got lots of compliments and people asking me where I had purchased it from, they were amazed when I told them it was made from a free pattern.

on youtube there are tutorials how to join flowers https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=sab9W8YSmyc

I can't get past the first motif. The instructions are not very clear.

Stunning shawl! As a crocheter for over 35 years and a quilter for 25+, I appreciate the artistic differences between handmade, one of a kind items versus a the more homey version of 'homemade'. Those of us who invest extensive amounts of time in handmade items value this beyond monetary value. I now sell some of my original works and because purchasers have established a value, documented in sales slips, my insurance company has evidence of value should something happen.

I was going to try this for a wedding next February, but having read some of the responses I am not so sure. I would agree about handmade rather than homemade. I make many hand crafted items, and do not consider any of them to be homemade as I pride myself on my work.

I have just begun the pattern for the shawl and found that there must be a mistake in the gauge measurement as written. Even using a crochet needle two sizes larger results in only a flower 3" in diameter, not the 3 3/4" mentioned in the pattern. One of the reasons I decided to make the pattern was the size of the shawl. Now I'm not sure I have enough thread of the same dye lot to finish it to the size I want.

Is there a tutorial or pictures to help with the joining of the motifs. I am an experience crocheter. I sell at craft shows, but I am not understanding these instructions.

The lingo for the flower motif just reads as complicated! I agree with the others a diagram or video would be so much easier to understand. As some of us are fairly new to making these lovely items. Thank you for the free patterns tho, I certainly enjoy learning crochet threw your site and would love to be able to make this shawl.

After attending a very chilly outdoor wedding, I will be making one of these for a shower gift for bride and her two bridesmaids. Is it possible to get the directions for this without the flower border? The motifs will clash with the wedding dress, but the openwork shawl with a plain border would be lovely. All I really need are the number of stitches long the original floral border is. Thank you

I agree with the comment about calling crafts items handmade instead of homemade. I have experienced this with the loss of some jewelry and jewelry-making supplies during a natural disaster. The claims adjuster said that something that's made in a small cottage-scale production manner (using machinery or mass production methods) will not be compensated in the same way as a handcrafted, individually made piece of jewelry. It's the difference between an artisanal operation and small-scale production operation. Very valid point that all craftspeople should bear in mind. I wish there were videos of these complex patterns. Verbal descriptions leave me cold because the lingo of crochet is so hard to understand and visualize. Diagrams would help. Some of us just have to see it done, or the directions never make sense and we give up and pick an easier project. MORE VIDEOS, please!

beautiful shawl. Why don't you make diagrams instead of written instructions? Diagrams are easier to understand for me, besides they clarify written instructions.

As an insurance agent, I would recommend against calling a item "homemade." Instead, label pieces you've made as "handmade." It may seem to be a minor difference, but it isn't. In the event of a loss, the insurance value of a "handmade" garment or anything else will often be higher than that of something that's homemade.

maureenjsmith- I have many talented needlework friends and I found your comment to be very valuable. May I repeat your comment on my fb page? Thank you!

Interesting. Very helpful to those of us who have many varied interest and therefore have many different "handmade" items. Thanks, but hope I never have to use it. Even insurance cannot replace the many hours labored over some of the items.

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