We’ve finally had some lovely sunshine here in the UK and so this week I’m going all summery and sharing my Vintage Lace Shawl pattern. It’s perfect for late spring days and summer evenings. I’ve worn it to a wedding too and had so many comments on it!
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I originally designed this shawl for Simply Crochet magazine quite a number of years ago (way back for issue 8!) and am so pleased to share it with you now. It’s effortlessly easy to wear and I love it so much I have a few in different colours!
It consists of 5 lace panels in different sizes that are edged, then joined, followed by a delicate edging around the whole thing and then finally a big old fringe at each short end to finish. It sounds complicated but I promise it’s much easier than it seems, once you’ve mastered the main stitch pattern you’re there.
My favourite version of this shawl is made with King Cole Giza 4ply 100% cotton but you can use any 4ply cotton that you enjoy working with. You’ll need around 300g for the shawl.
Along with the yarn you will also need:
A 3.5mm/E crochet hook
The finished shawl measures 48cm by 180cm (including fringe)
2 stitch pattern repeats = 8cm
13 rows of stitch pattern = 10cm
Glossary/Abbreviations: Standard UK terms (Standard US terms):
ch(s) – chain(s)
sk – skip
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitches
ss – slip stitch
dc – double crochet (sc – single crochet)
tr – treble (dc – double crochet)
dtr – double treble (tr – treble)
ch3-picot – ch3, ss into the first of the chains just worked
3tr-Cl (3dc-Cl) – (yarn over hook, insert into space/st indicated, yarn over hook and pull up loop, yarn over hook and draw through 2 loop) 3 times inserting the hook in the same place each time, yarn over hook and draw through all loops on hook.
The shawl is made from five separate lace panels with the largest in the centre. The two of the second size are joined to this and the two of the third size join to the ends. Each panel has a small edging on the row edges being joined together, and then the entire shawl has a border to finish.
Each panel is a repeat of the same pattern but with a different size foundation chain, all with a multiple of 12+3. For Panel 1 use 75ch, for Panel 2 use 51ch and for Panel 3 use 39ch.
Make one of Panel 1, two of Panel 2 and two of Panel 3. The panels will then be laid out and joined as follows:
Foundation chain: ch75, 51, 39 (depending on which panel you are making)
Row 1: RS – 2tr/dc in 3rd ch from hook, *sk2, dc/sc in next, ch5, sk5, dc/sc in next, sk2, 5tr/dc in next, rep from * ending last rep with 3tr/dc in last ch, [72,48,36]
Row 2: ch1, dc/sc, *ch5, dc/sc in next ch5-sp, ch5, dc/sc in 3rd of next 5tr/dc group, repeat from * ending last rep with dc/sc in top of ch3.
Row 3: *ch5 (counts as st and ch2 1st time), dc/sc in next ch5-sp, 5tr/dc in next dc/sc, dc/sc in next ch5-sp, rep from * ending with a ch2, tr/dc in last st.
Row 4: ch1, dc/sc, *ch5, dc/sc in 3rd of next 5tr/dc group, ch5, dc/sc in next ch5-sp, rep from * ending with dc/sc in 3rd ch of start ch.
Row 5: ch3 (counts as st), 2tr/dc in same place, *dc/sc in next ch5-sp, ch5, dc/sc in next ch5-sp, 5tr/dc in next dc/sc, rep from * ending last rep with 3tr/dc in last dc/sc instead of 5tr/dc.
Rows 2-5 form the pattern. Repeat the pattern 10 more times. Fasten off.
Foundation Row and Row 1:
Stitch Pattern Swatch:
Work this edging along both row end side of Panel 1 and 2. On the two Panel 3 pieces, which will be at either end of the shawl, work the edging on the right hand side of one piece and the left hand side of the other piece, leaving unworked the edges that will be the outside short ends of the shawl to attach your tassels to.
With RS facing, join yarn at bottom corner.
Row 1: ch1, dc/sc, 78dc/sc evenly along side 
Row 2: ch1, dc/sc, *ch2, sk2, dc/sc in next, rep from * to end.
Row 3: ch4 (counts as st and ch), tr/dc in 1st ch2-sp, *ch2, tr/dc in next ch2-sp, rep from * to last ch2-sp, ch1, tr/dc in last st.
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 but start with ch5 (counts as st and ch2), tr/dc in last ch2-sp, ch2, tr/dc in 3rd of ch3.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
To Join The Panels:
With RS facing, set 2 panels side by side, join yarn in top LH corner of right panel, ch3, ss in top RH corner of left panel from WS. Ch3, ss in next tr/dc of right panel from RS, ch3, ss in next tr/dc of left panel from WS. Continue to end, ending with ss in last st of each panel.
With RS facing, join yarn at the top RH corner.
Round 1: ch1, *dc/sc in each st and ch along the long edge, ch1 for corner, 79dc/sc evenly along shorter side, ch1 for corner, repeat from *, ss in 1st dc/sc to join.
Round 2: ch7 (counts as st and ch3), *sk3, dtr/tr in next, ch3, rep from * to end of edge, dtr/tr in last of edge, ch5, sk ch1 on corner, dtr/tr in next dc/sc, ^ch2, sk2, dtr/tr in next, rep from ^ along short edge, rep process for next long and short edge, ss in 4th of start ch to join.
Round 3: ss into ch3-sp, ch5, *dc/sc in next ch3-sp, (3tr/dcCl, ch2, 3tr/dcCl, ch2, 3tr/dcCl) in next dtr/tr, dc/sc in next ch3-sp, ch5, rep from * to end of long edge, dc/sc in ch5 corner sp, (3tr/dcCl, ch2, 3tr/dcCl, ch2, 3tr/dcCl) in 3rd ch of corner ch5, dc/sc in ch5 corner sp, ch5, rep from * along short side and around, ss in 1st ch5-sp to join.
Round 4: *dc/sc in ch5-sp, ch3, dc/sc in next ch2-sp (between 1st and 2nd Cl), dc/sc in middle Cl, ch3-picot, dc/sc in last Cl, ch3, repeat from * all around, ss in 1st st to join. Fasten off.
To add the fringe:
Add a fringe by cutting lengths of 30cm yarn in groups of 3 (to make a 6 strand fringe) slip knot them through each ch3-sp on the shorter edges of the shawl.