Easy Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern – (FREE!)

Lacy, cozy, stylish…sounds like the perfect shawl to have wrapped around your shoulders, don’t you think? The Eva Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern is a lacy shawl that is perfect for an evening out in the Holiday season!

Keep reading for the free shawl instructions, or purchase a print-friendly PDF version here.

So a few weeks ago I was at Joann’s getting yarn for a specific project…when I spotted a beautiful green-gold yarn sitting at the bottom of a clearance bin.

Was I planning on buying extra yarn?

No, of course not. But, when I saw KC Spark Yarn, I fell in love. I mean, who wouldn’t?

Take a look at the Eva Rectagular Shawl:

easy rectangular crochet shawl pattern

How do you crochet a rectangle shawl?

Rectangle crochet shawls are pretty much the easiest type of shawl you can make. They are made in one piece, either lengthwise or widthwise.

You just start off with a chain of your desired length or width, and then work back and forth in rows!

That’s right, there is no complex shaping involved with rectangle shawls. They are very easy to make.

And this pattern is especially easy – because it just uses chains, single crochets, and double crochets!

easy rectangular crochet shawl pattern

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Rectangular crochet shawl dimensions

Probably the only tricky thing about crocheting a rectangle shawl is figuring out the dimensions.

When I got the idea for the Eva Shawl, I started researching rectangle shawl sizing, and let me tell you: there was not a whole lot of information out there.

As I looked at different patterns, though, I started to see some common themes.

From what I can tell, the most common size for a crochet rectangle shawl is 72″ long by 18″ wide. There are many patterns written to this size, and it seems to fit most people.

Now that said, I am all about having options. So I decided to size the Eva shawl with a small, medium, and large size.

The medium size is the closest to the standard (74″ by 20″). The instructions for this size are available for free below.

The small and large size are premium upgrades (so they are only available in the PDF version of the pattern).

Just to be clear: you can easily work from the free version and make adjustments as you need it. But if you do like the small or large size and you want to be able to follow a pattern to the T, I wanted to have that option available for you.

Purchase & Print this Crochet Pattern Right Here!

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Easy Rectangle Crochet Shawl Pattern

With those things in mind, let’s jump into the shawl pattern!

Explanation: Meet the Eva Shawl! This thick yet lacy rectangle shawl will keep you both stylish and warm in the cool weather. The design features a beautiful thick/thin yarn with metallic gold running through it, making it perfect for Christmas!

open stitch crochet shawl pattern

Materials:

  • KC Spark Yarn (99% acrylic, 1% polyester, 284 yds / 260 m, 7 oz / 200 g) 3 balls Olive Gold
  • Or a similar #5 bulky weight yarn (see notes for more info)
  • J/6mm crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle
  • Steam blocking materials (blocking mats, steamer or iron, pins)

Gauge:

3 ch-6 sps BLOCKED = 4” long

4 rows (1 pattern repeat of rows 2-5) BLOCKED = 2.5” tall

The stitch pattern must be stretched quite a lot to see it in all its beauty. The final shawl size is highly dependent on blocking. For this reason, blocking a swatch is very important!

See the photo below for an example of measuring this stitch pattern accurately.

crochet shawl gauge

Notes:

  1. Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as a dc.
  2. Ch 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as a sc.
  3. If you can get your hands on some KC Spark yarn, I highly recommend using it rather than substituting as this yarn is very unique. If you do have to substitute, I would recommend choosing a soft #5 bulky weight yarn. Although KC Spark is marketed as a worsted weight yarn, it turns out more like a bulky weight project due to the thick/thin texture. 
  4. If you prefer to ignore gauge since this pattern is not a garment that needs to fit, go right ahead – just know you will have to guess as far as the finished size of your shawl. You can adjust the length by using a multiple of 4 for your starting chain number. 

Measurements/Sizing: 

Small: 64” long by 17.5” wide (available only in the premium pattern)

Medium: 74” long by 20” wide 

Large: 84” long by 22.5” wide (available only in the premium pattern)

Note: the medium size is what I would call a “one size fits most.” It is the size I am wearing in the picture, but it could easily fit larger people as well.

If you are unsure what size to choose, try marking or folding a blanket or sheet to the various measurements and wrapping it around yourself.

You can also decide to choose a size based on length, and then adjust the width to your desired size by changing up the number of rows.

Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.) 

Chain – ch

Slip stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Space(s) – sp(s)

Double crochet – dc

Repeat – rep

Skip – sk

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Beginning – beg

Beginner Rectangle Crochet Shawl Instructions

Chain 224.

Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and each ch across, turn. 223 sc

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next st. (Ch 6, sk 3 sts, sc in next st) 54 times. Ch 6, sk 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn. 55 ch-sps

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Sc in next ch-6 sp. (Ch 6, sc in next ch-6 sp) 54 times. Dc in last 2 dc, turn. 54 ch-sps

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next dc. (Ch 6, sk sc, sc in next ch-6 sp) 54 times. Ch 6, sk last sc, dc in last 2 dc, turn. 55 ch-sps

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in next dc. (3 dc in next ch-6 sp, dc in next sc) 54 times. 3 dc in last ch-6 sp. Dc in last 2 dc, turn. 223 dc

Rep rows 2-5 until you have 7 sections of mesh completed – for a total of 29 rows. Then, repeat rows 2-4 once more.

Next Row: Ch 1, sc in next 2 dc. (3 sc in next ch-6 sp, sc in next sc) 54 times. 3 sc in last ch-6 sp. Sc in last 2 dc, fasten off. 223 sc

Last Row: Ch 1, sc all the way across. Fasten off. 

Finishing:

  • Steam block your shawl to the finished measurements. I had to block mine in 3 different sections because my mats were not long enough for the whole thing. Below is a picture of one section being blocked. After I steamed this, I took out the pins and moved 2 mats down to the other end to continue steaming the next section. 
  • Weave in all ends.

Video Tutorial

Need some extra help with the stitch pattern of this shawl? Check out the video tutorail for a step-by-step demonstration.

Styling a Rectangle Crochet Wrap

Now that you’ve finished your shawl, let’s talk about how to style it! I came up with 4 different ways to wear this shawl (but I’m sure there are even more options too!)

1. The Simple Wrap

Probably the most common way to style a rectanglular shawl is by doing a simple wrap. Just throw the rectangle over your shoulders, leaving just enough draping down the front that you still have excess in the back after wrapping.

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2. The Twisted Wrap

One fun way to mix up the standard wrap is by throwing a twist in! Just twist the rectangle before draping it over your shoulder, as shown below.

easy rectangular crochet shawl pattern

3. Hooded Scarf

I don’t have a picture for this one, but it is a great idea! This shawl is definitely long and wide enough to wear as a hooded scarf. Just place the center of the shawl over your head and drape one end over the opposite shoulder.

4. The Double Twist

Last but not least, if your shawl is long enough you can create a fun twist in the front! To get this look, start by draping the shawl around both shoulders so that it is even on both sides. Take one side and bring it up to drape over the opposite shoulder diagonally. Repeat for the other side, going over the drape just made.

easy crochet shawl pattern

Questions About Rectangular Crochet Shawls

How wide should a crochet rectangle shawl be?

The most common width I have observed for crochet rectangles shawls is 18″. However, you can choose a variety of different widths to fit your preference! The main thing is not going so small so that it feels like a scarf, or so large that it feels like a blanket. Between 16-24″ is a good target to shoot for.

How many skeins of yarn do you need for a shawl?

This will entirely depend on what yarn you are using and what shawl you are making! Always be sure to check your chosen pattern for yarn details. This will entirely depend on what yarn you are using and what shawl you are making! Always be sure to check your chosen pattern for yarn details.

How do you start a crochet shawl?

For rectangle shawls, you will start off with a row of either chains or foundation single crochet. Then, you will begin to work back and forth in rows.

How many chains do you need?

The number of starting chains you need will depend on the stitch pattern you are using. The Eva Shawl calls for a multiple of 4 chains when starting.

rectangle crochet wrap pattern

Conclusion

So there you have it…a beautiful rectangle crochet shawl pattern that is perfect for an elegant evening or even a Christmas Eve service! Rectangular shawls are so fun to wear since there are so many styling options. I hope you loved this crochet pattern as much as I loved designing it!

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