Friday, December 5, 2008

it's just a triangle

This shawl pattern came about after I saw a fabulous simple shawl, made by another crochet fanatic. I'm not usually into shawls (although I can feel that changing) but I loved the simplicity of this particular one.

Now I don't mind paying for patterns... but in this particular instance I was NOT paying $7... I mean to say... IT'S JUST A TRIANGLE!!!!

I won't be telling you how much yarn you will need... or what size hook to use. I can tell you that I used my crazy yarn and a 6.0mm hook for my shawl. When I worked up the shawl for my daughter, I dropped down to a 5.0mm hook, which I think I prefer. But this is YOUR shawl... use whatever YOU like.

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a progress shot of my shawl... using 6.0mm hook

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and my daughter's shawl using a 5.0mm hook

THE PATTERN:

you are starting at the centre top of the shawl, and will be working back and forth in rows, turning your work as you go

start with an adjustable ring

row 1 - ch3, 2dc, ch2 (this forms the 'point') 3dc... tighten your ring... ch3 and turn

row 2 - 2dc into the first space between the dcs of the previous row, continue to dc into each space until you reach the 'point' of the shawl... 2dc, ch2, 2dc... then continue to dc into each space until you reach the end, working 3dc into the final space... ch3 and turn

repeat row 2 until you are happy with the size of your triangle! easy

since this is a free pattern, it has not been tested... if you find any errors, please let me know

there are progress shots below... I haven't put any captions on them, but they should help you to visualise the pattern

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56 comments:

MORGAN said...

I like it very much, I love scrap stuff anyway

MORGAN said...

(it reminds me of the Sezession on Ravelry, I'm addicted, but his seems even quicker, so I'm definitely gonna try it)

Erika said...

Gosh, I have to say, I just adore your ideas, your great sense of invention and my goodness me your fingers must fly as you make all these wonderful projects!

Thank you so much for helping me to make an original and recycled Christmas for my friends and family.

R2K said...

Very pretty : )

Sicilian said...

Your pictures were outstanding. I don't read patterns very well so seeing it really helps.
Ciao

Crafty Gardener said...

What a lovely shawl ... I'm into them now and have 2 for myself and have made a couple for friends. Thanks for sharing your pattern, it looks like a great way to use up the stash of left over bits and pieces. You know what else I like about shawls? They can be lapghans as well!

SongRoarsPease said...

Thanks so much for posting this- I am going to try my hand at one this weekend if I can get out to pick up some yarn! I don't do patterns very well either, so I really appreciate the pictures.

Happy crafting!

Iggle Piggle (aka Jacqui) said...

I've never been big on shawls either but that is changing thanks to ravelry and you. I will have to attempt one now you have put some simple instructions on your blog, cheers.

laughing purple goldfish said...

morgan - thanks... I just took a peek at the sezession one - I see that you have made a few of them :) they look good! this one is probably very similar, except that his is worked in a half-granny style

erika - ORIGINAL and RECYCLED??? woo hoo! you can't ask for better than that :) fantastic! delighted to have been able to inspire you

r2k - thanks

sicilian - I'm not that good with pattern reading either... I'm much better with pictures

crafty gardener - ooohhh... of course they could... hadn't thought about the lapghan use

songroarspease - ask and you shall receive! well... sometimes, anyway :)

jacqui - you'll have no trouble with it... just the same row over and over again!

Heather Wardell said...

Lovely! Now, do you think I could make it kind of a three-quarter circle instead of a triangle by doing another ch 2 and 3 dc and using the middle 3 dc as the point? I loves me some shaped shawls. :)

Earth Jeweler said...

Love your work.
You have received awards !!! Yes really ! Go to my blog to pick them up...
Virginie

Everyday Housewife said...

I love this. Going to dip into my stash to see what I can come up with. I love shawls and am still using a 30 year shawl (pineapple pattern) that my cousin crocheted for me.

laughing purple goldfish said...

heather wardell - experiment and see! grab your hook and some yarn, and have a play with it... you'll have a clear idea after you work 5 or 6 rows... you might find that it doesn't work out like you are expecting, but you have created something fabulous in the process... have a play, then pop back and let us all know how it went!

earth jeweler - why thank you... will post details this coming week

everyday housewife - what a wonderful gift... 30 years, and still being used... your cousin must be delighted

Stramenda said...

Thank you for posting the instructions. I must try one. (and great photos too!). Its so very effective.

Stramenda said...

Thank you for posting the instructions. I must try one. (and great photos too!). Its so very effective.

laughing purple goldfish said...

stramenda - you're welcome... look forward to seeing what you come up with

Poetry Sue said...

I've got a dumb question.. how the heck do you start with an adjustable ring?

laughing purple goldfish said...

poetry sue - not a dumb question at all! and you're probably not the only one wondering... click here for a clear tutorial

Elspeth said...

I love your shawl! I made a semi-triangular one myself this winter - starting with just two stitches and increasing at one end (like a knitted shawl) then when I got it the size I wanted, I started decreasing. I used large yarn and a large hook and it turned out great!

Nudiemuse said...

Oh wow the pictures helped so much. This is the first pattern I have understood right from the get go. I cannot wait to finish my awesome giant scarlet shawl. Thank you so much for your awesomeness.

Brooke said...

Thank you soooo much!! I've tried to crochet a triangular shawl on my own before, but I didn't increase enough each row, and it ended up being waaaayyyy too long!! This is fantastic, and lends itself to different stitch combos to personalize it! Again, thank you!

And, like everyone else said, the pictures were an awesome addition.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the pattern. It is perfect for a charity project I've been working on. LOVE the magic loop! I've been crocheting forever and that is one of the most beautiful "circular" beginnings I've ever seen and so simple!

Twila - snuggleb68@gmail.com

Suzetta said...

I have made so many of these shawls to donate to Pine Ridge Reservation,I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU.

ale balanzario said...

Excellent tutorial, thanks, I would love to make one

Rosalind said...

I llike a lot of crochet blogs but I love yours... I hope that you dont stop because I will follow! Thank you my 7 yr old is going to love this shawl!

laughing purple goldfish said...

rosalind...

I have no intention of stopping my blog - in fact I'm just getting back into the swing of writing it again!

wonderful to hear that you will be following my adventures :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks LPG. I used tons of orphan balls of yarn. Sat for a few hours each night and finished my scrap wrap shawl in three nights. I love it!!! I love people who share. Debo

Joyce Ellis said...

Thank you so much for this post, I make prayer shawls for the church and so many bits of yarn are donated to us. This is a great pattern to use them. Wish I'd have found you sooner!

Anonymous said...

Oh! This is my new favorite triangle!

Jayashiangel said...

Thank you for sharing this simple pattern for free.. I have been working on my first one today seems to be going together quick..

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much for this wonderful pattern! :D

JennyB said...

Hello! I came across this pattern just love it! I am the editor of AllFreeCrochet.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I know my readers would love it as well, and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It's really that simple. Please let me know if this would be ok. I look forward to hearing from you!
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RenJac said...

Thank you for the pattern, I am working on it now :)

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RenJac said...

oops ok try this again LOL
I finished, I started it last night, just finished it, it works up fast, Thanks again...
http://thesimplelife2015.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-crochet-shawlet.html

Lisa D. said...

I just started this today and I am loving it! It is so easy! I had never used an adjustable ring before and found this link helpful: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/magic-ring-right-handed/

Anonymous said...

Nice...think I will try this and use up yarn. Never tried the adjustable ring but it looks easy...thank you for posting the pics and directions...!

Penny I said...

This is awesome. I am making shawls for the hospice house where my husband was and this is a perfect shawl to make for them. Simple, quick and easy.
Thank you.

Momma said...

I'm sooo excited to 1) use up my scraps with this project and 2) use the pattern to teach my girls simple crochet. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Can't wait to begin.
Blessings,
Toni

jacqsierae said...

Love your work! you are an amazing artist!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. Been looking for a shawl pattern I like for a long time. Thank you so much. Easy and pretty.

chuckie said...

This pattern is fab thank you! Going to make this for my mother in law who has encouraged me to crochet. and now I also have something to do with all my scraps :) yay *happy dance*

Kath said...

This is just... Wow. I just learned to crochet, and this looks fabulous. Also, I am happy to say I totally understand your instructions! (I have a *lot* of trouble understanding patterns...) I really cannot wait to start on my own. :)

Cocker Lady said...

I recently started a knit/crochet group at my church. Some of our ladies are beginners and some are experienced. This shawl will be great for our prayer shawl ministry. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any idea how much yarn to use? I would like to make one from a new skein and if I can buy one big skein instead of two or three smaller ones I would not have to tie ends (the thing I hate the most about crocheting)!

Betty Lou said...

This would be a great Prayer Shawl pattern, going to give it a try. Good use for all that leftover yarn.

Gramma Teacher said...

I made the shawl last night using James C Brett marble chunky yarn. I used a size 7.0 hook and two 200 gram balls of yarn. That's about 680 yds or 624 m. The pictures made it so easy and the shawl turned out so soft and lovely! Thank you for posting the pattern.

Anne Wallace said...

Your pattern is my new favorite thing! Since finding it a week ago, I have made several for friends, colleagues and family members. I have even gotten stopped in stores to ask how I made it. You made my 2013 Christmas giving warm and simple. I used Lion Brand Handspun with a size 6.5 mm crochet hook. I alternate on the row before last with a different color in treble stitch before going back to the first color and adding a scalloped edge. I did not use remnants on these. Thanks a lot!

Phyl said...

I just finished my first one and am starting the second! Thanks so much ;)

t j said...

Love this stash-buster!! After I finish my WIP, this is for ME :)

Jessamine Flowers said...

I love this shawl. I had been looking for one. I used a 6.50 K hook with lion brand homespun yarn (i had a lots of scraps of that). Then I added a hood, to complete my shawl. (I live in the pacific northwest, near Seattle and we get lots of rain). all my friends as "where did you get that) and I point them in the direction of your blog. I wish I could post a picture for you to see. Thank you for this great pattern! I adore it.

crochet girl said...

To be honest, I was confused as all get out when I first saw the pattern, but re-reading it and looking at the pictures has helped tremendously, and now that I have figured it out, I'm even more excited to try this than before!!!

Laura said...

Was wondering if I put 2 together would it make a poncho?

Anonymous said...

Do you have a pattern for an easy poncho?

laughing purple goldfish said...

Hey Laura...

You could put 2 together as a poncho, but there would be no shaping to taper it over the body - so you might find it a bit bulky...

If you're looking for an easy poncho pattern... you could try this one: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=63&lang=us

It's not my design, but I made a poncho for my daughter from it a few years ago, and loved it.

Pam Chatfield-Matilda said...

This is great! Thank you for sharing. A group of us are doing a shawl-a-long, so I'm making a list of shawl patterns. I'm going to make this one after I finish the one I just started. :)