Easy Double Crochet Shawl

If you are a beginner, then this project is for you. This piece works up using only double crochet stitches, so it’s a very easy crochet project. When I first learned how to read a pattern, I decided I needed a simple pattern to try out my skills and this was one I happened that looked both attractive, and easy. I didn’t realize how easy this pattern was at the time, but I did know that it was asking me to do more than just crochet row upon row of a stitch, which was all I had really done before. This project also showed me that following a pattern was not such a mysterious venture after all. It also seemed simple enough because the entire project only uses double crochet stitches, which I was already very familiar with.

Ever Mess Up Your Work? So did I.

At the time, I had no idea how many great crocheters were on the internet blogging and sharing tips and patterns. Really, looking back, I was clueless. I found the pattern on the Red Heart website, and I liked how you could pick your skill level and project type and then browse through. Finding a project appropriate for me was easy with this feature. Once I found a pattern, I got right to work. Being a beginner I did make one critical error. I just used the hook size recommended on the yarn label of the worsted yarn I bought. And I was happily hooking away my double crochet stitches, and even completed the piece before I realized that I had really opps-ed. The pattern calls for a 8.00mm hook and there I was using a 5.0mm! So it came out a lot smaller.

I sure had a problem, didn’t I? The shawl was child sized, which was so not what I wanted. I decided the easiest way to solve the problem was simply to make a second shawl and sew both pieces together. So I did, and viola! The shawl was lovely, and I had the pride of completing a piece using a pattern. I have to highly recommend the Red Heart site for beginners, they have some good tutorials and I do like the way you can browse patterns. You can find the pattern here.

Have another site you think is a great teaching site? Let me know in the comments section below.


  1. I saw the word beginner and knew that I needed to read this! I’d love to learn how to crochet. I definitely think that I need to get the right things to start!

    1. You don’t need too much! I started with some worsted yarn, which you can find at any craft store and 5.00mm hook. You might want to get a 5.50mm as it’s a little easier for a beginner to work with I think. And then come back to the site, I’m starting a how to crochet series for beginners!

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