Free Asymmetrical Shawl Crochet Pattern and Video

Soft and simple, the Muse Shawl is an asymmetrical shawl crochet pattern designed with mohair and fingering weight yarn. Great for beginners!
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Normally there’s some back story for how a design came to be, but not today. I just knew that YouShouldCraft.com needed a shawl or wrap pattern. The Stardew Triangle Scarf came close, but it’s like “shawlette” sized. Thus, the Muse Shawl was born. This beginner-friendly asymmetrical shawl crochet pattern is crocheted with 100% standard stitches. It’s ideal for newbies, binge-watchers, and crocheters who appreciate repetitive, meditative patterns.

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When designing the Muse Shawl pattern, I knew wanted to include two things:

  • simple, standard stitches
  • mohair yarn (so soft!)

I went a little upscale on the yarn, and the end result was a soft, simple shawl pattern that can be worn as a scarf, wrap, or shawl. Personally, I prefer to wear it like a scarf, with the triangle part in front. I paired mine with a denim jacket for the pictures, which felt right for Southern fall / winter.

This cozy asymmetrical shawl crochet pattern has been in the works for a while now. I’ve shared teasers on Instagram as far back as September. Originally, the Muse Shawl was slated to debut last month. But life happened and deadlines shifted around, so I pushed the release to January.

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Winter Fashion Blog Hop

The Muse Shawl is part of E’Claire Makery’s Winter Fashion blog hop (yay!). For the whole month of January 2022, Claire will be sharing free PDF patterns from crochet designers across the interwebs.

If you visit the blog hop every day, you’ll finish the month with 31 winter wearable patterns including shawls, sweaters, gloves, and hats. Each pattern is only free for 24 hours, so make sure to set a reminder on your phone.

To participate in the blog hop, head over to the landing page after 8 AM PST each day to grab the freebie.

To save time, skip the hopping, and grab all 31 patterns at once, buy the bundle for $15 (less than $0.50 per pattern!).

The Tools

Okay, so mohair is the softest ever and I really, really wanted to design a crochet shawl with it. I chose to use Aloft mohair from WeCrochet (my favorite online yarn shop), which is a blend of mohair and silk. At $8.99 per 25 gram ball, it’s an excellent price for mohair, especially one made with only natural fibers. There are 18 colors, including three in the blue family. I used the Kenai color, which was the perfect yummy teal color for a cozy asymmetrical shawl.

Because mohair is so thin (it’s a #1 lace weight), crocheters and knitters typically hold it double (or more) with either more mohair, or another yarn. The Muse Shawl features mohair held double with Muse fingering from WeCrochet. Unfortunately, it looks like the lighter weight Muse yarn has been discontinued. You could subsitute another fingering weight yarn like Hawthorne, or your favorite hand-dyed yarn. For the striping, I used one solid/tonal color and one speckled color.

Of course, I reached for one of my favorite Furls Fiberarts hooks. I thought the dark wood of my Alpha Series hook looked super gorg against the teal shawl. Mine is Tigerwood and no longer available, but there are several other wood choices, all of which have the same lovely, curvy shape.

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Share Your Shawls!

I love seeing what you’ve crocheted! Use #youshouldcraft to show off your WIPs and finished crochet asymmetrical shawls!

Regardless of your social media preferences, be sure to tag me (@youshouldcraft) in your posts so I can drool over your projects and re-share your work in my stories and on my feed!

And if you’re a Facebook person, share your work and connect with other crocheters in The You Should Craft Crochet Community FB group!

Supplies / Materials

  • Muse Hand Painted Fingering in Savvy Tonal (2 – 100 g hanks, 590 yards)
    • or 590 yards of your #1 weight fingering yarn, in a solid/tonal color
  • Muse Hand Painted Fingering in Adventure Speckle (1 – 100 g hank, 300 yards)
    • or 300 yards of your favorite #1 weight fingering yarn, in a speckle color
  • Aloft Mohair in Kenai (4 – 25 g balls, 890 yards)
    • or 890 yards of your favorite mohair in a coordinating color
  • J 6.0 mm crochet hook (mine’s an Alpha from Furls)
  • Locking stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Supply Notes:

  • When the fingering and mohair strands are held together, it’s similar to a #3 DK weight yarn. Depending on the yarn, you might also be able to substitute a #2 sport weight yarn. Just check your gauge first. 😊
  • The fingering weight Muse has been discontinued. You’ll get the most color options by substituting Hawthorne from WeCrochet or using your favorite hand-dyed yarn.

Gauge / Size

4 x 4 inches = 9 rows of 11 hdc
Finished size: 72 x 48 inches

Abbreviations / Techniques

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Pattern Notes

  • Shawl is crocheted by holding two strands together — one strand of fingering weight yarn and one strand of mohair
  • Instead of holding two strands of #1 weight yarn, you can substitute one strand of a #2 sport weight or #3 DK weight yarn (just check the gauge first)
  • All increases are worked on the same side. Place a stitch marker on the increase side as a reminder.
  • Turning ch-1 does not count as a st
  • When crocheting over chains, crochet into the ch sp
  • To determine stitch count, add 1 to the row number
  • There are two types of row repeats – solid rows of hdc and open rows of dc/ch
  • Each solid-colored section uses the same row pattern and each speckle-colored section uses the same row pattern
  • Throughout the pattern, “Color A” is the solid colored yarn and “Color B” is the speckled yarn.

Asymmetrical Shawl Crochet Video Tutorial

Here’s a video tutorial to walk you through the first two shawl sections. After that, it’s all row repeats.

Written Pattern

Color A: Savvy (solid-colored yarn)
Color B: Adventure Speckle (speckled yarn)

ch 3 with Color A + mohair
ROW 1: hdc in second ch from hook, hdc (2)
ROW 2: ch 1 and turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in last st (3)
ROW 3: ch 1 and turn, hdc across, 2 hdc in last st (4)
ROW 4: ch 1 and turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc across (5)
ROW 5 – 7: repeat rows 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 8: ch 1 and turn, [dc, ch 1] in first st, dc in second st, *ch 1, sk 1, dc* across (9)
ROWS 9 – 11: repeat rows 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 12: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 13 – 18: repeat ROWS 3 – 4 three times

in-progress teal crochet shawl with a wooden hook and basket with two hanks of yarn

Switch to Color B, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 19 – 23: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 24: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 25 – 26: repeat ROWS 3 – 4

Switch to Color A, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 27 – 33: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 34: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 35 – 37: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 38: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 39 – 44: repeat ROWS 3 – 4 three times

Switch to Color B, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 45 – 49: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 50: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 51 – 52: repeat ROWS 3 – 4

Switch to Color A, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 53 – 59: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 60: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 61 – 63: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 64: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 65 – 70: repeat ROWS 3 – 4 three times

Switch to Color B, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 71 – 75: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 76: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 77 – 78: repeat ROWS 3 – 4

Switch to Color A, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 79 – 85: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 86: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 87 – 89: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 90: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 91 – 96: repeat ROWS 3 – 4 three times

Switch to Color B, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 97 – 101: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 102: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 103 – 104: repeat ROWS 3 – 4

Switch to Color A, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 105 – 111: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 112: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 113 – 115: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 116: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 117 – 122: repeat ROWS 3 – 4 three times

Switch to Color B, but keep working the same strand of mohair
ROWS 123 – 127: repeat ROWS 3 – 4, ending on row 3 repeat
ROW 128: repeat ROW 8
ROWS 129 – 130: repeat ROWS 3 – 4

I stopped crocheting at Row 130, which made my finished asymmetrical shawl approximately 72 x 48 inches. However, you can stop whenever yours reaches your preferred measurements. I tried mine on several times as I worked.

If you’re looking for more scarf / shawl patterns, check out the Stardew Triangle Scarf and Color-Blocked Infinity Scarf.

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