Friday, March 26, 2010

Tropical Shawl with fringe - free crochet pattern

Just in time for summer outings here in the Philippines - you can make this airy and colorful shawl.
This is my  updated Tropical Shawl pattern. The first version I made was printed in 2007 as free pattern giveaway by Coats Manila Bay for local yarn shops customers. This has the same mesh pattern, but now I used a bigger hook, and the loops are made up of ch 5, instead of ch 7. This is lighter, and requires only two balls of multicolor thread. Its faster and easier to finish too. This can be made in one weekend, or approximately 8-10 hrs. of crafting time.
(Note: The flower pin is published as a free pattern here)

Tropical Shawl with fringe
Designed by Mimi Alelis, © 2010
(pattern for personal use only; published only on this site:

Skill level: Easy
Finished Measurement: Approx. 60” on top, 46” on sides
Cannon Cotton size 8 thread, 2 balls (Cannon SC044 used in model)
Crochet hook, size 7/0 (4mm)
st = stitch, ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, hdc = half-double crochet, tr = triple crochet, sk = skip

Gauge Swatch: measures approx. 7” on top, 5” on sides
Row 1: Ch 37, sc on 9th ch from hook. (Ch 5, sk 3 ch, sc on the next ch) 6 times. Ch 2, tr on the last ch (8 loops) Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc on the same st. (Ch 5, sc on next loop) repeat across except on the last loop. Ch 2, tr on the last loop, turn.
Rows 3- 8 : Repeat row 2 until 1 loop remain. Fasten off.

Note: increase or decrease in multiples of 4 on the starting ch.
Start with ch 253,
Row 1: sc on 9th ch from hook. (Ch 5, sk 3 ch, sc on the next ch) repeat across except on the last 4 chs. Ch 2, tr on the last ch. (62 loops) Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc on the same st. (ch 5, sc on next loop) repeat across except on the last loop. Ch 2, tr on the last loop. (61 loops). Turn.
Row 3 onwards: Repeat row 2 until only 2 loops remain; turn, ch 1, sc on the same st, ch 5, sc on next loop. Do not turn, proceed to do the edging.
Edging: Ch 2, (3 hdc in next space, ch 1) repeat across the short edge; hdc and ch 1 on the corner, (4 hdc in next space, ch 1) repeat across the the top edge; hdc and ch 1 on the corner, (3 hdc in next space, ch 1)repeat across the other short edge; hdc and ch 1 at the corner, join with sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off.
Cut thread to lengths of approximately 9 inches, allotting 3 pieces for each fringe. (Tip: if using Cannon multicolor thread, just cut along the border of each color, then fold in half and cut again.) Repeat several times to complete the required number of pieces.
Attach fringe starting at one end of the top edge, on each ch-1 sp on the short sides of the shawl.
Take 3 pieces thread at a time, fold in half, pull folded end through the ch 1 sp with crochet hook , then pull out the ends through this loop. Tighten a little. Do this on every ch-1 sp of edging row except on the top edge.


  1. That is fabulous! Thank you! This is jumping to the top of the queue. :)

  2. I love it! I especially love how you didn't just tie it in the front, but put a closure on it so the front points hang freely...really nice!

  3. Gorgeous! Mimi, I think I shall be ordering some cotton from you for this (please email me and let me know if it's the 8 or 10).

    This would be great for summers here.

  4. What a gorgeous shawl! Once again you have created a masterpiece!

  5. Super cool shawl! Gorgeous Mimi!

  6. I love how you blended the colors. It looks complicated but you showed us how it's done. Thank you.

  7. I'm thinking of giving this a go...i'm a newbie at crocheting so I hope I can make it!!

  8. I'm so excited to make this! I have a question though. I chained on 247 and followed as you instructed for row 1. I ran into a snag at the end of this row. You say to ch 5, sk 3, and sc in next ch. And by the end I should have 4 extra stitches. I only had 2. =/ I even went back and recounted my chains and what not but nothing seemed off (accept for the only 2 remaining stitches and I had 61 loops instead of 62). Not really sure what the problem is. Lol. Should I just add 2 chains onto the initial 247 chains?

  9. Hi Lara, thanks for your question.
    I wasn't aware till now of the error in the starting chain. I think I started mine with a lot more chains and found it too big, so I deducted chains. I'll edit it now from 247 to 253, to get 62 loops at row 1.
    Though you may still add or deduct on the starting chain in multiples of 4, to get the desired length for the top of the shawl.
    Thanks again!

  10. Glad I could be of assistance, Mimi! =) Thank you for the help. I'll see about sending you a picture of it when I'm done. =p

  11. Thanks Lara! I'd love to see a finished project photo :)

  12. Wanted to purchase Matrix Purse pattern, but unable to do so. Is this still available to purchase with Paypal?


  13. Hi Sherry, thanks for letting me know. I'll see if I can fix the broken links, or upload the pdf on Ravelry. I'll update you when its available in Ravelry, tnx!

  14. Hi, the Matrix purse pattern is now available in my Ravelry pattern store:

  15. can you share pattern for the crocheted flower you used as a closure?

  16. Hi Cheryl, the flower pin is already posted here:

  17. Anonymous21 July, 2013

    I love this shawl, have just finished making my 2nd one, the first being adapted to a heavier weight yarn for winter wear

  18. I have only made blankets and afghans. This is my first shawl. I feel dumb asking but I want to make this. I got to row three and when it says onwards until only two loops remain has me lost. When do I get narrower by decreasing. I am used to following patterns row by row.

  19. Hi Tina, thanks for the feedback! The instruction at row 3 says to repeat row 2 until only two loop will be doing many rows (I just didn't count it), but you will keep repeating row 2 until only two loos remain. Then you are almost at the tip of the shawl. Follow the remaining instructions to finish the project.
    Hope this helps!

  20. Beautiful pattern! I featured it in a round up at MNE Crafts!!

  21. This shawl is gorgeous. I would like to figure out how to convert this to a bottom up pattern. It would allow for more flexibility in the size.


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