Embrace the sun and enjoy summer with the Lumina Shawl. This crochet shawl shines in it’s simplicity with open spaces to let the breeze through, a light weight construction and a true “made for you” feeling. Able to be customized to your perfect size and gorgeous in any color, Lumina is a great crochet summer shawl to add to your wardrobe.
The Lumina Shawl can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s perfect for a nice night out and paired with a dress or just as cute staying casual with a pair of jeans and top. The Lumina Shawl I created is finished with one tassel in each corner, however, you could go for a more boho look by adding fringe instead. Make Lumina yours!
Summer Shawl Inspiration
When I set out to design a crochet shawl, I wanted one that would be light weight, easy to follow and ultimately customizable in size. We are all our own beautiful selves in whatever size that might be, so I think it’s important to be able to make your own decisions based on what wants or needs you might have.
Honestly, the yarn lead most of the inspiration (you can read a little bit more about why I loved using Yarn Bee’s Rainbow Wrapsody for this design below). I wanted a design that would showcase the gorgeous color fade of the yarn with simple stitches that are accessible to those who might just be learning to crochet without being too boring. I especially was interested in a more simple design, as I know that fingering weight yarn can be a little intimidating (but it doesn’t have to be!).
This crochet summer shawl keeps things simple but interesting with an easy 3 row repeat. This helps keep you engaged and having fun, and is a straightforward and easy way for those who are newer to crochet to create something flowy, a little open, and super pretty.
Perfect Yarn for a Crochet Summer Shawl
For the Lumina Shawl, I used Yarn Bee’s Rainbow Wrapsody in Brilliant Blonde. I’m generally try to not purchase yarn that I don’t have a plan for, but when I saw this gorgeous cake of white and yellow on the shelf, I couldn’t not purchase it. I mean… that just wouldn’t be right!
While I didn’t have a plan for the yarn when I bought it, it quickly became apparent that this beautiful, fingering weight yarn must become a crochet summer shawl. This yarn is 60% Cotton and 40% acrylic, which makes it a perfect, breathable lightweight yarn for a summer project. The drape is absolutely gorgeous and there’s enough yarn in one cake to create the entire shawl!
The colors fade so perfectly, too. I am pretty picky when it comes to yarn lines that claim to fade from one color to another. Usually I find that there is an obvious line where the dye for one color has stopped and the other color began. With Yarn Bee’s Rainbow Wrapsody, the colors change by slowly adding in another strand of the new color. This means that the color change is far less obvious and gives a much more realistic “ombre” feel.
While working up the sample for this crochet summer shawl, I mentioned to my husband that I felt like the yarn would never change color. “It’s going to be white forever!” Then, I took a step back to take a progress picture and noticed that the color WAS changing, but it was so subtle and fluid that I hadn’t even noticed it while I was working. I only really noticed it once I was able to step a little further back. How cool is that?
The Lumina Shawl is available in PDF format.
The 9 page PDF includes: Photo tutorials with illustrations to help identify important parts, a table with row repeats, the stitch count for every row, etc. If you purchase the PDF, it also comes with a printer friendly version to help save on ink!
Ready to Make This Crochet Summer Shawl?
Advanced Beginner/Easy – Pattern requires knowledge of working in rows, double crochet, chains and working into chain spaces.
This shawl has many rows and will grow in size with each row, which means that you will be placing more stitches each time. A little endurance is needed, too.
You will need a Fingering (1) weight yarn in a colorway of your choice. You will need approximately 6.8 ounces/195 grams/900 yards. You can choose to create this shawl in one color, multiple colors or use a yarn cake as I did.
Yarn Used: Yarn Bee Rainbow Wrapsody in Brilliant Blonde. I used nearly one entire cake, with some scraps left over. Decent yarn substitutions could be Red Heart It’s A Wrap (On the more “affordable” side) or Scheepjes Whirl (A little more expensive).
Because this shawl is simple, you can use a different weight of yarn if you prefer. I would recommend going no higher than a Sport or DK weight to make sure summer shawl still has some flow and drape. If you want a heavier, more winter/fall crochet shawl, you can certainly go up to the heavier weights.
Keep in mind: The required yarn usage is written to Fingering weight, so if you decide to change the weight of the yarn, you may need more or less than what is specified. For example, if you use a DK weight, you will ultimately work less rows to reach your desired size but may technically use more than the ounces/grams listed because DK is a heavier weight yarn.
You can learn more about the different yarn weights using my Yarn Weight Guide.
3 mm hook
Gauge isn’t important as the shawl can be worked to your desired size.
Ensure you enjoy the stitch definition of the shawl using a 3 mm hook. If you find that your stitches are coming out too tight to work into, go up another hook size.
For reference, my shawl after Row 7 was approximately 6.5 inches long, measuring along what would be the “wingspan”. This is the long side of your triangle where each row is turned.
I am a tight crocheter, which means my tension is typically tighter than others. Because this shawl can be worked to your desired size and still be wearable, there’s no need to worry if your gauge is off.
Wingspan: Approx 58 inches.
Depth: Approx 25 inches.
You can easily customize this size. Simply follow the pattern repeat for as long as preferred to reach your desired size.
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double Crochet
- Sk – Skip
- Spc – Space
- Sts – Stitch(es)
- […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets
- (…) – Indicates to work all stitches in the same space.
- (…) – Stitch counts are listed at end of row in ( ) and bold italics.
- This triangle shawl is worked from the center of the wingspan and outward, growing larger with each row.
- Pattern is written to a specific size, however, if you desire a larger or smaller shawl you can add or remove rows.
- Chain 2 at the beginning of rows never counts as a stitch.
- Each row worked increases the size of the shawl. There is no decreasing.
- This shawl is written to use Fingering (1 – Super Fine) weight yarn which gives the finished piece beautiful drape. However, you can use any weight of yarn you prefer.
- Yarn requirements are listed for Fingering weight. If you use a different weight, your usage will be different.
- You might want to mark your center chain 2 space with a stitch marker and move the stitch marker up each row if you haven’t worked a shawl in this way before. Some rows have many chain 2 spaces, so it will be important to know where the center chain 2 space is.
This pattern is written to use a magic circle. You can use the magic circle or you can chain 3 and slip stitch to the first chain made to create a circle to work into. Your choice!
If you don’t know how to work a magic circle but would like to learn, I do have a photo and video tutorial to help you out!
If you prefer not to use the magic circle, start your first row by omitting “In Magic Circle, chain 2” and instead chain 3, then work the rest of the instructions in the 3rd chain from the hook.
How to Make this Crochet Summer Shawl
Row 1 – In Magic Circle, chain 2 (doesn’t count here or throughout). Place 3 dc, chain 2, 3 dc. Pull tail tight. (6 dc, 1 ch 2 spc)
Row 2 – Ch 2, turn. Place 3 dc in same st. 1 dc next 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 spc. 1 dc next 2 sts, 3 dc last st. (14 dc, 1 ch 2 spc)
Row 3 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in same st. Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc next 2 sts. Ch 2, sk 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 spc. Ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc 2 sts. Ch 2, sk 2, 3 dc last st. (14 dc, 5 ch 2 spcs)
Row 4 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in same st. 1 dc in each st and 2 dc in each ch 2 spc to center ch 2 spc (point of triangle). (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in center ch 2 spc. Place 1 dc in each st and 2 dc in each ch 2 spc until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. (30 dc, 1 ch 2)
Row 5 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in same st. 1 dc in each st to ch 2 spc. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 spc. 1 dc in each st until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. (38 dc, 1 ch 2 spc)
Row 6 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in same st. Ch 2, sk 2, [1 dc next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2] Repeat inside brackets to ch 2 spc. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch 2 spc. Ch 2, sk 2, [1 dc next 2 sts, ch 2 sk 2] Repeat inside brackets until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. (26 dc, 11 ch 2 sps)
Rows 7 through 62 – Repeat Rows 4, 5 and 6 in sequence. For example, Row 7 will be a repeat of Row 4, Row 8 will be a repeat of Row 5, Row 9 will be a repeat of Row 6.
If worked correctly, Row 62 should be a repeat of Row 5 and you should have 494 dc at the end of the row.
If you prefer a different size, work Rows 4, 5 and 6 in sequence to your desired size. Make sure to end on a repeat of Row 5.
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