Aestas Shawl – A Lacy Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern

The Aestas Crochet Triangle Shawl free pattern features lacy, open stitches, gorgeous lines that draw the eye and beautiful drape. Perfect for adding a little personality to an outfit, this crochet shawl pattern is a fantastic addition to your summer wardrobe.

With a straightforward construction, simple 4 row repeat and beautiful texture, this crochet triangle shawl free pattern is easier than it looks and is absolutely stunning.

This image shows a finished sample made from this lacy crochet triangle shawl free pattern. In the image, a mannequin is wearing a black dress that buttons up the front and the white shawl is draped over the shoulders.

Named after the Roman goddess of summer, the Aestas Triangle shawl was designed to be a part of your summer wardrobe. While similar to the Aestas Ruana in stitch work and yarn used, this lace crochet triangle shawl is gorgeous in its own right and is a great alternative to the longer ruana.

Designed to be lightweight, this lace triangle crochet shawl is a perfect layering piece that will add to your summer style without adding any extra warmth.

Using Fingering Weight (1) yarn and paired with gorgeous but relatively easy lace, this shawl is delightfully light and flowy so that you and your outfit stay cool this summer.

This image shows the triangle lace shawl crochet pattern sample hanging on a wooden hanger. The image is taken up close to show the details in the stitch work.

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How do I choose the best yarn for this Crochet Triangle Shawl Free Pattern?

For this crochet triangle shawl free pattern, I used We Crochet’s Hawthorne Fingering in colorway Cobbler Speckle. This yarn is 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool and 20% Polyamide (Nylon).

While wool yarn isn’t always the first choice for summer, I decided on wool for this lace crochet triangle shawl for a few reasons.

The biggest reason is that I wanted the lacy shawl to have fantastic drape and to block well, which is important for lace stitches.

Wool yarn is a fantastic choice for garments that you want to have gorgeous drape. Considering that this is a Fingering (1) weight wool and it has a lacy stitch pattern, it doesn’t hold in warmth as it would if it were a more dense stitch.

You’re more than welcome to use a different fiber or even a different weight of yarn, if you prefer. Cotton would be a fantastic choice in lighter weights as it blocks well, too. Some cotton yarns don’t have as much lovely drape as wool does, though, so keep that in mind.

This image shows a finished sample made from this lacy crochet triangle shawl free pattern. In the image, a mannequin is wearing a black dress and the white shawl is draped over the shoulders. The image is taken from the back to show what the lacy crochet shawl looks like from behind.

Where to Get this Lace Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern

The Aestas Shawl is a crochet triangle shawl free pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.

However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with photo tutorials, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF, I recommend you purchase the PDF pattern.

With the PDF pattern, you will receive photo tutorials for the special stitches as well as a detailed photo tutorial for each row which will set you up to work this crochet ruana pattern with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate – Crocheters looking to purchase and follow this pattern should know how to:

  • Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this pattern
  • Work the standard stitches (chain, double crochet, treble crochet)
  • Create chain spaces and work into them
  • Skip stitches
  • Place several stitches in the same stitch or space indicated
  • Be prepared to learn a new stitch. It is very likely you haven’t used the special stitch, Treble Cross Stitch, before.
  • The pattern is written to use Fingering weight (1) yarn. This can require some stamina for finishing the project. The lacy stitches create a lot of height so it’s not a significant amount of rows, but Fingering weight may require some practice if you aren’t familiar with it.

MATERIALS

Fingering (1) weight wool blend yarn. You will need approximately: 7.75 ounces/ 220 grams/ 825 yards.

You can use a different fiber or different weight of yarn, if you prefer. However, the yarn usage for this crochet triangle shawl free pattern will differ from what is listed if you do so.

Yarn Used

I used approximately 2.5 hanks of We Crochet’s Hawthorne Fingering in colorway Cobbler Speckle. This yarn is 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool and 20% Polyamide (Nylon).

TOOLS

4.5 mm (G+) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers (At least 1 stitch marker)
Blocking Boards & Pins

SIZE

Wingspan: Approximately 60 inches
Length (From center of wingspan to longest point): Approximately 31 inches.

Changing Size or Yarn

You can change the size of the shawl by repeating the indicated rows until the shawl is your preferred size. Additionally, you can use a different weight or yarn fiber, if you prefer. Changing the size, weight of yarn or fiber will all change the yarn usage from what is listed in this crochet triangle shawl free pattern. 

GAUGE

17 dc x 9 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches. Gauge is listed unblocked. 

Gauge isn’t significantly important as you can repeat rows until your shawl is your desired size.  

Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.

ABBREVIATIONS (US Terms)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Tr – Treble Crochet
  • Trx – Treble Cross
    *See Special Stitches or click for tutorial
  • Sk – Skip
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Spc(s) – Space(s)
  • […] – Repeats are listed within brackets.
  • (…) – Instructions within parenthesis indicate to work all stitches in the same stitch or space.
  • (…) Stitch counts are listed at the end of the row in parenthesis & bold italics.
  • Center Ch 2 Spc – The chain 2 space in the center that maintains the triangle shape. If you are unfamiliar with working a triangle shawl, I recommend placing a stitch marker in this Center Ch 2 Spc.

Special Abbreviations Notes: You will see “Trx across next 4 stitches” in this crochet triangle shawl free pattern in rows that use the Treble Cross. The Trx is worked over 4 stitches (see special stitch) and this is what it is referring to.

The Treble Cross stitch creates its own chain 2 space. In the pattern, you will see “2 dc in ch 2 spc of Trx”. This means to utilize the chain 2 space created in the Treble Cross Stitch and place a total of 2 double crochet into the chain 2 space.

PATTERN NOTES

  • Chain 2 and Chain 3 to begin rows do NOT count as stitches. Always place your first stitch in the very first stitch of the row. 
  • You will very likely learn a new stitch with this pattern. Please review my Treble Cross Stitch Photo Tutorial to visually learn how to work this stitch.
  • To ensure this project stays as a triangle, we will have a “Center Chain 2 Space”. This chain 2 space maintains the shape of the triangle. You may wish to put a stitch marker in this Center Chain 2 Space to keep track of where it is, especially in rows that have multiple chain spaces.
  • In the pattern rows, we will often create chain spaces. When creating chain spaces on their own, they will always be a chain 1 space. In the Treble Cross Stitch, though, there will be a chain 2. This is referred to as the “ch 2 spc of Trx”.
This image shows the triangle lace shawl crochet pattern sample hanging on a wooden hanger over a black dress. The image is taken up close to show the details in the stitch work.

SPECIAL STITCH – Treble Cross Stitch (Trx)

The Treble Cross (Trx) is a gorgeous tall X shaped stitch that is worked over 4 stitches. It sounds more difficult than it is! Check out my Treble Cross Stitch photo tutorial for step by step photo instructions.

To work a Trx, you will: Yarn over 2 times and insert your hook into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 3 loops on hook and 1 “leg” made (this looks like a half finished double crochet).

Now, skip 2 chains. Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 5 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 4 loops on hook and a second “leg” made.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. This crochets the 2 legs together (2tog). Pay attention to where these two legs join and the two diagonal loops that show at this join as we will use this area later.

Yarn over, pull through 2. 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2. 1 loop on hook.

Now, chain 2. Yarn over and insert your hook into the 2 diagonal loops where the two legs were crocheted together. Yarn over and pull a loop through. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2. 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through 2. Treble Cross Stitch complete!

BLOCKING NOTE

Because this crochet triangle shawl free pattern uses a lacy stitch, it is recommended that you block the finished piece. There are a few things to note:

Different Fibers React Differently to Blocking
Wool will stretch much more than cotton or acrylic during blocking if it is submerged in water and then pinned down.

Cotton will stretch a little bit but will mostly hold its size and shape. Acrylic is similar to cotton but may stretch more depending on how it was made.

Because the shawl is made to size, you should not have to stretch it while blocking to achieve size. All we want during blocking is to set the stitches and ensure a clean triangle shape.

For all fibers, blocking will be best done by pinning the shawl down dry and then spraying with water to finalize the shape but maintain size. Keep in mind, acrylic yarn needs heat to set the stitches so if you use an acrylic yarn (or yarn with acrylic in the blend), you’ll want to use steam. 

Blocking “dry” first and then wetting the project down will maintain the size and not cause too much extra stretch. Wool yarn will stretch a lot if submerged in water first, so be careful of this. 

This image shows a finished sample made from this lacy crochet triangle shawl free pattern. In the image, a mannequin is wearing a black dress that buttons up the front and the white shawl is draped over the shoulders.

The Aestas Shawl – Free Crochet Triangle Shawl Pattern

Create a Magic Circle (click for tutorial) or chain 3, sl st to first ch made to form a circle.

Row 1 – Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout). Place 2 dc, ch 2, 2 more dc into the Magic Circle. Pull tail tight, do not join. (4 sts total – 2 on each side of Center Ch 2 spc)

The ch 2 created in Row 1 is our Center Ch 2 Spc. Place a stitch marker in this ch 2 spc to keep track of where it is, if you need to.

Row 2 – Ch 2, turn. 2 dc in first st, 1 dc next st. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in Center Ch 2 Spc. 1 dc next st, 2 dc last st. (10 sts)

Row 3 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc first st, 1 dc each of the next 4 sts. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in Center Ch 2 Spc. 1 dc each of the next 4 sts, 3 dc last st. (20 sts)

Row 4 – Ch 3 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), turn. 3 tr in first st. Ch 1, sk 1, [1 tr next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat inside brackets to Center Ch 2 Spc. (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in Center Ch 2 Spc. Ch 1, sk 1, [1 tr next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat inside brackets until 1 st remains. 3 tr in last st. (30 sts total – 20 tr, 10 ch 1 spcs)

Row 5 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in first st. 1 dc in each st and ch 1 spc to Center Ch 2 Spc. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in Center Ch 2 Spc. 1 dc each st and ch 1 spc until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. (40 sts)

Row 6 – Ch 3, turn. 3 tr in first st. [Trx across next 4 sts, 1 tr next st]. Repeat inside brackets until 4 sts remain prior to Center Ch 2 Spc. Trx remaining 4 sts. (3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in Center Ch 2 Spc. Trx across next 4 sts, [1 tr next st, Trx across next 4 sts]. Repeat inside brackets until 1 st remains. 3 tr last st. (50 sts total – 18 tr, 8 trx)

Row 7 – Ch 2, turn. 3 dc in first st. [1 dc each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc in ch 2 spc of Trx]. Repeat inside brackets until 4 sts remain prior to Center Ch 2 Spc. 1 dc each of the remaining 4 sts. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in Center Ch 2 Spc. 1 dc next st. [1 dc each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc in ch 2 spc of Trx]. Repeat inside brackets until 4 sts remain prior to end of row. 1 dc each of the next 3 sts, 3 dc in last st.  (60 sts)

Rows 8 through 39 – Repeat Rows 4, 5, 6 and 7 in order. See the Row Repeat Table below for references on repeat rows and total stitch counts.

If you prefer to make your shawl a different size than what is listed in this crochet triangle shawl free pattern, you can repeat the instructed rows until your shawl is approximately the size you’d like it to be. Try to end on a repeat of Row 7. If necessary, you can end on a repeat of Row 5.

After completing Row 39 (or once you’ve reached your preferred size), cut yarn and weave ends.

Block the shawl to set the lacy stitches and to strengthen the shape.

Once your shawl is blocked, you’re all done!

Enjoy!

Crochet Triangle Shawl Free Pattern – Row Repeat Table

This Row Repeat Table will list each row of the pattern after Row 7, the row you will repeat and the stitch count for the row. 

The stitch count is broken down as “Total Stitches” (all stitches in the row), and will list the total amount of TR, Ch 1 Spcs and TRX stitches in each row, if the row has them.

RowRepeat RowTotal StitchesTRCh 1 SpcTRX
Row 8Row 4704030
Row 9Row 580
Row 10Row 6902616
Row 11Row 7100
Row 12Row 41106050
Row 13Row 5120
Row 14Row 61303424
Row 15Row 7140
Row 16Row 41508070
Row 17Row 5160
Row 18Row 61704232
Row 19Row 7180
Row 20Row 419010090
Row 21Row 5200
Row 22Row 62105040
Row 23Row 7220
Row 24Row 4230120110
Row 25Row 5240
Row 26Row 62505848
Row 27Row 7260
Row 28Row 4270140130
Row 29Row 5280
Row 30Row 62906656
Row 31Row 7300
Row 32Row 4310160150
Row 33Row 5320
Row 34Row 63307464
Row 35Row 7340
Row 36Row 4350180170
Row 37Row 5360
Row 38Row 63708272
Row 39Row 7380

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2 Comments

  1. I used Wool of the Andes sport for the Aestas ruana, and it was very comfortable in our desert summer heat. I felt that it actually blocked the heat.

    1. Oooh that is good to know! Especially in that desert summer heat, it’s important to have something that helps block the warmth. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the future, thanks so much for letting me know about that. 🙂

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