Melody Crochet Rectangle Shawl
Looking for a classic yet slightly lacy and gorgeous crochet wrap pattern to add to your wardrobe? You’ve found the perfect addition. This crochet rectangle wrap uses V Stitches and the classic Granny Stitch to create a “melody” of these easy and beloved stitches. Playful yet classic, the Melody crochet wrap is a lovely addition to any wardrobe for those cool nights in spring or fall.
There is something about the classic granny stitch that is so lovable. It’s easy and almost meditative with how straightforward it is. It’s no question why this stitch is beloved by so many crocheters!
The V Stitch is also another classic that has a wonderful, lacy texture while being fairly straight forward once you get into it.
Combining these two stitches together makes so much sense. Together they create a classic crochet wrap that has a hint of lace and eye catching stitch work.
Perfect for dressing up with a classy dress and heels or dressed casual with jeans and a t-shirt, the Melody Shawl will be the finishing touch on any outfit.
The Inspiration for this Crochet Wrap Pattern
I have to admit, this isn’t my first go with crocheting a Melody. I originally designed the Melody Triangle Shawl using the same stitch structure. I was absolutely in love with it and overwhelmed with happiness with how much crocheters loved it, too!
A year ago, I also designed the Heather Shawl which is perhaps my favorite design of mine. I loved designing this rectangle shawl with it’s elongating lines and simple construction compared to a triangle shawl. It wasn’t long before I was receiving requests to design more like it.
So, just like 2 + 2 = 4… I thought Melody + Rectangle = A gorgeous crochet wrap pattern.
And the math wasn’t wrong! 🙂
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How do I choose the best yarn for this Crochet Rectangle Shawl?
For this crochet wrap pattern, I used Lion Brand’s Coboo in colorway Olive. Coboo is a DK (light-3) yarn that is a blend of 51% cotton and 49% rayon from bamboo. It’s a lovely blend of yarn that is incredibly soft and durable. It has a fantastic drape which is great for wearable items like this crochet wrap pattern.
This yarn has a tendency to split. It didn’t bother me through crocheting, but I think it is a fair warning to give as yarn that splits can be very frustrating for many crocheters.
You can use nearly any DK yarn that you’d like to use for this project. I used Lion Brand Mandala Bonus Bundle in the triangle version of this crochet wrap pattern so if you’d prefer an economical acrylic yarn that has color changes built in, I’d recommend it.
That being said, you can absolutely use almost any yarn you’d prefer!
You should be able to use almost any weight of yarn and fiber that you prefer. I would say the highest weight I would go is a Medium weight as you still want a bit of drape and bulky would be, well, too bulky! Any fiber should do.
Keep in mind – This crochet wrap pattern was designed and tested in DK. It has not been tested in another weight. Therefore, the yarn requirements are listed ONLY in DK.
You can absolutely make this shawl in a single color, use a color changing yarn or control your color changes by choosing the colors and adding them in when you’re ready.
Where to Get this Crochet Wrap Pattern
The Melody Rectangle Shawl is a free crochet wrap pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.
However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with a photo tutorial, 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.
The PDF pattern also comes with instructions on how to customize the size of the crochet wrap pattern, if desired, which is not included in the free crochet wrap pattern.
With the PDF pattern, you will receive a detailed photo tutorial for Rows 1 through 10 which will set you up to work this crochet shawl with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.
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, single crochet, double crochet)
- Create chain spaces and work into them
- Skip stitches
- Place several stitches in the same stitch or space indicated
While I believe an advanced beginner absolutely could follow this pattern, you will need to be familiar with these techniques and understand how to work them to feel confident doing so.
DK (Light – 3) weight yarn of your choice.
You will need approximately: 19 oz / 533 g / 1,250 yards.
Lion Brand Coboo in colorway Olive. I used about 5 ½ cakes. This yarn is 51% Cotton and 49% Rayon from bamboo.
4 mm (G-6) hook
Stitch Markers if you prefer them.
(As written in pattern and after blocking)
Wingspan/Length (along shoulders): 72 inches
Width (from neck to back): 18 inches
18 dc x 10 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches. Stitch gauge (18 dc) matters more than row gauge (10 rows) as you can repeat the rows until you reach your desired width.
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
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Dc – Double crochet
- V st – V stitch (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc all in the same stitch or space).
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Spc(s) – Space(s)
- Sk – Skip
- Cluster – A set of 3 double crochets worked all in the same stitch or space.
- This rectangle shawl will benefit from blocking to open up the V stitches but isn’t required.
- This pattern’s stitch multiple is 3 stitches + 1 stitch, not including turning chains.
- You can use another weight of yarn if you prefer but keep in mind that the yarn requirements are listed for DK weight and do not reflect any other weight of yarn.
- Chain 1 and chain 2 at the beginning of a row do not count as stitches. Always place your first stitch of the row in the same stitch you chained out of.
- Stitch counts are referenced at the end of each round in parentheses and bold italics (#).
- Repeats are listed in brackets [ ].
- Instructions within parenthesis ( ) indicate to work all instructions in the same stitch or space.
Blocking the Crochet Wrap
Because this shawl has a slight lacy construction, blocking the shawl is recommended but not required. The shawl itself stays fairly straight so you can certainly get away without blocking, but blocking the shawl will give it a professional finish.
Stitch Count Note
You will notice that throughout this pattern, the stitch count is almost always 304. However, Rows 7 and 8 have a lower stitch count. This lower stitch count is intended. To maintain the straight edges of the shawl, the stitch count must drop slightly. The stitch count will return to 304 in Row 9.
“Space Between Clusters”
You will see instructions stating to place a number of double crochet in the “space between clusters”. A cluster is 3 double crochet all worked into the same stitch or space. Between each cluster worked, we skip stitches. These skipped stitches create a space. An arrow points to this space in the image below.
Any time the instructions state to work in the “space between clusters”, you will work the instructed stitches in this space. In Row 8, the first and last “space” will be between a double crochet and a cluster.
The Melody Rectangle Wrap – Free Crochet Wrap Pattern
Row 1 : Ch 306 and dc 3rd ch from hook and each ch across or Foundation Double Crochet (click for tutorial) 304 sts (304)
Row 2 – Ch 2 (doesn’t count here or throughout), turn. Place 2 dc in first st, sk 2 sts, [V st next, sk 2 sts]. Repeat inside brackets 100x until 1 st remains. 2 dc last st. (4 dc, 100 V sts – 304 sts total, including ch 1 spcs)
Row 3 – Ch 2, turn. Place 2 dc in first st. [Sk 2 sts, 3 dc in ch 1 spc]. Repeat inside brackets 100x until 3 sts remain. Sk 2 sts, 2 dc last st. (304)
Row 4 – Repeat Row 2
Row 5 – Repeat Row 3
Row 6 – Ch 2, turn. Place 1 dc in each st across. (304)
Row 7 – Ch 2, turn. Place 1 dc in first st. [Sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st] Repeat inside brackets 100x until 3 sts remain. Sk 2 sts, 1 dc last st. (302)
Row 8 – Ch 2, turn. 1 dc first st, 2 dc in space between dc and first cluster. Sk 3 sts, [3 dc in space between clusters, sk 3 sts] Repeat inside brackets 99x until only the space between the last cluster and 1 st remains. 2 dc in space between clusters, 1 dc last st. (303)
Row 9 – Ch 2, turn. Place 2 dc in first st, sk 2 sts, 3 dc in space between clusters. [Sk 3 sts, 3 dc in space between clusters]. Repeat inside brackets 99x until 3 sts remain. Sk 2 sts, 2 dc last st. (304)
Row 10 – Ch 2, turn. Place 1 dc in each st across. (304)
Rows 11 through 42 – Repeat Rows 2 through 10 in sequence. For example, Row 11 will be a repeat of Row 2 and Row 12 will be a repeat of Row 3. Row 42 (or your last row worked, if changing size) will be a repeat of Row 6.
Row 1 – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in each st across. At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work along the raw edge. Place 2 sc in side of each dc to end. Ch 2 and rotate to work along the chs of Row 1. Place 1 sc in bottom of each ch across. At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work along the final raw edge. Place 2 sc in side of each dc to end. Ch 2, sl st to first sc made to close. (776 total – 304 on each long side, 84 on each short side)
Row 2 – Ch 1, do not turn. Around the shawl, place 1 sc in each stitch and in each ch 2 corner space, place (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc). At the end of the round, Sl st to first sc made to close. (784)
Cut yarn, weave ends. You’re done!
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The Heather Shawl
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