While it may still be super warm in Southern California, it’s time to start thinking about cooler weather projects like this easy moss stitch crochet shawl. There is nothing better than wrapping up in something warm and cozy when it’s chilly outside. This easy Moss stitch crochet shawl is actually a revamp of one of my oldest patterns. If you’ve come here from a Pinterest pin and this pattern looks different to the one you clicked through to – that’s why!
This crochet shawl pattern is still as warm, cozy and full of personality as it was before. The construction is a little different, but this new construction allows more ability to customize as you might see fit.
Since this new pattern is a “throwback” to the original version, I’ve decided to call this the Thursday Shawl. See what I did there? 😉
My favorite thing about simple crochet triangle shawls like this one is that they are incredibly easy to customize and, with this one in particular, the weight or fiber of yarn you use doesn’t really matter. You can make it the perfect size and perfect feel just for you.
This easy Moss Stitch crochet shawl is a great project for advanced beginners who are looking to push their skills without leaving their comfort zone too much. It will allow you to work on a larger project that is fun and interesting without going too far beyond what you might already feel comfortable with.
It’s also a fantastic project for advanced crocheters who want something easy and mindless to work on while they watch their favorite TV shows – With this Moss stitch crochet shawl, you won’t miss any important plot points! Win/Win.
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Let’s Talk Yarn
For this pattern, I ultimately decided to use Yarn Bee’s Yarntopia. Honestly, I was browsing the shelves at Hobby Lobby one day and the second I touched this yarn, I knew I had to have it. This sport weight yarn is so soft that it feels like an absolute dream to touch.
The resulting Moss stitch crochet shawl from this yarn is soft, warm and squishy. I love when crochet projects end up having a bit of a squish to them. I chose the colors Ivory (white), Gold (yellow) and Cerulean Sea (blue) because I apparently can’t control myself when it comes to white, yellow and blue together (I’m not complaining – They’re gorgeous). I love the vintage, almost 50s kitchen style this palette of colors creates.
The Perfect Cozy Shawl
This easy crochet triangle shawl is absolutely perfect for those fall days when it’s cool enough to need a little something to wrap up in but warm enough that you don’t need a huge jacket. It’s also perfect for being wrapped up and cozy while relaxing on the couch.
The Moss stitch gives this shawl a beautiful woven texture while staying slightly stretchy and warm. It also adds a little zig-zag of personality to the shawl when the color changes which is a fun and simple way to add a little more personality.
This crochet triangle shawl is worked from the center outward. This means both the wingspan (the part you wrap around your shoulders) and the length (the point that hangs down) get larger and larger as you work rows. This construction makes it super easy to decide on your perfect shawl size as you can start and stop the row repeats whenever you like.
With the stripes of color getting larger and larger as we work our way out, the Thursday shawl is sure to be beautiful in any three colors you decide and would be a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.
How to Crochet the Moss Stitch
The Thursday Shawl utilizes the Moss stitch throughout. The moss stitch is an easy and quick stitch that is honestly one of my go-to stitches. If you haven’t worked this stitch before, I recommend checking out my tutorial for how to work this stitch in rows.
While the tutorial creates a square instead of a triangle, it will still help with identifying chain 1 spaces and provide understanding of how the stitch works so you can feel confident moving forward with this Moss stitch crochet shawl.
The Moss stitch is simply a repeat of single crochets followed by a chain one space. Throughout this pattern, you’ll be placing a single crochet in chain 1 spaces and chaining 1 to skip over the single crochet of the previous row.
Advanced Beginner – You should know how to chain, single crochet, work into chain spaces and start a project using a circle (whether chains or magic circle).
You will need a Sport weight (Fine – 2) yarn of your choice. You will need three colors.
You will need approximately
Color A: 6.2 ounces/175 grams/ 485 yards
Color B: 3.6 ounces/100 grams/103 yards
Color C: 5 ounces/140 grams/387 yards
I used Yarn Bee’s Yarntopia in Ivory (CA, white), Gold (CB, yellow) and Cerulean Sea (CC, blue).
You can use a heavier weight yarn if you prefer however, keep in mind that the yarn usage listed above is ONLY for sport weight yarn. Your yarn usage will be different if you use a different weight.
4.5 mm (7) hook – Check out my favorite crochet hook!
Stitch markers, if you prefer them
Matching gauge perfectly isn’t a requirement for this pattern as you can work the shawl to your desired size.
However, you can check your gauge after completing Row 8. Your work should be approximately 4 inches wide along the wingspan.
NOTE: 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 slightly off.
Wingspan (width): Approximately 64 inches.
Length (at longest point): Approximately 28 inches.
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- Ch – Chain
- Sc – Single Crochet
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Sk – Skip
- Spc – Space
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets
- (…) – Instructions within the pattern listed in parenthesis ( ) indicate to work all stitches in the same space.
- (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of row in ( ) and bold italics.
- This triangle shawl is worked from the top center outward.
- Pattern is written to a specific size however, if you want to make your shawl more or less wide, you can include or omit row repeats as instructed in the pattern.
- Chain 3 to start a row always counts as a single crochet and a chain 1 space.
- This pattern utilizes the Moss (or Linen) stitch. This stitch is a sequence of a chain 1, skip 1 and single crochet in the next.
- You will always chain 1 to skip a single crochet and place a single crochet in a chain 1 space.
- To change color when instructed, finish your last stitch of the row with your new color.
- This shawl is written to use Sport (Fine – 2) weight yarn which gives the finished piece a beautiful drape while remaining warm and squishy. You can use any weight of yarn you prefer.
- Keep in mind, the shawl’s dimensions will be larger if you decide to use a heavier weight yarn.
- Yarn requirements are listed for Sport (Fine – 2) weight. If you use a different yarn weight, your usage will be different.
SPECIAL NOTE – STITCH MARKERS
If you have never worked the Moss stitch before, I highly recommend using stitch markers to mark your first and last chain 1 space as well as your chain 2 space. This will help ensure that your triangle increases properly.
Especially in the first couple of rows, the chain 1 spaces can be difficult to identify if you are not familiar with this stitch.
After a few rows, the stitch pattern will look much more obvious and these spaces will be easier to find.
STITCH COUNT NOTE
This pattern is a one row repeat after Row 4, so you will be instructed to repeat the row a certain number of times with the specified color. This means that there won’t be specific stitch counts throughout the written pattern unless the row is specifically written out (not a repeat row).
Each row increases by 2 single crochet and 2 chain 1 spaces. You will always have 1 chain 2 space, which creates the point of the triangle.
The PDF pattern that is available for purchase in my Etsy shop has a full table of all the stitch counts, if you prefer.
How to Make this Moss Stitch Crochet Shawl
Row 1 – In magic circle, ch 3 (counts as sc and ch 1 spc here and throughout). Place 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc in circle. Pull tail tight. (4 sc, 2 ch 1 spcs, 1 ch 2 spc)
*Chain spaces might be difficult to see, I recommend marking each with a stitch marker as you make the chain space if you haven’t worked Moss stitch before.
Row 2 – Ch 3, turn. Sk 1st sc, place sc in ch 1 spc. Ch 1, sk 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch 1 spc (created by ch 3 in Row 1). (6 sc, 4 ch 1 spcs, 1 ch 2 spc)
Row 3 – Ch 3, turn. Sk first sc, place sc in ch 1 spc. Ch 1, sk 1, sc next ch 1 spc. Ch 1, sk 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch 2 spc. Ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch 1 spc. Ch 1, sk 1 (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch 1 spc. (8 sc, 6 ch 1 spcs, 1 ch 2 spc)
Row 4 – Ch 3, turn. [Sk sc, place sc in ch 1 spc, ch 1] across side to the ch 2 spc. Sk sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch 2 spc. Ch 1, [sk sc, place sc in ch 1 spc, ch 1] across side until 1 ch 1 space remains. In the last space, (sc, ch 1, sc). (10 sc, 6 ch 1 spcs, 1 ch 2 spc)
Rows 5 through Row 10 – Repeat Row 4. Finish last st of Row 10 with CB.
Rows 11 through Row 16 – Repeat Row 4 using CB. Finish last st of Row 16 with CA.
Rows 17 through 26 – Repeat Row 4 using CA. Finish last st of Row 26 with CC.
Rows 27 through 32 – Repeat Row 4 using CC. Finish last st of Row 32 with CA.
Rows 33 through 42 – Repeat Row 4 using CA. Finish last st of Row 42 with CB.
Rows 43 through 52 – Repeat Row 4 using CB. Finish last st of Row 52 with CA.
Rows 53 through 62 – Repeat Row 4 using CA. Finish last st of Row 62 with CC.
Rows 63 through 72 – Repeat Row 4 using CC. Finish last st of Row 72 with CA.
Rows 73 through 82 – Repeat Row 4 using CA. Finish last st of Row 82 with CB.
Rows 83 through 96 – Repeat Row 4 using CB. Finish last st of Row 96 with CA.
Rows 97 through 106 – Repeat Row 4 using CA. Finish last st of Row 106 with CC.
Rows 107 through 120 – Repeat Row 4 using CC.
Trim yarn, weave ends. Add fringe or tassels, if preferred.
Shawl may need a light blocking to maintain shape. I pinned mine in place and left it overnight, no water was required.
All done! I hope you love the Thursday Shawl as much as I do! Isn’t the Moss stitch so soothing to work?
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