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Easy Crochet Shawl Pattern For Beginners | California Wrap

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The California Wrap is an easy crochet shawl pattern. This beginner friendly crochet pattern uses simple stitches to lend this gorgeous wrap its drape and flow.

Rectangular shawls are so easy to crochet. There is no shaping to this crochet wrap so beginners don’t need to worry about increases or decreases.

I love designing easy patterns that are relaxing crochet projects to work on in the evening. This easy shawl pattern fits the bill!

Brown, green and cream striped crochet shawl wrapped on mannequin with wood shawl stick.

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Styling Ideas

Style the California Wrap as a simple scarf when you only need minimal coverage. Drape it over your shoulder when those summer afternoons give way to cooler evening temperatures.

Simplicity and flexibility are this crochet wrap’s best features. Even in our hottest season the mornings can be cool and a lightweight shawl for your shoulders is perfect.

Crochet shawl styled as scarf around mannequin neck.

The Stitch

For this shawl I wanted a beginner crocheter to be confident making so I chose of the basic crochet stitches, the single crochet.

It’s a simple and easy stitch. For this shawl design I chose a larger hook and to work in the front loop.

Crocheting in the front loop only adds essential drape to this easy crochet pattern. This simple stitch allows the beauty of the yarn to shine through.

Crochet shawl in Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball in greens and browns on mannequin secured with shawl stick.

I found this lovely hand carved shawl stick from the Etsy shop WoodenItBeLovely. I love how simple it is which makes it the perfect compliment to the California Wrap.

The Yarn

This self striping yarn worked up beautifully. It’s Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball. The blend of these neutrals truly does the color work for you. The metallic shine woven throughout kicks up the classy factory for sure.

These greens and neutrals are so reminiscent of the area in California where I live. We have a lot of trees, but it’s relatively dry. This gives us plenty of dry, dusty land with those golden hills.

The self striping yarn means there are minimal ends to weave in. But you can choose different colors and have more control over your striping if you prefer.

You can substitute another yarn if you need to, just be sure it’s the same yarn weight. Checking gauge is the best way to see how your chosen yarn works out.

Full length view of striped crochet shawl on mannequin.

This one is so versatile-style as a scarf or wrap it around your shoulders. I love options.

Looking for something a bit cozier? Check out my Easy Storm Ridge Wrap on Underground Crafter. This one is extra long and luxurious.

More Free Crochet Shawl Patterns

You might also like the Mila Color Block Shawl pattern which is worked sideways and such a great use of yarn already in your stash. This is a great project for an advanced beginner crocheter.

The Littorina is an easy rectangle shawl pattern with a simple four row repeat that’s primarily double crochet stitches.

The Vera shawl crochet pattern combines easy lace with chunky yarn for a quick make and a beautiful shawl.

This crochet triangle shawl is a beauty and uses basic stitches too.

If you are also a knitter (or want to learn) there is a knit version of this shawl.


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Materials

  • 6.5 mm crochet hook* (US Size K) or hook size need to meet gauge.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers can be helpful for beginners to mark beginning and end stitches. But they’re not necessary.

Yarn By Size

52″ length x 21″ width – 800 yd

60″ length x 21″ width – 920 yd

68″ length x 21″ width – 1043 yd

74″ length x 21″ width – 1135 yd

picture of beige brown crochet stitch close up

I love the threads of gold and color changes in this yarn. As your shawl works up, you’ll see the horizontal lines of the back loops showing.

Notes

  1. This shawl is worked on the long edge, so you can adjust your starting stitch count to make a shorter or longer shawl.
  2. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations

Fsc – foundation single crochet

ch (s) – chain (s)  

Flo – front loop only

sc (s) – single crochet (s) 

rep – repeat

st (s) – stitch (es)

Skill Level

Beginner

Gauge

4”/ 10 cm x 4”/ 10 cm = 13 flo sc x 15 rows of flo sc

Finished dimensions

52″ length x 21″ width

60″ length x 21″ width

68″ length x 21″ width

74″ length x 21″ width

Adjustments

To adjust your shawl length, you may chain any number of stitches. Just note that 1 will be a turning chain. If you are meeting gauge, then for every 13 chs you add/subtract your shawl will be 4”/10cm longer/shorter.

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Beige green shawl wrapped mannequin.

California Summer Wrap Crochet Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $7

The California Wrap is an easy, beginner crochet shawl pattern. The simple stitches are relaxing for beginners or advanced crocheters.

Materials

  • #4 med worsted weight yarn

Tools

  • 6.5mm (K) hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

To Crochet a:

  1. 52" length shawl chain 167
  2. 60" length shawl chain 193
  3. 68" length shawl chain 218
  4. 74" length shawl chain 237

Pattern

  1. Foundation single crochet row.Row 1. Chain 167 (193, 218, 237) then sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn. (166, 192, 217, 236 sts) OR if you are familiar with foundation sc sts then you can fsc 166 (192, 217, 236) instead.
  2. Ch 1 for row 2.Row 2. Ch 1 (this does not count as a st), work in the front loop only flo sc in the next st and in each st across, turn. (166, 192, 217, 236 sts)Row 2 complete of front loop single crochets.
  3. Rows 3-80. Continue to repeat Row 2 for 21" / 53 cm or until wrap is as deep as you would like.
  4. Cut yarn.
  5. Weave in ends.

Notes

Alternatively you may consider starting and ending each row with a regular single crochet-under both loops.

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