Grand Canyon Shawl

grand canyon shawl

I adore shawls!

With this pattern, I kind of worked backwards in my design. First I picked the yarn. This pattern uses the Lion Brand Heartland yarn. This is the first time I’ve ever worked with this and I tell you what…I don’t think I’ve ever felt a softer yarn. Hands down. And I’m not an affiliate for Lion Brand.

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grand canyon shawl

Second, I had to decide what I was going to do with it. Since winter is coming, I knew that I wanted to make something I could wear.

Then I remembered how cold it is in our unheated mudroom that I have to walk out into in the dead of winter when it’s snowing and blowing to let our dogs outside. Usually I just run really quickly to the door, trying to spend the least amount of time possible out there.

grand canyon shawl

And that’s when it hit me. I could use a shawl to keep by my door that I could just throw over my shoulders quickly. I also thought that it would be great for taking the kids to the bus stop…at least before the snow begins to fly. After that, it’s a parka all the way. 🙂

The wind was not cooperating! LOL!

I wanted to create a shawl that wasn’t the more traditional triangle shape or rectangle shaped wrap. While I do still love those shapes, I was anxious to make something different. This shawl is V-shaped.

I found this stitch in my copy of the Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs that has 500 stitch patterns in it! This is my go-to book for inspiration! You can purchase a copy for your own library at the link. I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you if you purchase through my link. It helps me to continue to provide free patterns to you, so thank you for your support!

This shawl is long too. I made sure that it reached below my bottom. I wanted something I could snuggle in, something to keep me warm.

UPDATE: I’ve had several requests to update the pattern to include plus sizes. This shawl fits a L/XL, which is what I am, but now the pattern contains the stitch counts for 2XL and 3XL!

grand canyon shawl

I created a photo tutorial for all of the stitches required for this shawl. You can find that in depth, step-by-step photo tutorial at the link.

The pattern is a row of only double crochets and a row of “X” stitches alternated. I would say that this pattern is intermediate level.

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Grand Canyon Shawl

Materials Used:

Finished Size Approximately:

37.5” height (from bottom center point to opposite end) x 50.5” width (56″ width, 61″ width)

Gauge:

12 double crochet stitches and 7 rows of the pattern in a 4” (10cm) square.

Special Stitches:

“X” Stitch (X-st)

Skip one st. YO, insert hook into next st, YO and draw back through the st, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through last 2 loops on hook. Pinch the dc you just made so that you can maneuver around it (I found it makes it easier to work around by pinching it), YO, insert hook into the skipped stitch (working over top of the first dc). Bring the hook forward so your first dc is tucked behind your hook (not back through the stitch yet, but in front of the dc.) YO and now bring back through the st. YO and draw through 2 loops, YO and draw through 2 more loops. They form an “X” shape.

Increase “X” Stitch (Inc X-st)

Do not skip a st like you would with the regular X-st. Instead, work the entire X-st into one st, by YO, insert hook into st, YO and draw back through the st, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, YO and draw through last 2 loops on hook. Pulling the dc you just made off to the side to expose the same st you just worked into, YO, insert hook into the same stitch (working over top of the first dc). Bring the hook forward so your first dc is tucked behind your hook (not back through the stitch yet, but in front of the dc.) YO and now bring back through the st. YO and draw through 2 loops, YO and draw through 2 more loops.

Double Crochet 4 Together (dc4tog)

YO and insert hook into designated stitch, YO and pull back through st. YO and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull back through st. YO and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull back through st. YO and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull back through st. You now have five loops on your hook, YO and draw through all five loops.

Abbreviations:

FC – foundation chain or beginning chain
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
X-st – “X” Stitch
Inc X-st – Increase “X” Stitch
dc4tog – double crochet 4 together
YO – yarn over

Notes:

  • There is a very detailed, step-by-step photo tutorial for the X-st, the Inc X-st and the dc4tog here where you can make a swatch before trying out the entire pattern if you want.
  • Because of the shape of this shawl and the reduction of stitches in the center where the dc4tog stitch is, you will have to increase on either end of each row. It’s written in the directions below and also addressed and demonstrated in the photo tutorial link above.
  • You have two options for the trim. The easiest option is to single crochet evenly around the perimeter using the Grand Canyon color. The second and more time consuming option is to change the color as the colors change in the shawl. More information is written in the Trim section at the end of the pattern. Be sure to read the entire Trim section before beginning.
  • The first number of stitches refers to the L/XL sized pattern. The second number is for the 2X size and the third number is for the 3X size.
  • For the 2X and 3X sizes, you have the option to make the shawl longer if you desire. Since the number of stitches is the same in every row, you can simply add more rows to your desired length.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Using Grand Canyon

FC: Ch 202 (218, 234)

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (The 3 chs count as a dc). Dc in next 96 (104, 112) chs. Dc4tog using next 4 stitches. Dc in next 98 (106, 114) chs. Turn. (196, 212, 228 dc’s)

Row 2: Ch 3, in the same st the ch 3 comes from, work an Inc X-st. In the next st, Inc X-st. Work a regular X-st, 47 (51, 55) more times. Dc4tog using next 4 sts. Work a regular X-st, 47 (51, 55) times. In the next st, Inc X-st. In the next st, Inc X-st. Dc in the 3rd ch of the turning ch of the previous row. Turn. (98, 106, 114 X-sts)

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st ch 3 comes from. Dc in next 96 (104, 112) sts. Dc4tog using next 4 sts. Dc in next 96 (104, 112) sts. In last ch, 2 dc. Turn. (196, 212, 228 dc’s)

For all even rows, repeat Row 2.

For all odd rows, repeat Row 3.

Color Pattern

Rows 1 – 4: Grand Canyon

Rows 5 – 8: Mammoth Cave

Rows 9 – 38: Grand Canyon

Rows 39 – 42: Mammoth Cave

Rows 43 – 46: Grand Canyon

After Row 46, don’t finish off.

Trim

You have two options.

The easiest option is ch 1 and single crochet evenly around the perimeter of the shawl using the Grand Canyon colored yarn. Just be sure to work 3 sc in each corner. Sl st in the first sc of the trim. Finish off. Weave in end.

Option 2 is more challenging and time consuming.

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Using Grand Canyon, ch 1 and sc evenly all along the edges with that corresponding color. Be sure to work 3 sc in each corner. When you come to the end of a color section, you will change the color of the yarn by following this method:

For the last sc of Grand Canyon, YO and insert hook into st. YO and draw back through st. You will have 2 Grand Canyon colored loops on hook. Drop or cut the first color. With the Mammoth Cave color, YO and draw through the 2 loops on the hook. Continue to sc using the new color. On the last st of the new color, when you need to change colors again, repeat the process and change back to the other color.

Continue changing colors around the perimeter of the shawl. I used this method for the example and after every color change, I cut the previous color leaving a 3”-4” tail. I tied the cut tail to the new color of yarn very close to the stitch. After completing the trim, sl st in 1st sc of trim round. Finish off.

Use a tapestry needle to tuck in all loose ends.

Note: If you don’t want to cut the yarn after every color change, you can always carry along, crocheting over top of the unused strand. Either method will work fine.

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14 thoughts on “Grand Canyon Shawl

  1. I absolutely love the look of this shawl but for the life of me cannot get the numbers to work for me. I get the first 98 .. then dc 4 tog which makes 1 stitch then 96 .. that comes to a total of 195 sts where as it says 196 in the pattern. I tried doing 98 dc4 tog and 98 and the second row still comes up with 2 sts too many… Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    1. Hi Beth! I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with the pattern, but the truth is that you found a typo. It is supposed to be 98 dc’s on either side of the dc4tog. And every dc row from there on out, would still have 98 dc’s on one side and 98 dc’s on the other side for a total of 196 dc’s. (I didn’t count the center dc4tog for the end total in parenthesis.)

      Now, you said that you worked the pattern with the 98 dc’s on either side, but your next Row had 2 sts too many. The only thing I can think of that may have caused that (without actually looking at it) is if you worked all of your X-sts into 2 sts instead of the Inc X-st. The Inc X-st is worked into the first 2 sts and the last 2 sts of the row.

      I’d love to talk to you more about this and possibly see a picture if you could take one? If you’d like, please email me at highlandhickorydesigns at gmail dot com.

      I hope at least some of this was helpful.

      Erica

  2. I have started this four times now and cant get the numbers right. is it possible to have a base of 201 stitches? i keep getting off by one. please help:) I really want to make this shawl

    1. Hi Sharon!

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble. I just crocheted the foundation chain and the first row again and the numbers are correct. I have a few questions/suggestions for you so we can figure out what happened. Did you work your first dc into the 4th ch from you hook? Those skipped 3 chains count as a dc as well. So including that ch 3 and the dc you just made, you then dc 96 more times for a total of 98 dc’s. Then you dc4tog and then dc 98 more times. So there is a total of 98 dc’s on either side of the dc4tog. If you are still having trouble, please let me know!

  3. Hi Erica 🙂
    Is there probably any print-friendly version for this fabulous project?

    Have a nice day.

    Katarina

    1. Hi Katarina! I’m sorry. I’m still new to blogging and I’m not sure how to do those things yet. I believe there should be print button on your computer somewhere, but that depends on which kind you’re using. The only thing I can suggest is the PDF you can purchase through my shop. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

      Erica

    1. Hi Sharon! After looking at the shawl that I made that is the smallest size from my pattern (L/XL), my recommendation would be to keep the original foundation chain (beginning chain) and simply omit 6-8 rows from the pattern depending on how tall you are. I hope this helps!

      Erica

  4. This is very cool. Initially, I thought you meant a triangular shawl. But this is unique. I’ve added it to my Ravelry queue. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. You’re so welcome, Joanne! I thought it was going to be very unique too because I tried looking for others on Pinterest that were similar and didn’t find much. Mostly fabric shawls in that shape. I’m so glad you like it! Thank you!

      Erica

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