Two Easy Shawl Shapes

Crocheted shawls come in many shapes and sizes. Learn how to construct a crocheted triangle shawl and a crocheted half-circle shawl.

If you look closely, you will notice that most shawl shapes are a variation of two basic shapes of shawls: the Triangle and the Half-Circle. Creating these shapes are very simple. Follow along with me as I uncover the secrets of creating these two shapes in simple terms.

Triangle Shawls

The most common shawl shape out there is the triangle. A triangle is essentially a square that is cut in half diagonally. However, most crocheted triangles do not turn out as true “right triangles” for a perfect half square. (see Figure 2)

Shaping for a triangle is fairly straightforward: a pair of increases down the center spine, then a single increase along either side of the top edge.

  Figure 1: Diagram of Triangle Shawl showing increases

For this practice in double crochet, you will be increasing/decreasing every row. If you were using single crochet, you would do the increases every other row.

I prefer to have 2 edge stitches on either side of each row as a selvedge to keep the top edge clean and neat. This also creates a double increase at the edge which gives the top edge wings. These wings allow for the shawl to hug the shoulders a little better with fewer problems staying on the body.

Figure 2: Crocheted Triangle Shawl in Double Crochet

Half-Circle Shawl

I think half-circle shawls are the easiest shawl to create. The half-circle is composed of wedges that are all the same size. I prefer using the 6-wedge technique, but you could use 4 or 8 instead. The key to making this work out well is to use an even number. Also, all of the wedges should have the same number of stitches.

Figure 3: Diagram of Half-Circle Shawl showing increases.

I recommend that you do the increases at the beginning of each wedge/repeat. This moves where you place the increases and allows for a smoother bottom edge.

Figure 4: Half-Circle Shawl done in Double Crochet

As you can see, these two shapes are simple to create. Now that you know what it takes to create them, I hope you will grab some yarn and a hook and learn to create your own shawls!
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      • Customer Service

        Hey,

        The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

        Sincerely,
        Sarah
        Creative Crochet Corner

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        • Taryn

          That was an exceptionally rude response. They were simply requesting help, which is the purpose of this site. Just to be clear, no, the article does not “literally” tell you how to make the shawls. It gives ratios and suggestions for increases. There is no indication of how to begin, how many stitches to begin with, how many stitches for each wedge or round, anything. Just a drawing with arrows that are very unclear. I know how to make both types of shawl and still don’t understand what those “diagrams” were supposed to mean. I am appalled at your treatment of your readers. You owe them an apology not just for your response but for the poorly written article. These are NOT instructions and you had no place condescending and disrespecting your readers that way.

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    • Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
    • Donita Cormier

      I would love to make this shawl for me I’ve tried others and they are not that simple

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    • Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
  1. Joanne Siewierski

    I really like and prefer the half-circle shawl shape, being very smooth, whereas the triangle shape looks like two triangles sewn together.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Priscilla,

      Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have a copy of the “Two Easy Shawl Shapes”. The directions are the page on how to make.

      If you have further questions, please chat, email or call Customer Service.

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      Sarah
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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have a copy of the “Two Easy Shawl Shapes”. The directions are the page on how to make.

      If you have further questions, please chat, email or call Customer Service.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Helen. The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.
      Thanks
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Carolyn. The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

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      • Jo

        Love the article on making the shawls. But why do people keep asking for the pattern?the article is the pattern. Anyone who knows how to crochet can work it out. Thank you.

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  2. Betty Clowdus

    I’m a beginner and hope that I can handle these patterns. Please send me both shawl patterns. Thank you.

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  3. JANICE

    I crochet shawls for St Vincent DePaul, would love to try your patterns out for this worthy endeavor.

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  4. Bear

    I’m trying not to laugh at the repetitive nature of these comments, and the response. It would seem obvious that the article does not, in fact, contain sufficient information to allow an inexperienced crocheter to create either shawl. A brief note on how to begin would be enough, as every row repeats. I think it would forestall further requests for the “patterns.”

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Bear,

      Thank you for your feeback! The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      If you need a PDF of instructions on the Easy Crochet Triangle Shawl, here’s a link to free patterns: https://www.creativecrochetcorner.com/free-crochet-patterns/

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
  5. Pattie

    I have read throw the article on the 2 shawls. However, not enough information is provided. I’m really interested in the half circle shawl. It talks about the wedges and designer liking 6 wedge technique and doing the increases at the beginning of each wedge/repeat. However, looking at the picture of the finished shawl I’m not seeing any spaces. Does designer have a technique to accomplish this? I have looked on YouTube and found nothing. The article says it is the easiest of the two. However, more information/details for this pattern would be very helpful and much appreciated. I would love to make these shawls and donate…to people having dialysis, cancer treatments, retirement homes, etc. Thank you for any help. Very much appreciated.

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Pattie,

      Thank you for your feedback! The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      If you need a PDF of instructions on the Easy Crochet Triangle Shawl, here’s a link to free patterns: https://www.creativecrochetcorner.com/free-crochet-patterns/

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
  6. Brenda

    Some people, like me, are inexperienced crocheters and need written instructions. The information in the article is not enough instruction for me.

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  7. Alice Mann

    would love to have the patterns, My sister is in chemo for cancer and has asked me to make shawls for the chemo room because the patients get cold. This looks like it might finish up easy and fast. Thank you

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  8. Gretchen

    I am as confused as everyone else, I think your patterns need a bit motor explanation. For instance, the half circle shawl is described as segments. That is not apparent in the photo. If these are segments, how are they connected. Thanks for considering this.

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Grethen,

      Thank you for your feedback! The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      If you need a PDF of instructions on the Easy Crochet Triangle Shawl, here’s a link to free patterns: https://www.creativecrochetcorner.com/free-crochet-patterns/

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
  9. Bonnie Kuntz

    I would like to try both. I have only made scarves so far. Please send a copy of both. Thank you.

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  10. Mary Giardina

    Please amended me instructions on both shawls. Pattern would have come in handy for my granddaughters shawl I made last year for her First Holy Communion. I fudge the Pattern on my own,
    . Thank you

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  11. Sandy

    I really like the shape of the shawl. I’ve been looking for an easy shall like this pattern. All I see are “granny squares.” I had a wonderful shawl like this long ago & it got lost. PLEASE SEND ME A COPY OF BOTH.

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  12. Catherine

    Please send me a copy of both shawls cold outside and got our first snow ready to crochet

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  13. Baby Blue

    Would you please email me the pattern for both shawls? I would be willing to pay for them. My emails address is CrochetByBabyBlue@outlook.com. Thanks so much for your time>

    Hello,

    The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

    If you need a PDF of instructions on the Easy Crochet Triangle Shawl, here’s a link to free patterns: https://www.creativecrochetcorner.com/free-crochet-patterns/

    Sincerely,
    Sarah
    Creative Crochet Corner

    Reply