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Wichita Shawl – Free Crochet Pattern

Looking for a light and airy shawl pattern for the fall? The Wichita Shawl is a free crochet pattern that combines stitches of multiple heights for a wavy pattern that is visually striking but easy to create. Stitches worked in the back loop add a pop of texture for a truly stunning piece to add to your handmade wardrobe.

The Inspiration

The inspiration for this shawl came to me when I was swatching for another project (that is currently in WIP timeout). I fell in love with the flowy stitch pattern and loved how the negative space between the stitches played just as a big of a part as the stitches themselves. I knew it would make for a wonderful shawl. When I shared a WIP pic on Instagram asking for name suggestions, a lot of people suggested names that incorporated wheat. I took a spin on that and went with Wichita, a town in Kansas.

The Yarn

I wanted to use a yarn that would let the stitch pattern shine, but that would also have some visually interesting elements of it’s own. I rummaged through my stash and ultimately settled on this beautiful WeCrochet Stroll Tonal in Poppyfield. I love how the yarn has pops of darker and lighter color, and it is somewhere between a mustard yellow and a warm orange. It’s perfect for autumn and will pair nicely with many things in my closet.

If you’d like to try a different yarn, I suggest WeCrochet Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye or Stroll Gradient. I have used both of these yarns for shawls and they have excellent drape and block well.

The Pattern

You can find the full free pattern below, or you can pick up a low cost PDF in my Ravelry or Etsy shops at the links below.

Materials needed

WeCrochet Stroll Tonal or similar fingering weight yarn, 1250 yards

3.75 mm (US F) crochet hook, or size needed to meet gauge

Darning needle

Scissors

Gauge

22 dc by 8.5 rows = 4″ 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

st(s) – stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch

fdc – foundation double crochet

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

tc – treble crochet 

st-dc – standing double crochet

st-tc – standing treble crochet

blo – back loop only

sk – skip

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

Measurements

80” x 22” blocked

Notes:

  • Shawl is worked in one piece.
  • Ch 1 does not count as a st.
  • Ch 3 counts as a tc unless otherwise noted.
  • St counts are indicated in < > where there is a change.
  • You may increase or decrease the length of your shawl by adding or removing row repeats.
  • Additional length will result in additional yardage required.
  • Find a tutorial for st-dc here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBp-bO2EQRE (alternatively you may substitute ch 2 for the st-dc)
  • Find a tutorial for st-tc here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBDDO-VYhI
  • (alternatively you may substitute ch 3 for the st-tc)

Row 1 (RS): Fdc 99, turn. <99 dc>

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, *sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * 5 more times, sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, sc 1, turn. <50sts, 49 ch sp>

Row 3: Repeat row 2.

Row 4: St-dc, dc in every ch sp and st across, turn. <99 dc>

Row 5: St-dc, dc blo across until one st remains, dc in last st, turn. <99 dc>

Row 6: St-tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, *sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * 4 more times, sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, sc 1, ch 1, sk 1, hdc 1, ch 1, sk 1, dc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, ch 1, sk 1, tc 1, turn. <50 sts, 49 ch sp>

Row 7: Repeat row 6.

Row 8: St-dc, dc in every ch sp and st across, turn. <99 dc>

Row 9: St-dc, dc blo across until one st remains, dc in last st, turn. <99 dc>

Rows 10 – 161: Repeat rows 2 – 9.

Rows 162 – 164: Repeat rows 2 – 4.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Wet block to measurements specified.

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