Free Asymmetrical Crochet Shawl Pattern

Last Updated on October 7, 2023

The Sashay Asymmetrical crochet shawl pattern is a triangle-shaped shawl.
The asymmetrical triangle construction is similar to the Flowers for Simone Shawl and creates a narrow and long triangle shape, which makes it almost into an asymmetrical crochet scarf.
This fun pattern is full of texture, with the addition of colorwork to add more interest to the shawl.

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How to Crochet an Asymmetrical Shawl?

When crocheting an asymmetrical triangle shawl, your pattern will usually work sideways rather than from the top down.
To create the asymmetrical crochet shawl shape when starting from the tip of the triangle you then have two options. 
The first one is increasing one side of the square every few rows, the other option which will be used in the Sashay Shawl is increasing every few rows and decreasing in bigger intervals which creates “steps” at the edge of the shawl. 

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The Sashay Triangle Crochet Shawl Design and Construction

The Sashay crochet shawl is made using the half double crochet V stitch for a beautiful texture, with V-puff stitches ‘columns’ along the shawl crocheted with different colors creating diagonal lines.
The asymmetrical construction is made by increasing every 3 rows, and decreasing every 20 rows.
I know it sounds complicated, but it’s easier than it looks and once you get the hang of it, you’ll get into the rhythm!
Make sure to read the pattern notes before starting the shawl.

crochet triangle shawl pattern


What Type of Yarn Should You For Your Crochet Shawl?

My favorite type of yarn to use for shawls and scarves is cotton, or natural fiber mix yarn because it has a great stitch definition, but any wool or acrylic kind of yarn will be great for this pattern.
For this crochet shawl, I used Knit Picks – CotLin yarn. This is a DK (#3) weight yarn, it is 70% Tangius Cotton & 30% Linen, the fiber is easy to work with and really nice and soft, with a great stitch definition.
More great yarn options for this project would be:
Lion Brand – Truboo
Lion Brand – Cotton Bamboo
Premier Anti-Pilling – Everyday DK


Inspiration for Your Crochet Shawl

If you want to get some inspiration for color combination, take a look at the beautiful shawls made by my wonderful testers!

You can find the ad-free PDF pattern with the full photo-tutorial at one of my shops below: 


Looking for more crochet inspiration? Check out these other free patterns on the blog:

  1. Sea Breeze Infinity Scarf
  2. Follow Your Path Cowl
  3. Paved Diamonds Rug
  4. Bobbles Christmas Tree


Asymmetrical Shawl Free Crochet Pattern


Materials

– 4.0 / G mm crochet hook (I love the Etimo and Clover hooks).
– DK (#3) weight yarn. For this pattern I used Knit Picks – CotLin yarn.
Total amount of yarn needed
Color A (Sagebrush) – 300gr/738yds/672m

Color B (Linen) – 50gr/123yds/112m
Color C (Flamingo) – 50gr/74yds/67m
– 1 Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

More great yarn options for this design:
Lion Brand – Truboo
Lion Brand – Cotton Bamboo
Premier Anti-Pilling – Everyday DK


Skill level – intermediate

Gauge (in half double crochet) – 16 sts and 12 rows = 4 in/10 cm with 4.0mm / G hook.

Abbreviations (US)

ch – chain
st – stitch
hdc – half double crochet

V-hdc – [1hdc, ch1, 1hdc] in same space / stitch
Puff – (yo, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop) x 3 times working into same st, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook
V-puff – [1puff, ch1, 1puff]

Finished size – 63x20in (160x50cm)

Notes

  • The shawl starts at one end and is worked from side to side. After the setup section, the shawl is increasing every 3 rows on one side and decreases every 20 rows on the other side creating “steps”.
  • A new V-puff “column” is added after every 4 V-hdc “columns”.
  • ch2 at the beginning of the row counts as 1hdc.
  • ch3 at the beginning of the row counts as 1hdc+ch1.
  • Changing colors is optional, you can crochet the shawl with only one color and ignore the changing colors instructions.
  • When indicated [X], then you change to the indicated color (A / B / C).
  • When changing colors: at the last stitch before changing the color- work the stitch with the same color, then at the last yarn over pick up the new color and finish the stitch with the new color, ending with the new color on your hook.
  • When changing colors, make sure to keep your yarn on the same side of the work.
  • When changing color in the middle of the row, work over the main color (color A), so it won’t be seen.

    The Sashay Shawl was featured in the Springtime Blog Hop event which was hosted by Trista by Crochets by Trista between March 1st-20th 2022.

Color Planning For Your Crochet Shawl

Crochet shawl color planning

Triangle Shawl Crochet Diagram

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Sashay Asymmetrical Crochet Shawl Written Instructions

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Setup Section

With color A – Ch 3

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, ch1, 1hdc in same 3rd ch, turn. (1 hdc, 1 V-hdc)

Row 2: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, 1hdc in next hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 1 V-hdc)

Row 3 (increase row): ch3, skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, turn. (1 ch, 1 hdc, 1 V-hdc)

Row 4: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, skip next hdc, V-hdc in next ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 2 V-hdc)

Row 5: ch2, skip next hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, turn. (1 hdc, 2 V-hdc)

Row 6: ch2, skip next hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1, 1hdc in next hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 2 V-hdc)

Row 7 (increase row): ch3, * skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 ch, 1 hdc, 2 V-hdc)

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Row 8: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, skip next hdc, V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 3 V-hdc)

Row 9: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 hdc, 3 V-hdc)

Row 10: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, 1hdc in next hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 3 V-hdc)

Rows 11-14: Repeat rows 7-10 (2 hdc, 4 V-hdc at row 14)

Row 15: Repeat row 7 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 4 V-hdc)

Row 16 (adding V-puff): ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to last hdc, skip next hdc, V-puff in ch-3, turn.  (1hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 17: ch2, skip 1st puff, V-puff in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 18: ch2, skip 1st hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 hdc, V-hdc in next ch-1; repeat from * to V-puff, skip next puff, V-puff in next ch-1, 1hdc in last puff (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)


Main Section

** From now on, both V-hdc and V-puff will be referred to as V-st. You will be working a V-hdc into V-hdc stitches and a V-puff into V-puff stitches.

When a new V-st will be added into the ch-3, it will be indicated whether it is a V-puff or V-hdc.

Row 19 (decrease row): ch3, * skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to last V-st (don’t work into last ch-1), turn. (1 ch, 1 hdc, 3 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 20: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-hdc in ch-3, turn.  (1 hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 21: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 22: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, 1hdc in last hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 23 (increase row): ch3, * skip 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 ch, 1 hdc, 4 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 24: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 5 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 25: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 hdc, 5 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Row 26: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, 1hdc in last hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 5 V-hdc, 1 V-puff)

Rows 27-34: Repeat rows 23-26 twice more. (2 hdc, 7 V-hdc, 1 V-puff at row 34)

Row 35: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 7 V-hdc. 1 V-puff)

Row 36 (adding color to new V-puff column): [A] ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, [B] V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 7 hdc, 2 V-puff)

Row 37: [B] ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
[A]
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to the end, turn. (1 hdc, 7 hdc, 2 V-puff)

Row 38: [A] ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to last V-st, [B] V-st in next ch-1, 1hdc in last hdc (not in the top of ch-2), turn. (2 hdc, 7 V-hdc, 2 V-puff)

Row 39 (decrease row): [B] ch3, skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1.
[A] * skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to last V-st (don’t work into last ch-1), turn. (1ch, 1 hdc, 6 V-hdc, 2 V-puff)

Row 40:
[A] ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to 2nd V-puff, [B] V-st in next ch-1,
[A] V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 7 V-hdc, 2 V-puff)

** When the V-puff is worked not with the main color [A], crochet over color A to carry it along, so it won’t be seen.

* From now on you will be working in each stitch as the same color as the stitch from the previous row you are working into.

** Every time a new color will be added, it will be mentioned.

Rows 41-42: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 7 V-hdc, 2 V-puff at row 42)

Rows 43-54: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 2 V-puff at row 54)

Row 55: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 2 V-puff)

Row 56 (adding V-puff column): ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 3 V-puff)

Rows 57-58: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 3 V-puff at row 58)

Row 59 (decrease row): ch3, skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to last V-st (don’t work into last ch-1), turn. (1ch, 1 hdc, 9 V-hdc, 3 V-puff)

puff stitch crochet shawl
Row 59

Row 60: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 3 V-puff)

Rows 61-62: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 10 V-hdc, 3 V-puff at row 62)

Rows 63-74: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 13 V-hdc, 3 V-puff at row 74)

Row 75: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 13 V-hdc, 3 V-puff)

Row 76 (adding color to new V-puff column): ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, [C] V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 13 hdc, 4 V-puff)

Rows 77-78: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 13 V-hdc, 4 V-puff at row 78)

 

Row 79 (decrease row): Repeat row 39 (1 hdc, 12 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)
** Your last V-st in this row will be V-puff.

Row 80: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, [A] V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 13 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)

Rows 81-82: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 13 V-hdc, 4 V-puff at row 82)

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Row 90

Rows 83-94: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 16 V-hdc, 4 V-puff at row 94)

Row 95: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 16 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)

Row 96 (adding V-puff column): ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 16 V-hdc, 5 V-puff)

Rows 97-98: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 16 V-hdc, 5 V-puff at row 98)

Row 99 (decrease row): Repeat row 39 (1 hdc, 15 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)

Row 100: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 16 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)

Rows 101-102: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 17 V-hdc, 4 V-puff at row 102)

Rows 103-114: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 20 V-hdc, 4 V-puff at row 114)

Row 115: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 20 V-hdc, 4 V-puff)

Row 116 (adding color to new V-puff column): ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, [B] V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 20 hdc, 5 V-puff)

Rows 117-118: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 20 V-hdc, 5 V-puff at row 118)

Row 119 (decrease row): Repeat row 39 (1 hdc, 19 V-hdc, 5 V-puff)

Row 120: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, [A] V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 20 V-hdc, 5 V-puff)

Rows 121-122: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 20 V-hdc, 5 V-puff at row 122)

Rows 123-134: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 5 V-puff at row 134)

Row 135: Repeat row 23 (1 ch, 1 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 5 V-puff)

Row 136 (adding V-puff column): ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* Skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * to ch-3, V-puff in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 6 V-puff)

Rows 137-138: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 6 V-puff at row 138)

Row 139 (decrease row): Repeat row 39 (1 hdc, 22 V-hdc, 6 V-puff)

Row 140: ch2, skip 1st st, V-st in next ch-1.
* skip next 2 sts, V-st in next ch-1; repeat from * ch-3, V-hdc in ch-3, turn. (1 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 6 V-puff)

Rows 141-142: Repeat rows 25-26. (2 hdc, 23 V-hdc, 6 V-puff at row 142)

Rows 143-154: Repeat rows 23-26 three more times. (2 hdc, 26 V-hdc, 6 V-puff at row 154)

Bind off, weave in the ends, soak and block.


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5 Comments

  1. Thank you ! Happy Hanukkah! I am trying to figure out how to crochet this as a rectangle – it would make a lovely blanket! If I could just figure out what the multiple is to initially chain and how to start and end each row…

    1. Thanks Meredith!
      That’s an interesting question, the shawl is made using the V-hdc stitch.
      When this V stitch is worked flat, it is worked over an even number of chains.
      You can use this tutorial for the V-hdc stitch: https://madebygootie.com/crochet/half-double-crochet-v-stitch/
      I hope it helps!

  2. Thank you for doing the 8 days of lights pattern event. It was a wonderful idea. Happy Hanukkah to you and your family.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the event!
      Happy holiday season 🙂

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