This beautiful crochet lace rectangle shawl pattern, crocheted using lightweight yarn and featuring a unique stitch pattern, is perfectly suited for cool evenings and transitional weather.
“Labyrinth Rectangle Shawl” free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman © Jul. 2023. All rights reserved.
Technique: Regular Crochet.
Skill Level: Easy.
I’ve marked this as an easy skill level due to the variety of stitches being used throughout. This takes it a step up from Beginner and places it in the #2 skill level of Easy.
How Wide Do You Make A Rectangle Shawl?
My preference for rectangle shawls are light, lacy shawls that fit from shoulder to the top of the waist. If you like this size too, the actual width is going to be dependent on your height.
For my height, I like about 15-16″. I’m a little on the short side so, if you are taller than 5’3″, you may prefer around 17-18″ and maybe go up to 19-20″, if you’re tall.
The width of this shawl is fully determined by the stitch count and, like my other crochet lace rectangle shawls, you will find the stitch multiple so you can make any size you like.
You could actually make a scarf or go the other direction and make a blanket, instead. That’s the beauty of providing a stitch multiple. If you fall in love with the crochet lace repeat, you can use it for more projects than just this one.
How Do You Wear A Rectangle Shawl?
My rectangle crochet lace shawls are lightweight and are perfect for simply draping over your shoulders for a chilly evening in the spring or fall. I like to make them because crochet lace is one of my very favorite things to crochet. There’s something so soothing about making a delicate shawl that could have been made 100 years ago by my ancestors in Ireland.
I started looking around the internet and found this YouTube from Busbee Style, demonstrating 11 Ways to Wear a Rectangular Scarf that works really well for these lightweight shawls.
One of my favorite ways for a “younger” look is to put the center of the shawl on one shoulder then tie it together at the other shoulder with a pin or scrunchie, allowing the bulk of the shawl to drape down. It almost looks like a cute poncho.
Open Stitch Easy Rectangular Shawl
I love this stitch pattern. It’s an open, lacy stitch, but not too lacy. It’s almost an illusion, depending on how you look at it.
I never thought I would have such a difficult time naming a shawl, though. The way the lace intertwined made me think of computer circuitry like in the movie “Tron”. I thought of fancy hedge mazes. I saw Marquise shaped diamonds in it and even, perfume bottles.
I had to decide on one name, though, and Labyrinth works best for this one. It seemed more like a process of elimination, really. Labyrinth takes the prize.
Crochet Pattern At A Glance
Labyrinth Crochet Lace Rectangle ShawlDesigner: Kim Guzman © 2022-23. All rights reserved.
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- Stylecraft “Special DK”, size 3 DK weight yarn, 100% acrylic, 322 yds/295m per 3.5 oz/100g per skein: 3 skeins (966 yards used) of color Magenta
- Suggested Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge
- Yarn Needle for weaving ends
- Begin with a foundation row.
- Work rows 2-5 to establish the 4-row repeat.
- Work the 4-row repeat 33 times more.
- End with rows 2-4 of the stitch pattern to mirror the beginning. Fasten off.
This is a free crochet pattern and the written instructions are below. If you prefer a printable download, a PDF is also available for purchase.
My Crochet Pattern Notes
This lacy shawl is made in a rectangle from short edge to short edge. The stitch multiple is provided so you could make it wider or, if you prefer to work from long edge to long edge.
The shawl is fairly quick to stitch with the majority of the stitches worked in spaces and the taller treble crochet stitches used throughout.
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16″ wide, 68″ long.
Stylecraft “Special DK”, size 3 DK weight yarn, 100% acrylic, 322 yds/295m per 3.5 oz/100g per skein: 3 skeins (966 yards used) of color Magenta.
“Special Double Knit” is classified as a DK weight (size 3) yarn and is currently available in 100 shades.
Available at LoveCrafts (aff link). If you’re in the US, look up at the top right to switch to US Dollars. I’ve purchased from them for years and love the selection.
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Suggested Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge.
Yarn Needle for weaving ends.
This rectangle lace shawl is written in US crochet terminology.
beg=beginning; ch=chain; lp(s)=loop(s); RS=right side; rep=repeat; sc=single crochet; sk=skip; sp(s)=space(s); tr=treble crochet; yo=yarn over.
Beginning Cluster (beg cl): *Yo 2 times, insert hook in next ch, yo, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, rep from * 2 times more, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook.
Note: The following cluster is made up of 3 stitches; the first is a treble crochet, the next is a front post treble crochet, then the last is another treble crochet. They are all worked up to the last loop and then the yarn is pulled through all loops together.
Cluster (cl): Yo 2 times, insert hook in next ch-1 sp, yo, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo 2 times, insert hook to side of next tr, around the back of the tr and out the other side (as for a front post treble crochet), yo, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo 2 times, insert hook in next ch-1 sp, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook.
End Cluster (end cl): *Yo 2 times, insert hook in ch-5 sp, yo, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo 2 times, insert hook in same ch-5 sp, yo, pull lp through, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo, pull through 3 lps on hook.
In stitch pattern, 18 stitches for 8 rows measures 4″ x 4″.
To change the width, make your initial chain any multiple of 6, then add 2.
To change the length, crochet until length desired, ending with a row 4 of the repeat.
Free Crochet Pattern Instructions
Row 1 (RS): Ch 74, sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 5, sk 1 ch, beg cl (see Special Stitches above), ch 5, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across, turn.
Note: When working into ch-5 sps, the single crochet will stay at the top. It won’t be at the center of the space. It pulls the ch-5 sp up higher.
Row 2: Ch 5, *[sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1] 2 times, tr in next sc, ch 1, rep from * to last 2 ch-5 sps, [sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1] 2 times, tr in last sc, turn.
Note: The odd rows will seem to be floppy and extend beyond the width, but this closes up after the even rows.
Row 3: Ch 3, tr in first ch-1 sp, *ch 5, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 5, cl (see Special Stitches above), rep from * to last ch-1 sp, ch 5, sc in last ch-1 sp, ch 5, end cl (see Special Stitches above) in last ch-5 sp, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first cl, sc in next ch-5 sp, *ch 1, tr in next sc, [ch 1, sc in next ch-5 sp] 2 times, rep from * to last sc, ch 1, tr in last sc, ch 1, sc in last ch-5 sp, sc in top of last tr, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 5, cl, ch 5, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * to last 2 ch-1 sps, ch 5, cl, ch 5, sc in last sc, turn.
Rows 6-137: Rep rows 2-5.
Rows 138-140: Rep rows 2-4. Fasten off after final row.
Weave in ends with yarn needle. Block lightly, if desired.
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