Crochet Moonlight Wrap – Free Pattern

by Doroteja

This is a crochet pattern for my easy beginner-friendly crochet shawl – Moonlight Wrap. Find out what inspired me to design this pattern, what yarn did I choose, and learn all the tricks on how to create a perfect crochet shawl.

You can find the free instruction below. If you want to support my work or need more sizes, purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Winter is getting closer and it couldn’t be more perfect time to start making cute, soft and cozy shawls or wraps. For that reason, I designed a very simple and beginner-friendly pattern for crochet wrap, using just three basic crochet stitches. Therefore, you have no excuse not to try it out and maybe, just maybe gift it to someone that’s very special to you. After all the holidays are super close. Am I right?

The pattern is made with the Paintbox Yarns pick your pallet Chunky Pots yarn. I originally went for the Feeling blue shade, which is a beautiful mix of five blue colors. But I accidentally made a mistake in the corners of the wrap while filming my video tutorial. Sadly, I figured it out when the wrap was already more or less complete, so there was no point of frogging it and starting all over. At least not with that same yarn.

Fortunately, I found two more cakes in my yarn stash, but unfortunately, they were in blue, grey, orange, yellow, and green colors, all in one cake. The color mix is called Sweet Dreams. Each cake of yarn is 272 meters or 297.5 long. The yarn is classified as chunky yarn and is 100% acrylic. It is soft and gentle on the skin, which makes it great for scarfs and hats as it won’t irritate your skin.

Although I am not a big fan of synthetic fibers and I do not use acrylic yarns that often, I am pretty sure I will buy and use this yarn cakes again. I think the Paintbox collection of yarn got me hooked on, not only for their cottons but also for acrylic yarn.

In fact, I am currently working on a couple of patterns for cardigans in adult sizes and I am using Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran or Chunky for all of them. However, there are many great yarn brands out there, which offer amazing acrylic yarns, so please don’t feel any pressure to use the same yarn I am using here. Just make sure the gauge is right and you are safe to go.

As I mentioned earlier, each cake is a mix of five different colors and each color appears more than once. Therefore, you should cut the yarn in more than just one place. You will end up with five adorable yarn balls, but do not let them fool you. They might be cute, but they will drive you crazy soon after you start crocheting and that’s simply because your hands will be full of yarn ends. Therefore, I advise you to weave them in as you go. That will definitely make the process less painful and more enjoyable.

You can even find 5 skeins of yarn in chunky weight of your choice and use them instead. That will give you additional freedom to pick the colors you truly love and adore. However, I will stay with my yarn pots for now. Overall the variety of colors is beautiful and in my opinion worth the hassle. Just remember to hide the yarn ends between the stitches and make sure they stay there.

Before I finish, let me give you a few words about the shawl itself. The design is super simple. Imagine if you diagonally cut the most basic shape of the granny square in half – you would get a triangle. In fact, that’s exactly what I did, and I got this perfect pattern for a shawl or wrap. Then I spiced it up with a few stitch techniques, nothing too complicated or too hard to do. And here you have it; beginner-friendly crochet shawl just in time for the gift season.

Video Tutorial

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Materials

Here is what you will need for this project (The following links are affiliate links. Purchasing through these links earns me a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is one of the ways I earn money so I can make my patterns available for free here on my blog.)

  • YARN: For this pattern, I was using Paintbox Yarns pick your palette Chunky Pots. I finished almost two full cakes to complete the entire wrap. There are five colors in total in each cake. I divided the colors and made 5 balls of yarn. I used the colors gradually from the darkest to the lightest shade.
  • CROCHET HOOK: 6.5 mm  or K/10 1/2 crochet hook
  • OTHER: two stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors.

Gauge

GAUGE:  Work 12 sts and 6 rows in DC using 6.5 mm crochet hook and Chunky weight yarn measure 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)

When you find a new crochet project that you would like to make, you usually want to start ASP. We all do. But please take some time and check the gauge. It might save your project!

Checking the gauge is a crucial step in the process of making a new crochet/knit garment. It will help you achieve the right size of your finish item. Learn how to check your gauge here.

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • St/Sts – stitch/stitches
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet stitch.

Pattern Notes

  • SIZE: one size only.
  • How to read a pattern: You can learn how to read a crochet pattern here.
  • The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • Skill level: Easy/Medium
  • Measurements: the wrap is 120 cm or 47 1/4 inches wide and 75 cm or 29 1/2 inches high. *You can change the finished size of your wrap by changing the gauge or by adding additional rows.
  • Fit is meant to be comfortable.

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PDF Pattern

The PDF crochet pattern is a great solution for those who prefer to work offline, need additional sizes of the pattern, or just want to support my work. This beautifully designed PDF pattern can be found in shops on EtsyRavelry, and Love Crafts.

Instructions

Easy Crochet Shawl – Moonlight Wrap

The shawl has a triangular shape. The pattern is divided into five parts. Each part is made with a different yarn color.

Please, read the instructions carefully. Don’t skip any parts of the pattern and make sure you are not accidentally losing or adding additional stitches to the pattern. That might affect the final look of your design.

The chains at the beginning of rounds do not count as stitches.

Only the numbers in bold are changing each row. 🙂

Start with the magic ring.

PART 1 – color 1

Row 1: Ch 2. Work 4 dc into the magic ring. Ch 2. Work 4 dc into the magic ring.  = 10

Row 2:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 3. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 3. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 16 sts.

Row 3:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 6. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 6. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 18 sts.

Row 4:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 9. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 9. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 28 sts.

Row 5:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 12. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 12. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 34 sts.

Row 6:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 15. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 15. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 40 sts.

Row 7:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 18. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 18. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 46 sts.

Row 8: Ch 2. 2 dc into the same. Ch 1. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 10 times. 1 dc into the next.  Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below.  1 dc into the next one. Repeat {skip 1, ch 1, dc 1} 10 times. Ch 1. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 52 sts.

Change the yarn color.

PART 2 – color 2

Row 1:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 25. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 25. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 60 sts.

Row 2:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 28. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 28. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 66 sts.

Row 3:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 31. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 37. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 72 sts.

Row 4:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 34. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 34. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 78 sts.

Row 5:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 37. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 37. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 84 sts.

Row 6:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 40. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 40. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 90 sts.

Row 7: Ch 2. 2 dc into the same. Ch 1. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 21 times. 1 dc into the next.  Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below.  1 dc into the next one. Repeat {skip 1, ch 1, dc 1} 21 times. Ch 1. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 98 sts.

Change the yarn color.

PART 3 – color 3

Row 1:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 47. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 47. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 104 sts.

Row 2:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 50. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 50. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 110 sts.

Row 3:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 53. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 53. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 116 sts.

Row 4:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 56. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 56. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 122 sts.

Row 5:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 59. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 59. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 128 sts.

Row 6: Ch 2. 2 dc into the same. Ch 1. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 31 times. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below.  1 dc into the next one. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 31 times. Ch 1. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 136 sts.

Change the yarn color.

PART 4 – color 4

Row 1:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 66. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 66. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 142 sts.

Row 2:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 69. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 69. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 148 sts.

Row 3:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 72. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 72. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 154 sts.

Row 4:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 75. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 75. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 160 sts.

Row 5: Ch 2. 2 dc into the same. Ch 1. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 39 times. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below.  1 dc into the next one. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 39 times. Ch 1. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 168 sts.

Change the yarn color.

PART 5 – color 5

Row 1:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 82. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 82. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 174 sts.

Row 2:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 85. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 85. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 180 sts.

Row 3:  Ch 2. 2 dc into the same st. Work 1 dc into each of next 88. Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below. Work 1 dc into each of next 88. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 186 sts.

Row 4: Ch 2. 2 dc into the same. Ch 1. Repeat {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} 45 times. 1 dc into the next.  Work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc around the ch-2 space from the row below.  1 dc into the next one. Repeat {skip 1, ch 1, dc 1} 45 times. Ch 1. Finish the row with 2 dc into the last st. = 194 sts.

Do not cut the yarn just yet.

Edging

Ch 2. Work evenly along the top edge of the shawl, 2 sc sts into each dc st. Change the yarn for each part of the shawl. Work 1 ss into the last one. Cut the yarn, fasten off and hide the yarn tail between the sts.

Tassels

Make three tassels – for each corner one. All of them in same colors.

  1. Take the yarn in color one and wrap it around your palm 12 times.
  2. Take yarn in color two and wrap it around your palm over the color one 10 times.
  3. Use the yarn color one again and wrap it around your palm 10 times.
  4. Cut a piece of yarn around 30 cm or 12 inches long. Thread tapestry needle (or use your fingers or a crochet hook) with that yarn and tie top of the tassel.
  5. Take the scissors and cut the yarn at the bottom of the tassel.
  6. Use a short strand of yarn, around 15 – 20 cm (6 – 8 inches) long. Create a simple loop and wrap the strand around the teasel, about 1 cm (0.4 inches) from the top.
  7. Make a nice and firm knot.
  8. Take a yarn needle, thread the yarn tails and pull both ends through the center of the tassel and out at the bottom and mix them between the rest of the yarn ends.
  9. Make a few additional knots on the top of the tassel.
  10. Attach one tassel to each corner of the shawl.

If you would like to make your shawl bigger, just continue adding rows of dc.

The rows with double crochet stitches and chains might be more challenging to adjust. But don’t worry. The only thing that will change in those rows is how many times do you have to repeat the {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1} part and if you have to add that last double crochet stitch right before and after the [2dc, ch, 2dc] sequence.

Keep in mind you have to add the double crochet stitch before and after the [2dc, ch, 2dc], start the repeats on the second edge with {skip 1, ch 1, dc 1} and not with {dc 1, skip 1, ch 1}  as you would usually do.

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