Whether your wedding or other formal occasion is outside on cool spring morning, inside a chilly, air-conditioned reception hall, or cold and crisp during the fall or winter, a shawl is a wonderful accessory to have as an option to cover your shoulders. A handmade shawl also makes a personal and thoughtful gift for the bride or her attendants.
Easy Shell Stitch Wedding Shawl
This crochet wedding shawl pattern has a repeated shell stitch pattern that is suitable for a beginner. Download and print the free pattern by clicking on the shawl pattern image. For more assistance with downloading the pattern, the Guide for Adobe Printables can help.
Customizing Your Shawl
The design of this shawl is elegant as is, but it's also easily altered. Customizing it to individual measurements, personality, and events is an easy task.
- The pattern provides instructions for small, medium, large, and x-large sizes, but if the shawl is for a flower girl (child) or a more petite woman, you will need to change the length of the drape and the width of the wrap. Measure the body for the desired drape. Using that measurement, crochet a beginning chain in multiples of 6 + 1. For the width of the wrap, measure loosely around the torso, including the arms.
- Replace the two lengths of thinner ribbon with a wider 2" ribbon for a bolder touch.
- For more dramatic beauty, knot the ribbon and cut off the ends to eliminate the bow. Stitch an arrangement of flowers, appliques and beads to the cinched gathers of the shawl.
- For a slightly different look, turn the shawl with the gathers at the shoulder.
- Take your dress to the store when purchasing yarn to get a perfect color match.
- For a little more glitz and glamour, randomly hand-stitch beads to the body of the shawl.
Agreeing to be a bridesmaid can be an expensive venture for any woman, and gifts for your bridesmaids are a wonderful way to show your appreciation. Handmade crochet wedding shawls are affordable gifts that can be used long after your special occasion.