Free Crochet Pocket Shawl Pattern: The Best Easy Wrap

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Pocket Shawl Crochet Pattern Free

In this free pattern, we are going to walk through the step-by-step process of how you can easily make a pocket shawl with this free crochet pattern. What is a pocket scarf? Perhaps you have heard of a prayer shawl, but maybe not a pocket scarf. A pocket shawl is a lovely wrap, that is about arm length, that you can enjoy as a cozy shawl, but has nifty pockets on the ends, that you can use to hold your cell phone or other essential items.

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Making easy crochet pocket shawls are such a fun project, and they are so handy to have around, especially during cooler days, when you just want to be warm and cozy. This is especially one project that I use quite often, and it’s so handy to have around. Plus, it’s absolutely adorable, a fashionable wrap, and very comfy, a win-win-win!

What is a Pocket Shawl?

Perhaps you have never heard of crochet pocket shawls before, so let’s take a look at these nifty creations! A pocket shawl is typically like a very wide scarf or shawl, with pockets on each end. A pocket shawl is the perfect handmade article of clothing that will both keep you warm, and allow you a place to store a few things in the pockets.

Introduction to Crochet Pocket Shawls

Making crochet pocket shawls with the free pattern is a lot of fun, and you get to make something that is nice and cozy to wear when you are finished. Another great thing about crochet pocket shawls is that you can make them any size you wish! Let’s get started by looking at the different stitches that are used in this pattern.

Stitch Combination

In this free pattern, I’m going to show you how to make a basic stitch combination, that results in a beautiful texture. Not only is this stitch combination super easy to make, but you also end up with a beautiful texture to your finished shawl. 

The stitch combination used in this pattern is similar to the popular v-stitch pocket shawl pattern, made by using two double crochet stitches with a chain space in between. Although the normal v stitch is pretty and easy to make, you don’t end up with as much beautiful texture as this pattern provides. 

Plus, the stitch combination is super easy to do, using only basic stitches. If you know your basic crochet stitches, you will have no problem making this easy project.

The basic stitches used in this pattern, are double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet, and chain stitches. It’s super easy, and it looks beautiful when finished.

How to Crochet a Pocket Shawl for Beginners

This pocket shawl pattern is a great project for beginners. Once you get the hang of the basic stitch combination used in this pattern, it is very repetitive, and a fun project to make and enjoy when complete. 

To begin, you will want to make a chain as your starting point. I have given you my suggested number of chains to use, but you can increase or decrease that number as you prefer. 

After the chain is made, you will start working on the stitch combination by creating a single crochet, then chain two stitches, then make a double crochet stitch in the same space as the single crochet stitch. After this stitch is made, you will skip the next two stitches, and then repeat the stitch combination. It’s really as simple as that! 

I recommend when you get to the end of the row, make a half double crochet stitch, before starting your new row. This will help to keep your edges nice and flat. 

To start the new row, you will want to chain two stitches, then turn your project and begin working the single crochet, chain two, and double crochet in the chain stitches from the previous row. 

One important note to point out, at the end of the row, you will want to make a half-double crochet stitch. But when you make your chain two stitches to start the row, this also counts as your other half double crochet stitch for the other end of your pocket shawl. 

Now, that you know the general concept of how to make a crochet pocket shawl, that is easy for beginners, let’s look at some important questions before diving into the detailed pattern instructions. 

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How much yarn do I need?

Depending on what type of yarn you use, you will want to have between 4 and 6 skeins of yarn. I used just about 6 skeins of Hobby Lobby’s Oasis Beat color which was 252 yards per skein. You can make yours larger or smaller, but I wanted to be sure to have my shawl plenty big and cozy. 

What kind of yarn should I use?

You can use any type of yarn that you prefer, whether it’s bulky yarn, worsted weight yarn, or acrylic yarn. If you use bulky weight yarn, you may end up needing to adjust the amount of yarn used. I used soft acrylic yarn that was a number 4 medium weight. 

How to Crochet a Shawl with Pockets

Pocket Shawl Crochet Pattern

Materials

4-6 skeins of acrylic yarn (252 yards each or 230 meters)

Size I crochet hook or 5.5 mm hook size

Yarn Needle (or tapestry needle)

Scissors 

Optional stitch marker (I don’t use it, but you might want one)

Abbreviations

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet 

dc –  double crochet stitches

sk st – skip stitch

st/ sts – stitch / stitches

Please note that this pattern is written in US terms

Skill Level: Beginner

Easy Crochet Pocket Shawl Pattern

To make the crochet pocket wrap, you will want to start off by making a row of chains as your base. 

Stitch Count: 60 chain stitches 

crochet pocket shawl featuring the pocket

Body of the Shawl

Beginning Row: After the chain row is made, in the 2nd ch from your hook, make a sc, ch 2, dc all in the same stitch. *Skip the next two stitches, then make another sc, ch 2, dc*. Repeat row from * to * across. When you get to the last st, make a hdc then turn

Repetitive Row: Ch 2, sc in the next ch sp, ch 2, dc in the same space, in the next ch space work sc, ch 2, dc. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. In the last st (the ch 2 space from the previous round) make hdc. Repeat this row, until you get the desired length for the end of the shawl.

Deep Pockets

Some pocket shawl patterns have you fold up the edges of the shawl to make your pockets, then whip stitch the sides of the shawl to make the sides of the pocket. 

You are welcome to do this, if you would like, but I am also going to show you how you can make large squares following these pockets patterns, then sew them to each side of the shawl, to get the perfect-sized pockets. 

how to make a crochet pocket shawl

Basket Weave Pocket Pattern (make 2 pockets)

Row 1: ch 36, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each st across. 

Row 2-35: ch 1, *dc around the first sc st, and into the base from the previous row, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across. Repeat this row, until your pocket is square. As you work, you should have single crochet stitches on top of double crochet stitches from the previous round, and work your double crochet stitches around the single crochet stitches from your previous round. 

After your pockets are made, leave a long tail for sewing. Thread your yarn needle into that long tail, and whip stitch around the sides of your pocket, leaving the top of the pocket open. Make sure that you attach your pocket so that the right side is facing out toward you. Finish off and weave in any ends. 

Easy & Simple Pocket Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

This fun and perfect free crochet shawl is also available to you as a free download. If you would like to receive a pdf version of this free pocket shawl pattern, please enter your email address in the box below and a copy will be sent directly to your email inbox. 

Please note that this pattern is intended for your personal use only, and not intended for commercial distribution. 

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FAQs

What is the Best Stitch for a Pocket Shawl?

When making a crochet pocket shawl, you can use any stitch combination you want to use! I like this stitch pattern because it is quick and easy to do, but also gives your pocket shawl a nice textured design. However, you can use other stitches if you prefer.

What are the Measurements for a Pocket Shawl?

In general, a pocket shawl should be long enough to reach from one hand, to the other when wrapped around your shoulders. Depending on the person you are making this for, the sizes might vary.

When making this pocket shawl pattern, mine turned out to be 70 inches long, by 16 inches wide once completed. You can feel free to adjust the size as needed.

How Many Chains Do I Need to Start a Shawl With Pockets?

To start this project, I would recommend making 60 loose chain stitches to start your crochet pocket shawl.

How to Adjust the Size of this Pocket Shawl

There are a few ways you can easily adjust the size of your crochet pocket shawl, that is through the beginning chain, how many rows you add to the length, and the size of boarder you add to finish it off.

Number of Chains. The number of chain stitches you add to your pocket shawl to start will determine how wide your pocket shawl is. You can add additional chain stitches for a wider shawl, or fewer for a thinner shawl.

Adjust the Length. The next way you can change the size of your pocket shawl is by adding or subtracting the number of rows you crochet on your project.

The Boarder Size. The final way to change your crochet pocket shawl size is by adjusting the size of the border you add. The more border rows you add, the longer and wider your pocket shawl will become.

crochet pocket shawl hanging on my arm

What’s the Difference Between a Pocket Shawl and a Pocket Scarf?

The main difference between a pocket shawl and a pocket scarf is the finished size of the project, and how they are worn. A pocket shawl is generally wider and is worn wrapped around your shoulders. Whereas a pocket scarf is worn wrapped around your neck, and is often longer and narrower.

How Much Yarn do I need for a Pocket Shawl?

When making this crochet pocket shawl pattern, I used close to 6 skeins of yarn to complete it. How many skeins of yarn you use, will be determined by how long and how wide you decide to make your crochet pocket shawl.

Which Weight of Yarn Works Best for a Pocket Shawl?

I used a nice, soft, medium-weight yarn from Hobby Lobby to make this pocket shawl. I liked it because it was a little bit thicker but still nice and smooth to work with.

What type of Yarn is Best to Use to Crochet a Pocket Shawl?

My favorite is to use a medium-weight yarn, that is nice and soft. My favorite type of yarn to use for making a crochet pocket shawl is “I Love This Yarn” brand at Hobby Lobby, but make sure to choose a kind that is nice and soft.

Crochet Shawl Pattern

There are several crochet pocket shawl patterns out there, but I believe that this free pattern is so nice and cozy that you just can’t resist making it! I am so excited to share this free pocket shawl crochet pattern with you. I love it, and I hope you will enjoy this perfect pocket shawl as well! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this pattern. I hope that you enjoy making it! Be sure to let me know how your project turns out! I love to hear from you.

Happy Crocheting! 

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Pocket Shawl Crochet Pattern Free

Materials

  • 6 skeins of acrylic yarn 252 yards each or 230 meters
  • Size I crochet hook or 5.5 mm hook size
  • Yarn Needle or tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Optional stitch marker I don’t use it, but you might want one

Instructions

  • Stitch Count: 60 chain stitches

Body of the Shawl

  • Beginning Row: After the chain row is made, in the 2nd ch from your hook, make a sc, ch 2, dc all in the same stitch. *Skip the next two stitches, then make another sc, ch 2, dc*. Repeat row from * to * across. When you get to the last st, make a hdc then turn.
  • Repetitive Row: Ch 2, sc in the next ch sp, ch 2, dc in the same space, in the next ch space work sc, ch 2, dc. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row. In the last st (the ch 2 space from the previous round) make hdc. Repeat this row, until you get the desired length for the end of the shawl.

Deep Pockets

  • Some pocket shawl patterns have you fold up the edges of the shawl to make your pockets, then whip stitch the sides of the shawl to make the sides of the pocket.
  • You are welcome to do this, if you would like, but I am also going to show you how you can make large squares following these pocket patterns, then sew them to each side of the shawl, to get the perfect-sized pockets.

Basket Weave Pocket Pattern (make 2 pockets)

  • Row 1: ch 36, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in each st across.
  • Row 2-35: ch 1, *dc around the first sc st, and into the base from the previous row, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across. Repeat this row, until your pocket is square. As you work, you should have single crochet stitches on top of double crochet stitches from the previous round, and work your double crochet stitches around the single crochet stitches from your previous round.
  • After your pockets are made, leave a long tail for sewing. Thread your yarn needle into that long tail, and whip stitch around the sides of your pocket, leaving the top of the pocket open. Make sure that you attach your pocket so that the right side is facing out toward you. Finish off and weave in any ends.

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