This is the first guide in a two-part series from crochet. So fine on the dragonfly shawl this beautiful shawl that’s worked in two separate pieces of lace and then joined with this gusset of dragonflies in a seamless construction, and I’m going to show you how to do all of it, but we’re going to start today by showing you how to do this section which is the lace offset shell pattern.
We’re going to be using a triple treble crochet and slip stitches and so ultimately I’m going to show you how to make this one this one and then how to join them as we go so I’ll show you I have I’ve already done one of the side panels and this is what it looks like we are not showing it blocked because I want to show you actually how to block these pieces, so I’ll wait till we’ve done the second piece.
Then we’ll block them together and then in the next video I’ll show you how we join them with that beautiful dragonfly gusset that’s completely seamless so let’s get started on repeating that for our second side I’m using V so fine my hundred-percent bamboo fingering weight yarn and I’m using an e hook.
I’m going to tie the yarn onto my hook with a knot if you prefer Slipknot go right ahead and do that I think it’s important to just use whichever technique you’re most comfortable with and this pattern is going to start with a chain seven. Okay now we’re going to the pattern, We’ll say that that counts as a triple treble and a chain one so actually chain six is the equivalent height of a triple treble crochet.
And then a chain one, so now we’re going to do a triple treble in the seventh chain from the hook remember we don’t count the loop on our hook we start with this one one two three four five six seven but because we did a chain seven. We can also safely assume that that means the first chain at the beginning a triple treble is similar to a double crochet treble crochet double treble crochet meaning double crochet is yarn over once treble is yarn over twice.
Double treble is yarn over three times well this time a triple treble means we’re going to over the hook four times so we’re going to yarn over once twice three times and four times and then we’re going to insert our crochet hook into that seventh chain from the hook yarn over pull up a loop.
Stunning Dragonfly Crochet Shawl Pattern
Then we’re going to yarn over pull through two yarn over pull through two yarn over pull through two yarn over pull through two yarn over pull through two a good reference is that however many times you’ve yarn over at yarned overed at yarn over at the beginning of the stitch you’re going to yarn over pull through two one more time than that.
So in this stitch we yarn over four times at the beginning of the stitch and we’re going to yarn over pull through two five times. So now, We’re going to chain one and we’re going to do that triple treble stitch in that same chain space against. We’re going to yarn over four times insert our hook into that same chain yarn over pull up a loop yarn over pull through two through two through two through two and through two.
I want you to pay close attention to where I’m placing my fingers what I’m doing is creating the most amount of tension that I can while I’m doing the stitch that I don’t have really big gaping loops one of the tricks or one of the downsides of this stitch. When you’re learning is that sometimes these loops can get really exaggerated and really messy now in the following row we’re doing slip stitches.
So that we can hide it if you do have that, but if you’re wanting to learn this stitch learning how you hold your hook and place your fingers while you’re doing it is really helpful okay so we’re going to yarn over we did a chain one yarn over four times insert a hook in the same chain yarn over pull up a loop yarn over pull through two through two through two through two and through two.
We’re going to do this for a total of seven treble crochets in that chain meaning that that beginning chain counted is one so we’ve got four so we’re going to do three more chain one and another triple treble triple treble is abbreviated TTR in a free dragonfly shawl crochet pattern this is the first video that I’ve done on YouTube that is specifically and directly related to requests really excited that I’ve gotten feedback from lots of people.
And this is the first guide that is part of that okay so I’m going to set this down we have completed our first shell we have chain seven which counted as a treble chain one that we have treble chain 1 treble chain 1 treble chain 1 treble chain 1 treble chain 1 which is a total of 5 of that and then one last treble for a total of 7 stems in our shell so first row is complete Row 2 starts with a chain 1.
We’re going to turn our work and now we’re going to work a slip stitch in every stitch and every chain 1 space across so we’re going to insert our hook in that first stitch yarn over pull it through the stitch and through the loop on your hook that’s a chain slip stitch.
And then we’re going to do the same thing in the chain 1 space meaning just under the chain 1 space we don’t actually have to work into the chain and then into the next stitch then the next chain 1 space into the next stitch the key to doing a whole row of slip stitches is remembering to stay relaxed slip stitch has a tendency to get really tight if you let it so what I would suggest is.
When you’re doing this just try to be relaxed about it there’s no reason to tighten this you’re already tightening up your work so much by putting a row of slip stitch that I wouldn’t worry about it just try to stay loose and relaxed as possible okay so we’ve slip stitched in each stitch and chain space across row 2 is complete we’re now ready to start row 3 and Row 3 I’m going to show you on here this means we’ve done our shell.
We’ve done our slip stitch row and now we’re going to do our next increasing row which means we’re going to put two of these shells on either side of the first shell two rows below separating it with a single crochet in the middle of that shell so let’s let’s start that we’re going to start with a chain 7 and if you remember from the first row that counts as our first triple treble and chain one space we’re going to yarn over four times.
We’re going to insert our hook in the first stitch at the beginning of the row yarn over pull up a loop and then oops it may be tough to figure out which stitch to work into here but it really doesn’t matter if you’re working somewhere close to the edge and as long as you’re consistent with all of your stitches for that shell it’ll look perfect so we’re doing a total of seven triple troubles in that stitch separated by chain ones making sure to count that chain seven at the beginning as your first triple treble and chain one see how when I’m going further along my thumb.
My finger that hold the work changed position I’m going to show you that again we start the stitch at the bottom and I’ve got my finger and thumb holding the body of work but after I do the first yarn over pull through to s notice how I move my fingers up along the stem are the post of the stitch that’s so that I can maintain the same tension that I had down here as I’m working further up this really tall stitch.
I think that’s how I’m able to maintain beautiful tension in my stitches is because I move where I place my fingers in between them oh I forgot my chain one let’s set it down and see where we’re at anyways one two three four five six okay we’re ready for our seventh yarn over four times insert our hook in the stitch yarn over pull up a loop yarn over pull through two through two through two through two through two.
Okay so now we’re ready to work our single crochet in the center of the shell two rows below so that would be we’re going to work on top of this one here you know there’s seven posts in that shell so you want to make sure you work over the center one and now we’re going to work another shell over the top of the first stitch all the way over here or the last stitch.
However you want to look at it so yarn over four times insert a hook in that last stitch yarn over pull through two through two through two through two and through two chain one then we’ll work another triple treble in the very same stitch chain one okay so we’ve got four so far we need seven make sure you’re always separating them with a chain one space okay we’ve got all seven.
So I’m going to set our work down now so you can see what that looks like so we’ve got we’ve increased now from one she’ll slip stitched across all those stitches then we’ve done two shells separated by a single crochet so now in the next row we’re going to slip stitch across this entire edge working one slip stitch in every stitch and chain one space all the way across.
I’ll show you what that looks like once you get the hang of working a row of slip stitch it’s really not that difficult at all and you can actually gain quite a momentum just by getting into the rhythm of it so we’ll slip stitch in the first stitch we chain one first slip stitch in the first and then slip stitch in every stitch and chain one across I work into the space below the chain one if you want to work into the actual chain.
You can I just suggest that however you decide to do it just be consistent just think it’s easier to work in the hole than work in the actual chain and sometimes I’m looking for easy oK we’ve worked our way across the shell we’re going to now single crush our slip stitch in the single crochet then start working in the next shell in this next row I think some of you might start seeing the pattern of what we’re doing basically what we’re going to be doing is always working a single crochet in the top point of each of the scallops of the shells.
We’re always going to be working shelves in the lower portion of the scallop so at the front here single crochet shell single crochet and a shell which means now we’ve gone from two to three and I’ll show you that again over here so once you get established in this dragonfly shawl crochet pattern you can actually make it as long as you want because you’re always going to be going from one to two to three to four to five.
And so on because you’re always going to be working one more shell than you had in the previous shell row so I’ll show you what this next row looks like we’re going to start it with a chain seven still and we’re going to work which counted as a treble and a chain one so now we’re going to work a treble in the first stitch and don’t stress your out itself about about recognizing where that first stitch is whatever you decide it is if it’s close to the edge just be consistent.
Put them all there and you’ll be okay we’re going to go one two three four five six one more okay I’ll set it down so you can see we’ve now started our next increase row of shells we have a shell at the beginning of the row so we’re now going to single crochet in the top of that shell then work a shell in this single crochet or in the slip stitch above it I mean and then a single crochet here and then a shell here so we’ll have a total of three shells.
When we’re done with this row okay then we’ll single crochet into the top of the shell in the previous and we’ll do one last shell in the first stitch or the last stitch at the end over here so we’re going to start with a triple trouble chain one you know the drill seven triple troubles with a single crochet with a chain in between all of them ok so now we’re going to follow that up with a row of slip stitch across every stitch and chain one space across alright both my triangles are done and you see I’ve turned it around this is actually how they’re going to face.
When we make the shawl they’re going to face out where the scalloped edge ends up being the outside edge and we’re going to do the gusset up the center but before we do that I thought it would be a great idea to block them because once they’re blocked a little bit it’ll be much easier to see where to put our stitches so what I do is take a little bit of Rapture this is the no-rinse delicate watch that comes with the purchase of the yarn and I put it into a spray bottle with water.
I’m just going to give this a light spritzing both sides okay the key in blocking and keeping a great shape in a shawl or in a swatch like this and because it’s the shape we’re going to use it I feel like I can really give you some great pointers here we start at the midpoint and then you want to go out to the edge and pin at your edges and then you want to start pinning at your midpoints.
Okay and then the midpoint between those two and the midpoint between these two okay at this point what we’re trying to do is just create a nice straight edge along those outside edges and then this side is the side that we’re going to actually make sure that it’s scallops so the first place I want to pin is the very center of this edge and I want to try to find that midpoint of the scallop which would be the fourth of the seven triple trebles.
I’m going to pin it like that then I want to go between these two and find the midpoint of that scallop and then find the midpoint of this last scallop which would be the fourth of the seven triple trebles and then we’ll do that again here and we’ll do that again here give it one more spritz and let it dry.
We’ll do that one more time and grab a second tile any pinnable surface will work I just prefer to use these tiles because when I’m doing an actual full-size shell they can join together really nicely so we’ll give it a spritz of my rapture infused water on both sides and then we’ll set it out same as we did the last one and we’ll pin it our midpoints I’ll pin it our edges first sorry got ahead of myself and it smells so good.
We’ll pin at the midpoints of those lines our edges rather because I can see that there’s extra stitch of when there’s an actual cluster it makes more sense to pin there than depend on a chain you know in the chainage because I really want them to be straight lines I don’t want them to have a scallop if it doesn’t have a scallop.
You don’t want it to scallop and that’s why pinning in the midpoint really helps to establish the perfectly straight lines that you’re looking for so then we’ll do the center of our shells which would be the fourth triple treble of the seven we’re going to let these dry and when they are dry come back and in the next video I will show you how we join these with that beautiful lace that looks like dragonflies.