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Crochet Cake Yarn Shawl – Free Pattern

August 28, 2020
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I have a cosy Crochet Cake Yarn Shawl pattern for you today! You can use just one ball of any of the lovely Cake Yarns in a DK weight/Light Worsted weight that are available everywhere. The gorgeous colour changes in a Cake gradient yarn will do all the colour choosing for you! This pattern is very easy and beginner-friendly and you can crochet up a few shawls for gifting in no time!

You can find a Video for this shawl below

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The shape of this shawl is asymmetric – a boomerang shape that is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders, and makes a warm cosy scarf against winter winds.

Get the Free Pattern below or purchase the ad-free PDF version of this pattern on Ravelry or on Etsy. The PDF is designed for printing.

crochet cake yarn shawl pattern

The pattern is an easy make using basic stitches only. Once you have the first few rows worked up, it is a simple 2-row repeat. You can adjust the pattern easily by making more or fewer rows, to make the size you want. My shawl is made from a beautiful soft DK cake yarn called Curiosity from King Cole Yarns in swirling variegated shades, which gives a wonderful stripy effect. I am a King Cole Ambassador so I get sent some of their lovely yarn to try out on a regular basis! The colour I used is called Waterlily, with lovely colour changes throughout….that teal blue is gorgeous! I love all the luscious colours in this yarn and you can find your local stockists here

crochet cake yarn shawl pattern

The shawl pattern decreases gently on one side, while increasing on the other side to form an asymmetric triangle and you can easily get a nice sized shawl from one ball!

You may also like to check out Alannah Shawl another of my beginner-friendly shawl designs.

All my Free Crochet Shawl designs can be found HERE

crochet cake yarn shawl pattern

You can purchase a printable PDF on Ravelry
Or purchase on Etsy

crochet cake yarn shawl pattern


  • King Cole Curiosity DK/525yds [480m]: 100% Acrylic/150gr) in colourway Waterlily
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • You can use approx. 500m of any DK weight/ light worsted weight yarn or yarn weight of your choice and matching hook.


Shawl measures 70 in [178cm] in longest length x 56 in [102cm] x 31 in [79cm] after blocking


17 dc x 9 rows in pattern using recommended hook and yarn.


US Crochet Terms (UK terms in brackets)

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

St – stitch

Sp – space

Dc – double crochet (UK  treble crochet)


  • Ch 3 at beginning of a row counts as 1 dc throughout
  • Ch 2 at beginning of a row does NOT count as a stitch and you do NOT work into it on the next row
  • It is recommended that you block your shawl for a polished finish
  • Pattern is written in US crochet terms

Video for Crochet Cake Yarn Shawl

Instructions for Crochet Cake Yarn Shawl

Row 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, and beg ch), 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn – 3 dc

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 2 dc in 1st st (at base of ch 3), 1 dc in next st, turn, leaving last st unworked – 4 dc

Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st (top of beg ch-3), turn – 4 dc

Row 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1 st (base of ch 3), 1 dc in next 3 sts, turn, leaving ch 2 (from previous row) unworked – 6 dc

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, 2 dc in last st, turn – 4 dc, 2 x ch-1 sp

Row 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, 1 dc in last st, turn, leaving ch 2 unworked – 8 dc

Row 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in next st, [ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in next st] 2 times, ch 1, skip 1 st, 2 dc in last st, turn – 5 dc, 3 x ch-1 sp

Row 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in each st and ch-1 sp across, 1 dc in last st, turn, leaving ch 2 unworked – 10 dc

Row 9: Ch 2, 1 dc in next st, * ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in next st; rep from * across, ending with ch 1, skip 1 st, 2 dc in last st, turn – 6 dc, 4 x ch-1 sp

Row 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in each st and ch-1 sp across,1 dc in last st, turn, leaving ch 2 unworked – 12 dc

Repeat rows 9 & 10 for pattern

Shawl pictured worked a total of 98 rows. You can make your shawl larger if you wish by crocheting more rows – finishing on a row 10.

Final row: Ch 1, 1 sc in 1st st, * ch 2, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next st; rep from * across. Fasten off


Weave in all loose ends. Soak your shawl in lukewarm water and gently wring in a towel. Lay project out to finished size and pull gently into shape. Pin in place and leave to dry. Add tassels if you wish for a finishing touch.

crochet cake yarn shawl pin

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  • Reply
    August 29, 2020 at 4:13 am

    It’s a beautiful pattern in very pretty colours. I like the teal very much!

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      August 29, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Thank you!

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        July 22, 2022 at 10:10 pm

        Hi Carmen,
        I finally made this pattern and I am so pleased with the final shawl! I used more yarn than I thought I would need but the lack of white yarn sent me looking for another yarn to finish the shawl! As luck would have it, I had more of the same yarn in red left over from a cowl I knitted years ago. I posted pictures on Ravelry.
        Hope all is well with you and your family. We are sweltering in the Northeast even on Lake Champlain in VT. Hope you are cooler in Ireland!
        Best regards, Sandy

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          July 23, 2022 at 7:29 am

          Oh well done! I must check out your shawl! Ireland is misty and raining today but we have had some good weather too:)

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    Louise Geldorp
    August 30, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I am addicted to your shawls! Every time I see a shawl that I just have to make I find out it’s one of your patterns. I swear you’ve gone into my head and you create all the shawls that are in there which I haven’t had he time to make myself! You are the bestest at creating gorgeous shawls! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      August 31, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your lovely comment xx

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    Candice Lao
    September 18, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    It’s a beautiful pattern and easy to follow… i was wondering, will a caron skinny cake work for this pattern? it’s a 3 weight yarn and i also 4.5 millimetre hook…

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      September 21, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      Sorry for delay Candice! I think the yarn would work well and it has good meterage too. You can stop if you think the shawl is big enough!

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    Rosalie McCreary
    April 11, 2022 at 2:25 am

    This is a lovely shawl. I haven’t made the asymmetrical shape before so I am intrigued! I recently purchased 3 cakes of Lion Brand’s Comfy Cotton Blend yarn: 50% cotton, 50% polyester and it says its a light #3 size. Would this yarn work well for this pattern? Thank you for your answer and the free pattern.

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      April 13, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Hi and thank you! The yarn will work great. You can make this shawl any size you like….just finish when the shawl is large enough:)

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    Rosalie McCreary
    April 13, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Carmen! Thank you for your reply. I started your lovely pattern and it’s really easy to work up. I’m really liking the Comfy Cotton Blend yarn, the color I chose not so much but I know it will look great when I’m done! I’m thinking I would like to make this pattern in the yarn that you made yours with. The coloring is so beautiful. But for a fall project! Thank you again for the pattern

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    June 20, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Hello Carmen,
    I was looking through my stash and found a couple of skeins of Red Heart “Hulu” – a thin no 3 (dk) weight. It’s discontinued but I have more than enough yarn to make a good size shawl. My goal this year is to use yarn from my stash. I wanted to make a shawl for the summer and remembered your pattern. It’s coming out beautifully. Easy to remember pattern and I can crochet in the car – not driving of course!
    Your patterns are all lovely ( I am also working on a Liath crescent shawl) and thank you for the videos!
    Hope you are having a lovely summer.
    Warm regards,

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      June 21, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks so much Sandy! I am enjoying the summer very much. The weather has warmed up this week in Ireland….at last! Happy crocheting!

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