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One Skein Crochet Shawl Pattern – Tendril

February 7, 2020
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I have another One Skein Crochet Shawl Pattern for you today! Tendril is a beautiful asymmetric lace shawl crocheted with only one skein of fingering weight yarn.

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When you are finished, only 2 ends to weave in! Perfect for that precious skein of Indie Dyed yarn you have been saving. The pattern repeat is an easy 4 row repeat with basic stitches, so once you have the repeat established, you can relax and crochet!

Now includes a Video! You can find it further down the page

Yarn for a One Skein Crochet Shawl

I purchased a beautiful skein of yarn last year from My Crochet Makes, (edit: yarn no longer available) a shimmering purple with flashes of acid yellow, blue, green and copper. It also contains Yak and Silk fibers so is beautiful to wear next to your skin.

A single skein of Fingering Weight yarn will make a small shawl for wrapping around your neck, and dressing up a Spring outfit. Gauge is not crucial, but if you crochet tightly, go up a hook size to achieve a nice lace and loose drape.

Here is a beautiful sample made by one of my lovely testers. The colour is called Bridesmaid!

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One Skein Crochet Shawls 

I love one skein patterns that you can start and finish quickly, and use up that precious skein completely. They are the perfect portable crochet project and you will have a gorgeous wearable accessory that will add a touch of handmade style to your outfits!

If you enjoy making lacy light crochet shawls, you will also love this one skein shawl crochet pattern I designed. Or Winter Ice, another beautiful crochet shawl pattern using a single skein.

How to get The Crochet Shawl Pattern

Read on for Instructions and you can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of the pattern in US or UK Crochet Terms on Ravelry

On Etsy  Your purchase is always appreciated and helps me provide more Free patterns for you!

Skill Level

Only basic stitches are used in this shawl but some concentration is required until the row increases are established. Stitches included are dc, dc3tog and tr.


 My Crochet Makes Hand Dyed Yarn: 4 Ply – 60% SW Merino /20% Yak/20% Silk – 100g/366m 4mm crochet hook

You can use 400m of any fingering weight yarn or yarn weight of your choice and matching hook.

Note: The yarn I used is no longer available


Shawl pictured measures 70in [178cm] on the longest length and 32in [82cm] on the shortest side (border) after blocking


US Crochet Terms

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

St – stitch

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Sp – space

UK Crochet Terms

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

St – stitch

Tr – treble crochet

Dtr – double treble stitch

Sp – space

Notes (read carefully)

  • Shawl starts at one end. Working in rows, increasing each row on one side only, and decreasing in ‘steps’ every 4 rows on the other side, until desired size is reached.
  • Shawl needs strong blocking to give it its shape
  • Ch 4 at beginning of a row counts as 1 tr throughout
  • Ch 2 at beginning of a row does not count as a stitch
  • The shawl can be made larger or smaller by working more or fewer pattern repeats. This will alter the amount of yarn required.
  • Includes written instructions and a crochet chart. Pattern written in US crochet terms
  • Gauge is not important. To achieve a light drape tension, I suggest make a swatch of the first 5 rows and see what hook size works best for you.
  • I have included some tips in the first 8 rows to help stitch placement. Once you have the 4-row pattern repeat established, the shawl will work up quickly!
  • Stitch counts (in Itallics) are included at the end of the first 8 rows to help you

Special Stitches

Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog): In indicated space or st, work (yo, insert hook in space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Shell: [dc3tog, ch 2, dc3tog]

V – Stitch (v-st): [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc]

Picot: Ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook

Video for Tendril Shawl

Instructions for Tendril – One Skein Crochet Shawl

Set-up Row: Ch 6 (counts as beg ch,1 dc, ch 2), 1 tr in 6th ch from hook, turn – 2 tr

Row 1: Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr, ch 2 here and throughout), v-st (see special stitches) in ch-2 sp (you insert your hook into the ch 6 of set-up row), turn – 1 tr, 1 v-st

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, [v-st, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp (you insert your hook into the beg ch 6 of previous row), turn – 1 tr, 2 v-st

Row 3: Ch 6, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, [v-st in next ch-2 sp] 2 times, 1 dc in beg ch-2 (you can insert your hook into the space if you prefer), turn – 1 tr, 3 v-st, 1 dc

Row 4: Ch 2, shell (see special stitches) in 1st v-st, [shell in next v-st] 2 times, [shell, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp, turn – 1 tr, 4 shells

Row 5: Ch 6, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, [v-st in next ch-2 sp] 2 times, 1 dc in next sp (between last and next shell), turn, leaving last 2 shells unworked – 1 tr, 3 v-st, 1 dc

Row 6: Ch 2, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, [v-st in next ch-2 sp] 2 times, [v-st, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp, turn – 1 tr, 4 v-st

Row 7: Ch 6, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, [v-st in next ch-2 sp] 4 times, 1 dc in beg ch-2, turn – 1 tr, 5 v-st, 1 dc

Row 8: Ch 2, shell in 1st v-st, [shell in next v-st] 4 times, [shell, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp, turn – 1 tr, 6 shells You should now be getting familiar with the pattern. The next 4 rows (rows 9-12) form the pattern repeat for the shawl.

Row 9: Ch 6, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, * v-st in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across until 2 shells remain,1 dc in next sp (between last and next shell), turn, leaving last 2 shells unworked.

Row 10: Ch 2, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, *v-st in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across until last ch-2 sp, [v-st, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp, turn

Row 11: Ch 6, v-st in 1st ch-2 sp, * v-st in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across, 1 dc in beg ch-2, turn.

Row 12: Ch 2, shell in 1st v-st, * shell in next v-st; rep from * across, ending with [shell, ch 2, 1 tr] in last ch-2 sp, turn.

Rows 13 – 64: Repeat rows 9 – 12 *You can make your shawl small or larger by working fewer or more pattern repeats. Make sure you finish on row 12

Final Row (Border): Ch 1, * [1 sc, picot (see special stitches), 1 sc] in next ch-2 sp; rep from * across, ending with  [1 sc, picot, 2 sc] in last ch-2 sp. 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. Take your time pinning finished shawl, and use a pin on each ‘point’…….it will make a huge difference to the finished piece!

Crochet Chart for Tendril Shawl

You can purchase an INEXPENSIVE Printable PDF of the pattern in US or UK Crochet Terms on Ravelry

On Etsy

Your purchase is always appreciated and helps me provide more Free patterns for you!

Find more Free patterns here

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  • Reply
    Barbara Clauss
    February 7, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I love your shawls! This one will look so very nice in the Malabrigo Sock yarn in Archangel I have been saving for a while. I have a questions about a portion of your instructions. The pattern here is noted as written in US terms. The Special Stitch definitions have thrown me for a loop, as it were 🙂

    Is this DOUBLE CROCHET 3 together? “Treble Crochet 3 Together (tr3tog): In indicated space or st, work (yo, insert hook in space/st, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.”

    Shell: [tr3tog, ch 2, tr3tog] — DC3tog?

    V – Stitch (v-st): [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] — TR or DC?

    Thank you so very kindly for the clarification. I am just a Midwestern (U.S.) hayseed who needs everything spelled out 8*D

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      [email protected]
      February 7, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Barbara, thank you so much!! I accidentally put in the UK version in that part….but its fixed now, thanks to you! No matter how many times I check everything, a silly error can get through. I am sending you the PDF as a thank you. Carmen xx

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    February 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve just started this pattern but I don’t think I’m doing it right. Have you got a YouTube tutorial for it?

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      [email protected]
      February 8, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Hi. I don’t have a video for it, I am sorry. If you can read crochet charts, it will be a great help. You can email me: [email protected] and I will do my best to help!

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      June 8, 2020 at 12:29 am

      This is beautiful. Am I supposed to turn after every row? I just started (2 rows) and am confused. I’m trying to read the chart but it looks like I have to turn to get the stitches where they need to be. Thanks!

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      Diana Lingholt
      August 15, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Love this pattern. It was tricky to start, but have figured it out. I am on row 39 right now, and can’t wait for the finished product.

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    February 14, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I was just gifted a skein of yarn that would be perfect for this pattern. I love it and hop I can master reading the charts. I’m saving it. ❤️

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      [email protected]
      February 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Pam! Take your time with the first few rows, and I am sure you be flying along in no time!

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    Deb Ulatowski
    March 31, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Carmen, I am just now branching out to use more color in my crochet creations, would love to find the color yarn you used in your project, and not having much success in finding it.. Would you please direct me as to where to locate that lovely purple yarn? Thank you!!
    I love your designs, would like to use more of your patterns.

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      [email protected]
      April 2, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Hi Deb! I don’t think the yarn is available anymore but one skein of any hand-dyed yarn would work perfectly. They all dye the most beautiful colours!

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    Paddy Balsdon
    April 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    I have the remains of a ball of merino but I am pretty sure it wont be enough. It is a hand dyed local wool. Just imagine seeing your beautiful patterns and not being able to go out to the yarn shop! So, I must keep searching for something to make with a ball of unknown length until the lockdown is over.
    Lovely patterns and thank you for sharing. Keep safe and well, and until I can get some more yarn, I will just drool over the two shawls I want to start with.

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      [email protected]
      April 6, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Hi Paddy! If you have a few small amounts of the same weight yarn, you could use them in a shawl to make stripes of colours. I hope you can find some yarn you can use, and thank you!

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    Yarn Chicken | The Crocheted Butterfly
    May 4, 2020 at 8:44 am

    […] have to wait for her present. I can’t recall how I came across the pattern, but I found the Tendril Shawl by Annie Design Crochet and I felt it would be just perfect for her. The pattern is free but the suggested yarn was the […]

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    May 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Would I get this out of a 330g cone of wool? Would hate to get near the end and find out I didn’t have enough!!

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      [email protected]
      May 27, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Hi. The shawl used 100g of Fingering weight yarn (approx 400m). Hope that helps!

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    July 13, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    How many repeats of the pattern did you do?

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      [email protected]
      July 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Hi Sue. I made 16 repeats in total (if you count the ‘steps’ on the shawl). Blocking is the magic that opens up the pattern:)

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        July 20, 2020 at 8:24 pm

        I’ve got 18 points so far. I’m working in pure alpaca wool. Have yet to see how much it grows when I block it!

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        January 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

        Hi Carmen. What does “blocking” mean?

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          [email protected]
          January 20, 2021 at 10:41 am

          Hi Georgina! You will wet your shawl and pin it out and leave to dry. If you google ‘blocking crochet’ you will find loads of info….it makes a huge difference!

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    August 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    hi from Belgium. Thx for this explication. Just one question more : do i have to make some decrease at the end ? I m a bit lost. Thx for the help you ll give me

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      [email protected]
      August 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      There is no decrease at the end. Make sure you finish on a row 12 of the pattern repeat!

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        February 27, 2021 at 1:42 am

        Gorgeous pattern! I have used very fine yarn, so the project has taken a while, but well worth the effort! Thanks so much!

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    October 9, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Hi! This is such a beautiful and fun pattern, thank you for creating it! I just finished row 64 and my long edge measures 40 inches long – I’m using Scheepjes Whirl with a 3.25 mm hook (I crochet loosely). Will the shawl open up to 70 in with blocking from where I have it now, or should I keep going?

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      [email protected]
      October 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      You can keep going. With a smaller hook, I think your shawl will be smaller and increase more slowly than mine (hope that makes sense!) but you will still end up with a lovely shape and size after blocking. And thank you!

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    October 11, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the detailed instructions and the video, this was my first crochet project, the yarn was ordered on amazon and as I am from another country, I had to improvise (also due to my lack of yarn knowledge) but I love my tendril stole, so thank you again!

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    October 15, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern, especially the video and the chart.

    I’m making this shawl to accompany my stay-at-home Halloween costume — Jane Austen.
    If I post photos online, I’ll be sure to tag you and link this blog.

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      [email protected]
      October 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy crocheting your shawl….I am a big Jane Austen fan:)

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    Stefania Mieilica
    December 4, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Thank you for the pattern, I have a beautiful shawl to give as a Christmas gift in my daughter school! Is the most beautiful thing that I crocheted, and I am crocheting for more then 20 years now.

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      [email protected]
      December 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      That is so lovely to hear! I am so pleased! Thank you so much x

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    December 12, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Hey there, I have some 8/4 cotton in complimentary shades I got by accident do you think I could swap colours effectively for each line?

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      [email protected]
      December 12, 2020 at 10:16 am

      You could! You could also use one colour for each repeat section. Have fun!

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    February 21, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Others have said this, but this is the most beautiful thing I have ever made. I gave it to a dear friend. Thank you for the pattern!

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    April 25, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial on your gorgeous shawl. I have a question the above says now with video further down & I see where is says Video for Tendril Shawl just below special stitches but there’s not a video or clickable link I also tried clicking the photo just below it to no avail. Has the video part been removed? I’m on a laptop using Windows 10 with Firefox browser if that matters? Thanks in advance for any clarification.

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      [email protected]
      April 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

      Hi! I just checked and the video is there so I am not sure why it didn’t load for you. You can also find the video on my Youtube channel Anniedesigncrochet. Hope that helps!

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    July 24, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful shawl and was pleasure to work on it, is not my first one from this site, thank you Carmen for your patience and precise explanations, now im finishing on your shell pattern shawl, cant wait to finish it, nice day and many greetings from Czechia

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    Marilyn McConnaughay
    January 16, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    What size hook is 4. G?

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    January 18, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    The video and the pattern you post don’t match. I’m getting frustrated because I can’t follow along and they aren’t going together. Row four in your video “chain4, treble” in your instructions and chart, “chain 2 and shell.” I know the terms are different but not THAT different! Help! Which one do I do? There’s no border with picot in your photos, what the heck?

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      [email protected]
      January 24, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      Hi! I am sorry you are having difficulties with the pattern. I suggest you follow the chart only and see how you get on. I made the video a few years ago and I will check and see if there is an issue:)

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    November 24, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for tis pattern! I will just start to make it! Hope I make it as beautiful as your work!

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