By Anastacia E. Zittel
Photos: Anastacia E. Zittel
Slip stitch crochet, an accessible but little-used technique, has tons of unexplored potential as a crochet medium. It’s perfect for making smooth, elastic pieces as well as things that drape. Some people have even compared certain stitches in it to knitting. It was while experimenting with slip stitch crochet that the design for this shawl developed.
Worked side-to-side, the Sunrise Slip Stitch Shawl is long and narrow with tapered ends ideal for tying or wrapping. It is easy to customize with different yarn and hooks; just work the increases until your shawl is half the width you would like, and then begin the decrease section!
Finished Measurements: Shawl shown is 15″ at deepest point and 56″ across unstretched
- Loops & Threads Santa Fe Striped Roving [100% Acrylic; 264yd/241m per 100g/3.5oz skein]; color: Amber Stripes; 1 skein
- This yarn has been discontinued. An appropriate substitute could include Bernat Mosaic, Noro Kureyon, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! Stripes, Lion Brand Amazing, Red Heart Super Saver, or any other smooth, worsted weight yarn.
- K/10.5 (6.50mm size) hook
Gauge: Gauge is not significant in this design. This pattern can be worked in any yarn, in any gauge, made to any finished size. Concentrate on keeping your slip stitches an even size: it’s very easy to start tightening them up!
Note: Want to use up your entire skein? To find out when to begin your decreases, weigh your skein before you begin and periodically as you work. When your skein reaches half of its starting weight, begin decreasing for a perfect finish.
Row 1: Ch 4. In 2nd ch from hook, sl st in the bottom bump of ea ch across row. (3 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1 tightly, turn. Working in the back loop only (BLO), sl st in ea of the next 3 sl st. Ch 1 loosely (counts as new sl st, increase made). (4 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1 (again) tightly, turn. Sl st BLO in each of the next 4 sl st. (4 sts)
Row 4: Ch 1 tightly, turn. Sl st BLO in each sl st across row, ch 1 loosely (counts as new sl st, stitch count increased by 1).
Row 5: Ch 1 (again) tightly, turn. Sl st BLO in ea sl st across row. (Same stitch count as previous row.)
Repeat rows 4 & 5 for desired number of rows. (Shawl will measure half of its finished width.)
Row 6: Ch 1 tightly, turn. Sl st BLO in each sl st across row until last 2 sl st. Skip next st, sl st BLO in final sl st. (Decrease made, stitch count reduced by 1).
Row 7: Ch 1 tightly, turn. Sl st BLO in each sl st across row. (Stitch count the same as previous row.)
Repeat rows 6 & 7 until 3 stitches remain.
Finishing: Finish off, weave in ends. Block lightly & wear with pride!
About the Designer
My name is Anastacia. I love to crochet, knit, dye yarn, & do a little spinning & embroidery from time to time. I also love to read fantasy & historical fiction. I enjoy writing about my crafty adventures at Anastacia Knits. I’ve been designing seriously since summer, 2010.
Pattern & images © Anastacia E. Zittel. All rights reserved.