Gemstone Shawl: Free Tapestry Crochet Shawl Pattern

Inspired by diamonds and gemstones, the Gemstone shawl is a beautiful free tapestry crochet shawl pattern. Made with the glittery Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, this shawl sparkles in the sunlight. It’s simple color work pattern and beginner friendly construction, make it the perfect accessory to add to your wardrobe.

The Inspiration

When this pattern first was released, I had the amazing opportunity for it to be published in the January 2020 issue of Happily Hooked Magazine! Their theme for that month was gemstones, and once I heard that I brainstormed some ideas. I couldn’t get the design idea out of my head of a tapestry crochet shawl with gemstones on it. When I saw the Prism color way of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball, I knew it would be perfect! It helped inspired all of this design, and I’m so excited about how it turned out!

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Construction

In order to incorporate the tapestry crochet easily into this pattern, I wanted to make sure that the construction would lend itself to it being beginner friendly. It’s made differently than a normal shawl, but still maintains the usual triangle shape. The pattern is worked flat by creating a chain of the maximum amount of stitches you’ll use, and decreasing two at the beginning and end. By doing that, you’re able to easily carry the yarn and work the tapestry crochet color work.

If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, no problem! This is a great beginner friendly tapestry crochet pattern to learn with! I’ve created a helpful beginner’s guide that teaches you all of the things that you’ll need to know to do tapestry crochet. You can find that tutorial here on my blog at: The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.

The Yarn

One of my favorite new yarns out on the market is Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-pilling. This yarn is super soft, is anti-pilling, and comes in a large range of colors to help create all sorts of beautiful pieces. It makes it perfect for this Gemstone Wrap pattern! It also comes at an affordable price of around $4.50 per skein, and I want to use it in every design!

The second yarn I used in this design is Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball. This yarn has a beautiful texture and metallic shine thanks to the metallic thread woven within the yarn. The ombre effect creates a gorgeous color palette that makes this pattern perfect. Each ball is around $10, but I definitely think it’s worth the price since you can make a whole shawl with just one skein!

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Supplies:

  • Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling Yarn (100% acrylic; 185 yds/170m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein)
    • 2 skeins Ecru
  • Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball (61% Cotton, 34% Acrylic, 5% Other; 481 yds/440 m per 5.3 oz/150 grams)
    • 1 skein Prism
  • US Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes/Finished Measurements

62” wide, 21” long

Gauge

14 hdc x 10 rows = 4”/10 cm

Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = chain
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Hdc dec = half double crochet decrease
  • Bobble = bobble stitch (*yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops,* repeat till you have six loops on your hook, then yarn over and pull yarn through all six) If you’ve never done a bobble stitch, check out my tutorial at: Bobble Stitch Crochet tutorial

Pattern Notes:

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • Similar 4 weight yarns may be substituted; please check gauge.
  • If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Want to avoid crochet mistakes while crocheting this pattern? Learn how to avoid them with my post on my blog: 10 Mistakes Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them.
  • This pattern uses US crochet stitch terminology.
  • This pattern is worked flat.
  • Main Color of yarn is represented by the abbreviation MC, and the Secondary Color is represented by SC.
  • Color changes happen in the middle of the rows in this pattern. The color changes are indicated in the written pattern by a new color in parentheses (for example: (MC) hdc 1, (SC) hdc 2
  • This pattern is worked back and forth in rows. Right side is represented with the abbreviation RS, and the Wrong side is represented with the abbreviation WS.

Gemstone Shawl Pattern:

Starting with MC, Ch 202

Row 1 [RS]: (MC) hdc 1 starting in 3rd chain from hook, hdc 200 [200 hdc]

Row 2 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 192, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 192 hdc]

Row 3 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 30, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 23, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 24, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 23, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 23, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 30, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 188 hdc]

Row 4 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 16, *(SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 10, repeat from * two more times, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 11, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 16, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 184 hdc]

Row 5 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 13, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 9, *(SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 8, repeat from * two more times, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 13, hdc dec 2  [4 hdc dec, 180 hdc]

Row 6 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 10, *(SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 8, repeat from * two more times, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 9, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 10, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 176 hdc]

Row 7 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 9, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 11, *(SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 10, repeat from * two more times, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 9, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 172 hdc]

Row 8 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 8, *(SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 12, repeat from * two more times, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 13, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 8, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 168 hdc]

Row 9 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 20, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 27, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 28, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 27, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 27, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 20, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 164 hdc]

Row 10 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 19, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 29, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 29, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 30, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 29, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 19, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 160 hdc]

Row 11 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 156, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 156 hdc]

Row 12 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 152, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 152 hdc]

Row 13 [RS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 148, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 148 hdc]

Row 14 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 144, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 144 hdc]

Row 15 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 140, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 140 hdc]

Row 16 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 2, *B 1, (MC) hdc 3, repeat from * 32 more times, B 1, (MC) hdc 1, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 102 hdc, 34 bobbles]

Row 17 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 132, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 132 hdc]

Row 18 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 128, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 128 hdc]

Row 19 [RS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 124, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 124 hdc]

Row 20 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 120, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 120 hdc]

Row 21 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 116, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 116 hdc]

Row 22 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 22, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 23, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 24, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 22, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 112 hdc]

Row 23 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 8, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 11, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 8, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 108 hdc]

Row 24 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 5, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 9, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 5, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 104 hdc]

Row 25 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 2, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 9, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 8, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 2, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 100 hdc]

Row 26 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 1, *(SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 10, repeat from * one more time, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 11, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 10, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 1, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 96 hdc]

Row 27 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 13, *(SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 12, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 12, repeat from * one more time, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 92 hdc]

Row 28 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 12, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 27, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 28, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 12, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 88 hdc]

Row 29 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 11, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 30, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 29, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 11, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 84 hdc]

Row 30 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 80, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 80 hdc]

Row 31 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 76, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 76 hdc]

Row 32 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 72, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 72 hdc]

Row 33 [RS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 68, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 68 hdc]

Row 34 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 64, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 64 hdc]

Row 35 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 3, *(SC) B 1, (MC) hdc 3, repeat from * 13 more times, (MC) hdc 1, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 46 hdc, 14 bobbles]

Row 36 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 56, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 56 hdc]

Row 37 [RS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 52, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 52 hdc]

Row 38 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 2, hdc 48, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 48 hdc]

Row 39 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 44, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 44 hdc]

Row 40 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 40, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 40 hdc]

Row 41 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 15, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 14, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 36 hdc]

Row 42 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 5, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 5, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 5, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 6, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 32 hdc]

Row 43 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 3, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 3, (SC) hdc 11, (MC) hdc 3, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 2, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 28 hdc]

Row 44 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 1, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 3, (SC) hdc 9, (MC) hdc 3, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc dec 2 [3 hdc dec, 26 hdc]

Row 45 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 1 (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 5, (SC) hdc 7, (MC) hdc 5, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 1, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 25 hdc]

Row 46 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 1, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 7, (SC) hdc 5, (MC) hdc 7, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 1, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 23 hdc]

Row 47 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 7, (SC) hdc 3, (MC) hdc 7, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 17 hdc]

Row 48 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 2, hdc 6, (SC) hdc 1, (MC) hdc 6, hdc dec 2 [4 hdc dec, 13 hdc]

Row 49 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 13, hdc dec 1 – 2 hdc dec, 13 hdc

Row 50 [WS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 11, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 11 hdc]

Row 51 [RS]: (SC) hdc dec 1, hdc 9, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 9 hdc]

Row 52 [WS]: (SC) hdc 11 [11 hdc]

Row 53 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 7, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 7 hdc]

Row 54 [WS]: (MC) hdc 3, (SC) B 1, (MC) hdc 1, (SC) B 1, (MC) hdc 3 [7 hdc, 2 bobbles]

Row 55 [RS]: (MC) hdc dec 1, hdc 5, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 5 hdc]

Row 56 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 1, hdc 3, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 3 hdc]

Row 57 [WS]: (SC) hdc dec 1, hdc 1, hdc dec 1 [2 hdc dec, 1 hdc]

 

Fasten off.

 

Tassels: 

For each tassel, cut 26 strands of yarn, each around 22” in length. Group tassel yarn strands together and attach one tassel to each corner.

I hope you love your brand new Gemstone Shawl! If you make a Gemstone Shawl of your own, be sure to tag me on social media on Instagram and Facebook @eclairemakery or use #eclairemakery. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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