Seeing Stripes Shawl

This stylish triangular shawl uses a double-ended crochet hook and Tunisian Brioche for a beautifully textured and airy look.

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Skills required

Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and return passes), decreasing on return pass (decRP), changing colours, blocking.

Skill level

Finished measurements

The final shawl measurements (blocked):

67 x 204 x 214 cm (26.5 x 80.5 x 84.5 in)

Materials and tools

Rowan Summerlite 4 ply (100% Cotton | fingering | 50 g (1.8 oz) = 175 m (191 yds)), Coral Blush (#442) (CC1) & Duck Egg (#419) (CC2) 2 balls each

Double ended Tunisian crochet hook size 4.5 mm (US size 7) with cable (at least 50 cm (19.5 in)) or size to obtain the gauge

Tapestry needle



Blocked Gauge

20 sts x 12.5 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over st pattern

Stitch guide

Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in forward and return pass from right to left, with the number of sts (lps) increasing on the hook during the forward pass and decreasing during the return pass.

Return pass is worked in the same way for all stitches (rows of sts) used in this project as follows (EXCEPT when decreasing on return pass, please see below for details of this technique):  1 ch, *yrh, draw through 2 lps on hook, rep from * until 1 lp on hook.

Return pass with decrease (decRP) is worked in the same way for all stitches (rows of sts) used in this project where indicated as follows:  *yrh, draw through 2 lps on hook, rep from * until 1 lp on hook.

Edge stitch:

Right edge stitch- This is the first st and is not usually worked into because there is one lp on the hook left after completing the return pass of the previous row. This one lp corresponds to the first st of the new row.


This shawl is crocheted using Brioche technique and requires the use of double-ended hook.  

Unlike most Tunisian crochet projects, this shawl is NOT worked with RS always facing, the work is turned after each FP, resulting in a reversible fabric.

At the end of each FP, slide all lps to the other end of the hook, then change colour before working the RP. Starting with Row 2, you will decrease 1 st at the start of alternating RPs.

Keep you tension even with special attention to first and last sts in each row as these have the tendency to become disproportionately enlarged.



With CC1, chain 130.

Row 1 FP: Insert hook in back bump of 2nd ch from hook, yrh, pul, *insert hook in the next ch, yrh, pul; rep from * across, slide loops to the other end of hook. Turn. 130 loops on hook

Row 1 RP: Make slip knot with CC2, place the loop on hook, draw through 1 loop, *yrh, draw through 2 loops; rep from * to end.

Row 2 FP: *insert hook from front to back under next front horizontal bar, yrh, pul; rep from * to end (last front horizontal bar), slide loops to the other end of hook. Turn.

Row 2 RP: With CC1, decRP.

Row 3 FP: Rep Row 2.129 loops on hook

Row 3 RP: With CC2, Standard RP.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: Rep Row 3. 128 loops on hook

Rows 6-253: Rep rows 4-5 one hundred and twenty-four times. 4 loops on hook

Row 254 FP: Rep Row 2.

Row 254 RP: With CC1, yrh, draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Fasten off.


Weave in ends and block to final measurements as above.

ch- chain  yrh- yarn round the hook  
st(s)- stitch(es)  pul- pull up a loop  
lp(s)- loop(s)  approx.- approximately  
RS- right side  rep- repeat  
FP- forward pass  decRP- return pass with decrease
RP- return pass   

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