Mannequin Shawl is a large Tunisian crochet triangular shawl that is constructed from the tip to the widest section by increasing 1 stitch every row. It uses up to 400 g of fingering yarn weight, which enables the shawl to be a great layering option and provides warmth on cold spring and autumn mornings. The pattern uses basic Tunisian crochet stitches and simple yet very effective colourwork technique, which allows you to deal with loose floats on the back of your project without much fuss.
The sample is made in beautiful colours transitioning from red all the way to purple and contrasting white colour, however this classic fabric pattern would look stunning in 2 neutral colours too.
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Chain, Tunisian crochet technique (alternating forward and return passes), Tunisian simple stitch (tss), Tunisian knit stitch (tks), increasing under front horizontal bar (inc A), Return pass changing colours, stranded colourwork, Tunisian simple stitch bind-off, blocking.
The final shawl measurements (blocked):
102 x 160 x 190.5 cm (approx. 40 x 63 x 75 in)
Materials and tools
Crochet UK (50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic | Fingering | 200 g (7 oz) = 750 m (820 yds)), White (#310) (A) 1 cake, Newcastle (B) 1 cake
Tunisian crochet hook size 4.5 mm (US size 7) with cable (at least 60 cm (24 in)) or size to obtain the gauge
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22 sts x 14 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over tss st pattern
Tunisian crochet stitches are worked in 2 steps; 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 changing colours 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 changing colours in Tunisian crochet: The new colour is added when starting the return pass of the row and all lps of the forward pass are on the hook (i.e. End stitch was worked). Yrh with the old colour from front to back (this adds an extra loop on hook to create neat edge that matches the edge created during Standard RP). Add new colour on hook: draw through 2 lps, * yrh, draw through 2 lps on hook; rep from * until 1 lp on hook.
Right edge stitch- This is the first lp on hook and counts as first st unless otherwise stated.
Left edge stitch- This st is referred to in the pattern as the End Stitch (ES) and is crocheted as follows: Rotate the end of the fabric towards yourself, insert the hook under both bars (left and right) of the last st, yrh and pul.
- First row of Tunisian crochet: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul across.
- Tunisian simple stitch: Insert the hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh and pul.
- Tunisian knit stitch: Insert the hook from front to back between the front and back vertical bar, yrh and pul.
Increase under front horizontal bar: Insert the hook from front to back under front horizontal bar, yrh and pul (1 st increased).
Stranded colourwork: The basic principle for the colourwork is to trap long loose floats created during FP and RP of a particular row on FP of the consecutive row.
It is most useful and efficient to trap the floats after every 3 stitches. For example, if the strand(s) of yarn is (are) carried over 6 stitches, the float would be trapped on stitch 3 and 4. Trapping floats more often can result in very neat looking WS of the project but it adds a lot of extra work, while trapping floats less often leaves floats that are likely to caught on jewellery, fingers of whatever comes their way. This is however only my observation, and you may test the method to come up with your own stitch interval.
The process of trapping loose floats is carried out in 2 steps as follows:
- Work tss as per pattern instructions, while inserting the hook under both floats of the previous row (1 created during FP and 1 created during RP), yrh and pul. (Appendix: Pic 1)
- Work tss as per pattern instructions, while inserting the hook over both floats of the previous row (1 created during FP and 1 created during RP), yrh and pul. (Appendix: Pic 2)
Repeat these 2 steps as needed at regular stitch intervals.
Tunisian Simple stitch bind off: Insert hook from right to left under front vertical bar of the next st, yrh, pul and pull through the lp that is on the hook. One lp remains on the hook.
|ch- chain||yrh- yarn round the hook|
|st(s)- stitch(es)||pul- pull up a loop|
|lp(s)- loop(s)||FP- forward pass|
|tss- Tunisian simple stitch||RP- return pass|
|RS- right side||approx.- approximately|
|WS- wrong side||rep- repeat|
|tks- Tunisian knit stitch||inc A- increase under front horizontal bar|
|ES- end stitch|
Houndstooth Stitch Chart:
The Mannequin Shawl is worked flat RS facing from bottom up.
The shawl starts at a tip and grows gradually by 1 st per row.
The stitch count refers to the number of lps on hook on FP.
With A chain 3.
Row 1 FP: Insert the hook in the back bump of second ch from hook, yrh and pul, insert the hook in the back bump of next ch from hook, yrh and pul. 3 lps on hook.
Row 1 RP and all other RPs: Standard RP.
Row 2: Tks in next st, inc A, ES. 4 lps on hook.
Row 3: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, ES. 5 lps on hook.
Row 4: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, tks in next st, ES. 6 lps on hook.
Row 5: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 7 lps on hook.
Row 6 FP: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, tss in next st, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 8 lps on hook.
Row 6 RP: Change colour to B, Standard RP.
Row 7 FP: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, tss in next 2 sts, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 9 lps on hook.
Row 7 RP: Change colour to A, Standard RP.
Row 8 FP: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, tss to last 3 sts, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 10 lps on hook.
Row 8 RP: Change colour to B, Standard RP.
Row 9 FP: Rep Row 8. 11 lps on hook.
Row 9 RP: Change colour to A, Standard RP.
Row 10 FP: Rep Row 8. 12 lps on hook.
Row 10 RP: Change colour to B, Standard RP.
Rows 11-15: With colour B, Rep Row 8. 17 lps on hook.
Row 16: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, work Houndstooth Colour Chart to last 3 sts, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 18 lps on hook.
Rows 17-26: Tks in next 2 sts, inc A, continue working Houndstooth Colour Chart as commenced in Row 16, tks in next 2 sts, ES. 28 lps on hook.
Rows 27-213: Rep Rows 16-26 17 times. 215 lps on hook.
Row 214 FP. Rep Row 8. 216 lps on hook.
Row 214 RP: Change colour to A, Standard RP.
Row 215 FP. Rep Row 8. 217 lps on hook.
Row 215 RP: Change colour to B, Standard RP.
Row 216 FP. Rep Row 8. 218 lps on hook.
Row 216 RP: Change colour to A, Standard RP.
Row 217 FP. Rep Row 8. 219 lps on hook.
Row 217 RP: Change colour to B, Standard RP.
Row 218 FP. Rep Row 8. 220 lps on hook.
Row 218 RP: Change colour to A, Standard RP.
Row 219: Tunisian Simple stitch bind-off.
Weave in ends and block to final measurements.
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Pattern video tutorial:
This is how the WS of your project will look like:
Step 1 of colourwork (refer to Stitch guide for full instructions):
Step 2 of colourwork (refer to Stitch guide for full instructions):
Houndstooth Colour Chart
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