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Crochet Shawl With Pockets – Free Pattern

Woman wearing a Tunisian crochet shawl with pockets made with Lion Brand Wool Ease in the color Antler.

This crochet shawl with pockets pattern is made with easy Tunisian stitches for a drapey, comfy result. Add a few optional buttons to create a poncho-esque look! Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

This free crochet shawl with pockets pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

Are you ready to take the idea of the basic shawl to a whole new level? Adding pockets to your crochet shawl quickly increases the cozy-factor and give your hands a place to “hang out” while you’re wearing it. And adding some simple wooden buttons changes the look completely, giving your shawl more of a garment-y feel.

Related Video: Tunisian Crochet Basics for Absolute Beginners

How to Crochet a Pocket Shawl Video Tutorial

If you’re a visual learner, you’ll probably want to give this brief video tutorial a watch to understand exactly how this crochet shawl with pockets comes together. And if you don’t care to Tunisian crochet or you’d like to substitute your own stitch in this pattern, definitely check out the quick video tutorial below to understand this basic crochet pocket shawl “formula,” complete with all the measurements you’ll need to create your own pattern. (Tip: if you’re unable to view the video below, disable any ad blockers you have running.)

If you’d like a detailed, step-by-step video tutorial on how to do this diagonal eyelet Tunisian crochet stitch, watch this video tutorial next!

Reader Requested

My mother in law gave me a super soft, oversized pocket shawl for Christmas last year it was my first exposure to a shawl with pockets. Then a Make & Do Crew reader emailed me this summer requesting a crochet pocket shawl pattern and I got to work designing my ideal version.

New To Tunisian Crochet?

Okay, but what if you’re new to Tunisian crochet and you want to make the Stay at Home Pocket Shawl exactly as pictured? Well, we’ve got just the beginner Tunisian crochet crash course for you. Here you can learn all the basics from what hooks you’ll want to how to work the main Tunisian crochet stitches. Grab a regular ol’ standard crochet hook and the hang of Tunisian crochet in about 20 minutes by watching this video tutorial.

(And as I mentioned, you can watch a video tutorial on how to crochet Tunisian diagonal eyelet stitch used in the Stay at Home Shawl Pocket Shawl here.)

Pin it! click to pin this pattern for later

A grid showing two options for a crochet pocket shawl, one with a button-front poncho look and one without.

Pockets Change Everything

While I like the look of shawls, I never really know what to do with them while I’m wearing them. Like, what position do my arms need to be in to keep the shawl in place? Where do I put my hands? Do I look like an angry jerk with my arms crossed all day?

But with a crochet shawl with pockets, all of these problems are solved because you literally put your hands IN THE POCKETS and never take them out. You’re cozy and the shawl stays in place because of your hand placement. It’s such a comfy way to snuggle yourself up in a blanket that’s masquerading as a beautiful shawl.

Standing By My Stand-By Yarn

I can clearly remember buying Lion Brand Wool-Ease to knit my first sweater in high school, back when knitting wasn’t really a part of pop culture, especially for high schoolers. Spending $25 on yarn for a sweater I didn’t even know if I’d like was a huge splurge at the time. All these years later, I’m still loving Wool-Ease and there are a bunch of new colors to choose from!

This new color used in the Stay at Home Pocket Shawl is called “Antler” and it’s a really pretty off white, linen color with rosy undertones. It feels unique while still being very, very neutral.

How to Print This Pattern

If you’d like to be able to easily print this crochet pocket shawl pattern, I offer an inexpensive PDF that’s formatted with large type and all the photo tutorials you see below. You can purchase the Stay at Home Pocket Shawl on Etsy here or LoveCrafts here. Thank you for your support of Make & Do Crew!

Pattern download for a Tunisian crochet pocket shawl.

All In One Kit

If you’d like to take the Stay At Home Shawl name literally, you’re in luck because Lion Brand created a kit that can be delivered straight to your house.

Deliver it! click to purchase the pocket shawl kit

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Stay At Home Shawl
Free Crochet Pocket Shawl Pattern

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF on Etsy here or LoveCrafts here.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry here.

Pin it for later here.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Weight: 4/medium –  197 yds, 3.0 oz)
Antler (620-021) – 6 skeins [(approx. 465 g)]
• Tapestry needle
Size L (8.0 mm) Tunisian crochet hook (cabled or standard straight)
Size K (6.5 mm) standard crochet hook 
• Stitch markers or safety pins
Steamer or iron for blocking
(3) 1 ⅝” buttons (optional)

• Sewing needle and thread to match buttons (optional)

Measurements:
After blocking: 20 x 68”

Gauge:
14 sts x 12 rows = 4” as worked in main shawl stitch pattern using larger hook

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
FwdP – forward pass
rep – repeat
RetP – return pass
RS – right side
rsc – reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
sc2tog – single crochet two together
st(s) – stitch(es)
Tslst – Tunisian slip stitch
tss – Tunisian simple stitch
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
STss – Special Tunisian Simple Stitch: insert hook under vertical bar and under adjacent top horizontal bar.
TssE – Tunisian Simple Stitch Eyelet: insert hook under vertical bar of previous row’s yarn over. (See photo tutorial below.)

Beautiful tunisian crochet stitch tutorial showing how to crochet a pocket scarf.

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Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, please link back this post. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos.

Pattern download for a Tunisian crochet pocket shawl.

Overall Pattern Notes:
• If you’re new to Tunisian crochet, watch this step-by-step introduction video here.

• To see how to crochet this diagonal eyelet Tunisian crochet stitch, watch this video tutorial.

• Row instructions are for the Forward Passes (FwP).

• Work a standard Return Pass (RetP) after each Forward Pass.

• First and last stitches do not form part of pattern and are always worked the same. (In this case, the “first” stitch is the loop already on your hook when beginning a row.)

• If you’d like to add buttons to your shawl, you do not need to create separate buttonholes. Eyelets along shawl edge will serve as buttonholes.

POCKETS (GAUGE CHECK)

Gauge is not critical to this pattern, but making a swatch can help ensure that your shawl size is as expected. We’re going to work a pocket first so it can double as a gauge swatch.

Use larger hook to check gauge as follows:

Foundation Row: Ch 25. Pick up a loop from back bump in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, leaving all loops on hook. Work standard return pass.

Row 2: Tss 1, *yo, sk next st, Stss 1, Tss 2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk next st, Tss 1, work end st. Return.

Row 3: *Yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, sk next st, TssE 1, Tss 1, work end st. Return.

Row 4: TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last st, work end st. Return.

Row 5: Tss 2, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, sk next st, work end st. Return.

Row 6: Tss under eyelet bar, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk next st, TssE 1, work end st. Return.

Rep Rows 3-6 three more times.

Rep Rows 3-4 once more.

Measure center four inches of swatch vertically and horizontally. Compare to pattern gauge listed above. If there are too many stitches in 4” horizontally, increase your hook size and re-swatch. If there aren’t enough stitches in 4” horizontally, decrease your hook size and re-swatch.

Fasten Off: Tslst across row to fasten off.

Once hook size is determined and gauge is met, repeat instructions to crochet a second pocket.

Tutorial showing how to crochet a shawl with pockets using Lion Brand Wool Ease in the color Antler.

MAIN SHAWL

Notes:
• The eyelets transition toward your dominant hand with each row. The only difference between each row is how it begins and ends. The middle section will follow the same pattern. If you’re having trouble keeping track of where you’re at in the pattern, place a sticky note on your current row’s instructions as you work.

• To modify shawl width, begin with a multiple of 4 sts + 1. 

With larger hook:

Foundation Row: Ch 69. Pick up a loop from back bump in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, leaving all loops on hook. Work standard return pass.

Row 2: Tss 1, *yo, sk next st, Stss 1, Tss 2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk next st, Tss 1, work end st. Return.

Row 3: *Yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 4 sts, yo, sk next st, TssE 1, Tss 1, work end st. Return.

Row 4: TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last st, work end st. Return.

Row 5: Tss 2, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, sk next st, work end st. Return.

Row 6: Tss 1, *yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, Tss 2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, sk next st, TssE under eyelet bar, work end st. Return.

Rep Rows 3-6 until shawl measures approximately 68”.

Do not fasten off.

Tunisian diagonal eyelet crochet shawl pattern made with Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn.

BORDERS

Main Shawl Border

  • See photos at end of pattern for visual instruction.
  • Both borders are worked with RS of shawl facing. 

Round 1 begins by working into the Tslsts that were just fastened off. With yarn still attached and smaller hook:

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each Tslst of short end of shawl…

….work along long edge of shawl placing 1 sc in each row…

…work along foundation row of shawl, placing 1 sc in each Tss… (Note: Because foundation rows can be looser in general, you may need to sc2tog every fourth or fifth stitch to reduce the total number of stitches and create a smooth border.)

….work along long edge of shawl placing 1 sc in each row…

…Slst to first sc of round to join. Do not turn.

Round 2 (RS): Ch 1, rsc in each sc around shawl, slst to first st of round to join. Fasten off.

Tutorial showing how to crochet a shawl with pockets using Tunisian crochet stitches.

Pocket Border

With RS facing, attach yarn at upper right corner (left-handed crocheters: upper left corner).

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in each Tslst across top of pocket. Do not turn.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, rsc in each sc across top of pocket. Fasten off leaving a long tail for seaming.

FINISHING

Blocking

Steam block shawl and pockets by pinning pieces to a blocking mat or towel and holding steamer or iron a few inches away. Do not touch steamer or iron to yarn. Let set overnight.

Tutorial showing how to crochet a shawl with pockets using Tunisian crochet stitches.

Joining Pockets to Shawl

Using stitch markers, pin pockets in place on shawl taking care to line up pocket eyelet pattern with shawl eyelet pattern. It can be helpful to measure the shawl on either side of the pocket to ensure it’s even. Using pocket yarn tail and a tapestry needle, whip stitch pocket to shawl. Repeat with second pocket. 

Weave in any remaining ends.

Attaching Buttons (Optional)

If buttons are desired, attach a button at 5”, 11” and 16.5” from bottom edge of shawl. (See photos in intro above for example placement.)

Wrap up in your new stay at home shawl and celebrate the fact that you just crocheted yourself a hug.

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