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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Half Granny Shawl Video Tutorial

There has been some discussion recently on the crochet thread of the Knittinghelp.com forum regarding the crocheted shawl worn by Caroline Ingalls in The Little House on the Prairie shows. Some links were provided to patterns resembling that shawl. Two of the patterns looked good, but the other links were broken. The information given about the shawl was that it was crocheted, and most likely a half granny square type of design.

Many years ago, I had made quite a large number of shawls using just such a design, one for my grandmother in cream and lavender, and one for each of the nuns in the convent where my oldest sister is. That was a lot of black crocheting! So I felt confident that I could replicate this half granny shawl design to share with you here at Hooked On Needles.

After a few false starts, this is what I came up with...

This is just a sample that I crocheted while working out the pattern. Of course to make this into a shawl, you would have to continue crocheting until the triangle is as big as you want your shawl to be.

Here's a close-up of the beginning point of the sample where the original chain-4 was made. You can see where the 3-dc groups, also called shells, turn to the left and to the right. This point where they change direction is the tip of the triangle where two shells are worked with ch-2 in between. On a full granny square, this would be one of the 4 corners.

And here's the other end of the center, which is the point. Once you have made your triangle as big as you want it, this would be the outer edge where you could add a decorative border, such as a scallop or fringe, or you could just leave it plain.

Here is a short video showing how I made this half-granny triangle. I have included the written instructions below as well.

Half Granny Triangle Shawl

Yarn of your choice
crochet hook of the appropriate size for yarn chosen

shell = 3 double crochet
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sp = space

ch 4 and join with sl st to first chain to form ring.

ch 4 (used as 1 dc and 1 ch here and throughout), shell in ring, ch 2, shell in ring, ch 1, 1 dc in ring. ch 4, turn.

shell in ch 1 sp, ch 1, (shell, ch 2, shell) in ch 2 sp (this is the center point), ch 1, (shell, ch 1, 1 dc) in ch 1 sp. ch 4, turn.

* (shell, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp to center point, (shell, ch 2, shell) in ch 2 sp of center point, (ch 1, shell) in each ch 1 sp to end. ch 1. In last ch 1 sp, work shell, ch 1, 1 dc. ch 4, turn. *

Repeat from * to * until shawl is the size you want it.

Work one row of single crochet evenly spaced across the top of the shawl. Add a decorative edge on the other two sides of the triangle with fringe, crocheted scallop, reverse single crochet or any other edge that you like.

Happy Stitching!

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  • I have one of my grandmother's shawls. I believe one of my aunts made it. Grandma always wore a sweater or shawl when out in the evening air.

    By Blogger Abby and Stephanie, At September 6, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

  • Your tutorial looks wonderful, Mary Grace!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At September 6, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

  • Years ago my mother made this exact shawl for me. It was white with fringe all around the outer edges.

    By Blogger Rumi, At September 7, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

  • Thanks Mary Grace for yet another awesome video...I really like that pattern...my friend Carol and I will have to make one of these! I need another project, don't I? LOL!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At September 7, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

  • I read this post the other day, and last night the final episode of Little House was on Hallmark.. of course it was scheduled to end at 1am.. I fell asleep around 12:30.. one of my all-time favorite tv shows :)

    By Blogger Milk Brain, At September 7, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

  • I have been looking for this pattern tutorial for mths. You have some great tutorials. Thanks for taking the time to show others.

    By Anonymous Carol G, At January 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

  • Thank you so much for this great pattern! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the video, I greatly appreciate your time and help with this!


    By Blogger Sherri, At November 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

  • Thanks MGM for the video on the granny shawl. I have made four so far for friends and family some finished off with a fringe and the others finished off with a scallop edge. My friends and family love them.

    Could you post a video on how to crotchet a winter poncho as i would like to make one for myself..

    Many Thanks

    Kind Regards

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

  • Hi Tori, so glad that you have found this video helpful for making gifts! I don't have a pattern for a winter poncho, but I'm sure if you look on the Lion Brand Yarn or Bernat websites, or even on Ravelry, you should be able to find something.

    If you would like a personal response, please be sure to include your email address in your comments!

    Thanks for stopping in,

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At December 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

  • Hi... thank you for this wonderful pattern.... i got this when i'm searching for a simple triangle head scarf... this is really a easy one...

    By Blogger G.AruljothiKarikalan, At December 29, 2010 at 4:12 AM  

  • THANK YOU!!!! Excuse me for shouting, but I am so glad I found your site...I haven't done crochet in 5 years and you know what they say, "Use it or lose it" I lost it but thanks to you, I found it again!!! God bless you <3

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 16, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

  • Hi Mary Grace, how hard would it be to add different colored yarns to the shawl is it doable? Thank you Diane Reid-Lapointe my email dianelap@videotron.ca

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

  • Love it and have made several

    By Blogger Patti, At May 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM  

  • Hi Ms. McNamara

    I loved your tutorial video on the half granny square shawl. It was very easy, step by step instruction. Some of us need that.

    Now I would like to know if you have a simple step by step tutorial on making a simple ( hat ) beret. I've looked at some others, but can't seem to get it right. Like I said I need step by step.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 29, 2011 at 5:06 AM  

  • Thanks so much for this tutorial. I learn so much easier by actually watching something done! Plan on making ponchos for my grand daughters, thanks again for helping me!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

  • I love the shawl my grandmother gave me one for my high school graduation, I've followed your vidio,but it' keeps coming out a square instead of a triangle. please help. pjbscents@hotmail.com. Many Blessings Pattie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

  • I am so happy to find this pattern I could cry!! I made this shawl back when I was 12 years old. I used to love to make this. Fast forward I'm age 50 and just now getting back into yarn arts after all these years. I'm teaching myself how to knit, I've been doing the "Grandma's Favorite Dishcloths" like they are going out of style! Then I remembered this shawl, went hunting for a pattern and found your site. Thank you for sharing this pattern. It will bless me to make this again!!

    By Blogger AtlantaJJ, At March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM  

  • Hello,
    I am almost finished with my Ma Ingalls shall that I learned to do from your video on “Hooked on Needles.” When finished, I want to add three rows of single crochet and then put a scallop border on it, like what you demonstrated on Tutti Frutti Preemie Oddball blanket. My problem is: How do you add rows of single crochet onto my granny square shawl? Do you have any tutorials that teach this? Please respond. Thank you. Mary

    By Anonymous Mary Darby, At February 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM  

  • Hello,
    Have you ever seen the shawl worn in the Little House episode from season 2, called "Going Home"? The original owners of the Ingalls' farm come to visit. The little old lady was wearing a shawl that made my daughter and I rewind and freeze the picture to admire it! I'd really love a pattern for it. What do you think? Any idea where to start? Thanks Carolyn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM  

  • Hi Carolyn! Thanks for the note! I found this episode of Little House available on Netflix and moved it to the top of my list. It just came today and I watched it on my laptop so I could rewind and freeze frame and get a good look at the shawl you saw. It looks like a very different stitch combination, one I have never seen before. I don't even know where I would begin to re-create it! You might try searching on ravelry or etsy or pinterest for shawl patterns and perhaps you will get lucky and run across one that is similar. Unfortunately the picture was not sharp and there was never really a good shot of it against a contrasting color, so I could not get a close look at it.

    I hope you are able to find something like it though. If you do, please post an update here with a link or other information, as I am always getting requests from readers for similar things.

    Thanks for writing!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM  

  • Thanks so much! I have been looking for this shawl pattern of a long time. I have found a few but they just weren't right. I will be starting it today. I'm very excited!!!

    By Anonymous KDH, At February 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM  

  • Thank you very much for posting this pattern! It was exactly what I was looking for: nice but not lacey, easy to do and can be made in any size. Perfect for me!

    By Anonymous Lil'Alien, At May 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM  

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