The Daughter of Dragons Scarf has been a big a viral hit and many of you have asked for a shawl version of the pattern. Well here it is! The Mother of Dragons Shawl features the same dragon wing shape, but has simplified increases and decreases to give it the longer runs of sections so that it hangs well as a shawl. The beading has been replaced with picot stitches to define the fin ends, but you can easily replace the picot with beads just as you would in the Daughter of Dragons Scarf (pattern available here.).
The sections, or ‘fins’, alternate between a closed, tight stitch which gives it its heft, and a more open stitch which gives it a lovely drape. The beginning sections are narrow, but the width and depth appear later. The final length is easily customisable to whatever suits you. The pattern is written in 3 sections with sections 2 and 3 repeating so you can make the shawl larger than pictured here if you wish.
This pattern is an intermediate pattern (or for an adventurous beginner wanting to stretch their wings…er… tail…). It uses front post stitches (tutorial link in the abbreviations section) and uses stitch increases at one edge to create the curl.
The version pictured has been made with Lang Dipinto sock yarn (virgin wool and acrylic blend) but can be made with any sock weight yarn (1/fingering/super fine/etc). This version has 15 sections which required two balls of the Dipinto yarn. The advantage of this length is that it can also be scrunched up and worn as a scarf.
This pattern would also look beautiful as a larger shawl in Garnmanufaktur Lola or Scheepjes Whirl. Because they are cotton blend yarns, they would be glorious to wrap yourself up in and perfect for transitional seasons.
The pattern below is written in USA crochet terms. There is a pdf version in UK terms and USA terms available on Ravelry which also includes photo illustrations of the increases and decreases. The pdf on Ravelry will be FREE until 30 June 2021. The pattern will always be free on this website.
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Mother of Dragons Shawl
Yarn: Lang Dipinto 100g/360m (50% virgin wool / 50% acrylic) x 2
Hook: 4.0mm (use 3.5mm if using cotton, cotton blend or merino yarns)
Abbreviations and Explanations
- ch – chain
- slst – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
- tc – treble crochet
- fpdc – front post treble crochet
- dc-inc – treble crochet increase (two tc in the same stitch)
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase (two hdc in same stitch)
- picot – picot stitch
- beg – beginning
- st/sts – stitch/stiches
- sp – space
If you are unfamiliar with how to do front post treble crochet (fpdc), there is a Long Dog Wool Video Stitch Tutorial available HERE that will show you how to do this.
Picot – ch 3, slst in first ch.
A note about the increases…. Throughout this pattern the increases all happen on one edge. They occur at the beginning of odd-numbered rows and at the end of even-numbered rows. They follow the same pattern – they happen in the first or last group of 4 stitches as follows:
- Odd-numbered rows: in the last four stitches of the row – hdc-inc, hdc, hdc-inc, hdc
- Even-numbered rows: in the first four stitches of the row – hdc, hdc-inc, hdc, hdc-inc
A note about the decreases…. Each section consists of 8 rows. Row 1 of all sections except the first one will begin with 7 slip stitches (for Section 2 repeats) or 6 slip stitches (for Section 3 repeats). This forms the ‘fin’ appearance on the outer edge.
Section 1 (you will only do this section once)
This is the hardest section to do as there are so few stitches to start with and it is hard to tell which end will be the ‘fin’ edge and which will be the curved edge. Count carefully and go slowly in this section. Once each edge is defined, the pattern gets easier to keep track of!
R1: Make a magic ring, ch 1, 5 hdc in ring, turn.
R2: ch 1 (does not count as first st here and throughout section), hdc in first st, hdc-inc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, turn. (7 sts)
R3: ch 1, hdc in each of the first 3 sts, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in last st, turn. (9 sts)
R4: ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in each st to end, turn. (11 sts)
R5: ch 1, hdc in each of the first 7 sts, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in last st, turn. (13 sts)
R6: ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in each st to end, turn. (15 sts)
R7: ch 1, hdc in each of the first 13 sts, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in last st, turn. (17 sts)
R8: ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in each st to end, picot stitch, turn. (19 sts)
Section 2 (repeated throughout)
R1: slst into each of the first 7 sts, ch 3, tc in each st to last 4 sts, dc-inc in next st, tc in next st, dc-inc in next st, tc in last st, turn.
R2: ch 3 (counts as first st here and throughout), dc-inc in next st, tc in next st, dc-inc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, *fpdc around next st, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to last 2 sts of row, tc in each of last 2 sts, turn.
R3: ch 3, tc in each st and ch sp to last 4 sts of row, dc-inc in next st, tc in next st, dc-inc in next st, tc in last st, turn.
R4-8: repeat rows 2 and 3. At the end of Row 8, do a picot.
NOTE: At the end of R2 you will do a normal tc or dc-inc in the first four stitchs and the last two stitches. In between is the (fpdc, ch 1, sk 1). The photos below show this. They also show where the first fpdc goes
Section 3 (repeated throughout)
R1: slst in each of the next 6 sts and ch spaces, ch 1, hdc in each st to last 4 sts, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.
R2: ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout section), hdc in first st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in each st to end, turn.
R3: ch 1, hdc in each st to last 4 sts of row, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc-inc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.
R4-8: Repeat Rows 2 and 3. At the end of row 8, do a picot.
Repeat Sections 2 and 3 until desired length of shawl is reached. End with a Section 3.
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Note: The shawl pictured has 15 sections total and used 2 balls of the Lang yarn. You may keep going repeating sections 2 and 3 until the shawl is the width and depth that you prefer.
Please feel free to share photos of your Mother of Dragons Shawl on Ravelry and on Facebook in the Friends of Long Dog Wool Facebook group! Happy Hooking!
A special thank you…
A very special thank you to Gael at Sew Darn Special in Ballarat. She has been so supportive of my journey into designing for crochet and generously supplied the wool for this project. If you live in the area, please stop in and visit the shop. She has the most amazing yarns as well as the largest collection of buttons I’ve ever seen. She also stocks fabrics, sewing supplies, weaving supplies and any accessory you could want for knitting and hooking. Her online shop, with Australia-wide shipping, is coming soon! #shoplocal #madeinballarat
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The boring legal stuff….
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Mother of Dragons Shawl (c) 2021 Long Dog Wool and Bridget A.