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I think that I may have just made the most perfect and cozy wrap!  This easy rectangular crochet shawl pattern is so simple to crochet but it looks so elegant.  I could not be any happier with how this shawl turned out!

woman standing on a front porch wearing a grey and purple crochet shawl

This is the perfect shawl to pair with a casual outfit, but I also think that you could wear it with even a dress and that it would still look great.  I created this shawl with a rectangular shape and paired it with a lightweight yarn that produces the perfect amount of drape.

Not only is this a fun crochet project to make, it is also a completely FREE pattern!  Scroll down for the full pattern!

Shawls have to be one of my top favorite things to crochet.  They are easy and simple to make but the end result is always the best.  

Close up of the stitches on the Iris Rectangle Shawl Crochet Pattern

If you are looking for a warmer type shawl, then check out my Denim Shawl Pattern that uses Lion Brand Mandala Ombre yarn.  I’ve made this style of shawl in 2 different colors of the Lion Brand Mandala yarn and I love both of them!  It is such a fun and easy crochet triangle shawl pattern!

Kylee holding a pink crochet triangle shawl

A lightweight shawl makes for the perfect accessory when the weather is a tad bit cool either in the early spring or late fall.  You could make this shawl in any color to coordinate with the different seasons.

The stitch pattern for this shawl is so easy, after the foundation row it’s made up of a 1 row repeat.  Talk about an easy shawl pattern.

Woman holding a rectangle crochet shawl

Easy Crochet Rectangular Shawl

You only need to know two basic crochet stitches to make this easy crochet shawl pattern.  If you can crochet chain stitches and double crochet stitches, then you can make this rectangle shawl pattern.

I used a kind of lacy and feminine crochet stitch called the Iris Stitch for this shawl and paired it with a #3 lightweight yarn. This combination creates the perfect drape for a shawl.

Stitch Detail on the Iris Stitch Rectangle Crochet Shawl

The yarn I chose to use is a light weight yarn that is 100% cotton.  It is Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton yarn in the color “Honey, It’s Homemade.”  This lighter weight and cotton yarn makes for the perfect lacy shawl.

This is a self striping yarn so all the different colors are in 1 skein, which I love!  This way you don’t have to do color changes and have more ends to weave in.  I also think that this shawl would be beautiful made in solid colors.

Woman holding a grey and purple rectangle shawl in front of her

You can use any weight of yarn that you would like, but the lighter the yarn weight that you choose, the more drape that the shawl will have.  A thinner worsted weight yarn might not be too bad for this shawl, but anything heavier than that and it will create a thicker and heavier type shawl.  

Rectangle Shawl vs Triangle Shawl

Shawls make for the perfect project.  There are 2 different shapes of crochet shawl patterns and they are rectangle crochet shawls and triangle crochet shawls.  

You may be wondering which shape of shawl is better or even easier to crochet?  Really, it just comes down to preference as they both have their positives.  

Rectangular shawls are typically crocheted back and forth in rows from one end to the other width wise (at least this is how this crochet rectangle shawl pattern is made) and triangular shawls are crocheted from the middle out.

Kylee wearing a purple and grey crochet rectangle shawl with her back to the camera

Crochet Shawl Q & A

How wide should a crochet rectangle shawl be?

This question basically comes down to personal preference.  A crochet shawl can be as wide or long as you’d like.  Typically a rectangular crochet wrap is approx.18” – 20” wide and anywhere from 60” – 70” long. 

What size yarn do I need to crochet a shawl?

You can crochet a shawl with any size or weight of yarn that you want, but it will effect the final results of the shawl.  Typically, lighter weight yarns produce a more open stitch pattern and the shawl has more drape to it.  If you want a thicker shawl that has less drape, then you will want to use a thicker yarn.

How many yards of yarn do I need to crochet a shawl?

This depends on the size of shawl that you are wanting to make and also what weight of yarn that you are using.  For example this rectangular shawl pattern uses approx. 1,000 yards of a #3 lightweight yarn and measures approx. 19” wide and 67” long.

What’s the best yarn to crochet a shawl with?

This depends on preference and what type of shawl that you are wanting.  Cotton yarn is a great choice for lighter weight shawls made for warmer weather.  Acrylic yarn and wool yarns are best for winter shawls that need to be warmer.

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Iris Stitch Rectangular Shawl Crochet Pattern

All crochet terms are US terms.

Skill Level – Easy / Beginner 

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Things you will need:

Finished Measurements:

  • Finished shawl is approx. 67’’ long and 19’’ wide  

Stitch Key:

  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • ch = chain
  • t = turn
  • sk = skip
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch (es)


  • This shawl is made with the Iris Stitch.  Find a complete step by step and video tutorial for it IN THIS POST!
  • Adjust the width of this shawl by chaining any number that is a multiple of 4 + 3 (Examples 63, 79, 91, etc.)
  • Notes will be included throughout the pattern as needed.


Row 1: ch 79, in the 5th chain from hook work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), * sk 3 ch st, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next chain st* repeat * to * until last 2 ch st, sk ch st, dc in the very last ch st.

Row 2: Ch 3, t, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp * repeat * to * until you reach the end of the row, dc in the top of ch-3 from previous row

Repeat row 2 until piece reaches desired length or you run out of yarn.

I made mine 98 rows long and 67’’ in length.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

woman standing on a front porch wearing a crochet rectangle shawl

I’d love to see your creations that you make from all of my patterns, be sure to tag me @okiegirlblingnthings on Instagram so I can see. Whether you make this Rectangular Crochet Shawl Pattern or something else entirely, tag me!

Happy crocheting!

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  1. Hi Kylie! Love this shaw and the color and look forward to making it! I was wondering if there is a printable version for this shaw?

  2. Hi there! I’m about to start the Iris stitch rectangle shawl. On the last row do you do any kind of finishing row to even out the first and last row or just finish as is?
    I have made several of your pocket shawls and MANY of your denim shawl patterns. They are my favorites and so are YOU!
    Thanks Cindy

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I just finished the shawl as is and didn’t do anything different for the last row.