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Lacy Fans: an easy crochet prayer shawl pattern

Lacy fans prayer shawl pattern

Lacy fans prayer shawl pattern

Most of the prayer shawls I’ve crocheted have used a fairly solid pattern. This time, I wanted to make something a little more delicate. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked, so I searched until I found this beautiful stitch and created a pattern with it.

This pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, so you have lots of options. I grew up using Red Heart but always hated how scratchy it felt. For this shawl, I picked a much softer yarn by Caron called Simply Soft. At under $5 a skein, and only 2 skeins needed for the full shawl, it ended up quite affordable too.

This shawl is worked along the short end, meaning you can adjust its length easily. I recommend crocheting the first 4 rows just to make sure you like the height (from shoulder to waist), as you can easily adjust the number of repetitions. You could also use this pattern with other yarn types, you would just need to change the number of repetitions. The base chain is (any multiple of 6) + 7. You could try chunky yarn and an N hook with something like 37 for the base chain since (5 x 6) + 7 = 37.

Lacy Fans: a prayer shawl pattern

2 skeins Caron Simply Soft yarn, or about 600-700 yards of any other worsted weight yarn
“H” crochet hook (5.0 mm)

Pattern: (work all in back loops only)

  • Chain 67 slightly loosely.
  • Row 1: CH 1 and turn, SC in next ch. CH 1, skip a ch, SC in next 3 chs. (CH 3 and skip the 3 chains underneath, then SC in next 3 chains.) Repeat the steps in parentheses to the end, then CH 1 & skip a ch, then SC in the last ch.
  • Row 2: CH 3 and turn. In next ch, work 2 DC. (Skip next ch, SC in next ch, skip next ch. 1 DC in next ch, 3 DC in next ch, 1 DC in next ch.) Repeat the steps in parentheses to the end, then skip a ch, 2 DC in next ch, and DC in last ch.
  • Row 3: CH 1 and turn. SC in next 2 chs. (CH 3 and skip the 3 chains underneath, then SC in next 3 chains.) Repeat the steps in parentheses to the end, then CH 3, then SC in last 2 chs.
  • Row 4: CH 1 and turn. SC in next ch, skip a ch. (1 DC in next ch, 3 DC in next ch, 1 DC in next ch. Skip next ch, SC in next ch, skip next ch.) Repeat the steps in parentheses to the end, skip 1 ch, and SC in last ch.

Repeat rows 1-4 until you reach the desired length. Using 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft makes a shawl approximately 14″ wide x 65″ long.

Once you’ve completed rows 1-4 a couple of times, your fingers will easily remember the pattern so you don’t have to carry it with you. I am finishing up a second shawl in this pattern, and it goes faster every time. If you crochet every evening while you watch one 30-minute TV show, you can have a shawl finished in less than a month.

“Dear Lord, Bless my hands as I (crochet) today. May each twist of the yarn guide me to create a pattern of love and comfort in my work and remind me of Your ultimate protection. Wrap me in Your spirit so that I will be more caring towards those in need. Grant me patience as I create this shawl. And bless my handiwork as it travels to bring comfort and peace to someone in need of Your warming embrace. Amen.” – Diane Burgess


  1. Linda says:

    This is a terrific pattern. I’m making it for my aunt. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. nadine says:

    Hi I am have being crochet fo just a little while now but I am not good at reading patterns do you do video of your work. From the picture I would love to try this one and I love the prayer also.


    • The Girl says:

      Right now I don’t have the time, but I’ll add that to the list of things I would like to do on this site. Maybe in the meantime you could find a friend who can read patterns and can show you? Once you do a couple of rows it’s pretty easy to do from memory.

  3. callie says:

    how many chains do you skip in row 1? It says skip chains underneath?

  4. Dianne says:

    Hello! I love this pattern, but yours looks more textured than mine. Mine is very flat. Did you work the single crochets in only the back loop? I like the look of yours. Please let me know! :)

    • The Girl says:

      Yep, you got it – all my stitches were worked in only the back loops. I’ve updated the pattern to make that more clear. :) It may also have to do with how tightly or loosely you crochet – I worked fairly loosely which allows for more of a ripply look.

  5. Dianne says:

    Thank you! I work very loosely – usually have to go down 2 hook sizes to meet gauge. I turned this and used your calculation so the shells would be vertical on the prayer shawl. (chained 187). To finish off, I will do the shells on the original row so both top and bottom have a scalloped edge. I’m thinking it will be a favorite pattern! Thanks again – can’t wait to see another from you. I get bored easily and don’t like to do the same shawl over and over. Happy crocheting!

  6. Poinciana says:

    Thank you for this lovely pattern and stitch. I already have a great stash of Simply Soft and hope to make one very soon for my Mom, who is ill.

    God bless you and keep you ever safe in His loving hands.

  7. Jason says:

    When it says chain 3 and skip the chains underneath i skip 3 chains and start in the 4th chain am i right? I’m new to crocheting.

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