Kiki Shawl – A Free Tunisian Crochet Shawl Pattern

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Fall into the rhythm of the Kiki Shawl, a bulky weight Tunisian crochet shawl pattern designed in collaboration with Little Wing Fibers.

Tunisian crochet has been an obsession of mine for the better part of a decade. Since I first learned the basic stitches, I fell in love with the rhythm and beauty of the technique. The Kiki Shawl marries simplicity with speed by using beginner-friendly stitching, bulky weight yarn, and luxurious fibers in a shawl pattern that you can finish in less than 50 rows.

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GET THE KIKI SHAWL

  • FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Kiki Shawl
  • PRINTABLE PDF: Get a printer-friendly PDF version of the Kiki Shawl from Ravelry or TLYarnCrafts.com

Beginner Tunisian Crochet Shawl Pattern

I always hear it: “I want to try Tunisian crochet, but I don’t know where to start”. I get it – it’s hard to find time to learn something new between all of your other WIPs (works in progress), daily life, and the need to get just a bit of rest. But you’d be surprised at how little time it takes to learn the basics of Tunisian crochet. Today could be your day to learn!

Tunisian crochet sits at the magical crossroads of knitting and traditional crochet. You use a long crochet hook to gather loops and create truly unique textures. It has a calming rhythm that I can only compare to watching the water slowly lap the shore. It’s truly mesmerizing. The Kiki Shawl pattern simplifies the basic techniques of Tunisian crochet while introducing you to interesting and beautiful stitches.

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TLYC and Little Wing Fibers

I had the true pleasure of working with Marly of Little Wing Fibers to design the Kiki Shawl. I met Marly at Our Maker Life, an annual fiber enthusiast meet-up that was hosted in Portland this year. In our brief time together, I learned that Marly is a long-time fiber lover who picked up dyeing as a hobby during the pandemic. She introduced her first skeins in October 2022 and only continues to improve through her extensive practice.

Marly and I at Our Maker Life – Portland in July 2022

The Kiki Shawl uses Marly’s Cloud Bulky base, which is a category 5 bulky weight yarn in 100% superwash merino wool. When I say this yarn is squishy, I really mean it. Both in the skein and in the finished shawl, the 2-ply yarn maintains its bounce. You’ll need two skeins of two colors to make this shawl. I used the colorways “May All Your Bacon Burn” (pinkish-red) and “Onigiri” (cream) for mine, but any combination from Marly’s Creature Comforts collection will do.

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The Creature Comforts collection is only available for a limited time. If you miss the launch or want to try a different yarn, swap in any bulky weight yarn for this Tunisian crochet shawl pattern. Play around with different fibers or yarn weights, as well. This shawl plays nicely with modifications, so extend any of the sections to your heart’s delight, and be sure to adjust your hook size if you use yarn lighter than the original.

Get the skinny on yarn substitutions here.

FREE Tunisian crochet beginner shawl pattern. Bulky weight crochet triangle scarf using hand dyed yarn. Easy crochet scarf pattern tutorial.

GET THE KIKI SHAWL

  • FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Kiki Shawl
  • PRINTABLE PDF: Get a printer-friendly PDF version of the Kiki Shawl from Ravelry or TLYarnCrafts.com

Kiki Shawl Details

DESCRIPTION

Fall head over heels for Tunisian crochet when you make the Kiki Shawl. This beginner-friendly crochet shawl pattern features a top-down construction into a triangle shape. Combine three striking stitch patterns for a snuggly textured fabric. Using bulky weight yarn means you can finish this project during a long, lazy weekend.

MATERIALS

  • Little Wing Fibers Cloud Bulky (category 5) bulky weight yarn. 2 skeins or 215 yards each of the colors “May All Your Bacon Burn” (A) and “Onigiri” (B).
  • 8mm Tunisian crochet hook with 32″ cord. I used these ones.
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Wet blocking supplies (what are those?!)

FINISHED SIZE

50″ wingspan x 24.5″ depth

GAUGE

4″ = 12 sts x 10 rows in Tss, unblocked

ABBREVIATIONS

  • CC = change color
  • Ch = chain
  • Lts = Last Tunisian Stitch (see Special Stitches)
  • Rep = repeat
  • RetP = Return Pass (see Special Stitches)
  • Sl St = slip stitch
  • Tps = Tunisian purl stitch
  • Trs = Tunisian reverse stitch
  • Tss = Tunisian simple stitch
  • Yo = yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES

  • Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts): Insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tss.
  • Return Pass (RetP): Ch 1, (yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook) until 1 loop remains on the hook.
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NOTES + TUTORIALS

  • For this shawl, you need to know the basics of Tunisian crochet (TC), how to crochet the Tunisian simple stitch, reverse stitch, and honeycomb stitch, as well as color changes. Use these video links to master the skills: Tunisian crochet for beginners + simple stitch; Tunisian reverse stitch; honeycomb stitch; TC color changes.
  • Carry the yarns not in use up the side of the work; do not cut any colors until the directions call for it.
  • This pattern is made to use every inch of the 4 skeins mentioned. Feel free to make your sections longer or shorter to accommodate the yarn you use.
  • To end the shawl, you will slip stitch bind off “in pattern”. This means to continue the established pattern, but, instead of keeping all loops on the hook, complete the slip stitch for each stitch across the row.

Kiki Shawl Pattern

Shawl Pattern

FOUNDATION ROW: Using A, create a slipknot with a 5” tail. Ch 8, pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook and each remaining ch, ch 1, (yo, pull through 2 loops) until 1 loop remains on hook.  (8 sts)

ROW 1: Tss 1, (yo, tss 1) 2 times, (tss 1, yo) 2 times, tss 1, Lts, RetP. (12 sts)

ROW 2: Tss 1, yo, tss the yo, tss to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 2, yo, tss the yo, tss to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 1, Lts, RetP. (16 sts)

ROW 3: Rep Row 2. CC to B. (20 sts)

ROW 4: Rep Row 2. (24 sts)

ROW 5: Tss 1, yo, tss the yo, trs to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 2, yo, tss the yo, trs to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 1, Lts, RetP. CC to A. (28 sts)

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ROW 6: Rep Row 5. (32 sts)

ROWS 7-9: Rep Row 2. CC to B after Row 9. (36 sts)

ROWS 10-33: Rep Rows 4-9.

ROW 34: Rep Row 2.

ROW 35: Rep Row 5. CC to A.

ROW 36: Rep Row 5.

ROW 37: Rep Row 2. CC to B, fasten off A.

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ROW 38: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 39-42: Tss 1, yo, tss the yo, tss 1, (tps 1, tss 1) to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 2, yo, tss the yo, tss 1, (tps 1, tss 1) to next yo, tss the yo, yo, tss 1, Lts, Retp.

BIND OFF: Sl st bind off in pattern.

Finishing

STEP 1: Seam the top gap as follows – Use the tail left from the slipknot to sew the first 4 foundation stitches to the last four foundation stitches.

STEP 2: Weave in all ends.

STEP 3: Block to finished dimensions. I recommend submerging the shawl in warm water with a no-rinse wool wash for 20-60 minutes. Press out excess water and pin shawl face down to shape on blocking boards. Allow to fully dry before unpinning. Learn more about wet blocking crochet shawls here.

FREE Tunisian crochet beginner shawl pattern. Bulky weight crochet triangle scarf using hand dyed yarn. Easy crochet scarf pattern tutorial.

Prefer an ad-free, printable version of the Kiki Shawl? Get it HERE!


The Kiki Shawl is one of those patterns that leaves you slightly sad when it’s all over. But that just means you’ll have to plan for your second one now! I’ve got some gorgeous DK hand-dyed yarn pulled for my second one and I can’t wait to start! What yarn will you use for this Tunisian crochet shawl pattern?

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