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Ball of Ladders Crochet Shawl

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Grab your favorite color of Shawl in a Ball by Lion brand to create this fun shawl that looks like it’s full of tiny ladders. All you need is one ball to make this pretty triangle. The pattern is a super-simple 2 row repeat, so once you get the hang of it, it’s a great project to travel with, or to just sit and make while watching TV or chatting with friends. Use more or less yarn to make it larger or smaller.

Ball of Ladders - free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home
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The yarn used in this pattern was provided by Lion Brand Yarn.

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Ball of Ladders
Crochet Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

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Size:
56″ x 25″

Yarn:
Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, worsted weight, 150 g/518 yds
Lotus Blossom 304 – 1 skein

Hook:
US-J, 6.00mm

Gauge:
14 sts x 7 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc

Other supplies:
Yarn needle

Stitches and Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)

Pattern:
Row 1:
Ch 4 (counts as ch-1 and dc), (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in first ch made. {4 dc}
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), turn, dc in same st, ch 1, skip 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2, ch 1, skip 1, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last st. {8 dc}
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, 2 dc in same st, dc in each dc and ch-1 sp to ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each dc and ch-1 sp until 1 st remains, 3 dc in last st. {20 dc}
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), turn, dc in same st, ch 1, skip 1, (dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1) to ch-2 corner,  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2, ch 1, skip 1, (dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1) until 1 st remains, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last st. {16 dc}
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, 2 dc in same dc and ch-1 sp, dc in each st to ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp, dc in each dc and ch-1 sp until 1 st remains, 3 dc in last st. – {36 dc}
Repeat rows 4 and 5 to desired size, or until there is not enough yarn for another repeat – stitch counts will increase with each repeat.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Wear or give and enjoy!

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32 thoughts on “Ball of Ladders Crochet Shawl”

  1. Have done a lot of crocheting and your pattern is very unclear.. Row 2in ch-2 what? space? Most patterns are VERY much more clear.

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  2. Do you have an easy way to calculate how many stiches/DCs there should be at the end of each row? I am using a yarn that is very difficult to see actual stitches and the only way I will be able to make this accurately is to make sure my counts are correct at the end of each row.

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  3. In case you didn’t know, Lion Brand has cut the size of their balls from 518 to 481 yards, nearly 120 feet less. You WILL run out of yarn!

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  4. OMG! The pattern’s of shawl is sooo beautiful! I have a pink and grey colours angora yarn and this pattern will be the best for it! Thank you very much!
    Marianne

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  5. Man some of you guys…..like asking for a ride and wanting to drive…..enjoy the beautiful free pattern !

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  6. I am working on this pattern and figured it out after a couple tries, realizing no where does it say to “turn your work.” At first I thought it was worked in the round (the way it’s written) but it is meant to be worked in rows, right? It’s a great looking project. Thanks!

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    • Yes, as it is Rows, not Rnds, you do turn. I write both knit and crochet patterns, and you write “turn” in crochet but not in knit, so sometimes I forget to write it in crochet. I’ll add it in. Thank you for pointing that out!

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  7. One thing I noticed when working this is that it is slightly unclear when it states to “dc in each st to ch 2” how to get the exact stitch count.
    It wasnt until a little thinking that I realized you meant stitching into the chains from previous rows ch1 as well!
    It may be a welcomed addition to the pattern just to clarify it (in a parenthesis perhaps?). Or maybe it’s just me, I’m a little new to reading patterns 🙂
    Either way it’s beautiful and the only pattern I will ever use to create a shawl.

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  8. I’m starting my 2nd shawl this week with this pattern. The clarifications you just made are PERFECT. It’s a beautiful pattern. Thank you.

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    • Thank you. I should have taken a good look at this pattern sooner. I’m still planning on giving it some TLC to be sure I didn’t miss anything else.

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  9. Your pattern makes such a pretty, simple shawl. I have made four so far for family and friends. My daughter suggested I should make some and try to sell them. Is it ok to sell items that I make with your pattern? Thank you.

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    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re getting so much use from the pattern. You’re welcome to sell finished items made from my patterns, I just ask that you give me designer credit, and a link to the design if possible. I’m sure you know, but I always say it to be safe, my pattern can not be sold or copied for others, I keep that right, but selling finished items is all good. I hope you’re very successful with your sales! <3

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