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Dinkin’s Bay Shawl Crochet Pattern

Wear this unique creation draped over your shoulders as a lacy shawl, or as a scarf wrapped around your neck. The crocheted fabric compresses in fun and exciting ways! The crochet stitch pattern is unique but super easy to learn.

woman on beach holding out a brightly colored mesh shawl in shades of pink, green and yellow

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What’s in a Name?

And where is Dinkin’s Bay?

Dinkin’s Bay is on Sanibel Island, Florida, but as far as I know it exists only between the pages of a book. The Doc Ford mystery series by Randy Wayne White features marine biologist Doc Ford, who sleuthes out of his home in Dinkin’s Bay. I love a good mystery, and I was binge-reading these a few years ago when I designed this shawl. Scroll on down for some other “mystery” crochet projects.

Simple Stitches Create Surprising Results

closeup of jewel-toned mesh fabric in its open mesh state
closeup of jewel-toned mesh fabric in its closed mesh state

Who knew that the lowly single crochet and chain stitches could create such beauty?

Working lengthwise, you’ll create a single row, then add additional interconnected tiers of color. This design lends itself to so many different color options. Select the ones that fit your style and personality.

The Materials

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn. You’ll need a total of about 890 yards [814 meters] of yarn, divided into four or five colors.

Fine Weight Yarn-2 Craft Yarn Council
skeins of Stunning String Studio Super Sport yarn in dark pink, hot pink, orange, yellow and green

For the summer-brights version shown above I used Stunning String Super Sport, a 100% superwash merino [100 g/325 yards/297 meters]. I used one skein each of Funky Fuchsia, Pink Peony, Harvest Orange Toasted Gold, and Key Lime.

For the darker jewel-toned version I used the same yarn, but in only four colors. Check out the Stunning String website to see all the beautiful colors you have to choose from! You can even buy a kit in your choice of four or five colors from Stunning String Studio.

The beauty of this design is that you can really use up your scrap yarn if you like. Use up as many bits and pieces as you like! Every tier can be a different color. It’s really adaptable to changing yarn weights. Just adjust the stitch count to get the size you want.

Clover Size G (4 mm) crochet hook in package

To get gauge, I used size G [4.0 mm] and size H-8 [5 mm] crochet hooks. Of course, you should use any hook size you need to match the pattern gauge and that results in a fabric you love in your chosen yarn.

And you’ll be happy to hear that matching gauge exactly is not 100% crucial in this pattern.

woman holding a mesh shawl stretched out, in jewel tones
woman standing on a beach holding a brightly colored mesh shawl in the breeze

Dinkin’s Bay Shawl Pattern

The crochet pattern instructions are written out and charted. There is a photo tutorial to show you the technique used throughout the pattern. Once you learn the technique, you won’t need to look at the pattern again!

The only stitches you’ll need to know are single crochet and chain stitch. That’s it, easy-peasy! The pattern uses American crochet terminology. It has been test stitched and professionally tech edited.

Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you make the Dinkin’s Bay Shawll! I’m @edieeckman everywhere. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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