Easy Tartan Crochet Pocket Shawl

Welcome to my free pattern for this easy tartan crochet pocket shawl! This crochet plaid wrap uses my plaid / tartan stitch which is easy because its made of just 3 types of rows.

Use this stitch to make blankets, afghans, throws & scarves!

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There is an unlimited number of colors you can choose for this pattern of course!

But I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard, Dusty Purple & Fisherman.


The inspiration for this stitch actually came from a woven mini houndstooth scarf I saw in church one Sunday. And it wasn’t black & white! It was purple, blue and cream and made with very fine thread. lt lay on the chair in front of me and I was staring at it for the whole service!

Due to the social distancing measures, it wasn’t as close as I would have liked it to be! But I could see it had stripes in three colors AND a houndstooth pattern. It reminded me of a plaid pattern, except it wasn’t. So I was intriqued.

I especially loved the color arrangement, how the blue and the purple seemed to form a mini houndstooth pattern together. And every now and then there was a thinner stripe of cream, but I could still see the other colors in it somehow.

So that’s how I decided to try to arrange the front posts in two different colors slightly off centre from each other over the cream color stripes.

If you’re looking for the picture from behind, this shawl is a similar size to my other crochet shawl with pockets and there is a photo from behind in that pattern.

Easy Tartan Crochet Pocket Shawl – Free Pattern

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This easy tartan crochet pocket shawl includes a video tutorial and uses only 3 stitches to create the plaid / tartan stitch; the single, double & front post treble stitches. Use my tartan stitch to create rectangular shawls, wraps, crochet blankets, afghans, throws & scarves! This shawl is super cozy as it folds softly around your neck to create an (optional) thick collar. It’s also wide, thick but still not too heavy and has deep pockets that cover your wrists to keep them toasty. The wrong side looks really pretty, too. Leave 10″ tails to create a thick tassel fringe with no extra yarn (photo tutorial included).


The finished crochet pocket shawl measures about 71 X 20.5 in or 180 X 52 cm without the fringe. And the pockets are about 9.5 wide & 10.5 in deep without the fringe (24 X 27 cm).

Care Instructions

The Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn is a 100% acrylic. It’s machine washable at 30 C / 86 F.

Pattern Notes

Easy Tartan Crochet Pocket Shawl Video Tutorial

Crochet Pocket Shawl | Crochet Plaid Stitch For Blankets, Scarves | Easy Tartan Crochet Pocket Shawl


  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (4 / Medium / Aran weight, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 156 m / 170 yd, 100% acrylic): 4 skeins in Mustard, 4 skeins in Dusty Purple, 2 skeins in Fisherman.
  • Size 7 mm hook.
  • Scissors.


As per pattern below, there are approx. 11 sts and 10 rows in a 4 X 4 in square.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • BPdc: back post double crochet
  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • FPdc: front post double crochet
  • FPtr: front post treble
  • rep: repeat
  • sc: single crochet
  • st: stitch
  • t: turn

Pattern Overview

  1. Crochet the rectangular shawl.
  2. Make two pockets with ribbing at the top and sew them on.
  3. Make the fringe with yarn tails.


This free pattern for the easy tartan pocket shawl is split into the Shawl, Crochet Plaid / Tartan Stitch, Pockets & Tassel Fringe Tutorial.


Chain 182 in Dusty Purple.

Follow the crochet plaid / tartan stitch pattern below until you have 49 rows.

Crochet Plaid / Tartan Stitch

Row1 (Dusty Purple) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every st, t.

Row2 (Mustard) Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st and in every st, t.

Row3 (Dusty Purple) Ch 1, sc in same st, not counting the ch-1 post, skip 1 sc post from 2 rows ago and *FPtr around next post, skip 1 st, sc in next st, skip 1 sc post; rep from *, ending rep with sc in last st, t.

Row4 (Fisherman) Rep row2.

Row5 (Mustard) Ch 1, sc in same st and next st, FPtr around Mustard dc 3 rows ago between first and second Dusty Purple posts, *skip 1 st, sc in next st 3 times, skip 2 Dusty Purple posts, FPtr around next Mustard post; rep from *, ending rep with 2nd sc in last st, t.

Row6 (Fisherman) Rep row2.

Row7 (Dusty Purple) Ch 1, sc in same st, not counting the ch-1 post, skip 1 sc post from 2 rows ago, *FPtr around next post, skip 1 st, sc in next st 3 times, skip 3 posts; rep from *, ending rep with last sc, t.

Row8 (Mustard) Rep row2.

Row9 (Dusty Purple) Rep row3.

Row10 (Mustard) Rep row2.

Row11 (Dusty Purple) Rep row3.

Rep rows 2 – 11 until you have the required number of rows, fasten off.


Make 2. Chain 26 in Dusty Purple.

Follow the crochet plaid / tartan stitch pattern above until you have 24 rows.

Row25 (Mustard) Ch 2, skip first post from last row, FPdc around next post, BPdc around next post; rep from *, fasten off.

Tassel Fringe Tutorial

This crochet pocket shawl is called Autumn Berries and it is an easy breezy pattern with the tassel fringe made using the yarn tails from the color change. Featuring a generous size and a simple repeat of 5 colors, this relaxed style shawl is beginner friendly and is great for romantic walks in nature to snuggle yourself into. #crochetpocketshawl #crochet #pocketshawl
  1. As you change color between the rows, leave at least 10″ tails. When you finish the shawl, trim the tails so they’re mostly the same 10″ length.
  2. Take your cluster of two tails from one color change.
  3. Insert the hook back to front through the space behind the post where you changed the color. Pull the tails through.
  4. Have the length of the tails fold into 3 equal parts.
  5. Make a simple knot positioning it at the top of the tassel.
  6. Cut the loops and trim the tassels to form an even fringe to your liking.

More Ideas

This buffalo plaid Checkmate crochet pocket shawl with a hood is in sizes child to adult large by the Passionate Crafter. Here is 7 Plaid-tastic Gingham Crochet Patterns by the Crochet Crowd. This adorable Crochet Plaid Moose Scarf and this Crochet Plaid Polar Bear Blanket are by Repeat Crafter Me.

Well Done!

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern for this easy tartan crochet pocket shawl. What should I crochet next? See you in my next pattern!

Happy crocheting!