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30 Free Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns

30 Free Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns

Introduction to Crochet Pocket Shawls

Pocket shawl crochet patterns are fun and exciting projects to make, and they are so popular to wear yourself or make as gifts or even charity projects. You can explore your creativity with basic and special crochet stitches,  blending colors, and adding accessories like beads, buttons, and zippers. Speaking of fun crochet stitches don't miss the chance to watch all 45 of my step by step crochet stitch videos where I teach you exactly how to stitch up different stitches so you can customize any pattern!

Aside from being fashionable garments, crochet pocket shawls are also practical to use. They keep you warm during chilly weather. They protect you from heat and sun rays during sunny days. You can also store some personal items like keys, a phone, and a handkerchief in your pockets.

In this article, I will answer common questions about and provide free and easy patterns for crochet pocket shawls. Most of these patterns are easy and beginner-friendly. If you want to level up your skills, there are also easy-to-follow patterns for intermediate crocheters.

Crocheting garments can be super intimidating. I was so nervous that I would do a terrible job the first time I crocheted a shawl that I waited month before I decided to give it a go! That is why I added a step by step video class to my Crochet (& Knit) Essential Skills course on exactly how to crochet garments. You have to check it out with all the other 72 video classes to get your crochet skills up to par! Check all the classes out here.

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What is a Crochet Pocket Shawl?

A crochet pocket shawl is wide a scarf, with pockets, that can be wrapped around the neck and arms. It can be worn in any season. Lightweight yarns produce pocket shawls that can be used on sunny days. Other pocket shawls made of worsted weight or bulky yarns are great for keeping you warm and stylish during breezy or winter days.

There are several advantages to using shawls with pockets over the ones without:

  • They are easy to make. With just knowledge of basic crochet stitches and sewing, you can finish one.
  • Crocheting pocket shawls is great for beginners to practice basic stitches like single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and treble crochet (tc).
  • Most patterns are adjustable in size. You only need to add/subtract rows, chains, or multiple chains to achieve your desired size.
  • They are functional garments. You can stuff the pockets to keep some personal items like keys, handkerchiefs, or phones. You can also put your yarn there whenever you're outside and want to crochet.
  • They keep your body warm. You can also place your hands in your pockets for warmth.
  • They can be a fashion staple. You can wrap one around your arms and look elevated.

Materials Needed to Make Crochet Pocket Shawls


With so many options for yarn, it is ideal to use yarns that are comfortable and gentle on your skin since crochet pocket shawls are wrapped around the neck and arms. The following yarns, listed according to their weight, are some of our favorites for pocket shawls.

3 Light/DK

4 Medium/Worsted/Aran

5 Bulky/Chunky

6 Super Bulky

Crochet Hook

The crochet hook size you need depends on the weight of the yarn used and what the pattern suggests. In general, these are the hook sizes that correspond to different weights of yarn: 

  • 3 Light/DK: 4.5-5.5 mm crochet hook
  • 4 Medium/Worsted: 5.5-6.5 mm crochet hook
  • 5 Bulky: 6.5-9mm crochet hook
  • 6 Super bulky: 9-15 mm crochet hook

The good news when it comes to crochet pocket shawl patterns is that the gauge isn’t super important. If your piece comes out a little narrower or wider than the pattern calls for, it’s not a big deal. 

You can read the complete guide to crochet hook sizes to learn more about them

Other Notions

  • Stitch markers: Stitch markers can be used to mark the beginning or end stitches of the row or where to put increases or decreases or other important things you need to do in your project. Stitch markers are also needed to place the pockets on the shawl before sewing them.
  • Measuring tape: It’s a great idea to use a measuring tape to make sure your project is the correct length.
  • Scissors: Use a pair of scissors for cutting yarn when you're about to finish or when you need to change yarn. Scissors are also needed for patterns that add fringes at the bottom of the crochet pocket shawl.
  • Tapestry needle: A tapestry needle is needed for weaving in ends of yarns that should not stick out from the pocket shawl.
  • Blocking kit: Some patterns recommend blocking the pocket shawl or parts of the pocket shawl before joining them for a more professional finish. 
  • Buttons/beads/zippers: Some patterns have shawls and/or pockets embellished with buttons, beads, and zippers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crochet Pocket Shawls

How to Crochet a Pocket Shawl for Beginners?

The basic method of crocheting a pocket scarf or shawl is to crochet a rectangle, fold up the ends, and sew them down to create pockets. 

Another method is to crochet the main part of the shawl, crochet the pockets separately, then sew them on the right side of the shawl. 

How to Sew Pockets on a Shawl?

If you use a pattern where the pockets are made separately, you will then need to attach those pockets to the shawl. There are different methods to do it. Usually, the pattern will have its own instructions on how to attach the pockets.

If the pattern only states to sew the pockets and you aren’t sure how this is an easy method:

  1. Leave a long tail when finished with the last stitch of each pocket.
  2. Place the pockets where you want them on the shawl.  (Tip: Place the yarn tail at the top of the pocket if possible so you can easily sew all the way around and leave the top part of the pocket open.)
sewing pocket illustration
  1. Use stitch markers to temporarily attach the pocket to the shawl.
  2. Insert the yarn tail through the needle. Sew the three sides of the pockets using a running stitch. Leave the top open. 
  3. Weave the yarn tail end through the shawl. It will be less visible if you weave it into the wrong side part that will be behind the pocket. 

What Size Should a Pocket Shawl be?

The ideal length for any scarf is equal to your arm span. That is the measurement from your one middle fingertip to the other one when your hands are spread out to your sides.

If you don’t know your arm span or that of the person you are stitching for, your height is basically the same measure for most people.

The width depends on your preference. The pattern will suggest a width but you can often make them narrower or wider depending on your preference. Check the pattern if it calls for a particular number of stitches for the pattern repeat and use that as your guide when changing size. 

How Many Skeins of Yarn Do I Need For a Pocket Shawl?

The amount of yarn needed for your project will depend on the design of the pattern, the tension to be used, and the weight of the yarn. In most patterns, the yardage is stated in the instructions.

To have a more concrete idea, an average crochet pocket shawl will likely consume three to five skeins of yarn weighing 100 grams each.

What is the Best Crochet Stitch for a Shawl?

There is no single or special stitch that is considered the best one for pocket shawls.

If you want a beautiful pattern and texture, some crochet stitches like puff stitch, waffle stitch, and cable stitch are the best choice. Combine them with some basic stitches for variation.

If you want to finish a pocket shawl quickly, you might want to use double crochets or treble crochets. You can also try to crochet on the back loops only like in front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc) for a ribbed effect.

The patterns below use a wide variety of stitches and you can always choose your own stitch pattern if you prefer. Our Ultimate Crochet Stitch Library has 45 different stitch options for you to try! 

Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns with Integrated Pockets

In this first list of free patterns, the method is to crochet a rectangle first and then fold up the ends to make the pockets.

a woman wearing a crochet shawl

Crochet a Pocket Shawl

Designer: Naztazia
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

If you're a beginner, this is a good pattern to practice with. The crochet stitches to be used are basic ones like chain stitch, half double crochet, and double crochet.

a woman wearing a crochet shawl with pockets

Beginner Crochet Shawl with Pockets

Designer: Joy of Motion Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Jeans

This beginner-friendly pattern is great to enhance your skills with simple stitches. You just have to repeat rows of single crochets and double crochets until you reach the desired length.

Crochet Moss Stitch Pocket Scarf

Crochet Moss Stitch Pocket Scarf

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Caron Colorama Halo O'Go

Use an ombre yarn for the best result with this crochet pocket shawl. This project uses the moss stitch, which adds texture and is relaxing to stitch.

Crochet Snow Drift Pocket Scarf

Crochet Snow Drift Pocket Scarf

Designer: Left in Knots
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie 

Show your creativity with a wavy textured pocket shawl. This effect is made with just single crochets, half double crochets, and double crochets.

a woman wearing the Tweedy Crochet Pocket Scarf

Tweedy Pocket Scarf

Designer: The Loopy Lamb
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Tweed

This is just a one-row repeat pattern for a pocket shawl. The size of the shawl is easily adjustable.

Bring Back Spring Crochet Scarf

Bring Back Spring Crochet Scarf

Designer: Nana's Crafty Home
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Color Mist

The pocket shawl in this pattern is made of triangles joined together using an exciting mesh to make a rectangle. Enjoy crocheting while repeating one row only.

Puff Stitch Crochet Pocket Shawl

Puff Stitch Pocket Shawl

Designer: Crochething
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

This tutorial uses the blocked puff stitch, which is a variation of the puff stitch. Adding other basic stitches produces the amazing pattern of this pocket shawl.

Betty's Sideways Pocket Crochet Shawl

Betty's Sideways Pocket Shawl

Designer: Betty McKnit
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Alpaca

Add a beautiful crochet pocket shawl to your wardrobe using the chevron technique. It's not just a single or double crochet chevron but also includes groups of double crochets and crossed double crochets. 

Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns with Patch Pockets

In this second list of pocket shawl crochet patterns, the pockets are crocheted separately, then attached to the main shawl by sewing or using other methods.

a woman wearing a crochet shawl with pockets

Crochet Shawl with Pockets Free Pattern

Designer: Easy Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Are you looking for a pattern that's easy but also has something interesting in it? Here is a pocket shawl that you can try. You only have to know how to do the single crochet, single crochet back loop, and double crochet. It’s great worked in stripes or a solid color.

a woman wearing a cozy pocket crochet shawl

Cozy Pocket Shawl Pattern

Designer: Oombawka Design
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Hygge Charm

Make yourself feel comfortable and warm with this pocket shawl. With fringes at the bottom, you'll also have a boho crochet shawl.

a woman wearing a simple crochet pocket shawl

Simple Crochet Pocket Shawl

Designer: Love Life Yarn
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Heartland

With just single crochet and chain stitches, you can make this lovely pocket shawl. Buttons are also added to add an interesting but simple accent to the shawl.

Crochet Penelope Pocket Shawl

Penelope Pocket Shawl Crochet Pattern

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

This pocket shawl will surely keep you warm and stylish. You only have to repeat a two-row pattern to finish it. Buttons on the pockets and fringes at the bottom are added for decoration.

Passion Crochet Pocket Shawl

Passion Crochet Pocket Shawl

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

You can use this lacy pocket shawl on sunny days when there’s still a little chill in the air. It’s lightweight but can still keep you warm. It also makes you look sophisticated because of its texture.

Driftwood Crochet Pocket Scarf

Driftwood Crochet Pocket Scarf

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (6) Super Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Crochet a cozy pocket shawl with this pattern using chunky yarn. The thick yarn amps up the texture and makes this project irresistible to stitch and to wear.

Crochet With Love Pocket Shawl

Crochet With Love Pocket Shawl

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love Stripes

Crochet this pretty crochet pocket shawl pattern using the alpine stitch for a rich-textured pocket shawl. This easy pattern is easy to read and follow.

A woman wearing the Harvest Pocket Crochet Shawl

Easy Harvest Pocket Shawl

Designer: Winding Road Crochet
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Hue + Me

Here’s a pattern that includes two of the easiest and most pretty crochet stitches, the moss stitch, and the ribbed single crochet. Wrap yourself with warmth and grace with this pocket shawl.

a woman holding the Autumn Berries Crochet Pocket Shawl

Autumn Berries Crochet Pocket Shawl

Designer: Colour Ceilidh Crochet
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Scheepjes Softfun

Are you up for some color pop? Try this pocket shawl that’s full of color and charm. This pattern uses the bobble stitch to create berry-like textures.

a woman wearing the Willow Crochet Scarf

The Willow Scarf

Designer: All About Ami
Yarn weight: (6) Super Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

This beginner-friendly pattern uses single crochets in the front loop only to build the pocket shawl. It has a photo tutorial to help you better understand the instructions.

Pine Gap Crochet Pocket Shawl

Pine Gap Pocket Shawl Crochet Pattern

Designer: Stitching Together
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn:  Premier Yarn Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted 

In this pattern, the exciting twist is that you’ll be crocheting granny squares and then joining them together to make a pocket shawl. It is then bordered with ribbing and embellished with fringes at the bottom.

Hip Granny Crochet Pocket Shawl

Hip Granny Pocket Shawl

Designer: This Pixie Creates
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

Look at the fantastic granny square pockets on this shawl! The drape of this piece will be great for wearing and this one makes a great gift, too.

Sugar Plum Pocket Crochet Wrap

Sugar Plum Pocket Wrap

Designer: Moogly
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Big Cakes

During chilly and cold weather, this pocket shawl is perfect to keep you cozy. The pockets are not like the usual rectangle or square, and they’re actually really handy for using because of their cutoff shape.

Harvest Moon Crochet Pocket Shawl

Harvest Moon Crochet Pocket Shawl

Designer: Crochet with Carrie

Yarn weight: (4) Worsted

Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Looking for a weekend project? Try this extra wide pocket shawl that includes a two-row repeat pattern. The result is perfect to keep you cozy in the fall season.

The Cozy Fireside Crochet Wrap

The Cozy Fireside Wrap

Designer: Hooks, Books, & Wanderlust
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Have an exciting crochet session with this pocket shawl pattern. Explore your creativity with lace-like stitches, texture, and fringes. It’s mostly based on double crochet stitches so it’s not as difficult as it looks.

Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns with Hoods

Take your pocket shawl to the next level. In this category, you'll find patterns for crochet pocket shawls with a hood.

Crochet Hooded Scarf with Pockets

Crochet Hooded Scarf with Pockets

Designer: Naztazia
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch

Here’s an easy pattern for a hooded pocket shawl. You only have to know how to make a half double crochet and the instructions will clearly guide you on how to construct this one.

a woman wearing the Pickpocket Crochet Hood

The Pickpocket Hood

Designer: Han Jan Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft Party

Wrap yourself with this sparkly pocket shawl with a hood. You can easily make it if you know the basic crochet stitches. It would be nice in non-party Simply Soft as well if you don’t want the sparkle.

a woman wearing the Checkmate’ Crochet Pocket Scarf

Checkmate’ Crochet Pocket Scarf Pattern

Designer: Passionate Crafter
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love

Show off your creativity and skills with this pocket shawl with a checkered hood and pockets. It’s a unique and exciting project to try and a great way to learn the buffalo plaid crochet technique.

kids wearing the Plum Pocket Children’s Crochet Scarf

Plum Pocket Children’s Crochet Scarf

Designer: Make & Do Crew
Yarm weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Share your love with children and make them their own little pocket shawl with this pattern. They will surely love the texture and comfort as the pocket shawl wraps them.

Tunisian Pocket Shawl Crochet Patterns

Get ready with your Tunisian crochet skills and hooks and make these pocket shawls.

Tunisian Simple Pockets Crochet Wrap

Tunisian Simple Pockets Wrap

Designer: The Crochet Crowd
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Hygge

The Tunisian stitch used in this pattern creates a checkered effect. Make yourself a beautiful pocket shawl with this pattern.

a womah wearing the Stay at Home Crochet Shawl

Stay at Home Shawl

Designer: Make & Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

Make yourself a pocket shawl that perfectly drapes around your arms. This pattern uses an easy Tunisian stitch that you can be an expert on in no time.

Tunisian Boho Pocket Crochet Shawl

Tunisian Boho Pocket Shawl

Designer: Knitter Knotter
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Jeans 

This pattern uses the honeycomb stitch and the Mori lace pattern. These are good-looking stitches that will captivate you as you wrap them around you.

Keep Stitching with Rectangles

There you have the collection of easy pocket shawl patterns. Feel delighted whenever you wear a garment that you made with your hands. You know that they are special, durable, and comfortable.

Do you love crocheting rectangles? You can do more projects than just pocket shawls. Check this Crochet Anything With Rectangles for more patterns.

Need more help with the basics of crochet? Our Crochet Fundamentals course covers everything from how to hold your yarn and hooks to basic stitches, skill-building patterns and so much more!


Monday 12th of June 2023

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