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Black Mesh Shawl



Crochet a lovely black shawl in an openwork pattern with fun crochet ball trim. Instructions to make the crochet "bobbles" are included. This crochet shawl from DMC Threads is a great way to wrap up in the evenings or dress up for an afternoon outing.  Want something a little more universal?  Make a shawl in beige or white so you can wear it in the summer, too!  Once you get the hang of creating this fun shawl pattern, you'll want to have one in every color!

Crochet Black Mesh Shawl


  • 54 balls Senso Metallics yarn in Black
  • US C/2 or D/3 (3mm) crochet hook
  • 5 balls Senso Metallics yarn in Black for ball trim (optional)
  • 95 clear 5/16” diameter glue on “jewels” (optional)


Size: 52” square

Pattern Stitch: 

  • Start with a treble working the first two lps only, dc3tog including one lp of treble, finish treble, dc 3x around upper part of treble.
  • Step by step description: With yo twice, insert hook into ch or ch3 sp, yo and draw up 1 lp, yo and draw through 2 lps on hook, * yo, insert hook into next ch or same sp, yo and draw loop through 2 lps on hook * rep 3 x, yo and draw through 4 lps on hook, yo and draw through 2 lps on hook, yo and draw through rem 2 lps, dc 3x around the top of tr (working sts into ch refers to 1st row only, in subsequent rows all sts are worked into ch3 sp).


  1. With Senso Metallics ch 353.
  2. Row 1: Start a P-st in 6th ch from hook and into next 3chs, * ch3, skip 3 sts below P-st into next 4 chs * rep across to last ch, tr, ch7 & turn.
  3. Row 2: * P-st into ch3 sp, ch3 * ep across, tr into top of t-ch, ch4 & turn.
  4. Row 3: * P-st into ch3 sp, ch 3 * rep across ending with P-st and tr into 4th t-ch, ch 7 & turn.
  5. Repeat rows 2 & 3 until the shawl is square, ending with a row 2.
  6. Fasten off.


  1. Start away from a corner and attach yarn to the bottom of a treble along a side edge, ch2 and work dc3tog over the treble, * ch2, work 4dc bo into 2nd ch of next row’s t-ch, ch5, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch2, work 4dc bo into next ch, ch2, dc4tog over next tr * rep to corner (ch 2, 4dc bo, ch5, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch2, 4dc bo) all into top of corner st, continue along top edge ch 2, work dc4tog over ch3 sp, ch2, work 4dc bo into 2nd dc , ch5, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, ch2, work 4dc bo into next st *, rep to corner ending with dc4tog over ch3 sp.
  2. Repeat corners and edges to complete round, close with a sl st. Fasten off.


  1. Make as may as are needed around the border.
  2. Attach yarn with a sl st to a picot along border leaving a long enough tail to weave through the chain sts and into the ball, ch12, holding the chain sts in front of the hook sc 8x into 2nd ch from hook, sc 2x into 1st sc made, sc 2x into next st 7x (16sts), continue to work in spiral rounds and sc 30x, stuff with thread. *sc2tog, sc into next st * rep until ball is closed. Fasten off.


  1. Glue at regular intervals around the inner edge of the shawl’s border.


bo = bobble
ch(s) = chain
dc = double crochet
dc3tog = double crochet 3 together
dc4tog = double crochet 4 together
lp(s) = loop(s)
P-st = pattern stitch
rem = remain(ing)
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
t-ch = turning chain
tr = treble
yo = yarn over
* … * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed.

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This is so beautiful, but unless you are married to Donald Trump you probably can not afford it, lol. Sorry but I'll not be able to find out how pretty this is in person. Even if I won the lottery, I would not spend that much money on one project when I could use that amount on making gifts for others. Still, it is very beautiful, tis sad, really wanted to make this for a friend.


I agree that the stitch is not easily visible on the picture, and it makes hard to understand whether you'd like to do it or not. As for the yarn, yes, 54 balls does seem a lot, even considering the shawl is worn double (it's a square that you fold in two). Each ball weighs 34 grams (1.20 ounces), so if you do the border the shawl will weigh 1,8 kg! I think it might be a typo, but the page representative didn't say it was in the comments, so I really don't know, should make a swatch... I don't mind the balls, I think they're fun, sort of Spanish, but I have cats, and they would have a field day with them, so... The glue on jewells might come off with time. You know what I'd do? I would make a triangle, not a square, maybe with a slightly thicker yarn (using 4 mm hook instead of 3 mm) to compensate for the fact that it won't be double and might look flimsy. I'd skip the jewels and the balls, but crochet some beads into the border instead. Which could be a nice scallopped or pointy border that won't attract feline attention. P.S. They say here http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/dmc-senso-met == allic that this thread is discontinued anyway. And here a person made a shawlette (very narrow, truth be said, 12"/30cm at widest point) with only 5 balls http://www.ravelry.com/projects/LittleEmilie/saroy == an-3 This person made a poncho with 4 balls (365 m) and says she needs some more, but it's wearable as it is. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/knitdemon/supersim == ple-trellis-stitch-crocheted-poncho This person completed a full sweater http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Pido/sweater-no-12 with 12 skeins. So... I'm leaning towards the idea that 54 is a typo.

faeriequeen2002 5643277

http://www.ourtownusa.net/yarnyard/dmcsenso.htm I found a place finally to get the thread, at $3 a ball. With a little extra in case of gauge issues, 54 balls plus 5 for trim, that's 60 or so balls or $180 plus shipping. Yipe. Quote: DMC Senso Metallics & Cotton Thread New, An elegant mix of cotton and acrylic blended with the glamour of metallic thread to provide a stylish sheen, 45/45/10 cotton/acrylic/metallic, 100-yd ball, size 3, machine wash & dry flat or dryclean. Knits up beautifully too ! Okay this indicated you need 6000 yards roughly to make this item; that now makes more sense on the # of balls is not a misprint.... is it? I think as lovely as this is it is definitely OUT of my crafting budget range; and I would hesitate to buy a few balls at a time to make this too in case of variation in dyelot... I'd give it zero stars for these reasons. It is a lovely pattern but I like my crafting to be affordable too.

debrebel 0932408

This would surely be the most costly shawl in anyone's collection. It almost seems that 54 balls of yarn has got to be typo. Even if the yarn is as thin as crochet thread it would weight a ton using 54 balls of anything, and it would cost a fortune to make. I also agree that the dress the model is wearing makes it hard to tell what this would look like.

bobbylonardo 5014399

Would it be tooo difficult to photograph the shawl spread out so that one can see what it really looks like? We know how to wear a shawl, so we don't need to see it on a model, just spread it out and let us see what the stitching looks like. And anyone can leave off the balls and leave out the sparkly stuff..just a nice plain but dressy shawl without all the folderol..

hellofromjackie 4587591

54 balls of yarn?? It's not the balls on the end that bother me it's the seeminly excessive amount of yarn.


Looks like a lot of you would leave off the "balls" on this wrap. Keep in mind that they are optional, and as other readers have suggested, you could easily do a nice open crochet finish around the border to create something more feminine. Thanks for all your comments and keep them coming!

Melissa Ryan

I think this looks challenging. I've been looking for a shawl pattern that would make up fast and be lacy. This might fit the bill. Thanks for sharing.

lexecrochet 9041245

Might make this but would be able to tell better if I could actually tell what it looked like--the halloween dress under it really masks what the shawl actually looks like

townej 9246616

No, I wouldn't make this for the same reason others have stated, looks too heavy and don't like the pom-poms dangling. They would just get in the way!


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