Black Mesh Shawl


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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I wonder if there is an alternative yarn? I have a huge spool of yarn used to make baby clothes that is just waiting for me to use it.

Absolutely! Any fingering weight yarn should work for this project!

I had to read that twice just to make sure I did not misunderstand. Correct- 54 balls of metallic yarn plus another 5 just for the trim. I've never seen such a thing in my life. I guess you could work on it over the course of an entire year, buying 5 balls here and there. I just don't understand how a person could afford this. There must be a better, cheaper alternative.

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 balls does seem a lot even considering the shawl is worn double it's a square that you fold in two Each ball weighs grams ounces so if you do the border the shawl will weigh 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 mm hookRead More instead of 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 cm at widest point with only balls http www ravelry com projects LittleEmilie saroy an- This person made a poncho with balls 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- with skeins So I'm leaning towards the idea that is a typo

Hi there, Thanks for the information. The original version of this project is no longer available online, so what we have on the site is our only source of information. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact DMC directly. Thanks!

http www ourtownusa net yarnyard dmcsenso htm I found a place finally to get the thread at a ball With a little extra in case of gauge issues balls plus for trim that's or so balls or 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 cotton acrylic metallic -yd ball size machine wash dry flat or dryclean Knits up beautifully too Okay this indicated you need 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 starsRead More for these reasons It is a lovely pattern but I like my crafting to be affordable too

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.

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..

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!

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.

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

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!

This shawl is too busy. Take out a few elements and you might have a great looking shawl.

It sounds like fun. I would simplify it. Not so much bangles and such.

Nothing can ever be witchy LOL! I love the looks of this shawl, there is a nice feminine look to it and not so boring as most free patterns are. Give us plenty of lovely open lacy yet flowing patterns like this. And thank you for sharing with us! Regards Annemarie Heidelberg RSA

@Annemarie Heidelberg So glad you liked it! I love it, too! Although I think I'd like it in a lighter color.

In black it is a no-no. But it would be pretty in pink without the balls around the edge.

we would definitely do this - maybe really soon! not too witchy - maybe change pompoms to big spangles! alovely. thanks. fredw

No, I wouldn't consider making the shawl. I don't think it's very pretty and I've found directions for such big projects are usually written poorly and almost impossible to understand.

I'd give it a pass. The hanging balls just turn me off and it looks a little too big, like it would be heavy and slide off the shoulder. I think a shawl should stay put.

My first impression "dingleberries" don't like them! The shawl is nice up to that point, needs to be finished nicer than that.

I Love it just the way it is!

I don't care for the bobbles,but if the yarn wasn't heavy it would be ok

Personally, I dont like it, do not like the balls hanging from it.It looks to big bulky for my

It is pretty but I don't really care for the bobbles on it. Depending on what weight of yarn is use, it could be used almost any time of the year. Having pet birds, I don't wear shawls anymore because they get their toenails hung up in the yarn.

I have to agree with all previous comments i.e. leaving the balls off. The pattern looks nice and lacy even in black and glueing some bling along the edges would certainly dress it up for evening.

I feel the same about leaving the balls off. I really only like the balls on children. Plus I would love it if the photos would be up close on the items themselves. It is much easier to decide if you would like a pattern when you can see just the pattern, especially with such busy fabric behind. And it makes it easier when trying a new pattern to be able to see it up close. Thanks for all the great patterns, I love them, keep them coming.

I would not make this shawl because it appears heavy-looking. I do not like the dangling bobbles - reminds me of a couch cover and the color reminds me of darker times. I would suggest leaving off the bobbles and maybe a rust color.

This is a lovely shawl, however, I am not fond of balls hanging off of anything that I wear, so I would leave them out of the pattern, possibly replacing them with picot edging or fringe.

Good morning, While I love shawls for this time of year Im not crazy about the balls hanging and think it may be to witchy for a timeless accessory.

I would not make this shawl. It is too witchy and the little balls are too cutsie for this type of costume. just mt opinion.

If I made that shawl ift would have to be a different color and I would leave the balls off as I have kittens that would love to bat at them.


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