The Desert Sunset Shawl Crochet A Long

Guess what! I had so much fun in our last two crochet a longs that I decided to host another. This time will we be making one of the existing patterns on the blog, the Desert Sunset Shawl. This is a beautiful mixed stitch shawl that only uses one cake of Lion Brands Mandala yarn.

Below you will find all the dates and materials needed for this Crochet A Long. I have also included a variety of alternative yarn options for this shawl.

For this Crochet A Long I will be using Lion brand’s Cupcake in the color way Street Lights. You can find the Desert Sunset Shawl Pattern on the blog, but to make this intermediate pattern a little more beginner friendly I will be adding video tutorials provide a better visual aid.

Get Prepared for the Crochet A Long

If you want to participate in the Crochet A Long, go out and get your materials and work up a gauge swatch so you are already to get started. I will provide the gauge below.

Desert Sunset shawl is a free crochet pattern that is the intermediate crocheter. It uses very few stitches and all special stitches are explained. This is a fun project that creates a unique design. This project only take one skein of Lion Brand Mandala yarn.

Yarn Substitutions

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In order to give you as much color choices as possible for this shawl, I thought I would list some alternative yarn cakes that would work for this pattern. Yarns that can be used for this pattern include Lion Brand Mandala, Lion Brand Mandala Baby, Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle, Lion Brand Cupcake , or Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes.

Desert Sunset Shawl Crochet A Long

Materials for the Desert Sunset Shawl Crochet A Long

570 yards of size 3 yarn or Lion Brand Mandala

Crochet Hook, Size H, 5.0mm

Yarn Needle


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Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip Stitch

Sc – Single Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

Cluster -Double Crochet Cluster (See Special Stitch)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Sk St – Skip stitch

Sk2st- Skip two stitches

Desert Sunset shawl is a free crochet pattern that is the intermediate crocheter. It uses very few stitches and all special stitches are explained. This is a fun project that creates a unique design. This project only take one skein of Lion Brand Mandala yarn.


This shaw measures 52 inches in width and 29.5 inches from the center top to the center point.


7 Dc = 2 inches

4 Dc rows = 2 inches

Before the Crochet A Long Starts

Before the first part of the Crochet A Long is released, I recommend getting your materials together and checking your gauge. Then you will be already to start crocheting when the first video is released.

You may also consider joining theOur Crochet Journey Facebook Group to share you progress with the Winding Road Crochet Community.

Desert Sunset Shawl Crochet A Long Schedule

May 1st – Week 1: Rows 1-21 Part 1 Part 2

Left Handed: Part 1 Part 2

May 8th – Week 2: Rows 22-33 Part 3

Left Handed: Part 3

May 15th – Week 3: Rows 33- 43 Part 4

Left Handed: Part 4

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  1. Carrie P.

    April 16, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Looking forward to this CAL.

  2. Connie Norrell

    April 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve never done a CAL, but I really want to join you for this one! Going to get my yarn today!

    1. Lindsey

      April 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      That is wonderful. I had never done a CAL until I started hosting them with my own patterns. I think they are a lot of fun. You get to see the pattern worked up in so many different colors and you have a whole community to help you if you get stuck.

      1. Cindy Stewart

        May 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

        I love everything about crochet doesn’t matter if summer or other season! Everyday is same as before to me! I just want yarn to keep making items for charity! thanks for chance!!!

  3. Cindy S.

    April 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Ready when you are! 🙂

  4. Patricia

    April 26, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I’m ready!

    1. Kathy Jenks

      May 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      I like to do projects with light yarn or cotton. Granny squares, home decor(pillows, baskets), dish clothes, and light weight scarves or shawls.

    2. LaNell Dobyns

      May 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      I love your patterns.

  5. Lynn M Hubbard

    April 27, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Looking forward to this 😍

  6. Cindy

    April 27, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I need to do this one. I would like to make a shawl, and yours looks so pretty!

  7. Evelyn Oxner

    April 29, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Like the look of this lovely shawl and I haven’t done one yet so I bought a cake and hoping I get to join you!!

    1. Lindsey

      April 29, 2019 at 4:29 am

      That will be wonderful! I look forward to seeing your project!

      1. Louise A Hufnagel

        May 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm

        I have been looking for the May C2C patch. Has it been posted and i missed it or is it still forthcoming?

        1. Lindsey

          May 15, 2019 at 3:44 pm

          No it is not posted yet. I will work on it this weekend and have it up early next week.

  8. Deb Forbes

    May 1, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I am ready to start

  9. Nieva

    May 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I am ready!!! 🤗😊

  10. Vijayatha Das

    May 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Want to join the CAL but dont have my yarn yet ☹️. Hope I can start soon.

    1. Lindsey

      May 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

      You are more than welcome to join the CAL at anytime. We would love to have you join us. Just work at your own pace. Some people finish part 1 on day one and others get started during week three.

  11. Kelly Cromwell

    May 12, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I finished my shawl last night! Thanks for the great pattern!!

  12. Deb

    May 15, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    So pretty I dont know how I missed this cal..buthere I am

  13. Cindy Sherwood

    May 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    In summer, I make baby things, shawls and get started on Christmas gifts

  14. Verna

    May 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Lovely shawl and giveaway. Thanks!

  15. Laurie Ryan

    May 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I crochet and knit shawls and hats for chemo patients.

  16. Nancy

    May 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Love the shawl, and it’s the one thing that I like to crochet during the summer months! Thank you

  17. Karen

    May 15, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I love to make lacy shawls in the summer! Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Cindy Suttles

      May 21, 2019 at 11:16 am

      I love this shawl, thank you! My favorite in the summer is probably nice lacy shawls or most anything in cotton. I’m in Alabama so we need clothing with as much ventilation as possible 🙂

  18. Teresa Brown

    May 15, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    In summer I like to do shawls and work on doing things for Christmas gifts.

  19. Deb Distante

    May 15, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Does it use the entire cake of Mandala? I have some indie dyes yarn I was thinking of trying (yes, I am always behind on CALs, typically starting after everyone else has finished!) I believe I have just a titch over 500 yards. Will that be enough?

    1. Lindsey

      May 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      It uses just short of one cake of mandala. I had about 29 yards left over making my shawl take 561 yards, so you may fall just a hair short. You can always take off a row or two at the end if you like.

  20. Linda Moore

    May 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I enjoy crocheting anything to keep me busy. I make baskets,hats,cardigans and start my holiday stuff. I love to crochet and do arigurumi all year long.

  21. Linda

    May 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Beautiful shawl! Thank you for sharing your pattern and the giveaway.

  22. Kelly Cromwell

    May 16, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Thanks for the giveaway entries!

  23. Nyasha

    May 17, 2019 at 12:06 am

    I crochet all things all of the time. I don’t really worry about the weather. I crochet whatever I like at the time.

  24. Nicole Tramel

    May 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I love to crochet and am addicted to granny squares. My current main project is leaves that I’m going to somehow make into a blanket.

  25. Anne Haun

    May 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I love to make baby blankets in the summer – smaller in size and light weight yarn – perfect for summer.

  26. Cecelia Remedios

    May 19, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I love crochet small Giveaway items during Summer such as face scrubbies, tissue packs, soap holders, wash cloths, and small purse bags for little girls.

  27. Beverly Irvin

    May 19, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    sounds fun

  28. Jill Smith

    May 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I enjoy your blog very much thanks!

  29. linda moore

    May 19, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    I love to crochet all year long. One project after another. I love to make cardigans and crochet amigurimi. Love your news letter.

  30. Paula Flinn

    May 19, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I like to crochet sweaters in the summer.

  31. Doni Miller

    May 19, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I usually stock up on small projects for holiday gifts and winter craft sales. i also make premie hats and loveys for donation to local charities.

  32. Teresa

    May 20, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I love the cupcake color variations!

  33. cathy conner

    May 20, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Looking forward to making this shawl!

  34. Amy smith

    May 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    This shawl is lovely! Have added it to my “work wish” list and will start once my current wip is done!

  35. Larryn Griffith

    May 21, 2019 at 12:52 am

    I’m enjoying trying out crocheting shawlettes and lighter weight tops/vests/cardigans for the summer season. This shawl is lovely as well.

  36. Brenda Ingram

    May 21, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I love making my daughter summer tops!

  37. Evelyn Oxner

    May 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I enjoyed this CAL a lot, it’s a lovely well written pattern.
    I usually do home decor items in the summer but oddly started off with two shawls this year.

  38. JUDY J

    May 21, 2019 at 11:58 pm


  39. Deborah W.

    May 22, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I love to crochet a variety of patterns; scarves, slippers, gifts, decor. Season doesn’t matter; sometimes I work on gift ideas.

  40. Ann Phillips

    May 23, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Coasters, Dishcloths, Washcloths. Nothing too hot. It gets way too humid here.

  41. Brenda Ingram

    May 30, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Lindsey..I’m so pleased to have won the stash.
    I’m still a little bit in shock! Absolutely love the yarn colors and I’m so thrilled to have won.
    Thanks, again.

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