Simple Tunisian Fade Shawl – Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern

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Introducing the “Simple Tunisian Fade Shawl”

Learn to create an asymmetrical shawl using the very easy Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) and a simple 1 row repeat pattern!

This is a beautiful asymmetrical shawl pattern with a simple 1-row repeat so it is very easy to make. The shawl is visually mesmerizing and it can be worn in many different ways. There are 4 Fade Sequences including a MINI version you can choose from depending on the yarn you are using. The pattern can be used with either worsted/aran #4 weight yarn or #3 weight yarn. You will use 2 contrasting yarns that can either be solid and/or color-changing.

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For the Large Versions (Fades 1, 2, and 3) you’ll need approximately 600-800 yards of worsted weight (#4) yarn combined in 2 contrasting yarn colors.

For the MINI Version (Fade #4) you’ll need approximately 400 yards total split between 2 contrasting yarn. About 175 yards Color A and about 225 yards of Color B.

I used:

Yarn I Used: 

Large Pink / Purple Shawl

600 yards total Cascade 220 Superwash Aran Splatter yarn 

  • 300 yards in Color #13 (Pink/Purples)
  • 300 yards in Color #16 (Green/Blues)

Large Pink Orange Yellow Shawl

600 yards of Momenti Yarn

  • approx 300 yards of Color: Sweet Pea
  • approx 300 yards of Color: Meadow

Mini Green Shawl

400 yards of I Love This Cotton from HobbyLobby

  • 165 Yards of Color: Pistachio
  • 153 Yards of Color: Delicate

Below are other yarn options.

Any 2 contrasting solid and/or color-changing yarns in either #4 weight (worsted or aran) or #3 weight. If you have a #5 weight yarn that is on the “light” side such as Scarfie by Lion Brand, would also work fine. 

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YARN Options to consider:

Cascade 220 Superwash Wave
Roll with It Melange by Red Heart
Ferris Wheel by Lion Brand
Mandala Ombre by Lion Brand
Scarfie by Lion Brand
Chroma Twist Worsted 
Wool of the Andes Tweed
Brava Tweed
Brava Speckle
Comfy Color Mist 
– all by KnitPicks (Love these yarns!
Super Saver Ombre
Super Saver Solids
Super Saver Fair Isle – all by Red Heart
I Love This Cotton from HobbyLobby
Momenti by Premier
Roll with It Tweed by Red Heart
Puzzle by Premier
ColorFusion by Premier
Depending on the Fade you choose you will need either a 8.0mm or 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook.

I really recommend a set. It’s much more cost-effective in the long run. And the set I recommend is Denise. You can purchase either at Denise direct or through Amazon. The price is the same.

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Dimension & Gauge:

GAUGE: (for the 8.0mm hook)
12 Rows = 4 inches
12 Stitches = 4 inches
Item is 75 inches Wide on top line
19 inches High, Side edges are 42” & 58”
GAUGE: (for the 6.5mm hook)
13 Rows = 4 inches
13 Stitches = 4 inches
DIMENSIONS: approximately the same as above
GAUGE for the MINI: (for the 8.0mm hook)
12 Rows = 4 inches
12 Stitches = 4 inches
Item is 60 inches Wide on top line
13.5 inches High, Side edges are 33” & 45”

Difficulty Level: EASY

Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

Ch= Chain
YO = Yarn Over
Sk = Skip
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Sl St = Slip Stitch

NRP = Normal Reverse Pass
TSS = Tunisian Simple Stitch
TFS = Tunisian FullStitch
TSS: insert hook from right to left under vertical loop, YO, pull up a loop.

TFS: insert hook between 2 stitches from front of work to back, YO, pull up a loop.



You will choose one of 4 Fade instructions that outline the row sequences for color A and color B yarns. The sequences are too big to put in this post so I made them into a pdf download. You can either go to the Video and watch them or download a Free pdf with the 4 Fade options to choose from.

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Begin Pattern Instructions:


  1. Choose your FADE option (see above) based on what yarn you plan to use. See above
  2. There are two “set-up rows” and then the 3rd row is repeated from then on.
  3. Each row of the repeated rows grows by one stitch per row. There are 2 increases at the beginning of the row and 1 decrease at the end of the row, for a net 1 stitch increase per row.


Chain 3

R1– Forward Pass  Pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd chain from the hook, and each chain to the end. (don’t turn work) 3 loops on the hook

R1 – Return Pass  YO, pull thru 1 loop, *(YO, pull thru 2 loops)* Repeat * to * until 1 loop left on hook. 

R2– Forward Pass  Chain 1. TFS in first space between 1st and 2nd stitch.

TSS in 2nd stitch. 

TFS in space between 2nd and 3rd st.

TSS in Edge st. (5 loops on hook)

R2 – Return Pass  YO, pull thru 1 loop, *(YO, pull thru 2 loops)* Repeat * to * until 1 loop left on hook. 


R3– Forward Pass Chain 1. TFS in first space between 1st and 2nd stitch.

TSS in 2nd stitch. 

TFS in space between 2nd and 3rd st.

TSS in each chain to the 2nd to last stitch. TSS this st and the Edge st together.  (don’t turn work) 

(6 loops on the hook)

R3 – Return Pass  YO, pull thru 1 loop, *(YO, pull thru 2 loops)* Repeat * to * until 1 loop left on hook. 

R4 to the End – Repeat R3 Forward and Reverse Pass. Each row will grow by 1 loop (stitch) per row.


At the end of a return pass, when you have 2 loops left on your hook, complete that last return stitch by pulling a slip knot through of the new color.  

For more detailed guidance on changing colors and different ways to “weave in” the ends as you go, 



After the last row, Bind Off with TSS slip stitch across to the end. Fasten off. Cut yarn. Sew in ends.

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