Whipping together one of these 18 beautiful virus shawl crochet patterns is a fun and rewarding project for this fall!
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What is a Virus Shawl Pattern?
You can use any pattern to create a virus shawl; the “virus” part is to do with the fact that you never have to stop making this scarf. You could go on and on without stopping to make the worlds’ largest shawl if you wanted.
For a pattern to be a real virus style it needs to start at one point and get larger and larger as you continue to add to it. Normally varying colors help add to the complex pattern you create, but some people like to create a perfect block design.
Once you know how to do one, you can make a ton of different virus patterns, but sometimes you need some extra inspiration. Bookmark this page, and come back to try out the patterns you missed the first time around!
18 Beautiful Virus Shawl Crochet Patterns
Beautiful Stripes Virus Shawl – Handmade by Raine
I absolutely love this delicate look with the bold colorful stripes. The fact that this is made with a cake of yarn just makes me that much more excited to give it a try!
Source: Handmade by Raine
Skull Virus Shawl – Creative Works By Annie
This beautiful shawl has a subtle pattern which reveals a skull when stretched. It would be the perfect accessory for a shady murder mystery, the ideal snuggly rug for a horror movie binge, or if you simply love the spooky vibe, you will enjoy this delicate dance with death.
Subtle Skull Virus Shawl – Knitted Sweater Design
Want your spooky shawl to be even more subtle? Check out this wonderful accessory with a delicate hole throughout the design. These holes definitely aren’t eyes, and no you aren’t seeing a tiny hint of teeth marks. It’s all in your head.
Easy Virus Shawl – The Snugglery
Okay, that’s enough skull shawls, for now. Let’s take a look at the more classically beautiful designs instead. All these lacey details are what makes the virus shawl such a fun project to make and a beautiful end product!
Source: The Snugglery
Shells Virus Shawl – Jonna Martinez Crochet
This stunning scarf has two patterns interweaved through the design, the first is a bouncing shell style and the second contains delicate latticework.
The overall effect is a show stopper.
Square Virus Shawl Blanket – Jonna Martinez Crochet
This beautiful lacy blanket uses a German shell technique along with a V stitch to create a lovely accompaniment of colors and shapes as the virus method grows and grows. Because the pattern is designed in a square, you can keep going until the shawl matches the length you desire.
Ursula The Witch Inspired Virus Shawl – Crochet Hola Ola
This pattern is the editor’s favorite. The delicate change from purple to blue to white feels both magical and aquatic. Crochet Hola Ola’s dedication to Ursula, The Witch, is palpable in this design, and we cannot wait to start making our own virus shawls using this pattern!
Multi-Colored Virus Blanket – Beyond The Square 1
This beautiful pattern works best with multi-colored yarn. By this point, you may have noticed that Virus, Fan, and Shell have been used interchangeably by many of these pattern creators. This is because they each mean the same thing. They refer to the unending (virus-like) shell pattern that fans out as it grows.
Seaweed Inspired Fall River Shawl – Crochet On The Wall
This Fall River shawl is the perfect pattern for a beginner. The straightforward design will look impressive to any who looks upon it, and the delicate creation will fit with any Fall attire.
When you buy the pattern, you’ll receive diagrams and charts to help you connect the dots to create this beautiful shawl from light lacy fabric.
Damask Rose Shawl In The Virus Style – Crochet On The Wall
If the last design looked exciting, but the colors were not your style, then try the rose design from the same company, Crochet On The Wall.
No matter which pattern you choose, the instructions will be the same, but the pictures added to will look slightly different.
Deep Black Sea Shawl In The Virus Style – Crochet On The Wall
Again we are looking at another Crochet On The Wall design, and yes, it is very similar to the last two, but this beautiful Black Sea template gives off a tempting aura like the Ursula The Witch inspired design we saw earlier on in our list.
It seems like a virus pattern mixed with a nautical aesthetic can create a truly magnificent creation.
Classic Virus Shawl Pattern With Additional Tassels – Jonna Martinez Crochet
This beautiful brown design is perfect for a cozy cuddle with a hot cup of tea in hand while you watch the snow trickle onto the ground. The easy design can be picked up as an intermediate crocheter.
The lacy materials help create a delicate pattern to make you feel dainty and precious.
Foxtrot Shawl – Rocket Girl Crochet
This pattern isn’t exactly a virus or German shell design, however, you can repeat the style as you stitch the yarn together, which means that it does follow a virus pattern.
You can use any lightweight yarn in this design, so go with your favorite and have fun!
Grandma’s German Shells Shawl Pattern – Jonna Martinez Crochet
This gorgeous lacy pattern can be built in virus blocks that you can pick up and put down as you please. You can feel the generational knowledge pouring through your fingertips as you continue to copy Jonna Martinez Crochet’s grandmother’s designs.
Taking a bit of American Family History into your hands.
Thistle Shawl Pattern – The Lavender Mill
This beautiful shawl can be worn in many different ways, just as the virus shawl can be created in many different ways. It is a product of its own paradox, and the outcome is downright stunning.
Our favorite addition is the little tassel at the end, which you can create in the PDF pattern.
Virus Poncho – Addicted 2 The Hook
This beautiful virus pattern doesn’t turn into a shawl, but instead, you’ll be creating a poncho. This means that the virus growth does have to stop to match the other side of the materials, but most of the German Shell principles continue on.
The Poncho can be sized from a 9 month old all the way to an 8 year old. If you really wanted to make an adult version, adapting the design won’t be too hard.
Solstice Shawl – Crochet On The Wall
Let’s end this list with a name we have talked about a couple of times already. Crochet On The Wall has created some amazing designs, and this last solstice pattern is no exception.
This beautiful creation would be perfect for a spring or summer accessory to drape over your shoulders.
Ideally, you should use 1300 yards of fingering weight cotton, but if you don’t want to add on the fringes at the end, you can reduce the yards to 1100.