Trade Winds

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Trade Winds

  • Craft: Crochet
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Multiple
  • Yarn Base: Multiple
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Shawls/Wraps
  • Project Type: Scarves/Cowls
  • Project Type: Ponchos
  • Difficulty: Adventurous Beginner
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14” W x 62” L (see notes to customize)


The sample is shown in our Enigmatic Hues 3-Skein Kit which includes:

1 skein each:
(A) Resilient Sock (4 oz, 400 yds)
(B) Sparkle DK (3.5 oz, 275 yds)
(C) Pearlescent Fingering (4 oz, 550 yds)

Almost any combination of yarn weights and colors will work.

The sample used a total of approximately 825 yards, including the tassel and i-cords.


US size G (4.25 mm) hook, or any hook to obtain gauge

Optional: smaller hook (1 size down) for last row

Any size that is appropriate for the yarn selected. Refer to the tag/label for the recommended sizes. 


Adventurous Beginner to Intermediate: For those crocheters who are ready to learn some new skills or stitch combinations. Stitches include: sc, dc, changing colors, creating i-cords.

Notes From the Designer: 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Jane was inspired by this quote and says, "I love the essence of this quote and think that we should all try to challenge ourselves to try new things. It also seems very appropriate, as this yarn has me dreaming of sparkling turquoise waters somewhere in a tropical paradise."

This project utilizes a simple technique that may be used to produce a wide variety of effects. By using 3 different yarns and crocheting just one row with each, the correct yarn is always where it needs to be to work the next row. The yarns may be different colors and different weights. In this design, we chose 3 different yarns that are all in the same color. With the addition of a few crocheted i-cords and/or well placed seams, this may be worn as a scarf, shawl, cowl, 2 styles of poncho, head scarf, and shrug. The stitch pattern is very easy to work and produces a soft, stretchy fabric.

Designed by Jane Vanselous

  • Click the Videos tab to learn how to crochet the pattern and the i-cords
  • Gauge is not crucial to this project, and the pattern is easily adjustable, but will affect yardage and size.
  • Pattern uses three different yarn weights but can be made with more or fewer if preferred.
  • Three different yarns (A, B, C) are used by crocheting 1 row in each yarn. They may be used in any order that you choose. For the model, the fdc on was done with Resilient Sock, followed by Sparkle Dk and then Pearlescent Fingering.
  • Make sure to carry the non-working yarn up in the last stitch and turning chain, so as not to have loose yarn along the outside edge, as show in this video.

You'll receive a digital file only (instantly downloadable as a PDF) and won't be shipped anything. Please allow a few minutes for the download link to be emailed to you. If the email doesn't arrive within a few minutes, just log into your account on our site and you'll see your Completed Orders. From there, you'll find the download link.

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"There will always be rough days and easy ones. Like a ship, we must sail through both.” ― Nabil N. Jamal