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30 Free Shawl Knitting Patterns

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Knit shawls are versatile, stylish, and oh-so-useful to have in your closet. And fortunately, many knit shawl patterns can be whipped up with just basic knitting skills. In this post, I’ll share 30 free shawl knitting patterns suitable for beginners and intermediate knitters.

photo collage of four shawls: one blue shawl on a white mannequin against white backdrop, one green shawl on a woman with a pastoral background; a red and orange shawl on a woman with a white backdrop, and a multicolored shawl on a woman in a room

Easy Knit Shawl Patterns

Whether you’re ready to try knitting your first wearable, or want an accessory to dress up your outfit next weekend, knit shawls are a fun and functional project. 

Shawl patterns are a great middle ground between complex projects like blankets or sweaters and simple projects like coasters or dishcloths. This list features patterns in a variety of difficulties. You’ll find a mix of very simple and intermediate-level designs to suit your individual skill level.

Which shawl patterns are best for beginners?

Basic triangle shawl knitting patterns or rectangular wraps are the best options for beginner knitters. The Grain Shawl Pattern (#10) and Skoosh! (#29) are excellent beginner-friendly choices.

When choosing a pattern, look for simple, back-and-forth rows made with basic knit or purl stitches and basic increases. Beginners might also want to avoid shawl patterns with intricate textures, more complicated stitches (i.e., bobbles, lace, or cables), or frequent color changes.

Shawl Shapes and Designs

You’ll find a variety of shawl shapes and designs in the patterns listed below. From scarves to wraps to triangular shawls, asymmetrical or crescent-shaped patterns, and rectangular designs – you can’t really go wrong with any of these knitted shawls and wraps! 

Now that you have all this shawl know-how, dive into the patterns and have fun knitting your next stylish accessory!

30 Free Shawl Knitting Patterns

Take a look at these free knitting shawl patterns for beginner- and intermediate-level knitters.

Knit Shawl FAQs

What is the best shape for a shawl?

The best shape for your shawl is really up to your preference. While the classic triangular shawl is popular, rectangular patterns also make beautiful and useful pieces. Or, choose a long slender shape if you want to wrap your shawl around your neck like a scarf. 

What size should a knitted shawl be?

Most shawl patterns measure approximately 60″ – 80″ long by 20″ – 30″ wide. Often, rectangular shawls tend to be longer, while triangular patterns are slightly shorter.

The great thing about shawl patterns is that they’re often easy to customize—keep knitting until you reach your desired size!

How many stitches should I cast on for a shawl?

Many triangle shawls start with a cast-on of approximately three stitches, then increase a stitch or two on each row. Check your chosen pattern for more instructions.

More Knitting Patterns

If you love knitting, here are some more free patterns to take a look at.

photo collage of four shawls: one blue shawl on a white mannequin against white backdrop, one green shawl on a woman with a pastoral background; a red and orange shawl on a woman with a white backdrop, and a multicolored shawl on a woman in a room

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Heather

Monday 3rd of June 2024

Those are all lovely shawl patterns! Thank you for this blog post.

Linda

Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

good thanks.

Linda

Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

do you also give instructions on how to knit