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.
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.
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.
This triangular shawl is a versatile option for either men or women. Since it’s knit from the top center out, you can simply keep knitting until you reach your ideal size. This DK shawl knitting pattern is the perfect weight for adding both warmth and style to your favorite fall outfits!
This beautiful shawl is knit in a square and then folded over to create a double-layered triangle shawl. This design also makes it easily reversible, so you can choose your color preference for each wear!
Featuring a lacy, eyelet design, this delicate, tri-colored shawl is perfect for dressing up or just adding some elegance to everyday life. It measures approximately 77” x 19” and is worked from the center top down.
This shawl is so practical and timeless that all of your friends will be wanting to borrow it! Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to make, so you may just wind up making many of them! This pattern looks beautiful with either a solid or variegated yarn.
Easy to pack for camping trips, vacations, or a regular fall bonfire, this pattern is ideal for adding a little extra warmth on a breezy summer night. It features an eyelet pattern with a ribbed border that goes perfectly over your favorite t-shirt and pair of jeans.
This shawl is ideal for experienced beginners or intermediate knitters. When finished, it measures approximately 64” x 26”. It alternates stockinette sections with ridged, contrasting rows for a simple yet textured look.
Throw it on over jeans and a T-shirt and head out the door! This easy shawl knitting pattern is a great way to add some interest to a casual outfit. It features alternating lace and garter stitch sections.
Yarn weight: Light fingering
Suggested yarn: The Wooly Cabin Merino Nylon Light Fingering
Get lost in your knitting with this garter stitch shawl pattern. With simple increases at the beginning of each row, this pattern is perfect for keeping your hands busy but your mind free. Tassels are added for a fun and free-spirited look.
This beautiful shawl is named after one of the largest butterfly families in the world. The delicate rows and gradient color are reminiscent of graceful butterfly wings. When finished, this shawl measures approximately 60” x 15”.
This corner-to-corner pattern creates a slightly asymmetrical design with an I-cord edging. Nearly any weight of yarn will work for this pattern - just keep knitting until it reaches your perfect size.
This beautiful wrap can be worn draped over your shoulders or around your neck. It’s light and breezy and perfect for adding a thin layer without making you feel overheated. This quick-to-make pattern will have you wanting one in every color scheme!
This airy pattern is made with fingering-weight yarn to produce a light, drapey shawl. It’s excellent for showing off the full-color palette of your favorite variegated yarn. This pattern is knit in one piece from the top down.
This medium-weight shawl is heavy enough to add some warmth, yet it features delicate eyelets that make it great for dressing up or for adding interest to your everyday wear. This pattern is suitable for beginners with some knitting experience.
This gorgeous pattern features unique triangles throughout the shoulders, textured rows, and bobble stitches. Even with a solid color, this beautiful, interesting pattern will have everyone wondering where you got your shawl! This pattern is a great choice for intermediate knitters.
Whether heading out on the town or spending a Saturday outdoors with your family, this simple yet beautiful pattern goes with nearly anything. It’s long enough to adequately wrap around your neck to add some warmth without being too bulky - and it’s reversible!
Here’s an easy pattern that’s offered in both written format as well as in a chart. It’s worked in one piece from the top down. Check out the many pictures provided to help you choose your favorite shade for this design.
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.
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