Colorful Shawl Knitting Patterns
It’s all about the color in these showstopping shawls. The patterns formed by color elevate simple stitch patterns to wearable art.
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Free Knitting Patterns
The Lightning Shawl uses Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Zigzag pattern. Garter stitch strips are shaped into elongated zigzags with regular increases and decreases and then joined on to other strips as you go to make the finished fabric. There is no sewing up and the shawl could be knitted in any yarn. Pictured projects by annalist, maryaustria, and miriamsdottir
Spring Ribbons Shawl
This colorful shawl uses easy to memorize slip stitch colorwork. The subtle shaping also helps keep it on your shoulders. Designed by Ann Weaver
Three-color triangular shawl with two sections of garter stitch with lace edge. Designed by Bernat.
Yours Truly Summer Shawl
This shawl is uses repeats of 4 patterns – a 4-row repeat Ticking Stripe, a Firefly Lace pattern, a Wildflower Pattern, and a Sunspots pattern. This shawl was designed originally as a Mystery KAL so the pattern is in the form of 4 Section “Clues”. There are links on the Ravelry page. Designed by Michele C Meadows. Pictured project by Redsometimes
Triangle-shaped shawl knit with three colors in a combination of an easy-to memorize lace pattern and garter stitch. Designer: Hanna Maciejewska. Available in English, Danish, German, and Polish Pictured project by mao7
Icelandic Lace Shawl
This stunning lace shawl, originally called the Thórdís shawl, is based on a traditional Icelandic shawl in the Icelandic Craft Council’s collection of textiles. Designer: Sigrídur Halldórsdóttir ( Carol Rasmussen Noble ). Pictured project by pollyana
This shawl is a very long spiral of different size triangles knit in garter stitch. Perfect for gradient and multi-colored yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown. Pictured project by craftydebbi
Mitered Eyelet Shawl
This shawl is created from mitered diamonds in long self-striping or multi-colored yarn. Designed by by Gail Tanquary & Angie Kachelmeier. Pictured project by SvetlanaTomina
Enya Fair Isle Shawl
Rita Maassen’s shawl is knitted in fair isle from the bottom up.
The Ostro Shawl is knit in three colors using a modular construction. Each “shell” is knit individually, but the following shells are attached as you go, so there is minimal finishing. Designed by the Berroco Design Team
Designed by Amanda Rios for Classic Elite Yarn, this shawl combines lace and stripes in a romantic wrap.
Designed by Edda Fokken, this shawl comes in three shape variations and uses slip stitches to create the pattern.
Michèle Aixala designed this shawl inspired by Pointillistic use of dots of color. The web page is in French but there is an English version of the pattern on the page. Pictured project by edmoejewel
Dream Stripes Shawl
Stripes go to a new stylish level in this lovely shawl designed by Cailliau Berangere with a lace border.
Designed by Knitarin-Karin Hess, Sylvestra is an easily knitted asymmetrical shawl that can be knitted in any yarn weight. Pictured project by dany-m
Designed by Martina Paulsen, this shawl turns two colors of yarn into a striking pattern.
Melinda VerMeer designed this shawl to be knit with contrasting colors to resemble the wings of a butterfly. Because this is cast on with few stitches and expands, it easily can be adapted to different yarns or sizes.
Designed by Clara Falk, Tailwind is a triangular shaped shawl knitted from one corner to the other which makes it possible to adjust the size after your amount of yarn or when you are happy with the size.
No-fuss shade-loving Shawl
Susan Ashcroft designed this easy, versatile shawl that is perfect for shaded yarns. The easy stitch variations including garter, seed, stockinette and a simple lace stitch showcase the color variations. See this project for the pattern by stitchnerd
Color Shift Shawl
Shannon Dubabin designed this shawl for Cascade. The shawl uses 3 colors of fingering weight yarn. 2 strands of yarn are held together and the color change is made by changing one strand of yarn at a time.
Diving In Shawl
Mam’zelle Flo designed this pattern/recipe as an opportunity to create a shawl from your stash yarn. The instructions explain how to achieve this modified triangle shape, and how to make modified garter stripes.
Designed by Isabell Kraemer after the striped toffee candy, this shawl is knit in bulky yarn. Pictured project by katiwei
Short rows and gussets create an interesting color pattern in Mary Lou Egan’s design. Knitter stewlf created the stained glass look above by using solid black for the garter stitch and variegated color yarn for the stockinette.
Light and Up Shawl
Caroline Wiens designed this easy to knit shawl with eyelets. The shawl is made of one skein of fingering weight yarn on larger size needles. It’s great for variegated yarn!
This stunning lace wrap designed by Britt Schmiesing has a main body of simple stockinette with garter stitch ridges with a lace border worked side to side.
Patterns for Purchase
Hamburg Ahoi Shawl
Colorful shawl features zigzag stripes accented with bobbles. A matching mitts pattern is also available.
Easy wrap knit from the bottom up in sections of mesh and eyelets. Designed by Ambah O’Brien.
Indie Mash Up Shawl
This large triangular shawl is designed to showcase color and texture with a variety of stitch patterns and an cord bind off, Designed by Annie Lupton.
Earth and Sky Shawl by Stephen West
Designed by the amazing Stephen West, Earth and Sky is a top-down triangular knit shawl made with sport weight yarn in three sizes. Pictured project by by dennismarquez
This triangular shawl is knit with a solid color and a variegated or self-striping yarn. Designed by Benjamin Matthews
Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West
Designed by the amazing Stephen West, Daybreak is a semicircular shawl featuring clear, graphic stripes that echo a rising sun. in three sizes. Pictured project by by meginal
Rainbow Brioche Shawl and Hat
This two-color brioche shawl by HappyKnitsheep is reversible and results in like two different shawls – You can wear both sides. Hat pattern is also included. Great stash-buster!
This versatile shawl with texture and colorwork can also be worn as a poncho, stole, cowl or used as a lap blanket. Designed by Andrea Mowry. Pictured project by pialuna111
Terri Rosenthal’s shawl is perfect for multi-colored yarn. One of 30 patterns in Noro Silk Garden: The 20th Anniversary Collection.
Simply Sweet Shawl
This pretty little shawl features a pop of accent color separating the garter stitch body from the border. Little bow ties form the border into a scalloped edge with no tricky knitting required!
“Canyonlands” is a long, shallow asymetrical shawl, knit in garter stitch throughout with carefully selected colors blending and merging to create an illusion of western horizons and sillouettes.