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
Enya Fair Isle Shawl
Rita Maassen’s shawl is knitted in fair isle from the bottom up.
Designed by Amanda Rios for Classic Elite Yarn, this shawl combines lace and stripes in a romantic wrap.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Edda Fokken, this shawl comes in three shape variations and uses slip stitches to create the pattern.
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.
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.
Designed by Isabell Kraemer after the striped toffee candy, this shawl is knit in bulky yarn.
This stunning wrap designed by Britt Schmiesing has a main body of simple stockinette with garter stitch ridges with a lace border worked side to side. It is also stunning as a textured shawl with one color of yarn! You can use fingering or worsted yarn for this versatile shawl. The lace pattern has written instructions and a chart.
Patterns for Purchase
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!
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!
Terri Rosenthal’s shawl is perfect for multi-colored yarn. One of 30 patterns in Noro Silk Garden: The 20th Anniversary Collection.
“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.
This design by Melanie Berg is worked flat from the bottom up, shaped asymmetrically by different kinds of increases.
Kristen Kapur designed this shawl with a combination of simple garter stitch and zig-zag lace . Pictured project is MaryjoO’s Magma.
Partly Sunny Shawl
The muted colors of sky and clouds add the drama to this shawl with a garter stitch body and edging inspired by Estonian lace. Jennifer Weissman designed this crescent-shaped shawl knitted from the top down.