Easy Shawl Knitting Patterns
These shawl patterns were labeled by designers or knitters as easy to work. Many are stockinette or garter with decorative borders or simple colorwork.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Justyna Lorkowska designed this shawl to be easy enough to knit while watching her children at the playground. Garter stitch stripes alternate with easy lace stripes to create a colorful shawl.
Handspun Boomerang Shawl
Natasha Sills’ shawl couldn’t be easier. Use any yarn, any gauge (though she recommends handspun yarn in loose gauge.) You start with 4 stitches then repeat 2 rows until you which the size you want or run out of yarn. For striping, switch yarns with each 2 row repeat. Cast on 4 sts. Row 1: Knit to last stitch, yarn over, knit into the front and back of the last stitch Row 2: Yarn over, knit to last 2 sts, knit 2 together.
Knitca’s easy wrap is reversible and can be worn many different ways. 110 x 30cm (43.5 x 12”)
Full Cable Shawl
Earth and Sky’s triangle shaped shawl is worked from the top down, with a garter stitch edging and border. The simple all over cable design is a great project for learning cables.
Kimberlees Korner’s easy shawl is knit in garter stitch. The pattern is an easy to remember 10 row repeat that increases the shawl size and creates the scalloped edges.
My First Lace Shawl
Jolanda Schneider provides 29 pages of instructions and photo tutorials to help you knit your first lace shawl (or next lace shawl!)
Easy Knit Shawl
This easy shawl is knit garter stitch with a lace border. Designed with self-striping or multi-colored yarn in mind.
Candy Stripes Shawl
Valerie Woodworth’s shawl is a great way to use small amounts of yarn. Stripes alternate between 8 and 6 rows of stockinette separated by eyelet sections and ending with an eyelet border.
Champagne Run Shawl
Molly Conroy’s design is knit from the top down. The ruffle in the pictured project is knit with sequined mohair yarn to give it light bubbly look.
Gena Wich’s design is a two row repeat interspersed with garter stitch with not shaping.
Hilary Smith Callis’s easy shawlette features ruffles and ruching to add dressy details.
Janie & Susan Shawl
Tanis Gray’s super easy shawl knits up quick with only takes 2 hanks of each yarn. The sparkly yarn adds extra glitz to the contrasting stripes. An ideal first shawl project.
Beth Richardson’s simple garter stitch shawl is easy enough for beginners and a great use for multi color yarn.
Braid and Eyelet Shawl
Susan Gressman’s asymmetrical shawl features a garter stitch and cable braid which alternates with sections of simple eyelet.
Spearmint Tea Shawl
Kateryna Golovanova’s shawl is designed for color changing yarn. The shawl starts with stockinette sections separated by purl rows and finishes up with a simple lace border.
knitculture.com’s shawlette is knit in stockinette with a mesh border.
Lisa Mutch’s shawl is simple, stockinette, triangle with the addition of ridges for textural contrast.
Serena Shadow Shawl
Antonia Shankland’s shawl is is knit in 2-row stripes with the colors not in use carried up side of work.
Patterns for Purchase
Yarden (pronounced yar-dén) is a lace and stockinette stitch shawl that gets its wavy lines from increases and decreases in the lace sections.
A very easy pattern for a triangular shawl designed by Judy Stalus. Knit from the tip of the triangle it is easy to make a small scarf or a large shawl. Pattern is appropriate for a beginner.
Constructed of two contrasting triangles, this bright and airy shawl is knit in one piece. It is shaped using short rows over stockinette and a simple knit-two-together, yarn-over lace pattern.
The Flamboyant Shawl is a small crescent in plush garter stitch with a rippled edge.
Margaret Dashwood Shawl
This shawl inspired by Jane Austen’s character is knit from side to side in garter stitch and lace edging. It is one of the patterns in the book Jane Austen Knits Summer 2012
The pattern is only 4 rows of basic knitting stitches repeated until you reach the required length. This makes it a very enjoyable knitting experience and VERY satisfying as it’s quick and easy but with beautiful results.
Cozy Triangular Shawl
Knit on size U.S. 10.5 needles in a washable worsted weight wool blend yarn, it is quick and fun to knit. This piece does not require constant focus in order to knit it well and the stitch patterns involved are very easy to understand and work.
This design by Hilary Smith Callis is a modern triangular wrap knit all in Garter Stitch with patterns and shaping that are easy to memorize, Because of the graphic intersection of the stripes, this will give you a different look each you wrap it.