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Easy knitting patterns for shawls. Most are free. Many suitable for beginners

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

Free Easy Quick Textured Triangle Shawl

Textured Triangle Shawl

This oversized shawl is a quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers and by Red Heart. Designed by Diane Moyer

Free knitting pattern for Playground Shawl

Playground Shawl

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Ombre Lace Triangle Shawl

Simple Lace Triangle Shawl

This easy shawl features rows of eyelets in stockinette that showcases ombre or multi-color yarn. Designed by Cathy Payson.

Free knitting pattern for Boomerang Shawl

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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.

Free knitting pattern for Sweet Stole shawl wrap

Sweet Stole

Knitca’s easy wrap is reversible and can be worn many different ways. 110 x 30cm (43.5 x 12”)

Free knitting pattern for Full Cable Shawl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Asymmetrical Wrap easy shawl

Asymmetrical Wrap

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.

Free knitting pattern for My First Lace Shawl

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!)

Free knitting pattern for Champagne Run Shawl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Citron Shawl easy shawl

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Citron Shawl

Hilary Smith Callis’s easy shawlette features ruffles and ruching to add dressy details.

Free knitting pattern for Janie and Susan Shawl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Calypso Shawl easy shawl great for multi-color yarn

Calypso Shawl

Beth Richardson’s simple garter stitch shawl is easy enough for beginners and a great use for multi color yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Braid and Eyelet Shawl

Braid and Eyelet Shawl

Susan Gressman’s asymmetrical shawl features a garter stitch and cable braid which alternates with sections of simple eyelet.

Free knitting pattern for Spearment Tea Shawl

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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.

Free knitting pattern for Stargazing Shawlette easy shawl in stockinette with mesh border

Stargazing Shawlette

knitculture.com’s shawlette is knit in stockinette with a mesh border.

Free knitting pattern for Zilver Shawl

Zilver Shawl

Lisa Mutch’s shawl is simple, stockinette, triangle with the addition of ridges for textural contrast.

Free knitting pattern for Dunes Shawl easy lace shawl

Dunes Shawl

Gena Wich’s design is a two row repeat interspersed with garter stitch with not shaping.

Free knitting pattern for Serena Shadow Shawl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Criss Cross Shawl

Criss Cross Shawl

Dirk Gerngross’s design features a rib structure knitted in right-left ribs and semi-brioche.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting pattern for Yarden Lace Shawl

Yarden Shawl

Yarden (pronounced yar-dén) is a lace and stockinette stitch shawl that gets its wavy lines from increases and decreases in the lace sections.

Knitting pattern for easy Fringe Shawl

Fringe Shawl

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.

Knitting pattern for Pinkerton Shawl

Pinkerton Shawl

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.

Knitting pattern for Margaret Dashwood Shawl

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

Knitting pattern for Kinvara Shawl

Kinvara Shawl

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.

Knitting pattern for cozy triangular shawl

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.

Knitting pattern for Itineris Shawl

Itineris Shawl

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.

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