Decorative Edge Shawl and Scarf Knitting Patterns
These shawls and scarves feature borders and edges of decorative lace or other stitches. The bodies of these shawls are usually an easy stitch like garter and stockinette to showcase the eye-catching edge.
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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Crescent shaped stockinette shawl with ostrich plume lace border. Designed by Nidhi Kansal. Pictured project took less than two skeins of the recommended sport weight yarn. Pictured project by drizzleofhoney
Sawtooth Edge Crescent Shawl
Easy garter stitch crescent shawl with lace edge takes just two skeins of the recommended yarn. Great with multi-colored yarn.
Close to You Shawl
Designed as one skein project (though you can use more for a larger shawl), this simple triangular shawl is knit with garter stitch and a eyelet zigzag border. Designed by Justyna Lorkowska. Great with multi-colored yarn! Pictured project by SerendipityStitch
Dragon Lady Shawl
This shawl features an open mesh lace shaped with short rows with sawtooth edge. Designed by Amy Gunderson. Great with multi-colored yarn!
This stunning shawl features a body of simple stockinette with purl stripes and edged with shaped floral lace. Designed by Irena D. Available in English and Russian. Great with multi-colored yarn!
Amy Gunderson’s scarf features colorful buds. Great with multi color yarn.
Truly Tasha’s Shawl
Designed by Nancy Bush , this shawl features a knit body with a decorative lace border. Pictured project by scrandalla
My First Lace Shawl
This shawl features a stockinette body with eyelets and decorative diamond shaped edge. Jolanda Schneider provides 29 pages of instructions and photo tutorials to help you knit your first lace shawl (or next lace shawl!)
Inspired by the character of Dr. Camille Saroyan in the tv show Bones, this graceful scarf features a stockinette body with a leaf lace shaped edge. Designed by Liz Abinante. Pictured project by by pilarsalamanca, Available in English, French, Turkish, Portuguese, German, and Italian
Knit a Lace Shawl
This Shetland-inspired lace shawl features a decorative edge in an eyelet lace pattern and a garter stitch body shaped with short rows to curve and hug the shoulders. Designed by Gudrun Johnston who teaches the class. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug.
Garter stitch striped shawl with shaped lace border. The shawl can be worked as a long slender slightly curved shawlette or a triangular shawl. Designed by by britt schmiesing. Available in English and German. Great with multi-colored yarn! Pictured projects by ksushi and mawie
Labor Day Shawl
Crescent shaped shawl worked from the bottom shaped lace edge up through and eyelet section and stockinette body. Designed by O/C Knitiot Designs – Deby Lake. Great with multi-colored yarn! Pictured project by gis
Carol’s Clever Little Shawl
Carol Sanders based this design on an historic 1800’s shawl. Pictured project by gbina
A lovely lace leaf border adorns a delicate stockinette body in this shawl by Berroco.
Crypto Knitter’s shawl features two colors alternated using a short section worked in Intarsia. An i-cord border accents the spiral like curve of the top border.
Dream Stripes Shawl
Stripes go to a new stylish level in this lovely shawl designed by Cailliau Berangere with a decorative lace border.
Garden View Shawlette
Tracy Withanee designed this wrap with a leaf lace border.
Patterns for Purchase
Easy scarf or capelet featuring eyelet shaping and a fabulous ruffled border uses just one skein of the recommended yarn. Designed by Jean Clement, this pattern is one of the 53 patterns in the book Easy as 1-2-3 Skeins.
This lacy V-shaped shawl is knit with an easy garter stitch lace border side to side. Then stitches are picked up to work the body bottom up. Its oval shape helps it stay on the shoulders.
Loopy Bottom Cowl
Unique looping design cowl knit from the bottom up. Loops are worked connected to body, not applied. Versions given for two or three button holes. Stockinette provides natural curl at the top.
Annie Watts designed this this eye-catching scarf. Knit from the top down with just a little bit of intarsia at the edge, this scarf is long enough to wrap snugly around your neck or to drape casually from your shoulders.
Scalloped Edge Scarf
This unique scarf with bold geometric pattern and inverted scallop edge is an easy pattern.
Havasu Falls is a crescent shaped shawl that is perfect for gradient yarns. Finished Size: 72 inches x 16 inches but easily customizable to get the size you want! Both charted and full written instructions are included. Get the knitting pattern on Etsy
Ishka is an easy reversible stole, perfect for beginners in lace knitting, according to the designer. Looks great in variegated yarn!
Terri Rosenthal’s shawl is perfect for multi-colored yarn. One of 30 patterns in Noro Silk Garden: The 20th Anniversary Collection.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!