It’s all about the color in these showstopping shawls. Free knitting patterns formed by color elevate simple stitch patterns to wearable art. Updated 9/5/23
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Half-circle lace shawl knit with stripes and lace sections. Knit in 3 colors. Designed by Filipa Carneiro. Fingering weight yarn. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese
Go Your Own Way Shawl
Colorful shawl knit with a mitered squared border and striped body using self-striping yarn and a contrasting solid. Designed by Mary E Rose for Knotions Magazine. Fingering weight yarn.
Coast to Coast Wrap
Rectangular shawl knit with stripes and mosaic slip stitch colorwork patterns inspired by a road trip across the United States. Designed by Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands. Aran weight yarn.
Asymmetric triangular shawl knit with a diamond border worked with stranded colorwork and rows of eyelets on a stockinette background. Designed by Annika Andrea Wolke.
Outside the Box Shawl
Creatively shaped striped shawl knit from the center top out for a smashing colorful accessory! Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Kara Gott Warner. Worsted weight yarn.
Big Island Wrap
Triangular shawl with textured sections of 4 row repeat Andalusian stitch and 4 row repeat Netting openwork edge that showcases different colored yarn. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Little Church Knits
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
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the Zauberball® Crazy yarn used by annalist
- Get the Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic Dégradé yarn used by maryaustria
- Get the Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi used by miriamsdottir
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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
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
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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
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- Get the recommended Mini Mochi Yarn on Amazon
- Get the yarn used in the pictured project Wisdom Yarns Poems
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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 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. Pictured project by Patsy55
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
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. Pictured project by Landers
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- Purchase an updated version with photo tutorial on Ravelry
- See the pictured project
- Get fingering weight yarn for this project at Etsy
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. Pictured project by Tabusn
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.
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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. Pictured project by winke
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Thistleback Shawl Knitting Pattern
Exquisite shawl knit with a floral garden of colorful designs. Pattern includes written instructions and color-coded charts and links to resources and tutorials. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Carol Sunday.
Lois Piano Shawl
Elegant art deco inspired wrap is a striped modular triangular shawl knit in garter stitch and finished with fringe. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Alexandra Tavel.
Flared Wedges Garter Stitch Shawl
Colorful shawl knit sideways in garter stitch with colorful wedges created with short rows. Includes a video tutorial. Designed by MadeByDevrie. Aran weight yarn.
Kristen Kapur designed this shawl with a combination of simple garter stitch and zig-zag lace . Pictured project is MaryjoO’s Magma.
Hamburg Ahoi Shawl
Colorful shawl features zigzag stripes accented with bobbles. A matching mitts pattern is also available.
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.
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
Terri Rosenthal’s shawl is perfect for multi-colored yarn. One of 30 patterns in Noro Silk Garden: The 20th Anniversary Collection.
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- Get the recommended Noro Silk Garden yarn on Amazon
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.