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Colorful Shawl Knitting Patterns

by | Oct 9, 2015 | Accessories, Featured, Shawls

Free 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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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

Free Knitting Pattern for Big Island Wrap

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

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Free Knitting Pattern for Lightning Shawl

Lightning Shawl

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 annalistmaryaustria, and miriamsdottir

Free Knitting Pattern for Spring Ribbons Shawl

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

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Free Knitting Pattern for Comfort Shawl

Comfort Shawl

Three-color triangular shawl with two sections of garter stitch with lace edge. Designed by Bernat.

Free Knitting Pattern for Yours Truly Summer Shawl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Daria Shawl

Daria Shawl

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

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Free Knitting Pattern for Icelandic Shawl

Icelandic Lace Shawl

This stunning lace shawl, originally called the Thórdís shawl, is based on a traditional Icelandic shawl in the Icelandic Craft Council’s collection of textiles. Designer: Sigrídur Halldórsdóttir ( Carol Rasmussen Noble ). Pictured project by pollyana

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Free Knitting Pattern for Festival Shawl

Festival Shawl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Mitered Eyelet Shawl

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

Free knitting pattern for Enya Fair Isle Shawl and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

Enya Fair Isle Shawl

Rita Maassen’s shawl is knitted in fair isle from the bottom up.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ostro Shawl

Ostro Shawl

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

Vela Latina Shawl Free Knitting Pattern and more shawl knitting patterns

Vela Latina

Designed by Edda Fokken, this shawl comes in three shape variations and uses slip stitches to create the pattern.

Free Knitting Pattern for Pointillés Shawl

Pointillés Shawl

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Sylvestra Shawl


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

Semi Parti Medium2

Mi Parti

Designed by Martina Paulsen, this shawl turns two colors of yarn into a striking pattern.

Finished Nymph 002 Fade Medium2

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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.

Tailwind Shawl free knitting pattern and other colorful shawl knitting patterns

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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 Shawl

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 Free Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

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.

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Diving In Shawl Free Knitting Recipe and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Muh-muhs Shawl

Muh-muhs Shawl

Designed by Isabell Kraemer after the striped toffee candy, this shawl is knit in bulky yarn. Pictured project by katiwei

Coquille Shawl Free Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

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Coquille Shawl

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.

Light and Up Shawl Free Knitting Pattern. Perfect for variegated yarn! this and more colorful shawl knitting patterns at

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!

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Sgiach Shawl Free Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

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Sgiach Shawl

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.

Josephina Shawl Free Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

Josephina Shawl

Designed by Amanda Rios for Classic Elite Yarn, this shawl combines lace and stripes in a romantic wrap.

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Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Ziggity Shawl

Ziggity Shawl

Kristen Kapur designed this shawl with a combination of simple garter stitch and zig-zag lace . Pictured project is MaryjoO’s Magma.

Knitting Pattern for Dressel Shawl

Dressel Shawl

Inspired by Greek amphorae, Megi Burci designed bold panels of stranded colorwork in a semicircular shawl. Pictured project by JaneJetson

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Knitting Pattern for Hamburg Ahoi Shawl

Hamburg Ahoi Shawl

Colorful shawl features zigzag stripes accented with bobbles. A matching mitts pattern is also available.

Knitting Pattern for Cardinia Shawl

Cardinia Shawl

Easy wrap knit from the bottom up in sections of mesh and eyelets. Designed by Ambah O’Brien.

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Knitting Pattern for Indie Mash Up Shawl

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.

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Knitting Pattern for Earth and Sky Shawl by Stephen West

Earth and Sky Shawl by Stephen West

Designed by the amazing Stephen West, Earth and Sky is a top-down triangular knit shawl made with sport weight yarn in three sizes. Pictured project by by dennismarquez

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Knitting Pattern for Crosshatch Shawl

Crosshatch Shawl

This triangular shawl is knit with a solid color and a variegated or self-striping yarn. Designed by Benjamin Matthews

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Knitting Pattern for Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West

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

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Knitting pattern for Brioche Shawl

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!

Knitting Pattern for Om Shawl

Om Shawl

This versatile shawl with texture and colorwork can also be worn as a poncho, stole, cowl or used as a lap blanket. Designed by Andrea Mowry. Pictured project by pialuna111

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Simply Sweet Shawl Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

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 Shawl Knitting Pattern and more colorful shawl knitting patterns

Canyonlands Shawl

“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.

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