If you thought of lace shawls as only delicate wisps, take a look at some of these free knitting patterns for shawls and wraps in cotton yarn, bulky yarn, and worsted yarn. And, there are delicate lace shawls here, too! Updated 11/22/22
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First Kiss Stole
Lace rectangular shawl stole designed to be a Shetland lace beginner project. As for many knitters it seems a nearly impossible task to knit a Shetland lace shawl. Designed by Iaroslava Rud. Lace weight yarn. May only be free for a limited time.
It's Shawl Y'all
Triangular lace shawl knit with leaf lace and lace edge. Designed by Betsy App. Worsted weight yarn. May only be free for a limited time.
Pastoral Lace Shawl
Triangular shaped shawl with a 10 row repeat lace pattern. Written instructions or chart. Includes Video Tutorial. Designed by Yarnspirations Design Studio. Sport weight yarn.
Wings for Nightbird Shawl
Stunning half-circle lace shawl designed to look like feathered wings. Designed by Teresa Yoon for Knitty. Sport weight yarn.
Crescent Lace Shawl
Diamond shaped lace pattern knit in an 18 row repeat and edged with a ruffled lace border. Designed by Katherine Poole-Fournier for Yarnspirations. DK weight yarn.
An 8 row repeat lace stitch forms the main body of this rectangular wrap with i-cord borders. Easy to memorize and described in charts and written instructions. Designed by Filipa Carneiro. Fingering weight yarn. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Crescent shaped shawl with dainty lace lilies, winding ivy cable and leaf lace, and short row shaping. Designed by Karen Fournier. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured project by the designer and Robebe.
Warming Hearts Sofa Shawl
Rectangular wrap with lace heart panels. Designed by Lisa Gentry for Red Heart. Bulky weight yarn.
Estonian lace triangle shaped shawl. Perfect for special occasions and weddings. Designed by Sanne Kalkman. Pictured project by Tsumugi who shortened the edging.
Top down trianglular shaped lace shawl inspired by the desert. Designed by Jennifer Callahan. Fingering weight yarn. Uses just one skein of the recommended yarn.
This lace shawl can be sized as a scarf-sized shawlette or a larger wrap. Designed by by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for Knitty.
More Free Patterns
Begonia Swirl Shawl
This stunning lace swirl shawl by Carfield Ma leaves me practically speechless. The pictured project is by jane510.
Wild Roses Shawl
This large triangular shawl is constructed by working the edging first, then picking up stitches and working the body. Designed by by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page (pattern link broken)
- Get more knitting patterns by Rae Blackledge
Haruni is a triangular shawl designed by knitterain, worked from the top down, with a chain bind off. Pattern includes charts, written directions, and extensive notes.
This lace shawl features a simple bud lace pattern for the body that flows into a deep lily-of-the-valley border with a peaked edging. Designed by Evelyn A. Clark. Pictured project by K-Kristiina
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Also available in Knitted Lace: A Collection of Favorite Designs on Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
Lace shawl designed by Universal Yarn is created with yarn with a metallic shimmer.
Versatile rectangular lace shawl or stole from Yarnspirations in fingering yarn. Approx 24” [61 cm] wide x 80” [203 cm] long (after blocking)
A worsted weight lace wrap with a simple lace pattern and tapered ends. Designed by Samantha Leaver
A lovely lace leaf border adorns a delicate stockinette body in this shawl by Berroco.
Ballet Lace Scarf
An all-over lace pattern is mirrored in purl stitches on the reverse. Designed by Franziska Collins. Pictured projects by wheatsue and willknitfortea.
The Sea Speaks to Me
Athanasia Andritsou designed this triangular lace shawl for fingering yarn.
Designed by Berroco, this shell stitch lace shawl is shown in contrasting colors of their metallic yarn Lumina for extra glamour and shimmer. Approximate Width – 56” Approximate Length – 19” ‘
Garden View Shawlette
Tracy Withanee designed this wrap with a leaf lace border.
Candle Flame Shawl
Designed by Dean Crane, this pattern is designed for bulky yarn and larger needles, though the pictured project by ladycolori was done with sport weight yarn.
Summer Love Wrap
This cotton lace shawl is perfect for warmer weather.
DISCONTINUED! Nightsongs Shawl
NO LONGER AVAILABLE! Designer discontinued the pattern because of rude and insulting treatment from knitters. If you like free patterns, please be nice to the designers! Jane Araújo designed this lovely lace pattern. See this project on Ravelry.
Patterns for Purchase
Easy Onojo Cluster Lace Shawl
Rectangular shawl knit with two distinct Japanese stitch patterns that combine beautifully, but the designer says are easy to learn even for a new lace knitter. The stitches are both charted and written out line by line. Designed by Linda Lehman. Sport weight yarn.
Hippie Go Lucky Shawl or Blanket
This large square shawl is knit from the center out and features a variety of lace stitch patterns from eyelets, to diamonds and chevrons. Ending with a fun, fringed edge to gives this design an extra free-spirited bohemian feel. Designed by Annie Lupton. Sport weight yarn.
Two simple lace patterns juxtaposed in five harmonious movements to create a piece that looks exquisite yet is deceptively easy to knit. Pachelbel comes in four sizes: scarf, stole, shawl and wrap. Size shown is shawl. Designed by Carol Sunday. Pictured project by Zeila
Liquid Silver Shawl
No longer free. This lace stole features lace zigzags and optional beads. Designed by by Rosemary (Romi) Hill for elann. Great for weddings and special events.
- Get the knitting pattern
- Get the recommended Silken Kydd yarn on Amazon (Prime)
- Get New Lace Knitting by Romi Hill – Kindle and Prime available
Diamonds for Amélie Shawl
A beautiful lace creates eye-catching diamonds on this elegant triangular shawl knit sideways. The lace section is created with 3 different lace motifs that transition seamlessly from and into each other. Designed by Lisa Hannes. Pictured projects by the designer and Candylola. Fingering weight yarn.
Squall Line Shawl
This oversized romantic lace shawl designed by Romi Hill is knit in worsted weight yarn and is 78” wide and 37” tall.
Feathers, Fans, and Flowers
Beautiful shawl featuring a feather and fan lace pattern topped by a floral lace motif. One of the patterns in Knit Prayer Shawls.
Field of Daisies Shawl
This lovely lace shawl by TabithaDesigns is specially shaped to stay in place and features floral and leaf lace motifs. The versatile shawl can also be worn as a kerchief or scarf.
When the Flowers Boom Lace Shawl
This fingering weight semicircular shawl is worked from the bottom up. Pattern includes charts and row by row written directions. Three sizes: Wingspan: 112 (136, 160) cm / 44.1″ (53.5, 63)” This would be a great wedding or special occasion shawl!
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.
Wings of a Prayer Shawl
Kristi Holaas was inspired to create this design while she was praying for a friend. Knit top down in a crescent shape and flows into a half circle design, and finished off with lovely lace scallops, this shawl comes in three sizes: Small approximately 54”x20” Medium approximately 56”x22” Large approximately 64”x24”