Free knitting patterns for shawls knit with a variety of stitch patterns in sampler form. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 7/24/23
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Beautiful Brioche Shawl
Triangular shawl knit with sections of Garter Stitch Stripes, 2x2 Ribbing, and Brioche. Designed originally for 2 colorways of self-striping Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Melissa Kemmerer for Red Heart.
Crescent shaped sampler shawl with sections of lace and a lace border. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Julia-Maria Hegenbart. May only be free for a limited time. Available in English, Dutch, French, German
Rectangular sampler shawl with more than 10 different stitches including Purse Stitch, Fleck Stitch, Diamond Rib, Fountain Stitch, Fishtail Lace, Tile Stitch, Pillar Stitch, and more. Designed for at least 4 colors, it would make a great stash buster. I think it looks good in on color as well. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Julie Ferguson. Pictured projects by designer and CarolH234
Colorful sampler rectangular shawl with 5 different stitch patterns including easy brick stitch, textured sitches, and more. Designed for 6 colors of DK weight yarn so it's a great stash buster. Designed by Irina Poludnenko.
Crescent shaped lace shawl inspired by peacock tails with at least 5 lace sections inspired by feathers. In Bengali, the word “Pekhom” means “tail feathers of a peacock”. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Naurid Kashpia Senjuti. Pictured projects by designer and Squeeney01
Lattice Sampler Shawl
Asymmetric triangular shawl featuring bands of of different size lattice lace in a Garter stitch field. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Jennifer Weissman.
Tales of the Garden Shawl
Whimsical half-circle sampler shawl includes sections of eyelet lace, clustered stitches, and textures, inspired by the art and writing of Beatrix Potter. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Marie-Elyse Dugal.
Bobbled Tree Wrap
Cable sampler shawl with a variety of different cables featuring a tree with bobble leaves and cable trunk. Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
Stitch Sampler Shawl
Rectangular wrap with with sections of dropped stitches, slipped stitch patterns, eyelets, and other stitches. Designed by On This Day Designs. Pictured project byBecky Blank
More Free Patterns
Rectangular sampler shawl inspired by Gansey or Guernsey designs with rich textures and cables. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team.
Gimli Beach Shawl
Sampler shawl in a half pi shape so that the increase rows are made separately between the sections of stitches. Great stash buster. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Sandra Buzza. Pictured project by MagdalenaEska
Sea Breeze Shawl
Triangular shawl knit in different textures. DK weight yarn. Designed by Paintbox Yarns.
Inspired by Celtic tracery, this top down triangular shawl features sections of lace, smocking, and garter stitch with a Celtic cable design down the middle. 2 sizes. The detailed instructions are fully written as well as charted throughout. Designed by Sue Lazenby.
FibreFest 2022 Shawl
Semi-circular sampler shawl with 5 different lace patterns. Written and charted instructions. It’s a perfect pattern to show off a beautiful gradient or mini skein est, yet looks stunning knitted in one colour. Designed by Kathryn Trippett for The Australian Wool Store. May only be free for a limited time.
Semi-circular sampler shawl with one stitch pattern per section, including lace, dropped stitches, bobbles, slipped stitches, and eyelet and mesh stitches. Designed for 6 colors, it's a great stashbuster. Designed by The Noble Thread.
Lichen and Moss Shawl
This textured triangular shawl is knit with sections of lichen stitch, moss stitch, reverse stocking stitch, and a wide central garter stitch panel. This makes an interesting, yet easy knit for the advanced beginner. 2 sizes. Works with fingering through to worsted weight. Designed by Sue Lazenby.
Naughty or Nice Calendar
The shawl with 12 lace charts that you can mix and match to the months of the year. Choose what you like or make this a year long record of each month's naughty or nice moods. Knit sideways on a bias with a small cable detail. Perfect for mini skeins or stashbusting. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Samantha Van Noy
Two color asymmetric shawl worked tip to tip, with sections of 4 row repeat Reed texture, garter stitch stripes, lace, and 2row repeat slipped stitch, inspired by coastal landscapes. Designed by RKelly G. for Knotions. Fingering weight yarn.
Patterns for Purchase
Triangular sampler shawl with garden inspired sections of texture, stockinette, and floral colorwork. Named for the beautiful Keukenhof Garden in Lisse, The Netherlands, where there are tulips as far as the eyes can see. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Dolly Vargas.
Triangular shawl with a trio of stitch patterns to keep the knitter engaged while adding lots of texture and visual interest. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Apiary Knits.
Rectangular sampler shawl with a variety stitch patterns including woven texture, wavy drop stitch, clustered stitch, slip stitch designs. Designed for at least 3 colors, it's perfect for stash busting or mini skeins. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Dolly Vargas.
Half-circle sampler shawl with fun stitch patterns including diamond textures, basketweave, cross stitch, and more. Designed for 5 colors, it's perfect for stash busting or mini skeins. Video tutorials are included to help guide you through all of the various techniques. DK weight yarn. Designed by Dolly Vargas.
Wake + Wave Shawl
This crescent shaped sampler shawl features undulating waves of garter stitch stripes, feather & fan, brioche, short rows, eyelets, and welts. Links to video tutorials are included for many of these techniques. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Carissa Browning.
Knit sideways from point to point, a mix of textured stitches forms a reversible, elongated triangle. Worsted weight, sport weight, or fingering weight yarn. Designed by Leila Raven.
Young Sprout Shawl
Asymmetrical triangular shawl knit sideways featuring sections of two simple brioche stitch patterns, garter stitch, and a large but easy-to-remember lace border. Fingering weight yarn. Jeune Pousse designed by Tisserin Coquet. Available in English and French.