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Decorative Edge Shawl and Scarf Knitting Patterns

by | Feb 24, 2016 | Accessories, Featured, Scarves, Shawls

Knitting Patterns for Decorative Edged Shawls and Scarves. Most patterns are free.

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.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Edged Shawl

Cable Edged Shawl

Shawl with garter stitch body with knit on edging of 16 row repeat cable and lace. Designed by Vanessa Ewing for Plymouth Yarn. Worsted weight yarn. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s

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Free Knitting Pattern for Hampton Shawlette

Hampton Shawlette

Garter stitch wrap with lace and cable border knit sideways. 62” width x 11” length (at center) but can be adapted for a larger shawl. DK yarn. Designed Robin Raver for Cascade Yarns

Free Knitting Pattern for Camelia Shawl

Camelia Shawl

Crescent shaped shawl with zigzag lace edge knit in bulky yarn. Available in English and Portuguese. Designed Filipa Carneiro

Free Knitting Pattern for Lace Edge ShawlFree Knitting Pattern for Lace Edge Shawl

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Dragon Tail Shawl

Dragon Tail Shawl

Garter stitch shawl with easy decorative edge. Perfect showcase for multi-color or self-striping yarn. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Wiam’s Crafts. Uses just 2 ball of the recommended yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for More Simple Lines Shawl

More Simple Lines Shawl

Triangular shaped shawl with a lace border framing a body textured with eyelets and purl rows. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by maanel

Free Knitting Pattern for Sunburnt Shawl

Sunburnt Shawl

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

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Free Knitting Pattern for Sawtooth Edge Crescent Shawl

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Close to You Shawl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Dragon Lady Shawl

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!

Free Knitting Pattern for Autumn Shawl

Autumn Shawl

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!

Free Knitting Pattern for Saroyan 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

Free Knitting Pattern for Truly Tashas Shawl

Truly Tasha’s Shawl

Designed by Nancy Bush , this shawl features a knit body with a decorative lace border. Pictured project by scrandalla

Free Knitting Pattern for Sencillo Shawl Free Knitting Pattern for Sencillo Shawl

Sencillo Shawlette

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Labor Day Shawl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Clever Little Shawl

Carol’s Clever Little Shawl

Carol Sanders based this design on an historic 1800’s shawl. Pictured project by gbina

Free knitting pattern for Jest Scarf

Jest Scarf

Amy Gunderson’s scarf features colorful buds. Great with multi color yarn.


A lovely lace leaf border adorns a delicate stockinette body in this shawl by Berroco.

Free knitting pattern for My First Lace Shawl

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!)

Free knitting pattern for Godzilla Shawl

Godzilla Shawl

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.

Free knitting pattern for Dream Stripes Shawl

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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

Knitting Pattern for Biscuit Infinity Scarf Cowl

Biscuit Infinity Scarf Cowl

This infinity cowl features an easy lace and bobble border on a simple textured rib scarf. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Bonnie Sennott.

See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Etsy

Knitting Pattern for Beech Leaf Shawl

Beech Leaf Shawll

Worked top down in stockinette shaped with short-rows, the Beech Leaf Shawl features a wide, scarflike shape and a leaf-inspired lace edging. 3 sizes. DK weight. Designed by Joan Forgione

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Knitting Pattern for Grand Palais Shawl

Grand Palais Shawl

This wrap is a garter stitch triangle with a decorative lace edging that is knit on to the shawl. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Rated easy to intermediate by Ravelrers. Designed by Tanis Gray.

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Havasu Falls

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

Knitting pattern for Oddity Scarf

Oddity Scarf

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.

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Knitting Pattern fpr Plissados Scarf

Plissados Scarf

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.

Knitting pattern for Scallop Ediged Scarf

Dragon Tail Scarf

This unique scarf with bold geometric pattern and inverted scallop edge is an easy pattern.

Knitting pattern for Ishka Shawl

Ishka Shawl

Ishka is an easy reversible stole, perfect for beginners in lace knitting, according to the designer. Looks great in variegated yarn!

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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