Free knitting patterns for small shawls and shoulder scarves, including many knit with one skein of yarn. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 7/10/23
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It's a Spring Fling Shawl
One skein crescent shaped shawlette knit garter stitch with an eyelet row at the end of the repeat. It ends with a pretty picot bind off. Uses one skein of Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Carrolldj for Darn Knit Anyway.
Striped shawl with sawtooth edge knit in garter stitch sideways from the tip out. DK weight yarn. Designed by Universal Yarn.
Rayon de Soleil
Graceful and light crescent shawlette knit in alternating sections of stockinette stitch and eyelet garter rows like rays of sunlight in the sky, finished with a picot bind off. Rayon de Soleil is French for “Sunlight". Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Francoise Danoy for Aroha Knits .
Chelsea Bridge Shawl
Lace half circle shawlette knit with a 6 row repeat Fishtail Lace. DK weight yarn. Designed by Shannon Dunbabin for Cascade Yarns.
Waves of Happiness
One skein crescent shaped shawlette with a lace border that resembles ocean waves and stockinette shaped with short rows. Uses one skein 350 yards (320 m) of Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Faith Schmidt. May only be free for a limited time.
Birds in Flight Shawl
Shawlette with a “flock of birds” knit with a version of the the bow tie slipped stitch technique, followed by stripes, an intarsia diamond pattern, then a ribbed edge. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Hélène Rush for Knit One Crochet Too. May only be free for a limited time.
Easy shawl knit in stockinette with slipped stitch stripes and fastened by slipping tabs through a scarf buckle. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Patons
Easy lace scarf and shawl with a 4 row repeat ruffle and a 2 row repeat lace body. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Ingrid Fallon for Red Heart
More Free Patterns
Lace triangle shawl with lace design inspired by little buds, just making their way out of the leaves. This pattern is fully charted and written out. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Joyce Yu
Definitely Diagonal Shawlette
Easy lace crescent shaped scarf or shawlette. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kris Basta for Mary Maxim
Old Town Shawl
Shawlette with cable hugs and kisses XOXO and lace border. The body of the shawl can be made in stockinette or garter stitch. Size of shawl depends on whether you use fingering, sport, or dk weight yarns. Designed by Elena Nodel.
Waves and Cables Shawlette
A cable border with a unique dropped stitch ruffle adds a flattering frill to this garter stitch crescent shaped shawl. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Mila Vascones-Gatski.
Delphinium Shoulder Scarf
Shawlette knit in seed stitch with a wide lace edging is reversible and slightly curved to stay on your shoulders. Uses one skein 208 - 219 yards (190 - 200 m) of Aran weight yarn. Designed by Barb Padwicki.
Mosaic Border Shawlette
Small crescent shaped shawl knit in garter stitch with an easy slip stitch mosaic border (just one color per row). Aran weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations Design Studio.
Small shawl knit in garter stitch with an i-cord selvedge at the top and a “lace by music” border at the bottom. Lace by music is just another way of writing lace edging patterns traditional in Portugal. DK weight yarn. Designed by Filipa Carneiro. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese
Gentle Waves Shawlette
Small lace shawl knit that fits neatly on the shoulders. Knit from the bottom up with a 6 row repeat Fan Shell lace and finished with stockinette shaped with short rows. Uses one skein 437 yards (400 m) of lace weight yarn. Size 60" x 12". Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarn
Oceanic Cables Wrap
Shawlette alternating cables and seed stitch, then fastened with button in front. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Cari Clement for Caron
Patterns for Purchase
One skein lace shawl with a keyhole opening to keep the shawl in place. The pattern contains both written instructions and charts. Designed by Nora Schreiber for Norateje. Uses 1 skein of the recommended Rowan Kid silk haze yarn.
Crescent-shaped shawl with with wide chevron border. Designed by Monique Gascon for DeuxBrinsDeMaille. DK weight yarn.
In Bloom Shawl
Crescent shawlette with flower lace, trellis mesh, and 2 options for knit scalloped edge. Designed by Doreen Blask for MumpitzDesign. Fingering weight yarn.
Long and narrow striped triangular shawl worked in a pretty stitch pattern embellished with Garter Stitch scallops. Two sizes are included. Glacerie is a French ice cream shop. Designed by Hilary Smith Callis for TheYarniad. Fingering weight yarn.
Sunset on the Range Shawlette
Dramatic shawl features diamond lace trim, i-cord edges and color transitions, reminiscent of a mini mountain range. Designed by Studio Mitsziko. Fingering weight yarn. A kit is also available.
Summernight Dream Shawl
Light crescent shaped shawl with a lace and cable pattern in the center and along the border finished by a picot-bind off. Beautiful showcase for long gradient yarn. Designed by Valentina Bogdanova. DK weight yarn.
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- Get the recommended Lana Grossa Gomitolo Sole yarn (shawl only uses ONE SKEIN of recommended yarn, sample is colorway 925)
San Gabriel Shawl
Crescent shaped shawl is worked from the bottom up, beginning with the lace border. Short rows create the crescent shaping. The easy lace pattern stitch is both charted and written. Designed by Martha Wissing. Sport weight yarn.