Free Shawl Knitting Pattern
You can purchase this shawl from my Etsy shop.
This is a very easy shawl to knit. Except for the first 2 rows, the pattern is a repetition of rows 3-4. You can knit it to any size you wish. Just stop when it is large enough. I worked the shawl shown in variegated Araucania (affiliate link) yarn and finished it with a solid stripe.
You can use any combination of variegated and solid yarns: you can have multiple stripes, in different widths, and so on.
The shawl is knitted in garter stitch and easy for beginner knitters.
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
---Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
---Increasing: yarn over (YO), make 1 (m1), knit front and back (kfr&b)
Finished measurements: width 94” (235 cm), depth 28” (70 cm)
Materials: Araucania (affiliate link) Milodon worsted weight yarn (100% Wool), 202 yards (185 meters) / 100 gr, color 2 – 4 skeins.
Cascade (affiliate link) Yarn Cascade (affiliate link) 220 worsted weight yarn (100% Wool), 220 yards (201 meters) / 100 gr, color 8886 Italian Plum – 1 skein.
Needles: US #8 (5.0 mm)
Gauge: 16 sts x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in garter st.
Notions: yarn needle
k - knit
p - purl
kfr&b - knit into front and back
yo - yarn over
m1 - make 1 increase - make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit as a regular stitch.
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
sm - slip marker
pm - place marker
rm - remove marker
Garter st in rows: all rows knit
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch and purl the last one.
Short Overview of the Pattern:
The shawl is worked in one piece in garter stitch. It begins at the center back neck and is shaped by working m1 increases around the central stitch in every right side (RS) row and yarn over (yo) increases at the edges in every row. Thus, in every RS row the number of sts is increased by 4, in every WS row - by 2. The markers will help you to see the central stitch, always slip markers as you come to them. The central stitch is knitted in the RS rows and purled in WS rows.
Cast on 5 sts. Foundation row: knit 4, purl 1.
Row 1(RS): K1, kfr&b, pm, k1, pm, kfr&b, p1 = 7 sts
Row 2 (WS) : k3, sm, p1, sm, k2, p1
Row 3 (RS and all RS rows from now on): K2, yo, knit till marker, m1, sm, k1, sm, m1, knit till last 2 sts, yo, k 1, p1. + 4 sts
Row 4 (WS and all WS rows): K2, yo, knit till marker, sm, p1, sm, knit to last 2 sts, yo, k1, p1. + 2 sts
Repeat rows 3-4 to desired size.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in all yarn ends. Block.