Looking for the most amazing knit shawl patterns? Check out this collection of 25 free knit shawls that will inspire you.
There’s just something about shawls. A well made shawl is an applause worthy accomplishment. These beautiful statement pieces are both fashionable and functionable. They provide an extra layer of warmth, while also adding extra pizazz to any outfit. If you don’t know how to knit a shawl, then do yourself a favor and start your first one today!
Peruse this curated collection of stunning free knit shawl patterns to decide which one to try. There are free knit shawl patterns in all different shapes – rectangle, triangle, boomerang and more. And there’s a broad range of difficulty to these free knit shawl patterns from total newbie, to confident beginner to intermediate.
You’ll find yourself reaching for your newly made shawl on more days than not. Beautiful handmade shawls go well with just about everything and can be worn in a multitude of ways. Casual or professional. Warm or breezy. Scarf or wrap. You decide! Which shawl journey will you embark on? Scroll down and see what catches your fancy!
25 Droolworthy and Free Knit Shawl Patterns
1. Stormy Sky Shawl
This free knit shawl pattern starts from the corner of the triangle. The lovely swaths of texture come from alternating sections of garter stitch with sections of drop stitch and yarn over eyelet lace. Slipped stitches at the beginning of rows form a delicate braid-like edging. Tiny tassels are the cherries on top of this beautiful design.
Designer: Life is Cozy
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Mechita (Fingering Weight #1)
Sometimes shawls just look more finished and polished when they have a border. Don’t worry about picking up stitches, this ribbed edging is worked at the same time as the main body of the scarf. You’ll be working your triangle out from the middle using simple lacework and increasing stitches each row.
Designer: Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Julie Asselin Leizu (DK Weight #3)
What better name for a boomerang shaped shawl than “Boom!” This fun design uses the humble garter stitch to great effect. Choose a richly colored gradient yarn and you’re well on your way to a beautiful handmade shawl. Oh, and did I mention this free knit shawl pattern has no purl stitches?
Designer: Plays with Fibre
Yarn: (Aran Weight #4)
4. Grain Shawl
This free knit shawl pattern is part of “The Simple Collection” – a curated selection of easy and rewarding knits specifically designed for beginners. You’ll start at the center of the triangle and increase outward using garter stitch. Change colors as often or as little as you’d like!
Designer: Tin Can Knits
Yarn: (DK or Worsted Weight #3 or #4)
I love knitting bobbles! They are so playful and fun, and they give this bright shawl a lot of texture and interest. There’s actually only 4 rows in the pattern that call for bobbles, but they still make a big impact. All the other rows are an easy peasy garter stitch, and guess what? There’s no purls!
Designer: Espace Tricot
Yarn: Espace Tricot Halo (DK Weight #3)
6. Coffee Shop Wrap
Raise your hand if you hate purl stitches! Don’t worry, this free knit shawl pattern only uses knit, and knit 2 together stitches along with yarn overs. The design keeps it interesting with sections of simple lace work and unevenly sized stripes. Combine a few different half skeins from your supply for the ultimate stash buster shawl!
Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
Take a tip from nature to make this beautiful butterfly-inspired shawl. Colorful long gradient yarn worked in a mesh stitch alternates with solid yarn and stitchwork in a beautiful array of wings. This free knit shawl pattern is on the lighter side, and would work really well for spring and summer.
Designer: Melinda VerMeer
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Sock (Light Fingering Weight #0)
8. Outline Shawl
I’ve got three words for you: Rectangle. Chevron. Ripple. This eye catching design really thinks outside the box of traditional free knit shawl patterns. The undulating stitchwork, along with the delicate sections of eyelet lace are sure to make a statement. Have fun playing with different color combinations here and don’t be afraid to dip into your yarn scraps bin!
Designer: Hedgehog Fibres
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
9. European Road Trip Shawl
Triangles and rectangles are so elementary. Let’s make a parallelogram shaped shawl instead. The drape is so interesting and unique! The free knit shawl pattern is worked on the bias with stockinette stitch to accentuate those long lines. To me, this gorgeous wrap is the picture of sophistication!
Designer: Espace Tricot
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Sylph (Light Fingering Weight #0)
10. Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl
This clever free knit shawl pattern was designed to use two different skeins of color changing yarn. You’ll be alternating between the two colorways using garter stitch stripes. The design also calls for knit 2 togethers and knit front backs. You might be excited to know that there’s not a purl stitch in sight!
Designer: Yay for Yarn
Yarn: Bernat Pop (Worsted Weight #4)
11. Pirate’s Cove
Play with color and with texture in this pretty pink shawl. You can wear it bandana style as shown here or drape it over your shoulders for extra warmth. This free knit shawl pattern starts at the tip of the triangle in one color garter stitch, then you’ll be working two color garter stripes, and finishing with some easy lacework.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (DK Weight #3)
12. Magic Spring Shawl
I can’t stop dreaming about spring! This magical shawl captures the bright colors of spring flowers. The other bits of color in the yarn remind me of a colorful garden. Each color block section is framed with lace panels for a gentle transition. The rest is simply garter stitch with some easy shaping.
Designer: Design by Yarn to You
Yarn: Yarn to You Sing Merino (Fingering Weight #1)
13. The Van Gogh Shawl
Painting with yarn? Sounds like fun! This free knit shawl pattern alternates a neutral yarn worked in garter stitch with a beautiful hand dyed variegated yarn worked in drop stitch. The asymmetrical triangle design is so versatile and can be worn in many different ways! It’s the perfect piece to transition from winter to spring to summer.
Designer: Tall Tree Designs
Yarn: Northbound Knitting Merino Silk (DK Weight #3)
14. Elementary Wrap
This stockinette shawl is anything but basic thanks to its generous size, and dramatic drape. It is simplicity and elegance at its finest. Plus, it’s totally beginner friendly. Take your time and pay attention to your tension and you’ll have a gorgeous knit shawl you can be proud of!
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Understory (DK Weight #3)
15. The Lettuce Wrap
Kids say the darndest things! The designer’s daughter told her that her new shawl looked like lettuce and the name just stuck. This sampler style shawl knits up with lots of different textures thanks to varying combinations of knit stitches, purl stitches and, increases.
Designer: Solari Etc.
Yarn: Caron Cakes (Worsted Weight #4)
16. Glitz at the Ritz
You’ll be the fanciest knitter on the block with this stunning sparkly and beaded shawl. You’ll be using two different laceworks – beaded eyelet lace and star lace – along with a picot bind off to recreate this look. A crochet hook comes in handy when it’s time to add the beads!
Designer: Helen Stewart
Yarn: Juno Fibre Arts Alice Sock (Fingering Weight #1)
17. Whiskey in a Teacup Shawl
How cool is this shawl name? It’s actually named after the indie dyed yarn that the pattern calls for. It’s discontinued, BUT you could totally recreate the look with your yarn scraps don’t you think? I just love this whole look! The design uses stockinette stitch along with purl stitch ridges and a picot bind off.
Designer: Gauge Dye Works
Yarn: Gauge Dye Works SHAWL: MCN (Fingering Weight #1)
18. Kindness Kal 2019
Got a new Netflix show you can’t keep your eyes off of? This free knit shawl pattern strikes the perfect balance between mindless and interesting. Which makes it perfect for multitasking with your latest tv obsession! The design calls for stockinette, garter, and mesh stitchwork.
Designer: Knit Circus
Yarn: Knit Circus Devine (DK Weight #3)
19. Hearthstone Wrap
Want to try something a little more challenging? Not all free knit shawl patterns are basic, after all! This bold intermediate design uses mosaic colorwork and latvian braid techniques, among other things, to make the gorgeously intricate wrap you see before you!
Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn: Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Bulky Weight #5)
20. Half + Half Triangles Wrap
Elevate the simple garter stitch wrap with this two triangle design. You’ll be working the free knit shawl pattern with these techniques: wrap and turn, knit with wrap, and short rows. Not feeling the orange? No worries, the designer has 15 other color combination suggestions to inspire you!!
Designer: Purl Soho
Yarn: Purl Soho Linen Quill (Fingering Weight #1)
21. Wings for Nightbird
Walk on the wild side with this stunning shawl that features a winged design. This shawl is worked from the outer edge to the center. The cast on is going to be killer, but you’ll be done before you know it thanks to the generous decreasing. I would love to see this in an ombre!
Designer: Teresa Yoon
Yarn: Kauni Wool 8/2 Solids (Sport Weight #3)
22. Galaxy Lemonade Shawl
Galaxy lemonade? I’ll have what she’s having! The gorgeous yarn in this design does all the hard work in this design, so you can sit back and relax. This easy and free knit shawl pattern has no special cast ons or bind offs – and no changing colors. Simply works alternating sections of garter stitch and lacework.
Designer: Shannon Dunbabin
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Paradigm Shift (Worsted Weight #4)
23. Frabjously Faded
I am so into the look of this fabulous wrap. It’s like wearing a classy rainbow! This pattern is a great introduction to the fade technique. The design uses a combination of garter and lace stitchwork to make this asymmetric triangle. The picot bind off is the icing on the cake!
Designer: Frabjous Fibers
Yarn: Wonderland Yarns & Frabjous Fibers Mary Ann (Fingering Weight #1)
24. Spring Fever Wrap
Are you feeling the spring fever yet? It’s just around the corner after all! I love the bright rich hues in this design. The width of the color panels is somewhere in between stripes and colorblock. Looks like it would be an awesome stash buster for all my odd half skeins. The design calls for stockinette stitch with a garter stitch selvedge.
Designer: Amy Miller
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo (Fingering Weight #1)
25. Foulard Scarf
What do you get when you combine gradient shades of blue with 3 different knitting stitches? This gorgeous free knit shawl pattern of course! Triangle shawls are my favorites and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint! The pattern calls for the concertina stitch, stockinette, and reverse stockinette, as well as some increasing for shaping.
Designer: Fil Katia
Yarn: Katia Paint (Worsted Weight #4)
Shawl we stop while we’re ahead so we can get to knitting? 😉 Did any of these gorgeous shawls jump out at you? There are so many talented designers out there and so many beautiful shawls. I can’t possibly include them all. But do feel free to add a link in the comments to another free knit shawl pattern that you have tried and loved!
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