Springtime Shawl Free Knitting Pattern
For spring I really need a light cover up and a cotton shawl fits the bill perfectly.
So with spring in the air and a feeling of optimism of more warmth for the summer I have created a beginner friendly knitted shawl pattern for you. For Free!
While I was knitting up this pattern sample I loved the easy feel of the open stitches and the speed at which it came together. If you prefer to use k2tog throughout in place of the ssk then please do so.
I will be sharing a second installment next week as I add beads and fringing to the shawl.
Although the topic of “To fringe or not?” opened up a massive debate on Instagram!
So if you fall into the “No Fringe” camp then this post is all you need.
You Will Need:
- 300g DK cotton
- 6.5mm needles
- 4 x Stitchmarkers – check out our Jumbo stitchmarkers if you need some 😉
pm place marker
yo yarn over
k2tog knit 2 stitches
ssk slip, slip, knit
elongated knit a stitch and wrap the yarn around the right needle one extra time before sliding the completed stitch off the left needle
Lets get started!
Garter Tab Cast on
- Cast on 3 sts. Knit 6 rows.
- Turn work 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts from the side edge
- Turn and pick up 3 sts from cast on edge
- Turn work 90 degrees again and pick up 3 sts from the side edge (9sts).
Once the shawl becomes larger this tab cast on forms a 3 stitch border along the top edge.
Set up the Shawl
There is no right or wrong side as the shawl is reversible. We set up the stitch marker placements in this first row before moving into the repeating pattern. You will need the stitchmarkers to identify where the center spine and borders are to be worked.
Onto the Shawl itself
Row 1: K3, pm, yo, k, yo, pm, k, pm, yo, k, yo, pm, k3. (13 sts)
Row 2 and every other row: k3, sm, k to next marker (dropping extra loops as needed throughout), sm, k to next marker, sm, k to next marker, sm, k3
Netting section (creates 4 rows of holes)
Row 3: K3, sm, yo, k, yo, k2tog, yo, sm, k, sm, yo, ssk, yo, k, yo, k3. (17 sts)
Row 5: K3, sm, yo, k, (yo, k2tog) x 2, yo, sm, k, sm, (yo, ssk) x 2, yo, k, yo, sm, k3. (21 sts)
Row 7: K3, sm, yo, k, (yo, k2tog) x 3, yo, sm, k, sm, (yo, ssk) x 3, yo, k, yo, sm, k3. (25 sts)
Row 9: K3, sm, yo, k, (yo, k2tog) x 4, yo, sm, k, sm, (yo, ssk) x 4, yo, k, yo, sm, k3. (29 sts)
Drop Stitch Section (creates three layers)
Row 11: K3, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 11, yo, sm, k, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 11, yo, sm, k3. (33 sts)
Row 13: K3, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 13, yo, sm, k, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 13, yo, sm, k3. (37 sts)
Row 15: K3, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 15, yo, sm, k, sm, yo, k1 elongated x 15, yo, sm, k3. (41 sts)
Repeat the rows of netting and drop stitch until the shawl is the size you want. I repeated for 5 pairs then finished with a final section of netting. This gives me a shawl 25″ deep and a wingspan of 50″
Cast Off with a stretchy bind off method of your choice.
You should have a beautiful shawl knitted up in no time at all.
If you have read my Wool and the Gang Solange review you may have seen the striping effect which inspired this free pattern.