13 Free Shawl Knitting Patterns You’ll Love to Stitch

malus domestica shawl

There are so many reasons to love knitting shawls. They’re highly customizable, you can wear ’em no matter the weather and they’re so easy to customize. Take your pick from the patterns below, then cast on your new favorite accessory!

1. The Kohi Shawl

kohi shawl

You can make this stunning shawl even easier by casting on an ombré yarn with long color changes — not only will it save you from switching skeins, but you’ll have way fewer ends to weave in.

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2. Mary Gale’s Square Shawl

square knit shawl

If you can knit and purl, you can stitch this shawl. For a supremely lofty shawl with awesome drape, knit the pattern with brushed mohair.

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3. Indigo Landing Shawlette

knit shawlette

This pretty shawlette (designed by Tanis Gray, Craftsy instructor of Fair Isle Knit Mitts and other classes) comes together with only two hanks of yarn, so you can stitch it in a weekend if you’re feeling ambitious. There are plenty of ways to change up the colors in this pattern; try a solid color with a contrast border, or try making the stripes wider by increasing the number of rows between color changes.

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4. June Bunnies Shawl

june bunnies shawl

Pro tip: Think of the pattern as a guideline, because this shawl is totally customizable. You can keep it simple with a solid or use variegated yarn for easy self-striping, work it up in fingering weight yarn or increase the weight for a larger size, or add more (or fewer) lace repeats.

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5. Delovely Shawlette

delovely shawl

This pretty shawlette mixes simple garter stitch with a delicate Shetland lace edging. Bonus: it’s totally reversible!

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6. Haruni

haruni shawl

This triangular shawl is worked from the top down. The secret to the beautiful is all in the yarn overs and decreases, which can be repeated as many times as you’d like.

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7. Malus Domestica

malus domestica shawl

Named in tribute to the apple tree, you don’t need to go apple picking to enjoy this stylish shawl — though, it is a great accessory to wear in the fall. And you can simply change the colors to make one for each season.

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8. Sencillo Shawl

gray and white striped shawlette

Worked in garter stitch, this shawl is just complex enough to keep you interested, but works up quickly and easily. The lace border is relatively low-fuss, and makes the final product pop.

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9. Teasel Shawl

teasel shawl

The simple garter stitch pattern makes this shawl a breeze to stitch, even if you’re watching TV or hanging out with friends as you work. And if you use variegated yarn, you’ll bind off a gorgeous accessory.

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10. Raindrops and Roses Shawl

raindrops and roses shawl

One pattern, four charts, 256 possibilities! Yeah, we’re serious — this free shawl pattern give your needles endless possibilities.

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11. Lace Edge Garter Stitch Shawl

garter stitch lace edge shawl

Hey purling haters, this one’s for you. Work up this shawl using only the knit stitch, plus some basic shaping.

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12. Au Coucher du Soleil Shawl

Au Coucher du Soleil Shawl

If you’re looking for a new challenge, look no further than this half circle shawl. The construction is unusual — it’s worked in small garter strips from side to side, with each strip joining to the one before. Finish it off with a ruffled edge, and you’ve got a new go-to accessory.

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13. Rising Sun Shawl

rising sun shawl

You can use any yarn weight you have on-hand to stitch this shawl, but if you want something small with lots of drape, stick to lighter-weight choices. Pro tip: this pattern looks oh-so-lovely when stitched with an ombré skein.

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