Looking for a Shawl Knitting Pattern? Here are 5 Simple Ones

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Looking for a shawl knitting pattern that does not look like grandmother’s fashion? Here are 5 that feature simple knit textures and open mesh lace.

I am sad to say that I am one of those people who associate knitted shawls with an image of an old grandmother bent over in a rocking chair wrapped tightly in one. I don’t quite like shawls that are what I call feminine lacy. 

There are way too many shawl knitting patterns that fall into that category for me. But I do like the versatility of a shawl. To borrow a phrase from a famous knitter, “how can a shawl not fit?“. So I have not given up on them and am constantly looking out for ones that meet my fussy eyes. 

Here is a shortlist of patterns that I am itching to try. 

1. Westknits Boneyard by Stephen West

Image source: Ravelry.com

I find this understated triangular shawl knitting pattern intriguing, given that Stephen West is infamous for much more intricate designs. 

I think it is a great pattern for a beloved variegated yarn. The design is quite simple and will let the colour changes shine. 

It is a classic triangular shape with increases in the middle and edges. Increases are created using the M1L-and-M1R technique rather than the Yarn-Over technique. You can clearly see why. Yarn overs would have created 2 rows of eyelets along the spine and edge of the shawl which would have given it a different look. 

The finished object doesn’t look very big. I thought it is more like a shawlette or rectangular scarf. Stephen, the designer, subsequently created a variation with an elongated wingspan. 

This pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl and https://www.ravelry.com/projects/westknits/boneyard-shawl-4

2. Bolton Pass by Lisa Di Fruscia

Bolton Pass shawl combines 2 simple knit stitch textures: twisted rib and stockinette stitch. It is a full-sized triangle shawl. The triangle is created by casting 237 stitches and decreasing 1 stitch every 2 rows.

According to the designer, Lisa, it is inspired by the majestic pass that cuts through the valley of the Sutton Mountains in Quebec.

This pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bolton-pass-shawl

3. Afetos Shawl Knitting Pattern by Vera Augusto

Image source: Cartucha Knits

I really like this pattern. It is an asymmetrical shawl featuring alternate rows of lace knitting and garter stitch ridges. It was lovely to knit and it knitted up surprisingly quick. 

This pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afetos

4. Reyna Open Mesh by Noora Laivola

Reyna is an asymmetrical shawl with alternate open mesh lace and garter stitch ridges. In a sense, it is similar to Afetos.

Originally worked in a variegated yarn, however, it would look stunning using a gradient colour yarn.  Yarn weight and needle sizes are given in the pattern but not the gauge. I guess Noora didn’t think gauge was all that important for this pattern.

Hmm, Stephanie Pearl McPhee also said that same thing in the snowdrop shawl pattern.

This pattern is available at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reyna

5. Terrace Wrap

Terrace Wrap
Image source: www.purlsoho.com

An airy wrap using the Dutch knitting stitch produces a garden trellis look. I also thought it looked like the back of a woven bistro chair.

The trellis pattern consists of a six-row repeat. I didn’t know what a Dutch knitting pattern is. Fortunately, the designer included a video of it in the pattern. 

Purl Soho has many knitting patterns that are simple and classic. Do check them out.

This Terrace wrap pattern is available at https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2017/05/10/terrace-wrap

I hope you find these 5 free knitting patterns for shawls useful. If you come across any shawl knitting pattern that you think I should include here, do leave me a comment.

Happy Knitting!

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