The Easiest Shawl – Free Knitting Pattern

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The Easiest Shawl – Free Knitting Pattern

The Easiest Shawl - Free Knitting Pattern

Sometimes you need a knitting pattern you don’t have to think about, one you can knit in front of the tv while binge watching your favorite episodes. I haven’t been knitting that long, so I can say for sure a beginner could make this. This patterns is so basic, and probably one that has been passed down for generations, it’s very similar to the “Granny’s Favorite Washcloth”.

I set out to see how big a garter stitch shawl one of those Caron Cakes would make (it’s just under 400 yards). Using ALL of the yarn and size 9 needles, it came out to be 50″ across tip to tip, and 20″ top to bottom. The worsted weight yarn worked great with the size 9 needles, giving it drape and not stiff, but not too open either. You can use any size yarn you like, just make sure to use needles appropriate to the yarn. This makes a great stash buster project if you switch colors every few rows!

Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 29 in. Size 9 (5.5 mm)

There is one little “trick” I’d like to let you know about. When you haven’t been knitting for a while, anything that helps you stay on track is key. For the pattern, you will be doing one row with yarn overs in it, and one that is just knitting. Place different color stitch markers on each side of the center stitch (where the pattern calls for stitch markers). I used orange for my first marker and green for my second marker. So on row 3, the green marker is the first one I see, and I repeat a little mantra. “If it’s green then I know to knit the whole row”. The next row the orange marker will be the first one. “If it’s orange I know, it’s a yarn over row”. This trick will save you from having to keep track of each row, and you can just knit!

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The Easiest Shawl - Free Knitting Pattern

The Easiest Shawl – Free Knitting Pattern


Worsted Weight Yarn

Approx. 400 Yards Worsted Weight Yarn
Size 9 Needles (24″ or longer circulars)

CO – Cast on
K – Knit
YO – Yarn Over
PM – Place Marker
SM – Slip Marker

CO 3

1. K3

2. K1, YO, PM, K1, PM, YO, K1

3. K across

4. K1, YO, K to marker, YO, SM, K1, SM, YO, K to 1 st before end, YO, K1

5. K across

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until shawl reaches desired size

Bind off loosely OR use Russian lace bind off method


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