Beginner Knit Shawl Pattern

It took me a long time to attempt knitting my first shawl. I was nervous about shaping such a large piece of work and having wasted a huge amount of time and yarn if it didn’t work out. Many of the patterns that I found required complicated increases and stitch patterns too. My favourite type of knitting is the kind where I don’t have to concentrate very hard, so I wasn’t really willing to try those out! After a bit of experimenting, I came up with some of my own designs that are simple and stress free -just how I like them!

This garter stitch shawl that I’m sharing with you is knit with large needles and chunky weight yarn, which means it works up fast. The design is incredibly uncomplicated. Simply repeat the same two rows over and over! If you are a lazy knitter like me, then I have a feeling you will be hooked on shawl knitting after completing this fun pattern.


I have written out and posted the free pattern for this cozy knit shawl below on this page.

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  • Materials:

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    Size:

    81“ wide (side to side) X 23“ long (top to bottom).

    Gauge:

    15 stitches, 18 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch.

    Abbreviations:

    K: Knit.
    P: Purl.
    KFB: Knit in the front and back of the stitch (increase).
    PM: Place stitch marker.

    Notes:

    This shawl is worked entirely in garter stitch from the top down with a center spine of 15 stitches. The increases are made so that the width will grow as two triangles along both sides of the center spine.

    Pattern:

    Cast on 25 stitches with Colour A (long tail cast on).

    Row 1: K2, KFB, K1, KFB, PM, K15, PM, KFB, K1, KFB, K2 (you will have increased by 4 stitches – see below picture for what your work should look like).

    Row 2: Knit all stitches.

    Row 3: K2, KFB, Knit to last stitch before first marker, KFB, K15, KFB, Knit to last 3 stitches, KFB, K2 (see image below for where KFB increases are made).

    Row 4: Knit all stitches.

    Repeat rows 3 and 4 switching colours according to Colour Scheme below.

    Once all rows have been knit, cast off and weave in all loose ends.

    Color Scheme:

    24 Rows Colour A

    16 Rows Colour B

    34 Rows Colour A

    16 Rows Colour B

    24 Rows Colour A


    I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and I am so grateful for your support!  Don’t forget that you can purchase the ad-free PDF file.  Purchasing the PDF file helps support this website and allows me to continue to share my patterns and inspiration with you guys!   

    Should you have any issues with the download, please email: [email protected] for assistance. 

    You can Purchase the PDF file (which will be emailed to you automatically after purchase) for $4 USD through Ravelry or by clicking the button below. 


    6 thoughts on “Beginner Knit Shawl Pattern

    1. I love this pattern and will use it many times in the future. I added a row of single crochet all around it in the second color as well as a tassel on both corners. I can’t wait to start another one. I might use some other knitted patterns, but this will be base pattern. Thank you so much as I have been making shawls, but they weren’t quite what I had envisioned.

    2. That is so beautiful and looks easy too! I’m going to try it. I’m thinking it might look nice in one of the Caron Chunky Cakes colorways.

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