15 of the Best FREE Shawl Knitting Patterns

A knitter can never have too many shawls. They’re appropriate for nearly any season, and they’re great for throwing in your bag for those just-in-case days.

If you’re obsessed with shawls like I am, you’ll flip out when you see all the gorgeous free shawl patterns that you can download from our generous Craftsy designers.

Your to-knit list is about to get really long! Download these free shawl knitting patterns right away.

Kohi Shawl

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1. The Kohi Shawl

This ombré shawl is even easier than it looks thanks to Cloudborn Merino Alpaca Sport Color-Change Yarn, with long color changes. You know what that means? Way fewer ends to weave in!

Mary Gale's Square Shawl free knitting pattern

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2. Mary Gale’s Square Shawl

If you can knit and purl, you can knit this pattern! The sample shown is stitched with brushed mohair for a lofty shawl with awesome drape. If you’re knitting with mohair for the first time, check out our tips and patterns for knitting with mohair yarn.

Indigo Landing Shawlette free knitting pattern

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3. Indigo Landing Shawlette

You’ll only need two hanks of yarn to stitch this pretty shawlette. 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.

June Bunnies free shawl knitting pattern

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4. June Bunnies Shawl

This is another great example of a shawl that can be customized. Use a variegated yarn for easy self-striping, and then repeat the beautiful lace design as many (or as few!) times as you’d like. You can even experiment with different yarn weights to change up the size.

Delovely Shawlette free knitting pattern

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5. Delovely Shawlette

Work this beautiful Shetland lace edging, then breeze through the garter stitch body to finish. The shawl is reversible, so no need to fuss with it when you’re tossing it on in a hurry.

Haruni free shawl knitting pattern

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6. Haruni

The color is originally what drew me to this gorgeous shawl, but then I looked closer and found that there’s way more going on here than just a pretty hue. Yarn overs and decreases create a beautiful pattern that can be repeated as few or as many times as you’d like to create the perfect triangular shawl.

Malus Domestica free shawl knitting pattern

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7. Malus Domestica

This shawl is named malus domestica in tribute to the apple tree, but you don’t need to go apple picking to appreciate the design. Knit this one up in your favorite colors and use it to help transition from season to season — including the apple-picking season from summer into fall!

Quaking Aspen free shawl knitting pattern

Photo via Kate Gagnon Osborn & Courtney Kelley

8. Quaking Aspen

I’ve seen plenty of photos of this shawl floating around the internet, and each one looks totally different depending on the color combination. You’ll need to know how to read a chart to knit this shawl.

If you dig Kate and Courtney’s designs, be sure to check out their New Directions in Lace: Hats class where you’ll learn some of those lace chart skills, plus get three pretty lace hat patterns exclusive to members enrolled in the class.

Sencillo Shawl free knitting pattern

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9. Sencillo Shawl

This is a great shawl for beginners who want a pattern that’s interesting but not too complicated. (Seasoned knitters will love it too, of course!) Work it as a curved shawlette or as a triangular-shaped shawl.

Highland Travel Shawl FREE Knitting Pattern

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10. Highland Travel Shawl

The simple garter stitch makes this a great shawl to work on while you watch TV or chat with friends. Work the color blocking any way you’d like; you can even knit this one up in a solid color.

Raindrops and Roses FREE Shawl Knitting Pattern

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11. Raindrops and Roses Shawl

This is the only shawl pattern you’ll ever need! Four charts are included, resulting in 256 possible different results depending on how you arrange them. The color changes offer a great opportunity to use up that scrap fingering-weight yarn from your stash.

Lace Edge Garter Stitch Shawl FREE Knitting Pattern

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12. Lace Edge Garter Stitch Shawl

Hate purling? No problem! This shawl only involves the knit stitch, plus some basic shaping. The instructions are both written and charted, so you can use the method you prefer for following the pattern.

Spearmint Tea Shawl FREE Knitting Pattern

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13. Spearmint Tea Shawl

This is an example of how a variegated yarn and a pattern can work together. The purl rows separate the color changes of this particular yarn, but you could use solid colors or any ombré yarn you’d like.

Bletchley Shawl

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14. Beltchley

Modern stripes join forces with a neon colors for an edgy, vibrant shawl. This is a smaller shawl that works well layered under a coat and wrapped close to your neck.

Rising Sun FREE Shawl Knitting Pattern

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15. Rising Sun

Use any yarn weight you’d like to make this shawl. The yarn weight will determine the shawl’s size, so stick with lighter-weight yarns if you want a shawl that’s small with a lot of drape. I love the ombré yarn that gives the shawl a gradient look, but other hues would be just as lovely!

New to knitting shawls? Get step-by-step help from Anna Dalvi in her class My First Lace Shawl. You’ll learn the differences in different yarn weights, plus knit a gauge swatch with Anna to make sure you’re on the right track.

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