Wrap Yourself in Warmth with our Free Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

Are you ready to cozy up this winter in style? Look no further than our free easy knit shawl pattern! With just a few simple stitches, you can create a versatile accessory that will not only keep you warm but also add a touch of elegance to any outfit. And the best part? Our pattern is beginner-friendly, so even if you’re new to knitting, you can master it in no time.

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Wrap yourself in warmth with Tiger Lake, a carefully crafted shawl, which features a blend of easy garter stitch and textured short rows to create a large knit shawl feels like a gentle hug. Whether you’re heading out for a stroll in the park or curling up with a good book by the fireplace, this free easy knit shawl will be your new favorite companion.

Made with love and written with attention to detail, this shawl is the perfect combination of comfort and style. So why wait? Grab your knitting needles and get ready to create a cozy accessory that will keep you warm all winter long.

Benefits of Knitting a Free & Easy Shawl Pattern

Knitting is not just a hobby—it’s a form of self-care. Taking the time to create something with your own hands can be incredibly rewarding and therapeutic. And when it comes to knitting a free and easy shawl pattern, the benefits go beyond the finished product.

First and foremost, knitting a shawl allows you to express your creativity. With our pattern as a starting point, you can customize your shawl by choosing experimenting with different yarns, colors, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Knitting also provides a sense of accomplishment. As you see your shawl gradually take shape, stitch by stitch, you’ll feel a sense of pride in your work. And when you finally finish your shawl, you can wear it with pride, knowing that you created something beautiful and unique.

In addition to the creative and emotional benefits, knitting can also have positive effects on mental health. The repetitive nature of knitting can help reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and even improve focus and concentration. It’s a wonderful way to unwind after a long day or find solace during challenging times.

So, grab your knitting needles and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of knitting a free and easy shawl pattern!

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Hue Loco Phyllis Sock: The Ultimate Yarn for this Free Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

When it comes to knitting, the choice of yarn can make all the difference. For this free easy knit shawl pattern, I loved holding Hue Loco Phyllis Sock yarn double. This yarn is made from a blend of merino wool and nylon, which gives it soft while still remaining durable.

A DK weight yarn could absolutely be substituted, but I love how dense and squishy the shawl becomes when holding two fingering weights double, while still remaining drapey.

The Phyllis Sock yarn comes in a wide range of beautiful colors, allowing you to choose the perfect shade for your shawl. Emphasize the stripes with a solid color or enjoy the big blank canvas to your heart’s content with variegation and speckles. Whether you prefer a classic neutral or a bold pop of color, there’s a hue that will suit your style.

You could also make the shawl using one of their gorgeous fade sets, with a bright solid pop for the stripes.

To complete the shawl, you will also need a pair of knitting needles. We recommend using size US 7 (4.5mm) needles for this pattern, but you can adjust the needle size to achieve the desired gauge.

With the right materials in hand, you’re ready to start knitting your cozy shawl!

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Fades, Sizing, and Other Customization Options for the Free Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

One of the great things about our free easy knit shawl pattern is its versatility. Not only can you choose from a variety of colors, but you can also customize the size and create unique fade effects.

If you prefer a smaller shawl, you can easily adjust the pattern. You’ll simply stop after the Body Section 3 and begin the Edging.

For those who love the trendy fade effect, the large body of this simply garter stitch shawl provides the perfect canvas. If holding two strands of fingering weight together, this is the perfect method to create a gradually transitioning marled fade between different colors. It can create a stunning gradient that adds depth and visual interest to your shawl.

To create a marled fade, all you have to do is hold the first color double together with itself, then when you’re getting close to the end of your skein, you drop one of the strands the first color and pick up a strand of the second color and hold it together with the first. When you run out the of first color, you’ll pick up a second strand of the second color and on and on you go!

Experiment with different color combinations and see which ones speak to your personal style.

Whether you choose to keep it simple or get creative with sizing and fades, our free easy knit shawl pattern is designed to be adaptable to your preferences. So, let your imagination run wild and make your shawl truly one of a kind!

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Pattern Details for the Easy Knit Shawl

Size

Wingspan – 55 (80)”/203 cm

Depth – 19 (30)”/76 cm

Gauge

18 sts & 38 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter stitch

Yarn

MC – 320 (375) g – 1400 (1650) yds/1300 (1540) m of fingering weight held double or approximately 700 (825) yds/655 (770) m of DK weight yarn

CC – 60 (95) g – 240 (360) yds/220 (330) m of fingering weight held double or approximately 120 (180) yds/110 (165) m of DK weight yarn

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Recommended Yarn:

MC – Hue Loco Phyllis Sock (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) 460 yds/420 m 100g – 3 (4) skeins in Vineyard (MC) & 1 skein in Ash (CC)

Remember! Weight and yardage recommendation are a well calculated starting point. Both are effected by many factors like fiber type, spin, ply, and more, so be sure to give yourself some wiggle room!

Needles & Notions

US 7/4.5mm – 40”+ circulars or needles need to obtain gauge.

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Techniques to Indulge In

Garter stitch

Double seed stitch

Short Rows

Picot edge bind off

Glossary for the Free Easy Knit Shawl Pattern

BO – bind off

CC – contrast color

CO – cast on

k – knit

kfb – knit front and back

m – marker

MC – main color

p – purl

pm – place marker

rep – repeat

sm – slip marker

yo – yarn over

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Special Techniques

Wrap and Turn – w&t

Wrap and turns are a way to work short rows. The yarn is wrapped around the base of the next stitch while turning the piece to begin the next partial or “short” row.

To see it in action, check out Very Pink Knits’ YouTube video called Knitting Help – Wrap and Turn (w&t). Also check out her accompanying video called Knitting Help – Picking up Wraps for tips on how to “knit a stitch and its wrap.”  

Picot Edge Bind Off – PE-BO

A picot edge creates a short fringe along the edge of the work. We will be alternating a PE-BO stitch with a regular BO st. To work a PE-BO:

Return st to lefthand needle, cast on 2 sts using the knitted cast on method, knit the two stitches, then slip the first st over the second, knit the third stitch, slip the second st over the third.

To see it in action, check out Knittycat’s Knits YouTube video: Picot-Edge Bind-Off: A Knittycat’s Knits Technique – beginning at the timestamp of 3:10 of the video.

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The Tiger Lake Shawl Knitting Pattern

Garter tab

With MC, CO 3. Knit 7 rows. Without turning, rotate the tab 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts along the garter ridges. Rotate the tab an additional 90 degrees and pick up 3 sts along the CO edge – 9 sts.

Body Section 1

Row 1: K3, yo, kfb, pm, k1, kfb, yo, k3 – 13 sts.

Row 2: K across.

Row 3: K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, slm, k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 17 sts.

Row 4: K across.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 eighteen more times – 89 sts. Break MC.

Short Row Wedge 1

Attach CC. (Stitch counts are for entire row.)

Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 sts before m, w&t – 90 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K across.

Row 3: K3, yo, * k1, p1, rep from * to 4 sts before last w&t, k1, w&t – 91 sts.

Row 4: * P1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Pro Tip: After completing a w&t, knit 3 sts in pattern and place a marker. This is where your next w&t will go, so you won’t have search for your w&t! Knit up to the marker on your next odd round, remove the marker, complete the w&t, and do it all again. I love not having to check and double check my way up to the right spot every row!

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 seventeen more times – 108 sts.

Row 5 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 st before Row 1 w&t taking care to knit each stitch with its wrap, w&t -109 sts.

Row 6 (WS): K across.

Break CC.

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Body Section 2

Attach MC.

Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, slm, k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 113 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K across.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 nineteen times – 189 sts.

Row 3: K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, slm, k1, kfb. Do not break MC. Attach CC and continue row following instructions for Short Row Wedge 2, Row 1.

Short Row Wedge 2

Row 1 (RS): K to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 193 sts.

Row 2 (WS) : K to 5 sts before first CC st, w&t.

Row 3: * K1, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 194 sts.

Row 4: K3, * p1, k1, rep from * to 5 sts before last w&t, w&t.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 seventeen more times and Row 3 one additional time – 212 sts.

Row 5 (WS): K (including each st and its wrap) to the last st before the first st in Short Row 1, sl final CC st.

Break CC. Turn and pick up MC from Body Section 2, Row 3. Work this row as if there had been no interruption.

Body Section 2, Row 3 cont (RS): K to the last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 213 sts.

Body Section 3

Row 1 (WS): K across

Row 2 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, slm, k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 217 sts.

Row 3: K across

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 eighteen more times – 289 sts. Break MC.

Smaller Size ONLY: Skip to Edging.

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Short Row Wedge 3

Attach CC.

Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 sts before m, w&t – 290 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K across.

Row 3: K3, yo, * k1, p1, rep from * to 9 sts before last w&t, k1, w&t – 291 sts.

Row 4: * P1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 eleven more times – 302 sts.

Row 5: K3, yo, * k1, p1, rep from * to 7 sts before last w&t, k1, w&t – 303 sts.

Row 6: * P1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat Rows 5 & 6 five more times – 308 sts.

Row 5 (RS): K3, yo, k to 4 sts before Row 1 w&t taking care to knit each stitch with its wrap, w&t – 309 sts.

Row 6 (WS): K across.

Break CC.

Body Section 4

Attach MC.

Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 313 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K across.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 nineteen times – 389 sts.

Edging

Attach CC. (You don’t necessarily need to break MC as CC is only worked for 4 rows.)

Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 273 (393) sts.

Row 2 (WS): K across.

Row 3: K3, yo, p1, k1, p1, *yo, p2tog, k1, p1, rep from * to m, sm, k1, yo, p1, k1, p1, *yo, p2tog, k1, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k3 – 277 (397) sts.

Row 4: K across.

Break CC. Attach or continue using MC.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 three more times – 289 (409) sts.

Bind Off Row: * BO 1 st, PE-BO 1 st, rep from * to m, PE-BO 2 sts, * BO 1 st, PE-BO 1 st, rep from * to last st, BO 1 st.

(Or keep it simple with a plain BO!)

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Finishing

Weave in ends, and wet block! This shawl really opens up when pinned. Start from one corner and pin across the long, straight edge. Then pin up one diagonal from edge to the center point and repeat on the other side. Adjust pins to fully stretch the shawl and tease eyelets open with your fingers. Let fully dry and enjoy!

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How to Block Your Free Easy Knit Shawl

Blocking is an essential step in finishing your knitted shawl. It helps even out the stitches, relaxes the fabric, and gives your shawl its final shape. Fortunately, blocking a shawl is easier than you might think.

To block your free easy knit shawl, you will need the following materials:

– A large bowl or clean stoppered sink

– Wool wash

– Towels

– T-pins or blocking wires

– A blocking mat or additional towels

Soak your shawl for 30 minutes a bowl of warm water and wool wash. Then, keeping the fabric of the shawl close together, gently press the water out into a sink or tub—do not wring!

Carefully lay the shawl out between two towels. Roll up the towels together with knit shawl and step on it starting from one end of the towel to the other. Give the towel a quarter turn and step on it again, pressing all the water out.

Next, lay your shawl flat on a clean surface, such as a blocking mat or towels. Use T-pins or blocking wires to secure the edges of your shawl, gently stretching it to the desired shape. Make sure to pin or wire evenly to maintain symmetry.

Allow the shawl to dry completely before unpinning or removing the wires.

Blocking not only enhances the appearance of your shawl but also helps to set the stitches and improve drape. It’s a simple yet effective technique that will take your knitted shawl to the next level.

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How to Care For and Maintain Your Knitted Shawl

To ensure the longevity of your knitted shawl and keep it looking its best, proper care and maintenance are essential. Follow these tips to keep your shawl in pristine condition:

1. Hand wash your shawl: You’ll basically repeat the blocking steps, except you do not need to pin the shawl after blocking the first time.

2. Lay flat to dry: After washing, reshape your shawl by gently squeezing out excess water and then laying it flat on a clean towel or blocking mat. Avoid hanging the shawl, as it can stretch and lose its shape. Allow the shawl to air dry completely before storing or wearing.

3. Store properly: When not in use, store your knitted shawl in a clean, dry place away from direct sunlight. Folding the shawl neatly and placing it in a breathable bag or drawer will help protect it from dust and moths.

4. Handle with care: Avoid snagging or pulling the shawl on sharp objects or jewelry. If you notice any loose threads or stitches, repair them promptly to prevent further damage.

By following these care instructions, you can enjoy your knitted shawl for years to come and pass it down as a cherished heirloom.

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Knit & Enjoy!

I hope that Tiger Lake free easy knit shawl pattern brings you as it has brought me! I wore the first version I made so much and so often that I simply had to knit another. And I hope you’ll feel that way too!

Have a lovely October!

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