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Free Knitting Pattern: Lightweight Textured Shawl

An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

free lightweight textured shawl knitting pattern

free lightweight textured shawl knitting pattern

This beautiful knitted shawl is designed to be an ease to wear. Warm enough to protect you from a chill and casual enough to just throw on with a top and jeans, it can also add a finishing touch to a dress or to a special evening out.

This triangle-shaped shawl uses only simple knitting stitches. It is knit back and forth on a long circular needle. It is adjustable in size - you can just keep knitting until you reach the height and length you want. However, this is not really a beginner's pattern. When you finish knitting the body of the shawl and get to the edge design, you may have over 300 stitches on your needle, depending on the size. A beginning knitter may have to pay close attention to the pattern to complete the textured edging. For help with knitting terms and abbreviations, visit

(A tutorial on how to make the wire and bead shawl pin in these pictures can be found here.)

knitted textured shawl pattern

knitted textured shawl pattern

Project Materials

1 skein of Malabrigo Arroyo sport weight yarn in Azules (color 856), 335 yards

1 skein of Malabrigo Arroyo yarn in Arch Angel, 335 yards

(You will needle about 650 yards of yarn in total for this project. If you choose to knit a striped shawl, you will use more of the color you knit your textured edging in.)

#6 circular needle or the right needle to get the correct gauge (a needle at least 36 inches or long enough to hold 360+ stitches)

4 stitch markers (it would be helpful if one of these stitch markers was a different design or color)

tapestry needle to weave in ends


22 to 24 sts by 24 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

Finished Size

20" high at center seam (including textured edge) by 54" long (including edging)

The size is adjustable by adding or deleting rows.


As you are knitting your gauge swatch, you may want to try different stripe designs. Knit about 6 stripes while changing colors every two rows (as I did for my shawl). Then knit 4 or 6 stripes changing color every 4 rows to make your stripes wider. You can also vary your stripes by making one color 2 rows wide and the other color 4 or 6 rows wide. Or, have your stripes grow wider as you progress down the shawl.

At this time, you can also see what the textured edging will look like in your color choice against your stripes design.

Video Tutorial for the Backwards Loop Cast On from Lion Brand Yarn

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Lightweight Textured Shawl Pattern

To begin: cast on 7 stitches using the backwards loop method. I think this makes a more attractive starting edge.

Next row (WS): Knit all stitches. As you are knitting, place a stitch marker after the first two sts, then another stitch marker after the third st, then another after the fourth st. Place your stitch marker of a different design or color after your fifth st. Finish knitting row.

Begin shawl pattern:

Row 1 (RS): K2, slide marker (sm), yo, knit to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, knit to last marker, yo, k2.

Row 2 (WS): P1, k1,sm, yo, knit to next marker, sm, p1, sm, knit to last marker, yo,sm, k1, p1.

Since the main body of this shawl is in garter st, I found that placing the different color stitch marker as the first marker on the RS helped me know which side was which. The purl stitches on row 2 will create a knit stitch edge on the sides of the shawl and a knit seam down the center of the shawl. With each repeat of these two rows, you will be increasing your shawl by 6 stitches.

For shawl pattern, repeat rows 1 and 2. To create my stripes, I changed color every 1st row of the pattern. To change color (if you are doing stripes that are no more than 6 rows wide), do not cut your yarn at the end of each stripe. Instead, take the yarn of your new color and carry it on the outside of the old color as you start a new row. This will catch the other strand of yarn and carry it up and under your piece as you knit.


Continue knitting pattern until you have 367 stitches on your needle (60 pattern repeats), or to desired height. End on a WS row and knit 2 rows with no increases (no yarnovers) to maintain stitch count. While knitting these 2 rows, you can remove the first and last stitch markers. It may, however, be helpful to leave the middle stitch markers in place for the first few rows of edging to check that you haven't missed a stitch and the design is centered on your shawl.

Start textured edging in your choice of color.

Textured Edging

Row 1 (RS): K6, * p1, k5,* repeat from * to * until last st, k1.

Row 2 (WS): K1, *p5, k1* repeat from * to * until the end of row.

Row 3: K1, *yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo, k1,* repeat from * to * until the end of row.

Row 4: K1, p2, *k1, p5,* repeat from * to * until 4 last sts, then k1, p2, k1.

Row 5: K3, *p1, k5,* repeat from * to * to last 4 sts, then p1, k3.

Row 6: K1, p2, *k1, p5,* repeat from * to * until last 4 sts, k1, p2, k1.

Row 7: K1, * k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p1,* repeat from * to * to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 8: K1, *p5, k1, * repeat from * to * to the end.

Repeat rows 1 - 8 of textured edging 3 or 4 times or for desired effect (I did 3 repeats).

For your last repeat of the textured edge, end with Row 3 or 7 (RS), then bind off on WS.

To bind off, start with p2tog, then move the resulting st back on your left needle, and p2tog again. Continue until one st remains. Cut your yarn and pull it through the remaining st. Weave in your ends.

Blocking Your Shawl

blocking lightweight textured shawl

blocking lightweight textured shawl

I would suggest just a light blocking for this shawl to curb any curling around the edge. Pin down the edges of your shawl, placing pins about 1 to 2 inches apart. I also pulled just a little bit to maintain the scalloped edge (You can also pull a little bit on the top edge to show off the eyelets created by the yarnovers in the pattern). Then I sprayed just the edges with water until they were damp. Let the shawl dry completely then wear with pride!


© 2013 Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.

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Donna Herron (author) from USA on July 31, 2013:

I had to attach two circular needle cables together for this project. Most interchangable needle sets will have an attachment that allows you to do this. But you can also just buy a circular knitting needle with a 36" or 40" cable.

Thanks for your comments!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on July 30, 2013:

I understand better now. I read it was knitting but because of the length of the edge and the pattern, in my mind I thought it was crochet. ... go figure! I never saw knitting needles for extra long projects in Europe; I first saw it in Canada. But anyway, your shawl is a super nice project.... and I suppose warm and cozy :-)

Thanks for the precision!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on July 30, 2013:

Hi kidscraft! Good to hear from you!! Thanks for your kind words about this shawl pattern. The textured edging is actually knitted, but has an open lacy look to it.

Thanks for your vote up! Have a great day :)

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on July 30, 2013:

What a beautiful shawl, Purl3agony! I love the combination of colours and the sides made with crochet! I love the pin; it's just lovely! I suppose I didn't see that hub because I was away.

Voted up and beautiful!

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