This easy knit shawl pattern is a simple and fun knitting project to make and I adjusted the pattern so that you can use any yarn size. This rectangle shawl pattern is more of a readers wrap or blanket shawl type that is great for those chilly evenings or early morning hours when you have just one more row to knit.
It’s also a nice beginner knitting project as well as a nice soothing project for all knitters. You’ll have the pattern memorized very quickly so you’ll be able to watch TV or chat with friends as you knit. And if you choose a thick yarn it can be a quick knit project as a last minute gift idea. I love the versatility of this knit shawl pattern.
When I originally made this shawl pattern I used Baby Sport weight yarn and it’s pretty thin so it took me a lot longer to make than anticipated. Haha Of course there’s nothing wrong with that if you have the time to spend on it however because I also wanted a quicker knitting shawl pattern I decided to adjust the knitting pattern to accommodate other yarn sizes too. After all it’s nice to have choices and this shawl can be a fun knitting quick knit project with thicker yarn.
First of all I want to show you the stitch pattern I chose.
It’s called the Garter Block Stitch and is a simple knit-purl check pattern. The checks are made from knit stitches and the background/contrast is purl stitches. It’s simple and lovely.
It takes a multiple of 10 sts + 5 and it’s worked over 12 rows and you’ll be able to read all the details about it on my knitting stitch patterns page.
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Knit Shawl Pattern Details
Skills Required: Cast on, bind off, knit purl
Gauge: Not important for this project
Approximate size: 65 inches long X 20.5 wide
Materials: Light sport weight yarn, 1250 yards
Needles US 6 / 4mm
Approximate yardage for other sizes:
Worsted approx 4 sts per inch approx 990 – 1000 yards
Chunky approx 3.5 sts per inch, approx 775 – 800 yds
Chunky approx 3 sts per inch, approx 685 – 700 yards
Super Bulky approx 2.5 sts per inch, approx 650 – 675 yards
Super Bulky approx 2 sts per inch, approx 550 – 600 yards
How To Use Knit Shawl Pattern With The Yarn Size You Have
While knitting gauge isn’t really important for this shawl you’ll still need to take a look at your yarn label to see what size yarn it is. You’ll also need to know what needle size the label suggests. If you’re not sure what to look for please refer to my yarn label page.
Besides the Baby Sport weight yarn I used, other yarn sizes you can use include:
- Worsted/Medium(4), approximately 4 sts per inch
- Bulky(5), approximately 3 – 3.5 sts per inch
- Super Bulky(6), approximately 2 – 2.5 sts per inch.
Find the yarn size on your yarn label, then choose the suggested needle size and cast on the amount of sts your yarn comes closest too down below.
- Baby Sport weight yarn, cast on 115 sts.
- Worsted/Medium, cast on 105 sts
- Chunky 3.5 sts per inch, cast on 95 sts
- Chunky 3 sts per inch, cast on 85 sts
- Super Bulky 2.5 sts per inch, cast on 75 sts
- Super Bulky at 2 sts per inch, cast on 65 sts
Now all you need to do is continue on with my pattern instructions below.
Knit Shawl Pattern Instructions
Knit 20 rows Garter stitch
Continue as follows:
Row: (RS) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 – Knit
Row: 2, 4 and 6: Knit 10 (border), Knit 5, *purl 5, knit 5, repeat from * to last 10 stitches (border), knit
Row: 8, 10, and 12: Knit 10 (border), Purl 5, *K5, P5, repeat from * to last 10 stitches (border), knit
Repeat rows 1 – 12 for pattern until work measures approx. 63 inches or the length you prefer.
Finish by knitting 20 rows of Garter stitch.
Bind off loosely.
Do you want to include pockets? If not then you’re all finished. Yay!
If you do, read on and I’ll give you some tips on how to place the pockets evenly.
Number of stitches to cast on for your pocket and yarn size
Sport Weight: Cast on 55 sts
Worsted/Medium: Cast on 40
Bulky 3.5 sts per inch: Cast on 35 sts
Bulky 3 sts per inch: Cast on 30 sts
Super Bulky 2.5 sts per inch: Cast on 25 sts
Super Bulky 2 sts per inch: Cast on 20 sts
Pockets are approximately 10 inches wide, 6 inches long
Knit 2 pockets
After casting on the amount of stitches you need for your pockets and yarn size, knit garter stitch for about 6 inches or length you want. Cast off loosely.
Where and How to Attach Pockets
My pockets are 3″ up from the bottom edge and approximately 5 1/2″ in from both sides.
Here’s a trick to attaching the pocket so it will be straight.
You will need contrasting waste yarn and tapestry needle. With your tapestry needle simply baste into the fabric (weaving into every other stitch) all the way around where you want the pocket to be. (What you’re doing is marking where you need to sew the pocket). Now you can sew the pocket on more easily and it will be straight. Then just remove the waste yarn and you’re done.
Now you can snuggle up with a nice cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!
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