Our Favorite Knit Shawl Patterns
Many of us are home during this global pandemic or at least have had our normal routine disrupted. So I thought I would share more patterns that we love at Love & Stitches. I thought it would only be one blog post. Then as I was looking through my Ravelry library, I realized this needed to be broken up into smaller chunks. So every week for the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our favorite patterns that we have made at the shop or are on our maker wish list along with yarn suggestions. Looking for crochet patterns? Check out this post.
Stephen West is an amazing knitwear designer with truly innovative and colorful designs. He calls this fingering weight shawl a great travel project for its repetitive knit stitches and it will keep your interest with its short row shaping, eyelets, and built in i-cord edging. Even though Stephen is known for his bold color choices, this shawl looks beautiful in one color too! So this can be a stash buster for all those random bits that we refuse to part with or it can be done in a one color, you choose. Either way you will have a great shawl when you're finished.
Shirsty Cat BFL 220 Fingering
*Not a fan of working with fingering weight yarn? You can easily use a sport or worsted weight yarn and use the small size pattern. The bigger yarn will create a bigger shawl.
Another fingering weight shawl pattern that will work perfectly with that single skein of variegated yarn that has been sitting in your stash. The yarn is so pretty, but the color changes are a little busy. The wrong pattern could make this gorgeous skein look like a hot mess. This pattern helps show off that beautiful yarn. It also keeps your interest as it switches between sections of garter stitch and an airy mesh.
Shirsty Cat BFL
*This pattern works well with thicker yarns as well. Be sure to adjust needle size in order to achieve the desired drape.
Feel like Wonder Woman with this free pattern. All you need for this awesome wrap is 2 contrasting colors. Great for the adventurous newbie or advanced beginner knitter as this pattern uses short rows for its unique shaping. However the designer has added diagrams to help the knitter know exactly where they are in the W.
*Make the "wee" size in a sport weight yarn, Aegean Tweed, Pacific Sport, Cherub DK, Llamerino, or Sarasota
We are in tough times lately and need as much grace as we can possibly muster. This shawl helps us focus our energy as we knit into something positive and loving. Make this wrap for your loved ones and let them know the intentions you put into every stitch. Being wrapped in a hand made item is incredibly healing and comforting.
Looking for a bit of a challenge? This crescent shaped shawl uses a variety of stitch patterns and textures to create a gorgeous shawlette. It is highly recommended to use a solid or semi-solid yarn to show off your knitting skills with this pattern.
Shirsty Cat BFL
*Want a bigger shawl without changing stitch count? Increase your needle size and use a sport weight yarn. I think Pacific Sport, Cherub DK, or Llamerino will have a nice drape to show off this pattern.
The Bowie is another great pattern that is simple enough made in garter stitch, yet keeps your interest with short rows to create a zig zag pattern. You have probably seen the one I knit up using Pacific Sport and Reserve Sport. This pattern would look great with a solid color and variegated, 2 contrasting solid colors, or 2 contrasting variegated colors!
Play with color and practice a new colorwork technique with the Nightshift Shawl. This pattern uses mosaic knitting to showcase many colors throughout the shawl. Andrea is super helpful by having more of a recipe style pattern so you can get creative with your color placement or step by step directions to play it safe. I think this would look amazing with any of the 220 superwash yarns, solids and variegated. Imagine the colors of the Superwash Waves just melting into each other!
The thing I love about shawls is that they can be worn in so many different ways. I prefer to wear mine more like big scarves. My mom goes a little more fashionable and will wear hers at an angle with a shawl pin at her shoulder. Or sometimes you need it to act more as a lap blanket as you read a good book or work from home.
I hope you enjoy these patterns! Let us know if you need help picking out colors or yarn. We're happy to help.
Stay safe and healthy :)