This easy knit shawl pattern is a simple and fun knitting project to make and I created it 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 can 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When I originally made this shawl pattern I used Baby Sport weight yarn and it's pretty thin so it took me a lot longer to make than anticipated.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 of that I decided to adjust the knitting pattern to accommodate other yarn sizes too. After all it's nice to have choices and this shawl is a fun knitting quick knit project with thick 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.
If you'd like a PDF of my knit shawl pattern click here
Skills Required: Cast on, bind off, knit, purl
Not important for this project
Approx 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
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 yarn size/weight 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:
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.
Now all you need to do is continue with my pattern instructions below.
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 want pockets read on and I’ll give you some tips on how to place the pockets evenly.
Knit 2 pockets. Pockets are approximately 10 inches wide, 6 inches long
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
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. Bind off loosely.
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!