Here ya go! This super-easy, super-quick shawl is knit from the neck (top) down. Work with a thinner yarn and bigger needles for a lacey effect, or thicker yarn for something cozy and warm.

- chunky weight yarn, approximately 350-500 yards depending on desired size
- 8 mm (US11) 24” circular needle
- removable stitch marker

k: knit
p: purl
yo: yarn over

about 8 stitches/10 cm (4”), after blocking

Cast on 5 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (mark this st as centre st), yo, k1, yo, k1.
Row 2 (WS): k all stitches
Row 3 (RS): k1, yo, k to centre stitch, yo, k1, yo, k to last stitch, yo, k1.

Increase on all RS rows as for row 3 while working garter and stockinette bands. This is what I did, but I did it randomly – so let your random inner self play! I ended with stockinette because I ran out of yarn, but I’d suggest ending off with a few rows of garter stitch to ward off any rolling.

8 rows garter st (including rows 1-3)
6 rows stockinette stitch
6 rows garter st
8 rows stockinette st
8 rows garter st
8 rows stockinette st
10 rows garter st
10 rows stockinette st
8 rows garter st
4 rows stockinette st

Continue working increases on all RS rows while alternating bands until shawl is big enough, or you run out of yarn. Bind off loosely in purl. Block, then weave in ends. So simple!

85 Responses to “simple yet effective shawl”

  1. Evelyn

    I love this pattern. Pics on my blog. I made it for a friend diagnosed with cancer, and I can’t believe I finished it in less than a week, because I am not a fast knitter! This was much faster than a rectangular stole. The only issue I had was that the little ring I was using as a stitch marker wanted to slide under the yo and confuse me about which stitch was the center stitch. After a couple of incidents, I made sure to check that center stitch each time before knitting past it. Thanks so much for sharing this fun pattern.

  2. forest

    ummm,ok, I get rs and ws, and border, but where is the increase happening, please? Anywhere I like?
    Standard k into front and back of the stitch, or make 1, or my choice?
    Thanks,,Forest in Florida (I get cold if temps under 90)

  3. Barbara

    What a gorgeous shawl! My high school art teacher said: “Simplicity is the essence of good design”. This shawl proves he was right! Thank you for making it available to the rest of us. Free patterns are most appreciated right now.

  4. Cally

    It does say knit from the neck down yet it starts at a point.Also,i dont understand how you’re simply knitting rows and increasing but the finished shawl looks like you’re knitting in two directions?
    Where exactly is the starting point, is it at the bottom point of the;v; shape or at one of the other corners, or even in the middle, and do you make two of the same and then graft them together?
    Effectivwe, yes,simple, not!!!!

  5. Maggie

    I made this pattern many years ago and loved it but lost my copy of it. I am so glad to see it again and I cannot wait to make it.

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  7. Alice

    thank you so much for this pattern its just want i wanted a simple, easy, yet beautiful and not boring to knit shawl pattern! i’m having so much fun knitting this! :D

  8. Ginna

    My shawl is coming out lopsided. Should the Row 3 yo, k1, yo be on either side of the center stitch or all on one side? Thanks!

  9. Tallguy

    This is the very best shawl pattern, I feel, for anyone that is unsure of their yardage. You just keep on knitting until you run out of yarn, or it reaches a length you like, whichever comes first! But this is also perfect for using up leftover bits of yarn, in almost any colour or weight. Just change as desired.

    Yes, you start at the back of the neck, and proceed down to the length you want. Each row adds a couple of stitches, so your rows will get longer and longer. You will be knitting the outer edge all the time.

    You can insert any patterning you wish, but careful that you don’t get carried away. Keep it simple, letting the yarns show off. Use any weight, any fibre, any size needles. It’s all up to you!

  10. AllisonB

    Great pattern, amazing. I thought it wasn’t going to work, but it does. Just follow the pattern and you’ll find that it works out.

  11. Elianastar

    There are YO… but no decrease stitches of any kind. Every YO, therefore, IS an increased stitch. On the following row, you knit that YO as though it were a regular stitch in the row before.

    She clearly states that the pattern is worked “from the neck down.”

    “Increase on all RS rows”… in the manner of Row 3 via YO that will be knit as new stitches on the following row.

    The bands are knit via groups of garter stitch, followed by groups of stockinette stitch.

    For the center to remain centered, you must have the same number of YO on each side of the center stitch. [YO, knit the center stitch, YO]

    Depending the yarn weight and needle size you choose, 500-1000 yds would cover pretty much any size shawl you’d like to make. Less than that, would make a nice scarf or shoulder wrap. :-)

    You can make your shawl as large or as small as you like, dependent first upon the amount of yarn you have to work with and second upon how large you want it to be if you’ve not run out of yarn but decide that’s big enough.

  12. Ginna

    Thanks for your help Elianastar. I’m knitting in a thick dark green wool on size 8 needles and it’s coming out beautifully.

  13. Elianastar

    You’re very welcome Ginna! Hope that helped and that your shawl is all you hoped it would be! :-)

  14. kelli ann

    Effectivwe, yes,simple, not!!!!

    –Er: simple, yes. Not obvious when looking at the pattern perhaps, but nothing could be simpler. Am copying shamelessly Larissa Brown’s ‘melted crayons’ shawl and have something infinitely less funky– but me likey anyway.

  15. KTHunter

    I just made one of these with my size 9 needles and some Caron Simply Soft heather gray and country blue. So pretty and so easy! Thank you so much for coming up with this one.

  16. kkSparks

    Hi ~ I am using Noro Iro on size 11 32″ circular needles, and love it! I have more than enough yarn, just not sure when to stop. I have 325 yards in so far, and the depth measures approx 24″ with approx 160+ stitches across. If I am half-way, this will be one big-mama shawl! Of course, each row gets longer, and the ratio is not linear. Maybe I will make a hat with the last skein… Anyway, brilliant pattern, thanks.

  17. Tonja S

    Simple yet gorgeous. Using Noro Chirimen…soft, textural…Love this pattern!

  18. Michelle

    Thank you so much for this pattern Laura! I just finished mine & I LOVE how it turned out:-)


  19. Jennie

    I love this pattern! I was unsure a first how is was going to play out but I’m almost halfway done and it’s beautiful! If your confused looking at the pattern just follow the directions and it’ll make sense after a while! Thanks for posting this!

  20. Martha

    I love this pattern. I made it for a friend who is undergoing chemo. She said her shoulders were always cold during the treatments, and the shawl warmed her and made her feel better (I used her favorite colors). The piece didn’t interfere with her iv’s. I made fringe on it, and I love the way it came out. So does my friend!


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