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16 Shawl Knitting Patterns for Any Occasion

These easy shawl patterns are great for folks who are looking to break into the world of shawl knitting!

By: Julie DaMario, Editor for AllFreeKnitting.com
Shawl Knitting Patterns for Any Occasion

It’s fall shawl season! Stock up on free knitted shawl patterns this autumn with these 16 gorgeous patterns. There is so much to love about these beautiful, cozy knits. They’re an effortless way to stay warm while looking stylish and pulled together.

These free shawl knitting patterns will give you garments that are a little dressier than a scarf but have that same cozy knit feel. Shawls are a great cold weather knit for any occasion because they’re so versatile.

Not only are knit shawl patterns a great opportunity to practice both complicated and simple lacework, but they’re also easy to dress up and down. For cooler spring nights, toss a lightweight shawl over your cocktail dress to keep you warm without sacrificing your dressy style. Or, pair a colorful shawl with jeans and your favorite tee for a cute-and-casual outfit that’s perfect for everything from running errands to an impromptu lunch with friends.  

You can wear them wrapped around your shoulders and knotted in front, looped around your neck like a scarf, or simply tossed over one shoulder for an elegant, dramatic look. Depending on your mood and the vibe you’re going for, a shawl can completely transform your outfit. In this selection of free knit shawls, you’ll discover an array of delicate patterns that will make your wardrobe feel as fresh and exciting as the new season.

Mindless Sideways Shawl

Everyone needs a break from the demands of the day, and the Mindless Sideways Shawl is a great knit project to turn to when you want an easy pattern to work on.

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Mindless Sideways Shawl

Romancing the Shawl

The Romancing the Shawl is one of those special shawls I'm talking about. This easy knit shawl pattern is the perfect combination of style and comfort. It features a rustic, tribal-inspired design accentuated by beautiful, warm colors perfect for fall. Is it better than a significant other?

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Romancing the Shawl

Country Cottage Shawl

It's a cold, rainy afternoon, and all you want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a good book. The Country Cottage Shawl is made for days like these. This pattern is a great project for the intermediate knitter looking for a rainy day activity, such as the one described above. Capture the elegance of snow-capped mountains with this classic pattern.

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Country Cottage Shawl

Natural Leaf Wrap

Worked horizontally as you would a wide scarf, the Natural Leaf Wrap is ideal for colder fall or winter weather and only requires straight knitting needles to complete.

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Natural Leaf Wrap

Lace Dreams Shawl

There are few knit shawl patterns that can successfully mix an intricate lace design along with a bold color palette without being overpowering. Dreams and reality collide in this truly magical, lace project.

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Lace Dreams Shawl

Tristan Eyelet Lace Shawl

Remember fairy tales and days of the past with this simple, yet elegant, knit shawl pattern. The Tristan Eyelet Lace Shawl will give you a romantic feeling that will make wearing this shawl a real treat.

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Tristan Eyelet Lace Shawl

Lilac Love Lace Shawl

Lace weight yarns can be daunting, yet the projects made with lace weight yarn are always attractive. The Lilac Love Lace Shawl is a delicate, airy confection that you’ll love wrapping around your shoulders. Colorful and light, this classic shawl will last throughout spring and summer.

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Lilac Love Lace Shawl

Peaches 'n Cream Lacy Shawlette

This beautiful knit shawl pattern can be worn open or buttoned closed. Either way, your shoulders will stay warm and covered. The Peaches n Cream Lacy Shawlette is perfect for a modest cover-up while wearing a dress or a pretty scarf underneath a jacket.

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Peaches 'n Cream Lacy Shawlette

Elegant Evening Shawl

On a chilly night, a light wrap is all you need to keep yourself warm and give your outfit a dignified element. This Elegant Evening Shawl will be a joy to make and wear. A simple lace pattern makes this knit wrap pattern something that almost any knitter can create.

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Elegant Evening Shawl

Kate's Ruffled Shawl

A royal treat! This adorable knit shawl pattern was inspired by a similar item worn by the beloved Kate Middleton. Kate's Ruffled Shawl is a fun shawl to throw on for a quick errand or whenever you feel like looking a little more polished.

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Kate's Ruffled Shawl

Ruched Azalea Wrap

This beautiful knit wrap pattern may look complicated, but it is a delightfully simple piece for beginning knitters to try. The Ruched Azalea Wrap is a light weight cover-up perfect for a chilly evening or a breezy afternoon, yet it can also be looped around your neck for a thick, over-sized winter scarf.

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Ruched Azalea Wrap

Stella Luna Lacey Shawl

You'll feel like a princess wearing this elegant Stella Luna Lacey Shawl. Drape this free knit shawl pattern over your shoulders for an instant spark of luxury.

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Stella Luna Lacey Shawl

Poppy Knit Triangle Shawl

It's easy to knit up a pop of color for your wardrobe! The Poppy Knit Triangle Shawl is a super easy way to do it. Since this shawl is knit on the bias, it doesn't have any of those pesky lacy openings down the middle.

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Poppy Knit Triangle Shawl

Blue Mountain Bulky Shawl

This stunning, bulky knit shawl pattern works up in no time! Who says a shawl has to take a long time to knit?

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Blue Mountain Bulky Shawl

Winter Wildflower Knit Shawl Pattern

Knit some cheer into your dreary winter days with this Winter Wildflower Knit Shawl Pattern! The muted, yet feminine, colors really help this shawl pattern stand out from the crowd, and will look gorgeous with your favorite neutral cold-weather outfit.

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Winter Wildflower Knit Shawl Pattern

No Time Flat Shawl

The zig-zag pattern of the stitches gives the color changes a unique, sloping look that's easier than it looks to achieve. The seed stitch border helps keep this easy knit shawl for curling, and also helps give it a little bit of texture.

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No Time Flat Shawl

Mt. Vernon Shawl

Comfort and elegance collide in this beautiful Mt. Vernon Shawl. In addition to lace knitting skills, you'll need to master the provisional cast-on method to begin this classy design.

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Mt. Vernon Shawl

Marigold Lace Shawl

This bright gold shawl is a warm layering piece full of happiness and cheer. The Marigold Lace Shawl is an intermediate knit shawl pattern with a garter stitch body and trellis-style lace border. It makes a great year-round wardrobe piece as well as an easy way to add a burst of color to your outfit.

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Marigold Lace Shawl

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