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Ocean Waves Shawl

This breezy and light knit shawl is perfect for just about any occasion!

Updated January 26, 2018
Ocean Waves Shawl
Ocean Waves Shawl
This image courtesy of redheart.com

With its intricate design, the Ocean Waves Shawl will quickly become one of your favorite accessories! The easy knit shawl pattern is made using super fine yarn, and the result is a lightweight shawl that can be worn on warm summer days and even in winter. This knit accessory uses just one ball of yarn, too, making this pattern an affordable foray into shawls for newer knitters. The shawl can be made with fringe, too, to add a bit of drama and flair to the final design. You'll love wearing this chic and gorgeous shawl over your favorite dress or even over a more casual outfit.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge36 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeShawl measures 52” (132 cm) across widest point x 28” (71 cm) at longest center point.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® It’s A Wrap™: 1 ball 9234 Thriller
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 3.25mm [US 3] 32” (81.3 cm) or longer 
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Notes

The hourglass pattern is created by adding multiple yarn overs on one row and dropping all of those yarn overs on the next row, knitting only the original stitches. Do not count your stitches on any odd-numbered row that is adding yarn overs because it will not give you an accurate number. Always count your stitches on an evennumbered row after yarn overs have been dropped. 

Special Abbreviation

KFB: knit into the front and back of the same stitch.

Garter Tab

  1. Cast on 3 sts.

  2. Rows 1-9: Knit across. 

  3. Row 10: Knit across; turn work 90 degrees, pick up and k5 along garter tab edge, pick up and k3 sts across tab cast on edge – 11 sts. 

Shawl

Row 1: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit to last 4 sts, kfb, yo, knit 3 – 15 sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Rows 3-8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 27 sts.
Row 9: Knit 3, yo, kfb, k2, *yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo,** Knit 5, repeat from * to ** once, Knit 2, kfb, yo, Knit 3.
Row 10: Knit 8, drop yo, Knit 1, *drop yos, Knit 1, ** repeat from * 4 times, Knit 4, repeat from * to ** 6 times, Knit 7 – 31 sts.
Rows 11-12: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 35 sts.
Row 13: Knit 3, yo, kfb, Knit 1, *yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 5,** repeat from * to ** once, yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 1, kfb, yo, Knit 3.
Row 14: Knit 7, *drop yos, Knit 1, ** repeat from * 5 times, Knit 4, repeat from * to ** 6 times, Knit 4, repeat from * to ** 6 times, Knit 6 – 39 sts.
Rows 15-22: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 55 sts.
Row 23: Knit 3, yo, kfb, k6, *yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 2 times, yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 6, kfb, yo, Knit 3.
Row 24: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, Knit 4 – 59 sts.
Rows 25-26: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 63 sts.
Row 27: Knit 3, yo, kfb, k5, *yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 3 times, yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 5, kfb, yo, Knit 3.
Row 28: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, Knit 4 – 67 sts.
Rows 29-36: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 83 sts.
Row 37: Knit 3, yo, kfb, Knit 10, *yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 4 times, yo, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] 3 times, Knit 1, [yo] twice, Knit 1, yo, Knit 10, kfb, yo, Knit 3.
Row 38: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, Knit 4 – 87 sts.
Rows 39-40: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 91 sts.
Row 41: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 9, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 5 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 9, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 42: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 95 sts.
Rows 43-50: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 111 sts.
Row 51: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 4, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 8 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 4, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 52: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 115 sts.
Rows 53-54: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 119 sts.
Row 55: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 3, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 9 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 3, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 56: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 123 sts.
Rows 57-64: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 139 sts.
Row 65: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 3, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 11 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 3, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 66: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 143 sts.
Rows 67-68: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 147 sts. 
Row 69: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 2, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 12 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 2, knit fb, yo, knit 3.
Row 70: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 151 sts.
Rows 71-78: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 167 sts.
Row 79: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 2, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 14 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 2, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 80: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 171 sts.
Rows 81-82: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 175 sts.
Row 83: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 1, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 15 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 1, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 84: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 179 sts.
Rows 85-92: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 195 sts.
Row 93: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 6, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 16 times , yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 6, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 94: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 199 sts.
Rows 95-96: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 203 sts. 
Row 97: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 5, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 17 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 98: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 207 sts.
Rows 99-106: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 223 sts.
Row 107: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 5, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 19 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 108: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 227 sts.
Rows 109-110: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 231 sts.
Row 111: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 4, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 20 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 4, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 112: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 235 sts.
Rows 113-120: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 251 sts.
Row 121: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 4, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 22 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 4, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 122: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 255 sts. 
Rows 123-124: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 259 sts.
Row 125: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 3, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 23 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 3, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 126: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 263 sts.
Rows 127-134: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 279 sts.
Row 135: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 3, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 25 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 3, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 136: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 283 sts.
Rows 137-138: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 287 sts.
Row 139: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 2, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 26 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 2, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 140: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 291 sts.
Rows 141-152: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 315 sts. 
Row 153: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 6, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 28 times , yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 6, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 154: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 319 sts.
Rows 155-156: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 323 sts.
Row 157: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 5, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 29 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 158: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 327 sts.
Rows 159-170: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 351 sts.
Row 171: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 4, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 32 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 4, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 172: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 355 sts.
Rows 173-174: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 359 sts.
Row 175: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 3, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 33 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 3, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 176: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 363 sts.
Rows 177-188: Repeat Rows 1 and 3 – 387 sts. 
Row 189: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 2, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 36 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 2, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 190: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 391 sts.
Rows 191-192: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 395 sts.
Row 193: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 1, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 37 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 1, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 194: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 399 sts.
Rows 195-206: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 423 sts.
Row 207: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 5, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 39 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 208: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 427 sts.
Rows 209-210: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 431 sts.
Row 211: Knit 3, yo, kfb, knit 4, *yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 5,** repeat from * to ** 40 times, yo, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] 3 times, knit 1, [yo] twice, knit 1, yo, knit 4, kfb, yo, knit 3.
Row 212: Knit 4, knit across all sts while dropping yos to last 4 sts, knit 4 – 435 sts.
Rows 213-224: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 459 sts.
Bind off all sts loosely. 

Finishing

  1. Weave in all loose ends. Block shawl to desired measurements.

  2. Fringe (optional)
    Cut eighty-six 12” (30.5 cm) strands of yarn. *Holding two strands together, fold strands in half to form a loop. With Right Side facing, insert loop from Right Side to Wrong Side at bind-off edge. Thread fringe tails through loop and secure knot; repeat from * every 2" (5 cm) across bind-off edge for a total of 43 strands of fringe. Trim fringe ends evenly.

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Abbreviations

K
knit
mm
millimeters
P
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
yo
yarn over
*
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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True to its name, this Ocean Waves Shawl is designed emulating the waves of the ocean. I just don't like the color too much. I think it should take the color of the ocean, too.

This is NOT one ball of yarn. There is a solid black border, which must have come from a second ball or scrap of yarn.

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