After posting the free knit shawl pattern for the MaryMary Shawl, it occurred to me that, while it is a fairly easy shawl to make, I wanted to offer one that is easier and faster, more beginner friendly.
Shawls are such a great gift to give. They contain love in every stitch while providing a stylish warmth the recipient can wrap themselves in year after year.
This shawl is very easy and pretty quick. Fantastically transportable. I’ve chosen LionBrand’s Mandala yarn for the sample because the color changes built into the yarn add visual interest and oh-so-cute factor without any additional work. But, I encourage you to use any yarn in any weight and color you’d like.
Honestly, oooooh, I just had a thought!! this would be a fantastic scrap project!
A free knit shawl pattern, by Rebecca Velasquez
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YARN: Dk weight (#3 light), 590 yds [539 m]; Shown: LionBrand Yarn Mandala; 100% acrylic; 590 yds [539 m], 5.29 oz [150 g]: 212 Spirit; 1 cake
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Lionbrand Mandala Yarn is simply fantastic, it is simply perfect for this Shawl One knit pattern, but the yarn is so versatile and comes in so many colors you can’t go wrong for your next project.
Other yarns to consider for your knit shawl pattern
If you’d like to make a solid colored shawl, and/or would like it to be a little larger than the sample- or, at just 40 yards shy, you could get 2 shawls out of 1 ball just pay attention to yard [m]/ weight usage as you work;
SAVERed Heart, Comfort Sport
#3 | Sport Weight
#3 | Light
50% Cotton | 50% Rayon from Bamboo
SPLURGERed Heart, It's a Wrap Hues
#2 | Sport
50% cotton | 50% Acrylic
NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, tape measure
GAUGE: Exact gauge is not crucial; to achieve measurements shown- 16 sts and 40 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in garter stitch pattern
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 86” [218 cm] wingspan x 17” [43 cm] deep at center
PROJECT LEVEL: Beginner
TECHNIQUES USED: cast on, k, yo, stretchy bind off method of your choice
YO- yarn over
- Shawl is made from center point to tips.
- Stitched back and forth, in rows.
- Optional: For a tidy edge, slip the first stitch of every row knitwise rather than knitting the stitch .
CO 7 sts
Knit 3 rows
K2, yo, k across until 2 sts remain, yo, k to end.
Continue in pattern repeat until approx 45yds [42 m] remain, or size desired.
If using the mandala yarn, this is .4 oz [11.5 g]
Bind off using the stretchy method of your choice.
As this shawl is a generous length and I did not want to interfere with the wonderful squish factor of the garter stitch, I did not block this piece.
Weave in all loose ends.
Did you enjoy the Shawl One Free knit pattern? For your next knit project try the Glaese Knit Sweater, link here.
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This Post Has 11 Comments
When working with Mandala yarn do you need to separate the colors to achieve the look in the picture? I’ve used the multiple color yarns in the past and never get the same outcome in the color blocking.
No separation necessary. I used 1 cake from end to end without cutting for this sample. The yarn is made in very long stripes.
Thank you, can’t wait to get started!
Does this shawl turn out asymmetrical or a triangle? Either way, I love the shape of it. Also this is probably so dumb but do you start the repeating pattern after you’ve knit your first three rows?
It is not asymmetrical, just a plain, regular triangle. Yes the pattern repeat row is after the first 3
So what size does the one ball of mandala yarn go? Width and length? Just wondering if I should buy 2 cakes . Thanks
The sizing info is in the pattern portion of the post 🙂
One ball gives FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 86” [218 cm] wingspan x 17” [43 cm] deep at center
Do you start with the outside of cake of yarn or inside.
Hey Carolyn, Start on whichever end you’d like. 🙂
The only thing you need to remember about using the mandala cakes when making a shawl is that whichever color you begin with is going to be at the starting (bottom) tip. The rows will be smaller which then means more rows will be in the beginning color, and as you go, the stripes will become thinner as they grow longer.
I hope this is helpful!
Oh!! Also, whichever color you end with is going to be the closest to your face, so consider that when deciding.
I love Mandella Yarn!!
Yes! The color changes are make it so easy and there are so many choices 🙂