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Knit Shawlette Pattern

Shawl Textures

I keep seeing these “shawlettes” all over the internet and thought I’d give one a whirl. They look like mini-shawls which I thought might be nice for summer, but could be used in the fall as well.   I’ve also wanted to make something that might work as a swimsuit wrap, so I tried to make this “open” enough that it can do double duty as both.  This is so incredibly easy, almost simple enough for an intermediate beginner.  It’s worked from the bottom up (starting at the tip of a triangle and going to a flat base by increasing), and is all done in the knit stitch, with a yarn over at the beginning of the row to increase as you work your way up.  I did a few sections of drop stitches, but you can totally just knit the entire thing and get almost exactly the same look as mine here.  The drop stitches give it kind of a “funky, carefree” look.

I made a little video to show the stitches that I used and how it is done below. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing me a sample of their Textures yarn which I used for this fun little project!

Easy Knit Scarf Shawl

My favorite way to wear this shawlette is pictured above, but you can wear it just like a shawl by laying over both shoulders.

Knit Wrap
It’s not bulky at all and can even be used as a little wrap or cover-up.

Here’s what you will need:

2 skeins worsted weight yarn – I used Lion Brand Textures in Arctic (there are quite a few cool color options in this yarn so check it out!)

US Size 13 Circular Knitting Needles


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

How to Knit a Shawlette / Pattern:

Row 1 With one stitch on your needle, yarn over, knit one

Row 2 Yarn over, knit across row (2 stitches)

Row 3 Yarn over, knit across row (3 stitches)

Row 4 Yarn over, knit across row

Repeat this pattern for approximately seven inches – OR – repeat this pattern for the remainder of the shawl.  I added drop stitches, but you don’t have to in order to get almost exactly the same look. Just repeat this EASY pattern until you reach 90 stitches across, and there you have it! 🙂

If you’d like to do the drop stitches – Once you have knit the pattern above for seven inches you will begin a section of drop stitches which will be worked as follows

*Yarn over, knit, yarn over, knit. Repeat this pattern across the row.

Next row, slide off the yarn overs, and knit each knit stitch. KNIT THE LAST TWO STITCHES OF EACH ROW.*

(This sequence above creates a long “drop stitch”, so you will have drop stitches across the row.)

Repeat from * to * three times.

After you have done this three times, you will continue the simple knit stitch pattern from Row 4 – Yarn over, Knit across row.

Repeat this pattern for four inches.

Once you have four inches of knit stitches, you can start another section of drop stitches

Repeat the drop stitch pattern of *Yarn over, knit, yarn over, knit across the row. Next row, slide off yarn overs, and knit each knit stitch, being sure to KNIT THE LAST TWO STITCHES.*

Repeat from * to * three times.

Now continue the pattern from row four, yarn over and knit across entire row. Repeat this until you reach the end of your shawl, at 90 stitches across.  You could certainly make it a full size shawl, or any size you like by repeating this pattern. Make it as big or small as you want. I added tassels to the three points of the triangle. You can choose to add them or not, or even add them along the entire edge!

Textures Shawlette

Get creative, and have fun making this the size that you like. As always, let me know if you have any questions or if I can improve my instructions in any way.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this “shawlette / wrap / scarf “!

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    1. Hi Ana! You can learn to knit, it’s not hard with all the youtube videos now . Give it a try! Thanks for the sweet words about this shawl!

    2. Where is the tutorial? Maybe because this is an old post? Even though I just got this today I would think the info is current. Thanks for any help

  1. I love this pattern and thanks for sharing your crochet talent. It is a versatile pattern for all seasons! Thanks again for sharing it:)

    1. Hi Susan! Thank YOU for the kind words. I love to be able to post my projects . Have a great day!

  2. Susan, so glad to come across your pattern. I think I’m going to make a full shawl . Thank you
    for sharing and your video was well done

    1. Hi Pauline! I’m so happy that you like it. I’d love to see your shawl when you finish. Glad you think the video is okay too-that was a bit of a challenge for me! Feel free to post a pic of your shawl right on my Facebook page if you indeed make it.

  3. It’s a wonderful pattern and can be done with any type yarn and appropriate sized needles. I would edit the written instruction though to reflect knit through back loop as is shown in video.

  4. Hi Jessica, This is a gorgeous shawlette, I left a comment on your YouTube tutorial too! Your tutorial is great and I have actually started a shawlette for my daughter using a plain and sequined yarn. Its really something to be able to inspire another person you don’t know and probably half way across the world, to restart a much loved pass time after a very long time of not knitting. Thank you very much for sharing, please keep creating and posting.

    1. Hi dear Deb! Thank YOU for taking the time to leave me comments. Your sweet words really made my day! I am so glad you are able to make the shawlette, and it sounds like you have a beautiful yarn to work with. I hope that you will be able to continue knitting if it’s something that you enjoy. Feel free to post pictures right on my Facebook page if that’s something you’d like to do. I bet your daughter’s shawlette will turn out beautifully. Comments like yours keep ME inspired to keep posting…thank you so much!

      1. I was pleased when I saw this and your story as our daughter and family there where you are for about 3 years he was Canadian Navy. BUT not sure of the drop of the st???
        do not have face book, I am tooooo old for that just my emailing.
        I am going to try this. we belong to a Order who knit for charity and children and homeless, so we need things quick and easy to follow.
        thank you Bev

        1. Hi Beverly! How interesting that your daughter was here in Colorado. It’s a great place to live. If the drop stitch is confusing, you don’t have to do it at all. Just use the knit stitch for the entire thing, with the yarn over increases of course. Thank you for knitting for charity, what a noble cause. I would like to do that some time. Let me know if you have any questions as you make this.

  5. Love the look of the shawl….light and breezy.
    Is a circular needle necessary or can regular needles be used?
    Thanks, Bonnie

    1. Hi Bonnie! The reason that I used the circulars is because as the shawl gets large you need the length of the needles to hold all of the stitches. I really can’t remember if you may be able to squeeze all the stitches onto some straight needles as you get to the end of the shawl. You could always try it, and switch if you have to. Hopefully that is some help to you! Let me know if you have any other questions as you make it.

  6. Of course, that makes sense. I have a 29″ size13 circular… Long enough?
    Thanks for your speedy response, Bonnie

    1. You’re welcome! Yes, I’d say that will work just fine! Hope it works out well and you enjoy the project Bonnie.

  7. Ana,

    Love this shawl I am having trouble downloading to. My IBooks. I use an iPad.
    Can you tell me how I can do this.
    Been trying for a couple of hours.

    Thanks so much, it is beautiful!

    1. Hi Andreana,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a download or print friendly button because it’s a personal blog. Some people copy and paste the text into a Microsoft Word document, and then print it. Sorry for the trouble! I hope that you can copy and paste it, then print it. Thanks for the kind words!

  8. Hi Jessica, I am thinking of making your shawlette again in this ribbon, mohair boucle type yarn ;
    Adele Yarns employ local African women who run their own co operative and hand spin and dye this beautiful yarn with so many variations of color, texture and beautiful ribbon and beads. I am lucky that my local online yarn store currently has this yarn both in stock and on sale. I thought it would make a beautiful shawlette or maybe even your Trendy scarf or Hip scarf. I would be most grateful for your thoughts. Thank you for the ongoing beautiful patterns and your Blog. best wishes Deb

    1. I’m so glad that you shared that yarn here on the blog. It’s gorgeous and has a great story! Sorry for the delay in responding, my granddad passed away and it’s taking me a while to get caught up on replying to emails and comments. You know, I think that yarn would look amazing with just about any pattern that you choose to make. 🙂 I think you could pick whatever you would enjoy wearing, whether a scarf, or the shawl. I’d love to see a picture if you make one, either email me or post it to my Facebook page if you’re up to it. Thanks Deb!

      1. Hi Jessica, I am so sorry for the passing of your Granddad, so sorry for your loss. Perhaps when there is a bit of time behind you, you might consider creating something beautiful in memory of your beloved Granddad? Every stitch made somewhere in the world by anyone who makes your pattern would be a “Stitch in Time” in loving memory of your Granddad. You have the ability to create beautiful patterns, maybe a comfort shawl, a scarf, absolutely anything. Somewhere there would be a stitch for your Granddad that would bring joy or comfort to someone else. Look after yourself and your family. Thank you for your help with my request. I will keep you posted. I hope to get the yarn today.

        1. Hi Deb. Thanks so much for your kind words and condolences. It means a lot to me! What a sweet idea to make something in memory of my granddad. I’ve heard of doing prayer shawls before and thought it’s such a neat idea. I love the idea of making a pattern that whenever made would be a stitch in time for him. Wow! A beautiful thought. Thank you so much Dev.

          1. Hi, Jessica! Happy Mother’s Day, and thanks for sharing your patterns! I have a skein of Lion Brand wrap star. I think it will be perfect for this pattern!

  9. Love, love love!! I have done triangles increasing at both ends…ran out and bought EVERY shade I could…knitting this up now with your drop stitches on size 17s because it’s what I have here.

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