Free and Easy Knit Shawl Pattern
Hi friends! I have another free pattern for you! This one is a knit shawl called Minco Shawl. This shawl is nice and big! Plenty of coverage here. You can easily wrap it around your neck, and let the ends hang over your shoulders. No shawl pin needed.
The pattern begins along the top edge. You’ll work decreases on every right side row, and on every third wrong side row. After you finish the seed stitch shawl, you’ll add fringe up both sides, incorporating your beginning and ending ends into your fringe, so you won’t have to weave them in!
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The yarn that I’ve used, Lion Brand Yarns Mandala, was graciously provided by Lion Brand Yarns. It is 100% Acrylic, and is nice to wear. I’ve been wearing it all day and am very pleased at how comfortable it is on my neck. It does all this lovely color-changing on it’s own, so you won’t need to change colors as you work. Easy.
I came up with an easy way to cut all these fringe pieces just the right length. I’ve made a tutorial, so that I can show you in pictures how to do it, though I describe it with words in the pattern below.
And can we all just take a minute and appreciate the cool photography here? I love that I was not wearing much color, and neither were our woods, so the shawl really stands out in this background! Anyhow, continue below for the free pattern!
Difficulty Level Easy
Finished Measurements About 64 ¾ inches (164.5 cm) wide; about 27 ¾ inches (70.5 cm) tall. Measurements do not include fringe.
Yarn Lion Brand Yarns Mandala [100% Acrylic; 590 yds (540 m); 5.3 oz (150 g); CYCA weight: 3/light]: 2 skeins #208 Valkyrie.
Knitting Needles Size 5 circular needles at least 32 inches long (81.5 cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions Piece of cardboard about 7 inches square, size F crochet hook
Gauge 24 sts x 42 rows = about 4 ½ inches (11.5 cm) in seed stitch.
Notes The shawl begins along the top edge. It is worked in seed stitch with decreases along both sides in rows 1, 3, 5, and 6 of the repeat. After binding off at the point, fringe is added along both sides, using the crochet hook. No need to weave in your beginning and ending ends, just tie them into the fringe!
Co 346 sts
Row 1(RS): K 1st st, ssk, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, K last st. See short video tutorials for SSK and K2tog here.
Row 2: P2, K1, P1, repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 3: K 1st st, ssk, *K1, P1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, K last st.
Row 4: P2, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: P 1st st, p2tog, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, ssp, P last st.
(Repeat Rows 1-6) 41 times.
Repeat Rows 1-5 again.
Row 258: P2tog, ssp.
Row 259: Slip 1st st, P1, psso. Bind off last st.
To make fringe, cut a piece of cardboard about 7 inches (18 cm) square. Without stretching tightly, wrap yarn around cardboard 130 times. Cut yarn. Place wrapped cardboard on a flat service and lay your non-cutting hand on top of it, pressing down a little. Use sharp scissors to cut along both cardboard edges, so that strands on top of cardboard are completely separated from strands on bottom. This should make 260 strands of yarn, all about 7 inches (18 cm) long. Lay shawl out with RS facing up. Lay two strands of fringe together with edges even. Insert crochet hook up through WS of shawl at bottom point. Fold two fringe pieces in half, pull fold part way through shawl edge with crochet hook. Pull fringe ends through this loop and pull snug. See my photo tutorial on this process here. Repeat this process up both edges, placing fringe through every other row end. At bottom point and at top edge, pull beg and ending ends through loop of fringe along with fringe ends to secure, then trim even with fringe. All done!