Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern

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Many of the shawls found in my shop, JiSTknits on Etsy start with a simple triangle from which individual garments evolve with decorative edges, borders and beads.  A triangle shaped shawl can be knitted from the bottom up… side to side or in this case, from the top down.  Starting at the back of the neck with very few stitches, the triangle shape is achieved through rythmic increases.

triangle shawl knit with lace border

Triangle shawl knit of a light rayon hand dyed yarn with an open lace and bead edging.

Materials/Tools:
• Approximately 200-500 yards of yarn of your choice. (Purchase an additional 100-500 more yards for bottom edge lace or ruffle)
• Round knitting needle 1-4 sizes larger than yarn packaging suggests in order to achieve either a firm (the size the yarn manufacturer suggests)  or an open and airy knit fabric (a larger needle than suggested).
• 36-50 beads with a large enough hole to fit 2 strands of yarn – optional
• 1 yard of waste yarn
• 4 stitch markers

Sizing: One size fits all. Finished shawl size (as pictured at right) approximately 58 wide x 29” tall.

Gauge:  Gauge will vary and is not important with this garment.

green triangle shawl with buttons and leaf border

This triangle was knit of a nubby green cotton with a traveling leaf design along the bottom edge. Optional buttons turn the simple triangle into a poncho.

Stitches:
Slip Stitch Pearlwise
– slide right hand needle into stitch with yarn in front as if to purl. Shift stitch from left needle to right needle without making a new stitch.
Yarn Over Increase – bring the knitting yarn around the needle between two existing stitches on one row, and then work that strand as a stitch when you work your way back to it in the next row.
Stockinette Stitch – Knit right side rows. Purl wrong side rows
Garter Stitch – Knit every row

Select yarn: Choose yarn and needle size to knit a loose fabric that will drape, have some body but little or no stiffness. This easy shawl can be knit with any weight yarn from lace to bulky. I especially like working this pattern with a yarn with thin and thick textures.

Instructions:
Set up:Using waste yarn of a similar weight as your project yarn but contrasting color, cast on 3 stitches. Change to your shawl yarn and garter stitch for 5 ridges.  Next row: knit across the three stitches, pick up 5 stitches along the garter ridge. Remove the waste yarn and knit the three stitches from your cast on edge. (11 sts)

This periwinkle blue shawl has a wide ruffle knitted at the bottom. It is 100% cotton and available in my etsy shop.

Row 1 (RS): sl 1, knit 1 sts, place marker (pm), yo, k3, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k3,yo, pm, k2. (15 sts)

Row 2 (WS): sl 1, k1, purl 5, slip marker, p1, slip marker, purl 5, slip marker, k2.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2, slipping the first stitch of each row and maintaining the 2 stitch garter stitch edge and 1 stitch between yo’s on center back, you will be increasing 4 stitches on each right side row (2 stitches between each yarn over, except the center.) Continue to desired length minus the width of whatever decorative border you choose. Your border design will dictate the number of stitches needed at the bottom edge.

Part two will discuss border edge designs including lace, cable and fringe.

Happy Knitting!

27 thoughts on “Simple Knit Triangle Shawl free Pattern

  1. This is fantastic and I’ll definitely be trying it soon. I would like to know more about the alternated borders, can you tell me when this will be available?

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    Happy Knitting!
    Alli

  2. Love your designs!
    When will Part II instructions for borders be available?? If I missed it, can you please provide a link?
    Thanks!
    :)

    • Thanks Adaria! I posted Part I and then took off for vacation for a week (with no internet access!) Just got back early this morning… I hope to have Part II available within the next few days.

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  4. Thank you so much for posting the shawl pattern and part I of your border tutorial.
    I have my yarn, needles and your shawl pattern/ instructions, so am all set to knit my first shawl.
    I am learning so much from your knitting blog and am eagerly waiting for you to post Part II of the tutorial.
    Thanks for sharing your expertise with all of us.

    • Dianne, that yarn was a wonderful nubby cotton that knitted up to a worsted weight. I try to keep a bit of yarn with the label but I can not seem to find that one in my files. If I come across it, I’ll let you know. Just posted the pattern today. Let me know if you have any questions. ~Jill

    • Hi Bernadette, sorry but that shawl sold in September 2011 from my etsy shop. Unfortunately I have not been able to purchase more of that yarn since. Jill

  5. I am going to try and knit the green shawl that has the leaf design at the bottom. What size needles did you use. and is this the complete instructions to that shawl. I am new and knitting a shawl.? How many stitches did you cast on at the beginning?
    I have size 6 circular needles. I am knitting a scarf right now with them. When I get through I will start the shawl. If this is not the complete instructions could you email the instruction me. I only have 426yds and it is Meriono Wool 60 %acrtylic. Cascade Yarns Pacific.
    Marieva Munson

    • Marieva, 426 yards should be enough to complete the shawl with border. I have not put together the pattern for the leaf edge shawl but just posted the cable and fringe border edge. Jill

  6. I cant wait for you to post the yellow knit triangle shawl with the fringe
    you have last communicated it seems in Feb
    I do hope to get the pattern soon:))

    • Marieva, I just posted the knitted on cable fringe border. The leaf pattern is knitted on in the same way… in fact, any charted lace edge pattern can be used to knit onto the lower edge of the shawl. Cast on the appropriate number of stitches and on every right side row, knit one stitch from your edge together with one stitch from the body of your shawl. On the next row (ws) slip that first stitch. I hope to create a pattern for the leaf shawl specifically but this last pattern literally took me two years so… no promises. Jill

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