If you are looking for a simple, free shawl pattern to knit, the Hidden Gems is recommended – pattern page link below. The pattern designer, Lindsey Wong, uses hand-spun yarn and I decided to use hand-spun from my yarn stash.
I have a few partial skeins of hand-spun and began knitting this pattern with the yellow, “coconut” – I think was the name. I knit until it was gone and then began alternating two different balls of hand-spun which gave a good color combination.
This pattern begins with a short cast-on at one end of the long triangle-shaped shawl, and expands outward. Once the center diameter is reached, the decreases are done on one side.
Because I was not using full skeins, I really didn’t know when to begin my decreases. I also don’t know how much yarn I used in total, but see the pattern for suggested yarn amounts.
My Shawl Knitting Notes
This is an easy shawl that should be fine for knitters who are just beginning their knitting journey. The cast-on is at the very end and the knitting expands outward until the widest part. Decreases along one side continue to create the other side of the triangle.
There is no purling, just garter stitch – knitting back and forth. Create increases and decreases for shaping. A self-striping yarn or solid color would work.
Stitches to know: K2tog (knit 2 together), SSK (slip, slip, knit), Kfb (knit front and back)
One stitch marker is needed.
I used a size 6US, 32-inch circular needle.
This lovely little shawl could be knit with any type of yarn. Just make it to the dimensions needed using an appropriate size needle.
The end measurements of my shawl are 58 inched long and 21 inches at the widest point. This ended up being a good size to wrap around my neck.