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Crochet and Knitting Shawl Patterns

by Roz Andrews

Shawls add a great finishing touch to any outfit, from a glamorous evening dress to a casual shirt and jeans. Shawls can be worn on any occasion, from a wedding to a cozy evening in by the fireside. Knit or crochet a shawl, wrap, shrug or cape using any kind of yarn - to suit the season, the outfit or the occasion.

Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or for something more challenging, there is sure to be a shawl pattern for you!

Shawls for Beginners

Blissful Moment Shawl
Crocheted in Super Saver
Blissful Moment Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LM6086
Kaleidoscope Shawl
Crocheted in Unforgettable
Kaleidoscope Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LM5992
Relax and Unwind Shawl
Crocheted in Colorscape
Relax and Unwind Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LW6006

Easy Knit Shawls

Fall Berries Shawl
Knit in Soft
Fall Berries Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LM5805
Brighten My Day Wrap
Knit in Super Saver
Brighten My Day Wrap Free Knitting Pattern LW5817
Simple Lace Triangle Shawl
Knit in Super Saver Ombre
Simple Lace Triangle Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LM5441

Cozy Shawls and Wraps

Margaux Chic Shawl
Crocheted in Chic Sheep
Margaux Chic Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LW6126
Textured Triangle Shawl
Knit in Soft Essentials
Textured Triangle Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LM5408
Cozy Hygge Wrap
Crocheted in Soft Essentials
Cozy Hygge Wrap Free Crochet Pattern LW5837

Lightweight Shawls

Small Shapes Shawl
Knit in It's a Wrap Rainbow
Small Shapes Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LM5925
Delicate Romance Shawl
Crocheted in It's a Wrap
Delicate Romance Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LW6074
Asymmetrical Knit Shawl
Knit in It's a Wrap
Asymmetrical Knit Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LW5700

Lace Shawls

Cherie Lace Shawl
Knit in Comfort
Cherie Lace Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LW5870
Gardenia Shawl
Crocheted in AUNT LYDIA’S® Fashion 3
Gardenia Shawl Free Crochet Pattern LC5506
Romantic Lacy Shawl
Crocheted in Soft Yarn
Romantic Lacy Shawl Free Knitting Pattern LW2586

In the nineteenth century, women wore shawls all the time. Elegant, lace shawls complemented the beautiful long dresses worn by wealthy women, while working women put on plainer, more practical shawls.

Today, an intricate lace shawl worn over an off-the-shoulder dress is the ideal choice for a spring or summer party, keeping you warm in the cool evening air.

At a wedding, a delicate lace shawl made from lightweight yarn looks lovely when worn with a wedding or a bridesmaid's dress. How about making matching lace shawls in coordinating colors for the bride and all the bridesmaids?

If you've just started to crochet, don't worry - there are plenty of patterns for beginners that you'll make in a jiffy and improve your skills and confidence at the same time. It's hard to believe that you can easily hook a glamorous lace shawl by repeating just two rows.

Or, if you've recently learned to knit, why not make an elegant, soft, warm ribbed shawl with a slit to keep it in place? Rest assured, if you can knit and purl, you can make this!

If you're in a hurry, choose an easy lace shawl that can be knitted in just eight hours.

A shawl is a very practical garment and it is easier to make than a sweater. A shawl can be easily taken on and off, keeping you warm whenever you feel cool. A shawl has been compared to a hug because it gives you warmth and comfort.

Choose between short shawls that skim the neck or the shoulders and longer capes covering the arms and the whole of the upper body. Shawls that can be easily kept in place with buttons or slits are a great choice if you often wear shawls. 

Show a special person you care by making them a prayer shawl. When starting the project, dedicate prayers, blessings and kind thoughts to your loved one and think of them while you hook or knit the shawl. When they wear it, it will feel like a constant hug, reminding them of your love.

It's wonderful to wear a shawl in the spring or fall when the weather can be unpredictable. Heavier-weight shawls are great for the depths of winter, when you need to keep extra-warm, while lightweight, lacy shawls crocheted in cotton yarn are ideal for breezy summer evenings.

Whether you're making a shawl for yourself or for a loved one, you'll be sure to find a suitable pattern and you'll find that the finished shawl will attract many compliments.

Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or for something more challenging, there is sure to be a crochet or knitting shawl pattern for you!

Crochet and Knitting Shawl Patterns