Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Simple Knit Shawl Pattern

(Joining in with Ginny this week for the Yarn Along because knitting and reading are two of my favorite things to do.)

On our way home from Maine, I started this very simple shawl.  I have always wanted to knit a shawl for myself.  After trying several too complicated for me patterns, (because I can't keep count when a child needs me or I have to get up and get the bread out of the oven...) I decided on this very simple pattern.

For this shawl I am using DK weight wool/mohair from Peace Fleece in Sea Moss on size 6 needles.

The pattern is as follows:
Row 1: CO 1 stitch
Row 2:  kfbf (3 sts)
Row 3:  Knit
Row 4:  K1, Kfbf, K1 (5 sts)
Row 5:  Knit
Row 6:  K1, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until you have 11 stitches on your needle
Now for the rest of the shawl
K5 YO, Knit to the end.

See, simple?

I am still reading Lzarge Family Logistics and the second book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Looking forward to seeing what you are working on and reading.

Warm wishes,


  1. Lovely color. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Are you using straight needles or a circular one?

  2. Lovely shawl :) I'm a big fan of very simple ones that require no counting at all - not because I have children needing me though, but because I have a very short attention span!

    1. I have the same problem with my attention span. I like simple knits

  3. So pretty... thanks for the simple pattern!

  4. Tonya, I am about to begin a shawl for myself as well, as I have always wanted one too!

  5. Tonya,

    I love the easy and pretty. I have never made myself a shawl...I am now making my third pair of two needle socks...

    I am so glad you shared the pattern with all of us:)

    Blessings to you,


    A Knitters Notebook

  6. i am with you, counting and children don't mix. that is why my shawl i am working on is so easy too! lol, pick it up, put it down, no matter i can always figure out where i am! love the color! like the maine sky...


  7. thanks for sharing, simply lovely

  8. I love your simple knit shawl, it looks like it will be so cozy & warm. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  9. Great shawl! And simple is so much better :)

  10. I am just like you when it comes to complicated patterns! I always seem to lose track somehow, so I have thus far stuck with simplicity! Love the colour you have chosen!


  11. Thanks for posting the pattern. It looks attainable for even a novice like myself!

  12. Love the shawl. It is the most perfect garment -- head covering, back warming, baby wrapping, head pillow, lap rug... Ah, the joys of shawl! Enjoy!

  13. I love a shawl and a simple one is even better! Then you can talk and knit at the same time.

  14. Great pattern for a shawl. Thanks for sharing. I love the colour of your yarn.

  15. A shawl for yourself?! Wonderful! I can't keep track of lace either. Simpler is so much easier.

  16. can you approximate the yardage for an adult shawl?

  17. I love the color and texture of that shawl! That blue is wonderful.

  18. I was going to write exactly what Lindsey wrote! too funny... Having a nice shawl to wrap around always makes me feel cozy and loved, somehow. I hope you enjoy yours.

  19. I made a similar shawl and wear it constantly in the winter.

  20. Hi Tonia,

    Could you explain what Kfbf means. Can't seem to work this out. I am a novice when it comes to knitting, however I'd like to try your pattern.

    Blessings Gail

  21. I am so grateful to you for posting this pattern. Keeping count is a huge issue for me and I am almost giddy with happiness to knit up something so pretty for my daughter's sixth birthday. It is much prettier in person than in in the photo!

  22. I'm so happy I came across this on Pinterest! It was laid on my heart to knit some things for the patients in my mom's nursing home (she is the Director of Nursing, not a patient) and when I asked what would be useful, she said shawls. I have only been knitting for less than a year and have never made a shawl before. I thought it would be simple enough but all the patterns I found had intricate designs. I have three young kids (7, 5 & 4) and homeschool the oldest so I need something a little more mindless to knit while also parenting. This is going to be perfect! It's simple for me, as a beginner, and it looks like I can knit a bunch in no time - which means the impact will be greater in the nursing home. Thank you!

  23. Love the color of the yarn, great pattern!