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Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern

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In this post, you will see an asymmetrical shawl knitting pattern.

This shawl is designed with comfort and everyday wear in mind.

The simple construction and details allow this design to be knit up in many different fibers and colors sure to fit your own personal style.

Designed with an asymmetrical shape, the shawl can be worn in a few different ways for a relaxed fit and extra comfort.

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knitted asymmetrical shawl

What Is An Asymmetrical Shawl?

Asymmetrical shawls are triangle shawls that are off-center.

One end of the shawl will be much longer than the other.

At first glance, they may seem difficult to knit, however, they are really simple and fun to create.

asymmetrical shawl knitting pattern

The stitch pattern used in this design

This shawl is knit in stockinette stitch with a repeat row of slipped stitches that create holes in the knitted fabric.

The shawl is knit from one end to the other.

This shawl needed 3 x skeins of Cascade 220 yarn in the color periwinkle 100g/220 yards/200 meters.

asymmetrical shawl mood board

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This shawl pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

asymmetrical shawl

Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Notes

This shawl is an asymmetrical triangle shawl knit from one end to the other.

Asymmetrical shawls are triangle shawls that are off-center.

One end of the shawl will be much longer than the other.

Video Tutorial

You can view a video tutorial showing you how to start knitting the shawl from rows 1 to 21 on my YouTube channel here.

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Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginner)

Gauge

10 x 10 cm/4 x 4 inches = 16 sts and 22 rows of stockinette (stocking) stitch.

Measurements / Sizes

One Size.

Length tip to tip (wingspan) = 85 inches.

Width at the widest point = 24 inches.

wingspan measurements

The supplies you need

Yarn

Needles

  • 5.50mm (US 9) 32″ or 40″ circular needles.
  • I used my interchangeable circular needles on a 100cm/40′′ cable.
  • I did not join in the round to knit the scarf.
  • The shawl is worked back and forth on the needles – knit flat.
  • The cable was used to accommodate the number of stitches.

Notions

slipped stitch triangle scarf

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • K2tog – Knit the next two stitches together (decrease)
  • P – Purl
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • YF – Yarn forward

Shawl Pattern

Worked flat knitting back and forth on two needles:

CO 6sts using the longtail cast on.

1. Purl.

2. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (7 sts)

3. Purl.

4. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (8 sts)

5. Purl.

6. KFB, KFB, K to end. (10 sts)

7. Purl.

8. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (11 sts)

9. Purl.

10. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (12 sts)

11. Purl.

12. K1, *YF, slip 1 knitwise, K1, pass slipped stitch over* – rep to the end of the row.

13. Purl.

14. KFB, K to end. (13 sts).

15. Purl.

16. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (14 sts)

17. Purl.

18. KFB, KFB, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (15 sts)

19. Purl.

20. Knit to the end of the row.

21. Purl.

start of the asymmetrical shawl

Pattern Repeat

Repeat rows 12 – 21 (35 more times) until you have 120 sts.

Cast off loosely and weave in any loose ends.

asymmetrical shawl with knotted ends

Finishing and Blocking

You may wish to block your shawl, you can do that as follows:

Make sure all ends are woven in using a tapestry needle or method of choice.

Gently block by filling a sink or water basin with lukewarm water, add a small amount of rinse less wool wash.

Place the items in the water and gently massage out any air bubbles.

Drain water, gently squeezing out any excess water from the item, then roll in a towel, and stomp on the towel roll to remove anymore excess water.

Lay the item out on a towel to approx. finished wingspan measurements and allow to dry completely.

Blocking Tutorial

If you want to learn more about blocking, you can view this blog post here – Blocking knits – 3 ways to reshape your knitting.

wearing the knitted shawl

How To Wear The Shawl

There are a few ways that you can wear this shawl.

Loosely wrapped around your shoulders with a knot in the longer end or wrapped around your neck and knotted.

When you wrap around your neck, you can tie the longer end into the shorter end and then place a loose knot in the longer end as you can see in the photos.

The main body of the shawl is knit in stockinette stitch, so there will be some curling of the edges.

This may be stopped a little with blocking, but it is the natural way of the knitted fabric to curl like this.

how to wear the shawl

If you enjoyed this pattern you may also like this triangle scarf pattern.

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13 Comments

  1. I just found you on Ravelry- thank you! Easy patterns are the best, especially right now. They provide a lot of comfort.

  2. This is just gorgeous!! THANK YOU so much for sharing it with us, I am off to the yarn shop to get three skeins of Cascade 220 and start it today!

    1. Hello Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the pattern.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  3. I just love white cardigan shown in this picture with the Shawl pattern!!! What pattern is that?