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Diana Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern

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In this post, you will see the Diana Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern.

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

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

The pattern is perfect for a beginner knitter or an experienced one, make one in all of your favorite yarn colors.

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Diana Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern

What Is An Asymmetrical Shawl?

Asymmetrical shawls are triangle shawls that are off-center.

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

This shawl shape provides a beautiful drape.

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

Light summer knitted shawl

How Do You Wear An Asymmetrical Knit Shawl?  

An asymmetrical knit shawl offers a unique and modern look that can be styled in various ways for different effects.  

Here are a few suggestions on how to wear an asymmetric  shawl:

  1. Draped Over One Shoulder: One simple and stylish way to wear an asymmetrical shawl is to drape it over one shoulder. Fold the shawl diagonally to create a triangle, then place the longest edge over your shoulder, allowing the rest of the shawl to drape down your back. You can secure it in place with a shawl pin or leave it loose for a relaxed and casual look. 
  2. Wrapped and Tied: For a more structured look, you can wrap the longer edge of the shawl around your neck and tie it in the front. Place the longest edge of the shawl over one shoulder, then bring the opposite corner across your chest and secure it with a knot or tie. This creates a chic and tailored appearance.
  3. Off-Center Drape: Embrace the asymmetry by allowing the shawl to drape in an off-center manner. Place the longest edge of the shawl over one shoulder, and let the rest of the shawl cascade diagonally across your front and back. Adjust the length and positioning to achieve the desired look. 
  4. Belted Shawl: To add definition and create a unique silhouette, you can belt the asymmetrical shawl around your waist. Place the triangular shawl over your shoulders, allowing the longer edge to hang down in the front, then wrap a belt or sash around your waist, securing the shawl in place. This creates a fashionable and tailored style.
  5. Creative Draping: Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different ways to drape and style your asymmetrical shawl. You can try crossing the longer edge over your chest and securing it at the shoulder, creating a diagonal wrap. 

Alternatively, you can experiment with various twists, folds, and knots to create your own unique look.

Remember, asymmetrical shawls offer versatility and allow you to play with different styling options. 

Feel free to explore and find the style that best suits your personal taste and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve.

Close up of asymmetrical shawl

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Asymmetrical shawl

The stitch pattern used in this design

This asymmetrical shawl design has a section of garter stitch rows with a yarn over stripe.

The pattern repeat is worked over and over until you have your desired size.

The shawl is knit, starting from one of the corner points.

This shawl needed 2 x skeins of Martin’s Lab Yarn – Comfy Merino/color Diana.

This yarn was knit with one strand to make it a light, airy knit. 

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Knitted shawl with tassels

Diana Shawl Knitting Pattern

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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 longer than the other.

Video Tutorial

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

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Starting the Diana shawl

Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginner)

Gauge – 16 sts/40 rows in 4 inches/10 cm in the pattern.

Measurements / Sizes

Length tip to tip (wingspan) = 72 inches/183 cm.

Width at the widest point = 28 inches/72 cm.

Diana shawl Knit

The supplies you need

Yarn

Needles

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

Notions

Tassels

Diana yarn from Martin's lab

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • K1fbf – Knit into the front, back, front (increase)
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch (increase)
  • K2tog – Knit the next two stitches together (decrease)
  • Sl1wyif – Slip 1 st with yarn in front (slip 1 st as if to purl, holding the yarn at the front of the work)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side
  • YO – Yarn over
Knitted shawl with yarn over stripes

Asymmetrical Shawl Knitting Pattern

Worked flat knitting back and forth on two needles:

Set up

  • CO 6 sts.
  • Row 1 (WS): K6.
  • Row 2 (RS): sl1wyif, K5.
  • Row 3: sl1wyif, K5.
  • Row 4: sl1wyif, K1fbf, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (7 sts)
  • Row 5: sl1wyif, K6.
  • Row 6: sl1wyif, K1fbf, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (8 sts)
  • Row 7: sl1wyif, K7.
  • Row 8: sl1wyif, K1fbf, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. (9 sts)
  • Row 9: sl1wyif, K8.
  • Row 10: sl1wyif, Kfb, K to the end. (10 sts)
  • Row 11: sl1wyif, K9.

The main body of the shawl

Start working the pattern repeat as follows:

The Garter Stitch Stripe

  • Row 1 (RS): sl1wyif, K1fbf, K to the last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
  • Row 2 (WS): sl1wyif, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 3: sl1wyif, Kfb, K to the end.
  • Row 4: sl1wyif, K to the end of the row.

Rep rows 1 to 4 once more. (4 sts increased in total)

You will work 8 rows in the garter stitch stripe pattern.

The Yarn Over Stripe

  • Row 1 (RS): sl1wyif, K1fbf, *YO, K2tog – rep to the last 2 sts, K2.
  • Row 2 (WS): sl1wyif, K to the end of the row.
  • Row 3: sl1wyif, Kfb, *YO, K2tog – rep to the last 2 sts, K2.
  • Row 4: sl1wyif, K to the end of the row.

Rep rows 1 to 4 once more. (6 sts increased in total)

In rows 5 and 7 you will K1 at the end of the row instead of K2.

You will work 8 rows in the yarn over stripe pattern.

After you have completed the yarn over stripe, work the garter stitch stripe again.

Alternate the stripes, working one after the other until you have around 200 sts.

Cast off.

Close up of knitted shawl

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, and 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 any more 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 – How To Block Knitting Guide

Knit shawl

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the free patterns, I have been drooling over a beautiful fingerling yarn but didn’t have a pattern, now I do.
    I love knitting but it’s getting expensive so I have to be careful in what I knit.
    Thank you again.

    1. Hello Elisabeth,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the pattern.
      I totally understand about fingering yarn, it can be hard to find patterns that are not socks that use this weight of yarn.
      I hope you enjoy it!
      Louise