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Summer Shawl Knitting Pattern


In this post, you will see a summer shawl knitting pattern.

This crescent-shaped shawl is perfect for summer days.

Made from cotton in different colored stripes, this shawl is a must-have!

summer shawl

Knit A Summer Shawl

The shawl pattern is easy for advanced beginners.

The shawl is knit in The Cotton from We Are Knitters in three colors.

Perfect to wear around your shoulders on a summer day or night.

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cotton summer shawl

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The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are the knit stitch and garter stitch.

The techniques you will need to know are KYOK (knit, yarn over knit) used to increase and YO (yarn over) also to increase.

The crescent shawl is created with a garter tab cast on and then grows through a series of yarnovers on both the right side and the wrong side.

summer shawl

You might also want to make matching items…

You may also want to make matching items to take with you on vacation!

View those patterns here:

Bucket hat knitting pattern and summer shawl

Garter Tab Crescent Shawl Pattern

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This garter tab crescent shawl pattern is made with Pima cotton in three colors and knit on size 5mm (US 8) straight needles.

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Summer shawl knit in three colors

Skill Level – Easy (Advanced Beginner)


14 sts in 32 rows in 10×10 cm / 4×4 inches in garter stitch.


  • One size
  • Width tip to tip – 80 inches
  • Length – top to bottom at the widest part – 17 inches
close up of summer shawl

The supplies you need…


  • 1 x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Lilac
  • 1 x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Natural
  • 1 x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Light Yellow
  • This cotton is 100% Pima Cotton/10g/3.05oz/232 yds/212m.
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summer shawl worn as a sontag shawl


You can grab a free list of US and UK knitting terms here.

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – continue
  • K – knit
  • KYOK – knit, yarn over, knit
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Rep – repeat
  • YO – yarn over
light summer shawl

Summer Shawl Knitting Pattern

  • Yarn A – Lilac
  • Yarn B – Natural
  • Yarn C – Lemon

With Yarn A and 5mm (US 8) knitting needles cast on CO 3 sts.

Knit 6 rows, then turn the work 90 degrees and pick up and knit 3 sts, turn the work again and pick up and knit 3 sts along the cast-on edge. (9 sts)

Marker placement and setup (Rows 1 and 2)…

Row 1: K3, PM, YO, K3, YO, PM, K3.

Row 2: K3, SM, KYOK, K3, KYOK, SM, K3 (15 sts)

Pattern Rows (Rows 3 and 4)…

Row 3: K3, SM, YO, K to marker, YO, SM, K3.

Row 4: K3, SM, KYOK, K to one stitch before the marker, KYOK, SM, K3.

Rep rows 3 and 4 until you have knit 48 rows.

Change to Yarn B and cont in pattern work – 10 rows.

Change to yarn C and cont in pattern work – 28 rows.

Change to Yarn B and cont in pattern work – 10 rows.

Change to Yarn A and cont in pattern work – 10 rows.

Change to Yarn B and cont in pattern work – 10 rows.

Cast off.

Light cotton knitted summer shawl

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I’d love to see your work!

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  1. Hi there,
    What is the garter tab cast on?
    I am a bit confused with your terminology of KYOK, (knit, yarn over, knit), what does this mean? does it mean you knit the stitch, YO, and knit into the same stitch? (2 increases?)
    Any videos on these 2 that you are talking about..

    1. Hello Kathy, I don’t have a video tutorial on that stitch yet but if you go to YouTube and search for – ‘how to knit KYOK’ you will see some tutorials.
      It does mean to knit, yarn over, and knit into the same stitch.
      I hope that helps!