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The Sea Glass Shawl Knitting Pattern

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Perfect for those breezy summer days and nights at the beach take a look at my sea glass shawl knitting pattern.

An advanced beginner knit, this knitted shawl is light and airy and made from 100% cotton.

Soft and easy to pack into a beach bag, the summer wrap is easy to take with you when you are out and about.

Grab the summer pattern PDF bundle here

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, KFB, k2tog, and SSK.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

girl sitting on a rock at the beach wearing a blue knitted wrap

A Knitted Shawl Inspired By Sea Glass

In a jazzy chevron pattern, the design was inspired by the sea glass I collected from a trip to Himara in Albania.

The washed-out pieces of glass with their grainy textures have amazing colors, greens, and blues, even though they look more green in the image below.

The cotton yarns used in the pattern from Rico Creative Cotton Aran are; nature, smoky blue, aquamarine, light blue, and patina.

knitted shawl on the needles with pieces of sea glass

The Shawl Design Pattern Sequence

The project has an easy pattern sequence that allows you to easily create chevrons.

The two rows that you repeat throughout are as follows;

Row 1; K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1

Row 2; Purl

I have included a video tutorial that you can view to see how to knit row one, including how to KFB and SSK. 

woman sitting knitting in public

Knit In Cotton

I had a ton of cotton yarns that I had bought last summer in all sorts of colors and didn’t really know what to do with them, so I thought making a summer shawl wrap would be a good idea!

I used five colors in soft cotton all from Rico Yarns in Rico Creative Cotton Aran – a fairly inexpensive yarn that comes in a wonderful array of colors. 

I love the way it works up and can be used for many projects, from garments to wraps, to creating crochet bathroom essentials.

back view of a wwoman at the beach wearing a chevron patterned knit shawl

This Can Also Be A Great Beach Shawl

When you need something to cover up with at the beach on a windy day or from a chilly breeze once the sun goes down, this is just perfect!

The shoreline colors will make this knitted shawl wrap integrate with the landscape and match up with denim cut-offs, white linen, and anything else you want to wear.

 It will also look good in any color combination you want to make it in!

woman at the beach wearing a blue and green chevron patterned knitted shawl

Perfect For Stash Busting!

This project is great for using up leftover yarns in your stash if you want to make it all multicolored.

You could work up each chevron in a different color, making your own personal color sequence.

You could also adjust your needle size and yarn weight to make it bigger and into a blanket.

For more scarves and wraps take a look at the posts below;

woman sitting on a rock at the beach wearing a knitted wrap in sea glass colours

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

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

Video Tutorial

There is a video tutorial to help you to see how to knit 1 row of this shawl.

This will show you how to KFB and SSK.

You can view the tutorial over on my YouTube channel here.

woman at the beach weaing a cotton shawl

The Sea Glass Shawl Knitting Pattern

Grab your inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

You can also buy this pattern in Issue 3 of The Handy Knitter Magazine with 5 other patterns for only $7  here.

Notes

Skill Level – Easy

The shawl knits up fairly quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Size

The shawl measures – Length = 62″/158cm / Width = 18″/46cm

Gauge – 16 stitches, 19 rows to 4×4 inches/10×10 cm measured over pattern.

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • Rico Creative Cotton Aran in the following colors;
  • Yarn A – Patina 43 x 2
  • Yarn B – Light Blue 32 x 2
  • Yarn C – Aquamarine 42 x 2
  • Yarn D – Smokey Blue 31 x 2
  • Yarn E – Nature 60 x 2
  • Each skein is 50g/85 meters
  • 100% Cotton
  • Yarn weight – Medium 04
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

Notions

beach shawl knitting pattern

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • CO – Cast on
  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Beginning
  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together; a right-slanting, single-stitch decrease
  • KFB – Knit one front and back; a single-stitch increase
  • P – Purl
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • SSK – ssk – Slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; a left-slanting, single-stitch decrease
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Yarn Colour Guide 

  1. Yarn A – Patina
  2. Yarn B – Light Blue
  3. Yarn C – Aquamarine
  4. Yarn D – Smokey Blue
  5. Yarn E – Nature

Pattern

With Yarn A – CO 86 sts

Row 1 – (WS) Purl

Row 2 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

The last 2 rows set the pattern.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn B

Row 13 – Purl

Row 14 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn C

Row 25 – Purl

Row 26 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn D

Row 37 – Purl

Row 38 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn E

Row 49 – Purl

Row 50 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

sea glass shawl pattern

Repeat the pattern sequence a further 3 times as set out below >

First Sequence

Change to Yarn A

Row 61 – Purl

Row 62 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn B

Row 73 – Purl

Row 74 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn C

Row 85 – Purl

Row 86 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn D

Row 97 – Purl

Row 98 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn E

Row 109 – Purl

Row 110 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

free shawl knitting pattern

Second Sequence

Change to Yarn A

Row 121 – Purl

Row 122 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn B

Row 133 – Purl

Row 134 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn C

Row 145 – Purl

Row 146 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn D

Row 157 – Purl

Row 158 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn E

Row 169 – Purl

Row 170 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

knitted shawl patterns

Third Sequence

Change to Yarn A

Row 181- Purl

Row 182 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn B

Row 193 – Purl

Row 194 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn C

Row 205 – Purl

Row 206 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn D

Row 217 – Purl

Row 218 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Change to Yarn E

Row 229 – Purl

Row 230 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – rep from * to last 2 sts, KFB, K1.

Work in pattern for 10 more rows.

Cast off.

Finishing

Weave in all ends along the side of the shawl, as the side curls in, and the edge will be hidden.

Notes

Please note – I used circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches.

The shawl may need to have the ends blocked – I blocked both ends of the shawl, as the edges were curling slightly.

Blocking the ends of the shawl

Grab the pattern PDF

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24 Comments

    1. Hello, if you look in the pattern at the materials list you will see each yarn featured and the number required after each one. I hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hello Laurie, I’m so happy you like it – it’s a very simple and easy shawl to make. Enjoy! 🙂

  1. Have you seen anyone complete this project with a single variegated yarn? I imagine you would lose some of the chevroning.

    1. Hello Rachael, I haven’t seen the shawl made with single variegated yarn – I think you are right, that you would lose some of the chevron patterns.
      Perhaps it would still be seen if you chose light colours?
      I have seen the shawl in various cotton / colour palettes and it works up lovely.
      Thanks,
      Louise

  2. Hello
    love this pattern , would love yo make it as a scarf for my mum, could i make make it with less stitches and would it still work. How many stitches would you do ?>
    Thank you
    Kim

    1. Hello Kim, you could try casting on 45 sts or 59 sts and see if that works out with the pattern?
      Let me know how it goes 🙂
      Louise

  3. I’m almost finish wil this shawl. I’m really pleased with it and I’ve yarn for a second one. My question is which bind off method do you recommend? Just a purl bind off or something else.

    1. Hello Suzanne,
      I used a simple traditional knit cast-off/bind-off and it gave the edges a very slight curl.
      You can use any cast-off/bind-off method of your choice though.
      I’m so happy you are enjoying the project!
      Louise

  4. Hello,this pattern is so beautiful,.
    Please advise,its a gift for a petite aunt (5ft tall)..what do you reccomend in stitch number and length .
    Tx so much,i have all the cotton yarn /colors and needles,but don’t know how to size down properly.

    1. Hello Jen,
      I’m so happy you like the pattern.
      The shawl will be fine to make it as it is for someone who is 5ft tall, you don’t need to size down.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  5. Love this pattern! It’s knitting up lovely. What number of stitches would you recommend for a blanket size? I can’t seem to work it out, many thanks!

    1. Hello Rafi,
      You would have to add more stitches for the repeat section – so in this part of row 2 – *KFB twice, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4 – this is 14 sts.
      You will add an extra 14 sts each time until you get the size you want.
      Plus you will keep this section for the beginning of row 2 – K1, KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, and the 2 sts needed at the end of the row.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  6. Hello, this pattern is very easy to follow.however, first i used wrong size needles(stitches too big),then i miscounted stitches casting on (83 ?85?)…. finally,i got it all together and its working up beautifully.
    Thank you for great step by step directions,tips,pictures and assistances.i was very glad to find your site and this beautiful pattern.
    you have a loyal follower and i look forward to your beautiful designs.

    1. Hello Jen,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you are enjoying the pattern 🙂
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  7. The shawl is beautiful, and I know someone who would love to get it as a gift. Thank you for making this pattern available at no charge. However, I’ll be using locally sourced yarn. Paying shipping costs that are double the yarn price just doesn’t make sense.

    1. Hello Guy,
      You don’t have to purchase the exact same yarn that I have used in the pattern, you can choose whichever yarn you like.
      As long as it is the same weight and can be used with the same needle size given in the pattern.
      Hope you enjoy making the shawl and happy knitting!
      Louise

  8. Hello,
    Love this shawl pattern.
    I want to make it , but I would love to make it wider, but don’t know how many stitches to cast on , because the pattern doesn’t say what is the multiple of the repeats.
    Can you please help me?
    Much appreciated
    Thank you
    Nancy

    1. Hello Nancy,
      To make a blanket you could cast on 170 sts.
      The blanket size will be around 94.5 x 120cm/37 x 47 inches
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  9. Hi,i made this as a gift,the colors are so beautiful together and the cotton is so lite,
    Thank you for a very beautiful pattern.

    1. Hello Jen,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you enjoyed the pattern.
      What a lovely and thoughtful gift.
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  10. The Sea Glass Shawl pattern is beautiful. Your instructions are so good that this 81 years young woman, returning to knitting after 40 years, is able to make it for my daughter! Thank you so much!

    1. Hello Julie,
      I’m so happy you have decided to start knitting again after 40 years!
      I hope you enjoy the pattern 🙂
      Louise