Easy Crescent Knit Shawl

Knitting a shawl doesn’t have to be difficult or take weeks to complete. Our easy crescent shawl works up quick with a straightforward repeat.

Skill Level | Easy
Finished Size | 76″ wide; 16″ long (middle)

introduction

About this Pattern


If you’ve been wanting to knit a shawl but keep shying away because you think it’ll be too difficult or take too long, this pattern is for you! This one works up with only a skein and a half of yarn and you can have it finished in a few productive weekends.

With this pattern you’ll get to practice the basic increases and decreases that make up a crescent shaped shawl. You don’t have to be a pro knitter but understanding the basics like tension, knits and binding off will go a long way. If the written instructions feel a little overwhelming, be sure to check out the tutorial for even more clarification.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our simple seed stitch cowl step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 476 yds; Lion Brand Scarfie (Colorway pictured: Mint/Silver)
  • US10 Knitting Needles
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • CO Cast On
  • K Knit
  • KFB Knit Front Back
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sl1P Slip One Purlwise with yarn in back
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
pattern notes

Additional Notes


Finished Size

76″ wide; 16″ long (middle)

Gauge

21 stitches x 33 rows = 4″
worked in garter stitch

Additional Notes:

This shawl comes together in two basic sections: an increasing section followed by a decreasing section. The repeat is very similar for both sections with subtle differences to make this shawl (worked from one side to the other) is a mirror image.

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Written Instructions


Shawl Section 1

CO 4

Rows 1-3: k all sts

Row 4: Sl1p. KFB. K to end of row. (5 sts)

Row 5: K all sts.

Repeat: Rep rows 4 and 5 until you have 13 sts on the needle, ending after a 4th row.

Next Row: Bind off 3 sts. K to end of row. (10 sts)

Repeat: Rep rows 4 and 5 until you have 16 sts on the needle, ending after a 4th row.

Next Row: Bind off 3 sts. K to end of row. (13 sts)

Section 1 Repeat

Rows 4, 5,”repeat” and “next row” make up the section repeat. Every time you reach a “repeat”, your stitch count will increase by 3 from the previous repeat. Cont with this repeat until l you have 84 sts on the needle, ending after a 4th row.

Section 2

Row 1: Bind off 6 sts. K to end of row. (78 sts)

Row 2: Sl1p. KFB. K to end of row.

Row 3: K all sts.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 through 4 until you have 81 sts on the needle, ending after a 2nd row.

Next Row: Bind off 6 sts. K to end of row. (75 sts)

Section 2 Repeat

Rows 2, 3, “repeat” and “next row” make up the section repeat. Every time you reach a “repeat”, your stitch count will increase by 3 from the previous repeat. Cont with this repeat until you have 12 sts on the needle, ending after a 2nd row.

Bind off the remaining sts.


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