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Free Knitted Garter Stitch & Lace Summer Shawl Pattern

Crafting a handmade knitted shawl is a wonderfully rewarding experience, allowing you to create a beautiful garment that will be cherished for years to come.  This article aims to guide you through the process of knitting a quick and easy shawl, with pretty lace eyelets. 

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter, I will provide you with all the necessary steps and a free pattern to help you create a beautiful accessory for yourself, or a thoughtful gift for someone you love.

Blue and white garter stitch & lace knitted shawl displayed on a mannequin on a beach.


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Free Knitted Shawl Pattern

With its attractive striped pattern, this Garter Stitch shawl, is a fresh and colorful knitted design that comes together effortlessly, making it an ideal project for TV knitting or knitting on the go.

Whether you're an experienced knitter or just learning the ropes, this comprehensive tutorial will warmly guide you through knitting a shawl. We'll begin by exploring the necessary supplies for this charming project and introducing you to the knitting stitches and techniques you'll need to create the beautiful Garter Stitch & Eyelet Lace pattern.

Knitted garter stitch shawl in colours blue and white


Would this pattern be a great starting point for beginners?

Yes! This project is an excellent recommendation, especially for those new to lace knitting, as the Garter Stitch & Eyelet Lace pattern is crafted using straightforward, simple stitches. It provides a wonderful introduction to lace knitting and an opportunity to perfect these stitches while creating something truly lovely.  The pattern is simple to remember and works up easily.

Looking for a winter shawl  that's also great for beginners?  Try my Faerie Cake shawl pattern.


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Equipment


Let's start by getting all the necessary items ready. Just like most patterns for shawls, we'll only require a few knitting supplies - yarn, knitting needles, scissors, and a darning needle. Pretty simple so far?


Choosing Your Yarn


I've chosen a pretty sock yarn called Drops Fabel for this summer shawl. It comes in an excellent variety of coloured shades. I love it because it's pleasant to work with, comes in lots of interesting colourways and is easy on the purse strings.

It is recommended to use a self-striping, variegated or gradient yarn for the contrast colour and a plain yarn for the main colour.  The colours I chose for this project bring to mind frothy waves lapping the shore.


Selecting the Perfect Knitting Needles


For our lovely Garter Stitch shawl, we'll be using 4 mm needles. I love to use these Knit Pro needles (knitters Pride in the US) as they have a smooth surface and are extremely light, making them a joy to work with.  I have a little arthritis in my hands and these wonderful wooden needles really help to stop my hands from aching.


Handy Tools and Notions


Additionally, you'll need some helpful items like a pair of scissors, a measuring tape or gauge ruler, and a darning needle for neatly securing loose yarn ends. While not essential, stitch markers can be quite convenient for keeping track of your stitches.


Exploring the Garter Stitch & Eyelet Lace Pattern


Now, let's delve into the delightful stitch pattern we'll be using for this summer shawl. Though it may seem complicated at first glance, the Eyelet Lace is surprisingly simple and easy to master and the rest of the shawl is knitted entirely in Garter Stitch.  This charming stitch creates a beautifully ridged fabric with pretty lace sections.

Before we begin this summer knit, let's familiarize ourselves with the essential stitches for this shawl -

  • Knit:  Insert your needle upwards into the front loop of the stitch, from left to right, then wrap the yarn around the needle anticlockwise before pushing the loop back through the stitch, and sliding it off the needle
  • Purl:  Insert your needle downwards into the front loop of the stitch from right to left, and then wrap the yarn around the needle anticlockwise before pushing the loop back through the stitch, and sliding it off the needle
  • Yarn over:  Wrap the yarn around your right hand needle anticlockwise (this creates an extra stitch)
  • K2tog:  Knit 2 stitches together by inserting needle upwards into the front loop of both stitches, from left to right, then wrap the yarn around the needle anticlockwise before pushing the loops back through the stitch and sliding off the needle


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Blue and white, garter Stitch knitted Shawl


Are you ready to make your Garter Stitch & Eyelet Lace Summer Shawl?


Lantic Bay Shawl


Materials

One 50g ball Drops Fabel Blue Lagoon (cc)

Three 50g balls Drops Fabel Off White (mc)

4mm 80cm circular needles

5mm needle

Darning needle

 

Difficulty

Easy

 

Gauge

21 sts x 44 rows in garter stitch = 4x4 inches (10cm)


Size

Approx. 67in (170cm) wide & 20in (51cm) deep


Abbreviations

K – knit

K2tog – knit 2 together

Yo – yarn over

St(s) – stitch(s)

Mc – main colour

Cc – contrast colour


About the yarn

Drops Fabel is a 25% polyamide 75% superwash wool 4ply yarn.  Each 50g ball is approx. 205 metres.  You can purchase the yarn here...

If you can’t get the Drops yarn then this is another great option 

 

Other notes

  • Please read pattern carefully before starting
  • While gauge is not essential for this project, if gauge is not met finished size may be considerably larger or smaller and require varying amounts of yarn.
  • You may substitute any 4ply (fingering) yarn for this project.  It is recommended to use a self-striping, variegated or gradient yarn for the contrast colour and a plain yarn for the main colour.
  • Shawl is worked back and forth on circular needles in garter stitch, with some simple lace eyelet rows. 
  • Pattern is worked in 4 sections with 2 colour sequences. 
  • When working with 2 colours carry unused yarn loosely up the side of your work.
  • Don’t worry if your shawl looks a little boomerang shaped (this is normal), as long as you are carrying unused yarn loosely it will easily straighten out when blocked


Blue & white striped garter stitch & lace knitting


Colour sequence 1

2 rows cc

2 rows mc


Colour sequence 2

2 rows cc

6 rows mc

2 rows cc

6 rows mc

2 rows cc


Pattern 1

Row 1 k2, yo, k1, yo, k to end

Row 2 k

Row 3 k2, yo, k to last 2 st’s k2tog

Row 4 k


Pattern 2

Row 1 k2, yo, k1, yo, k to end

Row 2 k2, p to last 2 st’s, k2

Row 3 k2, yo, [k2tog, yo] to last 2 st’s, k2tog

Row 4 k2, p to last 2 st’s, k2

Row 5 k2, yo, k1, yo, k to end

Row 6 k

 

Pattern 3

Row 1 k2, yo, k to lst 2 st’s, k2tog

Row 2 k2, p to last 2 st’s k2

Row 3 k2, yo, k1, yo [k2tog, yo] to last st, k1

Row 4 k2, p to last 2 st’s, k2

Row 5 k2, yo, k to last 2 st’s, k2tog

Row 6 k

Blue & white knitted shawl


Start knitting here...

Section 1

With MC cast on 6 sts and knit 2 rows.

Commence pattern 1 in colour sequence 1 and repeat until piece measures approx. 40cm from cast on edge to needles, ending on a row 4.

 

Section 2

Work pattern 2 in mc

Starting at row 3 work pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 1

Work pattern 3 in mc

Starting at row 1 work pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 1

Work pattern 2 mc

Starting at row 3 work in pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 1

 

Section 3

Work pattern 3 in mc

Starting at row 1 work pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 2

Work pattern 2 in mc

Starting at row 3 work pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 2

Work pattern 3 in mc

Starting at row 1 work pattern 1 for 20 rows in colour sequence 2

Cut cc yarn.

 

Section 4

Work pattern 2 in mc

Work pattern 3 in mc

Work pattern 2 in mc

Work pattern 3 in mc

Work pattern 2 in mc

Work pattern 3 in mc

Work pattern 2 in mc

Work pattern 3 in mc

Cast off with larger needle, fasten off and weave in ends.  Block.

Blue & white knitted garter stitch shawl



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