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Freebie Friday – Simple Shawls Part II

Last week I shared some basic top down triangular shawl patterns that are quick-to-knit, easy to adapt to the yarn in your stash, and great for charity or gift knitting. Today, I will share two more.


100 – 400 g yarn in any size or fiber. Yardage will vary depending on the yarn chosen but here are some guidelines

  • Fingering or sport weight:  300 – 400 yd for small shawl; 600-800 yds for large shawl.
  • DK or worsted weight: 200 – 300 yd for small shawl; 400 – 600 yd or more for large shawl.
  • Bulky weight: 150 – 300 yd for small shawl; 300 – 600 yd or more for large shawl


Gauge is not critical. Use a needle size that will give you a drapey but not overly loose fabric. 1 – 2 sizes larger than the size recommended on the yarn label should be suitable.


  • Tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

These patterns are easily adaptable to multiple colors so both are great patterns for stash busting.


CO – Cast on

 RS/WS – Right side/Wrong side

k – knit

kfb – knit in the front and back of the same stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)


Bottom Up Triangle

CO 3 sts.

Row 1: Kfb, k1, kfb. (5 sts)

Row 2 (and all WS rows): Knit.

Row 3: K1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1. (7 sts)

Row 5: K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (increasing 2 sts)

Repeat Rows 5 – 6 until you have the desired size or you have used most of your yarn, reserving enough for the bind off.

Bind off.

Block if desired.



Sideways Triangle

CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1, kfb.

Row 2 (and all WS rows): Knit

Row 3: K to last st, kfb.

Repeat Rows 2 – 3 until you have the desired center back length or you have used about half your yarn, ending with a WS row.

Next RS Row: K to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Next WS Row: Knit.

Repeat last 2 rows until you have 3 sts remaining.

Bind off. Block if desired and enjoy.