The Most Simple Shawl Ever?!

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I made this very simple but effective rectangular to showcase the beautiful Lang Yarns Mille Fiamme  and combined with a wooden shawl pin I bought at Unravel, it can be worn in various ways. It took about 6 hours in total and would make a great knit for a beginner as it's just stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next) with the top and bottom edges allowed to roll to show the texture of the "wrong" side.

Gauge/tension isn't crucial so long as you like the fabric and drape and if not, adjust the needle size accordingly.

  • 4 skeins (or more) of Mille Fiamme in colour 0053/Rose
  • 8mm circular needle 100cm or longer - this is knit flat (not in the round) but you'll be able to try it on as you go to get the length you like with a long circular needle
  • A shawl pin or brooch 
These photos were taken 5 years after making the shawl - it's looking quite fluffy but it's still fun to wear! 

Cast on 110 stitches
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit 2, purl until last 2 stitches, knit 2
Then: repeat row 1 and 2 until it reaches the desired size - I used almost 4 skeins
Finally: Bind off & weave in any ends.

It can be worn in lots of different ways - as a shawl, cowl, poncho etc  so just wrap it around you and stick the pin in to hold it closed. 


  1. What would cast on to make a large size? Thank you for your help. I love the shawl. Hugs, Sandi

    1. Hi Sandi, I have emailed you a reply, but for anyone else who wants to know - I'd suggest making a swatch with your chosen yarn and then using that to determine the number of stitches to make the size you need.

      Happy knitting!


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