Free Pattern: Colourblock Shawl

Last week I showed you my finished Colourblock Shawl, and I've finally had time to write up the pattern. It's a really simple design and the side-to-side construction means you can simply bind off whenever you want, and you'll have the perfect triangle shape. Because of this 'bias' construction, the fabric is stretchy and will wrap and drape beautifully. The Scheepjes Stone Washed XL yarn has been chosen to compliment the shape, and is incredibly soft and snuggly.

The shawl starts with a single stitch and gradually increases by one new stitch on every right side row, until it's to the size you like or you run out of yarn. When you're done, just bind off and add a fringe!

Following these instructions will give you exactly the same shawl as mine, but you can change the colours or change the stripes as often as you like to get your own unique shawl. I've added a project page on Ravelry in the hopes that you'll upload your pictures and I'll get to see what you come up with. 

YARN SOURCES: Numerous people have asked how to source the same yarn - Scheepjes Stone Washed XL is available from Wool Warehouse* and Deramores for UK and worldwide delivery (find international delivery costs hereand Paradise Fibres* in the USA.

You will need:
  • 1 x Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in Amazonite (Colour A) 
  • 2 x Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in Smokey Quartz (Col B) 
  • 1 x Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in Lemon Quartz (Col C) 
  • 4 x Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in Coral (Col D) 
  • For the fringe: 1 x Scheepjes Stone Washed in Moon Stone - note this is not the XL, but the sport weight 
  • 6mm circular knitting needles at least 80cm long (used to knit flat) 
  • Crochet hook for attaching the fringe 

Stitches / Techniques you will need to know:
  • Casting on
  • Kfb = knit into the front and back of the same stitch (before slipping it off the left needle) to increase by one. 
  • Knit
  • Binding off
  • Making a fringe
Edit: Optional, slip the last stitch of every row with the yarn held to the front to create a neat edge, if you are not adding a fringe.

  1. Using Col A, cast on 1 st
  2. (RS) Kfb = 2 sts
  3. (WS) Knit
  4. (RS) Kfb, K to end = increase of 1 st
  5. (WS) Knit
  6. Repeat rows 4 and 5, changing colours as follows, 
    • Col A - work to end of ball, finishing after a WS row / 50g
    • Col B - work in this colour for 65g, finishing after a WS row
    • Stripes of Col C and B - work (4 rows of Col C, then 2 rows of Col B) four times, carrying the yarn along the increase edge
    • Work in Col D until the shawl is to the desired size or you have used 4 balls / 200g of this yarn (whichever is the greater) 
  7. Bind off loosely and sew in ends
  8. Attach fringe evenly along the bottom edges, as pictured

I have hardly taken this off since it was finished (good job it can be machine washed), and it's had so many compliments (from both men and women, including strangers in the street). I really hope you enjoy making and wearing it too. EDIT: I love it so much made another - with a few modifications to make it more 'unisex'. You can see it here

Copyright information: This pattern is free to use, download or print strictly for personal use only. For commercial use (including printing for shops in part or in full to sell or give for free, or making of kits using this pattern) the designer must be contacted in writing to arrange a copyright agreement. Thank you. *Affiliate links are included in this post. 


  1. Thank you so much for the pattern. I have no idea when I'm going to fit it in but I actually think I may have to make this for myself.

    1. You're welcome Julia! It actually works up surprisingly quickly as it requires little concentration. Happy knitting!! X

  2. Looks really cozy. I have some worsted from the afghan-that-never-could-get-knitted that will give me some nice color changes. This may be the idea I've been looking for.

    1. It's such a simple pattern, and quite fun to knit in different colours. I hope you enjoy it! X

  3. Wow, what a fantastic shawl, great work! Congratulations! And it is so very bretty on you!
    Have fun

    1. Thank you Elisabeth. Actually, the model is my (younger) friend - I think it looks great on her too!!! Xxx

  4. Love the shawl. The yarn is new to me though. Is it a bulky weight?

  5. dear Sarah! Thank you so much for the pattern, I'm really happy with it. At this moment I am knitting the shawl, but with yarn I had laying around just waiting for a project like this. It works up so easy, I really really love it! Can you please tell me how long it is from right to left?? love, Carole

    1. Hi Carole, I'm so glad you like the pattern :)

      Mine measures approx 260cm across the top edge.

      Looking forward to seeing some pictures of yours, Sarah xxx

    2. thank you for your quick reply!! Mine is now 112 cm.... so almost half way there now!!!

  6. What does "fb" stand for?

    1. Hi, kfb = knit into the front and back of the same stitch to increase by one. If you're not sure how to do it, you'll find lots of videos on teh internet, simply google "kfb"

  7. I keep sending in Q's, but am not sure if you are getting them… I have started the shawl and now see that my colored sections are not near big enough- my first color section only added up to 42 stitches when I reached the 50 g of yarn used. I was wondering if you kept record of the number of rows or stitches cause this attempt will never reach the right size unless I add another color section or something. Any suggestions? Please help with measurements, stitches added (count) or rows.This last set of pictures really helped my to see the growth of the pattern. And mine is not looking like yours-

    1. Hi, this is the first comment I've received of this nature so I'm not sure where your other messages went...? Anyway, I didn't keep a record of rows as, really, the point of this shawl is to play with the stripes and just knit until it's the size you want. It's also the reason there is no suggested gauge.

      My suggestion is to just keep going until you love the size :) Because of the construction used, it doesn't matter how many rows you knit as you can cast off at any time and it'll be the right shape. Happy knitting!

  8. Helloo,
    I liked the pattern so much and i will start trying it but I would like to ask you, by increasing 1 st on every right side, will i get the triangle shape by the end of the pattern ??

    1. Hi, I'm glad you like it.

      If you follow the instructions, I promise you'll get a triangle shawl the same shape as the sample shown. You can make it as big (or small) as you like at any time too - just stop knitting when you get to the size you want.
      Happy knitting!

    2. And i will not need to decrease again to reach 1st before binding off like the start ??

    3. No you won't. Please trust the pattern and when you try it you will see that this construction method only requires increases. :)


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