Quick and Easy Shawl


Quick and Easy Shawl

Knit a quick and easy yet elegant shawl to wrap up in the evenings. This free shawl knitting pattern from Patons is easy enough for beginners. 

You can find this beginner knit pattern, along with several other easy knitting patterns, in our free eBook, Learn How to Knit for Beginners:  27 Easy Knitting Patterns.

Quick and Easy Shawl


  • Yarn: Patons Allure (1.75 oz / 50 g)  Ruby (04405) 7 balls
  • Knitting Needle: Size 6½ mm (U.S. 10½) circular knitting needle or size needed to obtain tension.

Tension: 9 sts and 13 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in garter st.


Cast on 139 sts.
Work 3 rows in garter st (knit every row), noting first row is WS.
Next row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows to 69 sts.
Cast off 3 sts beg every row to 3 sts.
Next row: K3tog. Fasten off.


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This really is an easy project. I had no problem with it at all. It made up quickly and wasn't small at all. I have no problem with it all. I want to have my grand daughter try to make one for her mom for her birthday. She knows how to crochet so now we try knitting!

I can't find any Paton's yarn in Allure or Ruby. Is that the YARN name or the COLOR name? It would be helpful to say what SIZE the yarn is, so that other types of yarn could be substituted.

Hi HisGrace4Me--Thanks for your comment. Paton Allure refers to the yarn name...Ruby is the color. So you'd be looking for Paton Allure Yarn in Ruby. Hope that helps!

This yarn has been discontinued for years, it is a super bulky yarn, 47 yards per skein, with a gauge of 9 stitches to 4" on 6.5mm needles.

why can't directions just include US size needles and eliminate the mm sizes which we do not use here in the US. The use of mm size needles creates much confusion as attested to in the above comments.

The size of needles in millimeters is what the majority of the craft world uses, it's only the US that insists on a different system. For reference the needle size on this pattern is given in both. Your comment just makes you look really self entitled and uninformed.

In order to achieve the size of this shawl as it appears in the photo, you need to make sure that you are using needles & yarn that successfully produce the same Tension/Guage stated in the pattern: 9 stitches and 13 rows of garter stitch pattern= 4" x4". So the finished shawl with 139 stitches wide and 163 rows will be 60-61" wide and 39" long.

I just finished this shawl and it is not as big as the one pictured. It's quite small. I used 10 1/2 needles US and followed the directions to a T. There must be something wrong with the directions. It just fits over my shoulders but does not wrap around like the picture. I made this for my daughter in law and now there is now way I can give it to her

I had the same issue, so I had to go up to an 8mm US11 needle to achieve both the gauge and the size specified in the pattern.

If you use size 10 1/2 needles that is the correct size the 6 1/2 mm is the england size.

10 1/2 US and 6.5 mm are the exact same size needles, the only difference is how another country label them.

Did you use 6 1/2 mm needles or SIZE 6 1/2 needles? The pattern calls for 6 1/2 mm needles which are a size US 10 1/2. There is a big difference in the two and a size 6 1/2 would account for the size difference in your finished shawl.

so i'm new to knitting but this seemed pretty and easy. it took me weeks to do and it turned out fitting my toddler. i know i used size 6 1/2 needles so i don't know where i went wrong.

You did not achieve gauge with the yarn you used, achieving gauge is absolutely essential to the project turning out correctly.


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