Light Summer Shawl Free Knit Pattern

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This Light Summer Knit Shawl Pattern is so delicate and slightly sheer. It’s functional not only as a shawl but as a scarf and fashion accessory as well. The bulk of the project is an easy repeat so turn on your favorite show or take this with on a trip! If you are looking for more lightweight knit projects, check out the Ray of Sunshine Knit Shawl or the Knit Beach Scarf Pattern.

Light Summer Knit Shawl Wrap by Briana K Designs

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How To Style A Lightweight Knit Shawl

Styling a handmade light lace weight shawl for spring and summer can be a delightful way to add elegance and flair to your outfits while staying cool. Here are some suggestions:

Casually Draped: Let the shawl drape casually over your shoulders for a relaxed, effortless look. This style works well with casual outfits like a simple tee and jeans or a sundress.

Off-Shoulder Wrap: Drape one end of the shawl over your shoulder and let the other end hang freely off the opposite shoulder. This creates a chic, asymmetrical look that is perfect for summer evenings.

Belted Shawl: Cinch the shawl around your waist with a thin belt to create a makeshift kimono or vest. This adds structure to your outfit while still allowing the delicate lace of the shawl to shine.

Layered Over a Jacket: For cooler spring days, layer the shawl over a lightweight jacket or blazer for added warmth and style. Choose a jacket in a complementary color to make the lace of the shawl stand out.

Remember to play around with different tying techniques and styling options to find the look that suits you best!

A woman in a blue dress smiles while holding up a light summer shawl on her patio, surrounded by plants and a white bench.

Supplies for The Knit Wrap

Knitting Needles:
Size 6 (4.0 mm) Circular Needles

Notions:
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker
Row Counter

Yarn:
Malabrigo Lace shown in Water Green, 100% Merino Wool, 470yds/50g

While gauge is not critical, these yarns are best substitutes:
Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace, 100% Baby Alpaca, 440yds/50g
Luminance Lace, 100% Mulberry Silk, 439yds/50g
Gloss Lace, 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk, 440yds/50g
Valley Yarns Hatfield, 100% Baby Alpaca, 427yds/50g

Yardage:
725-745 yards

Abbreviations/Stitches:
CO- cast on
k- knit
p- purl
k2tog- knit two stitches together
p2tog- purl two stitches together
yo- yarn over
kfb- knit front and back of stitch
pfb- purl front and back of stitch
RS: Right Side
sl st- slip stitch
sk2p: slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over
skp: slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
WS: Wrong Side

Gauge:
25 stitches by 44 rows in stockinette = 4 inches x 4 inches

Measurements/Sizes:
73 ½ by 39 ½ by 60 ½ inches

Skill Level:
Easy/Intermediate

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An image displaying a Light Summer Shawl Wrap Knit Pattern, including knit, purl, yarn over, and various decreases.
Grid with xs, os, and ys marked in cells, some os circled in red to highlight a light pattern, and a column of numbers on the right from 1 to 22.
Light Summer Knit Shawl Wrap by Briana K Designs

Lightweight Shawl Written Instructions

Row 1 (RS): Long Tail CO 6 sl st knitwise, kfb, k to end. | 7 sts

Row 2 (WS): sl st purlwise, p2tog, p2, pfb, p1.

Row 3: sl st knitwise, kfb, k until last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Row 4: sl st purlwise, p until last 2 stitches, pfb, p1. | 8 sts

Repeats:

  • Repeat rows 3-4 until stitch count is 167. | 167 sts
  • Work 1-8 from Lace Section below. | 171 sts at end of row 8 of lace portion.
  • Repeat rows 3-4 until stitch count is 175 (8 rows). | 175 sts
  • Work 1-16 from Lace Section below. | 183 sts at end of row 16 of lace portion.
  • Repeat rows 3-4 until stitch count is 191 (16 rows). | 191 sts
  • Work 1-22 from Lace Section below. | 202 at end of row 22 of lace portion.

Finishing:
Basic bind off loosely. Weave in ends and block shawl to prevent curling.

Light Summer Knit Shawl Wrap by Briana K Designs

Lace Section

Row 1: sl first knitwise, kfb, *yo, k, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 5, yo, skp, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: This row and every even row: sl st purlwise, p until last 2 stitches, pf&b, p1. (increases by 1 stitch)

Row 3: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, *yo, sk2p, yo, k1; repeat * until last 4, yo, sk2p, k in last.

Row 5: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k1, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 2, yo, skp.

Row 7: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 4, yo, skp, k.

Row 9: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, yo, *k, yo, sk2p, yo; repeat * until last 4, k, skp, k.

Row 11: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k1, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last, k in last.

Row 13: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 2, yo, skp.

Row 15: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 3, yo, skp, k.

Row 17: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k1, yo, sk2p; repeat * until end.

Row 19: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k1, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last, k in last.

Row 21: sl first knitwise, kfb, yo, skp, yo, sk2p, *yo, k1, yo, sk2p; repeat * until last 2, yo, skp.

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Styling a handmade light lace weight shawl for spring and summer offers endless possibilities to elevate your outfits with elegance and charm. Whether draped casually, belted for structure, or used as a chic swimsuit cover-up, these versatile accessories add a touch of sophistication to any ensemble.

However, to ensure their longevity and beauty, it's essential to care for lace weight knit shawls properly. To maintain their delicate fibers, hand washing in cool water with a gentle detergent is recommended.

Avoid wringing or twisting the shawl and instead gently press out excess water before laying it flat to dry. With proper care, your lace weight shawl will remain a timeless staple in your wardrobe, ready to adorn you with grace and style for many seasons to come.

Ready for your next knit project? If you love knitting simplistic stitches with a subtle texture, the Knit Sampler Textured Blanket Free Pattern might be for you. And if you want to try your hand at an easy knit garment then check out the top-down Lace Sleeve Knit Sweater Pattern.

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