Grateful Shawl. Asymmetric Triangular Shawl Free Pattern.

Grateful Shawl

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

My Granny is 70 years old today and I am celebrating here, too far away from her with the free pattern for you! A very simple, but special for me project – Grateful Shawl, made for my Granny back in Russia. I didn’t knit much during my trip, as I felt like I wanted to be 100% with my family and friends, but this simple garter stitch shawl was the perfect companion for long car/train rides, quiet evenings with my family and sleep overs with my girlfriends. I didn’t even notice how I finished it! It stayed with my Granny back in Russia and will remind her of the time we spent together. She recently had a surgery and now is recovering successfully, thus the name of the shawl – Grateful. I am grateful that everything went pretty smoothly, I am grateful for the time we spent together and I am infinitely grateful for her love. She is my true angel.

Project Details


The shawl is of classic asymmetric triangular shape. I wrote a quick pattern for it, you are welcome to use it!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksI am not really into variegated yarn, being more drawn to solid colors, but once in awhile I crave for fun shades and these skeins were perfect for it! The colors are really nice and two shades complimented each other beautifully; the yarn is light and springy. Having said that, I must admit that I doubt that I will ever knit with this yarn again. Don’t get me wrong – each skein was perfect, but the yarn felt too synthetic to me, maybe it’s 20% of polyamide in the content or the feeling of the superwash wool itself, or maybe I am just too spoiled with all the gorgeous natural fibers I got to work with during the last months, but I didn’t enjoy it running through my fingers. Other than that, it was fun to work with.

Design Details


Asymmetric triangular shawl. I find this shape one of the most versatile ones and it works great with simple stitches and variegated yarns! Also it is very easy to remember the pattern and knit with “closed” eyes.


This yarn has a great stitch definition and is perfect for garter – the stitches are perfectly even and pop out.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

 Asymmetric Shawl Free Pattern

The shawl is knit sideways from the corner with the attached 3-stitch I-cord edge that is knit simultaneously with the main fabric to a create smooth and neat edge and avoid finishing later.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern


Yarn. 2 skeins of Hawthorne Fingering by Knit PicksThe estimated yardage is approximately 700 yds.

Note: What is great about this shawl is that you can use any yarn from your stash. You can also use less or more yarn for your project. I was basically knitting until both skeins were finished, leaving just enough yarn to bind off. I was alternating the skeins every two rows. You are free to knit in solid color or set up your own stripe sequence – stripes/color blocks, the opportunities are really endless!

Needles. 2.5 mm (US 1).

Note: Again the needle size is very flexible. Just go with the one that is the best fit for your yarn and the fabric you want to create.


20 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in garter stitch.

Note: The exact gauge is not essential in this project, the most important thing is that you like the fabric in your swatch. 


Note: The shawl is knit from the corner, so you are in full control of its size and can easily adjust it and stop whenever you feel like it.


  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit two together
  • LH – left hand
  • p – purl
  • RH – right hand
  • RS – right side
  • sl – slip
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • st (sts) – stitch (stitches)
  • WS – wrong side
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • yo – yarn over


I am going to walk you through the beginning of the shawl. To see a bigger photo, open it in the new tab.

The shawl starts with the provisional cast on. There are several ways to do that, you can check this video – Provisional Cast-Ons – and choose your preferred method. I am using Crochet Provisional Cast-On here.

Now you have 9 starting stitches. First and last three sts will create the I-cord edging (see the arrows), the central 3 sts are the starting point of your shawl main body.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Now the fun part starts!

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyib, sl 1 wyif, k1; yo, knit to last 3 sts; k1, sl 1 wyif, p1.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif; k2tog, k to last 3 sts, yo; sl 1 wyif, k1, p1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until the desired depth of the shawl.

When the shawl reaches the desired size, start I-Cord Bind off.

You will get to the point when you have 3 I-cord sts on your RH needle and 3 sts left on your LH needle. Graft these stitches together to “close” the I-cord edging.

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Weave in all ends. Block the shawl.

Blocking is really essential in this project, don’t skip it! Your shawl will open up and bloom!

You are done!! Enjoy your shawl!

Free Asymmetric Shawl Pattern

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!!


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  1. Beautiful shawl and I am glad your granny is recovering well.

  2. Oh, what a gorgeous shawl! I love the I cord detail. I haven’t tried anything like that before — now I’m adding your pattern to my every growing “must make” list!

    The Yarn Fanatic Party is back after a long summer vacation. I’d love to “see” you there!

  3. Thank you for the patterns and I am so glad that you could to spend time with your granny.

  4. Lovely! And thanks so much for adding in the photos of how to start the shawl. Shawls have been on my “to-do knitting list” for a while now, but I keep getting frustrated with how to start them and end up just frogging the whole thing. I feel like your simple pattern would be a perfect shawl to start with!

    • Thank you, Susanne! Shawls are one of the easiest projects out there, though my heart belongs to garments, I tend to cast on one once in awhile. If you happen to have any questions, feel free to ask!

  5. Lovely pic of your Granny – and I love the shawl, especially the I-cord details 🙂

  6. That is a beautiful shawl, thank you so much for sharing the pattern!

  7. What length of circular needle would you recommend?

  8. I’m sure that the greatest gift for your granny was spending time with you! Wonderful shawl. The variegated yarn made it look so beautiful. I find yarn that has even a small percentage of polyamide in, to feel very synthetic also. I want it though in socks because it makes them so much durable.

  9. What a beautiful shawl, and it really makes the most of those stunning skeins that can get a bit busy looking in stockinette. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern, and the great tutorial for the tab beginning!

  10. Your granny looks fabulous in her beautiful shawl. I love the versatile asymmetric shape. Thank you for the generous free pattern!

  11. your grandmother is beautiful and so is the shawl 🙂 How nice you were able to see her and spend time with her 🙂

  12. What a beautiful shawl, Alina. My first thought was that I should try this! I mean, if you can knit it with your eyes closed I could surely manage with both of mine open. Yes? Well, I got lost on the first step. Not because of your instructions. But off the bat I am suddenly overwhelmed by terms like provisional cast on and waste yarn. Don’t laugh (or groan) at me. I’m still knitting dishcloths and trying to master the tension of my purl stitches. So… I don’t know if I’ll try to make this shawl, but you have inspired me to figure out what to make with my Hawthorne Fingering yarn I bought a couple of years ago. I love seeing how you combined two colors and I find this inspiring , too – as I have two colors of Hawthorne looking at me forlornly wondering what I’m going to do with them and I think they might just play very nicely together. So glad to see you’re back from your wonderful trip and posting regularly! 🙂

  13. Made a test shawl for my Wabbit to get the hang of things and what a handy pattern and technique you’ve made! Thank you so much for publishing an easy to use instructional guide!

  14. What colors Hawthorne did you use? I love this pattern, can’t wait to try it!

  15. Lovely pattern but in the i-cord bind off instructions at the end step 2 seems to be missing???

  16. Such a beautiful shawl and woman wearing it. Love seeing your Gran’s sweet face.
    Thank you for sharing with us this special pattern. xo

  17. Hi! I found your blog while looking for i-cord edge instructions and then this beautiful shawl. Thank you so much for this pattern and your really easy to follow instructions on the edge. One question though, you said that you changed colors every other row – how do you carry with you the yarn not being worked on? Any tips to get it nice?
    Thank you!

  18. What a pretty shawl and great tutorial (as usual). I love your photography 🙂

  19. what a lovely pattern….and I think it will be the perfect traveling project someday! Thanks for your gift…..and so glad your granny is recovering so well and your visit home was so special

  20. Step 3 of the bind off instructions leaves 5 stitches on the needle, and each repeat adds to this. How do you actually cast off the stitches? (Cast off = Bind off in England!). Help!

  21. Working triangle scarf
    Rows 1 and 3..kfb, k to end
    Row 2 and 4..P
    Not sure to slip kw or pw. Pls help. Ty

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