Asymmetrical Knit Lace Shawl

Asymmetrical shawls are a great shape to work with. They allow you to wear your piece easily as a shawl or as a scarf. This is a fairly easy shawl to start out but it does have an intricate lace pattern for beautiful texture. Lace can be an intimidating technique in knitting but I am here to walk you through each step of the way.

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Asymmetrical Knit Lace Shawl

Garter stitch and lace pair together beautifully in this shawl from the design team at Yarnspirations. With written instructions and full knit chart along with the video tutorial below you will be able to work through this pattern even as an adventurous beginner.

After you grab your free pattern at the link below you will be ready to join me in making this shawl. You will see that the pattern calls for a 29″ circular needle. At first glance this may seem like a very long needle but it is needed to accommodate all of the stitches we will have a t the end of this shawl.

Video Tutorial with Marly Bird for the FREE Asymmetrical Knit Lace Shawl

Gauge and Shawls

Typically when talking about a shawl gauge is not super important. While this can be true in most cases you will want to still check your gauge with this pattern because we are only using one ball.

After doing all of the work of the beautiful lace stitches you won’t want to run out of yarn before you finish. Typically with one ball patterns most of the yarn is used to create the pattern so be sure to check gauge so you have enough yarn to finish.

What You Will Learn

FREE Asymmetrical Lace Knit Shawl from Yarnspirations
  • Knit stitch
  • purl stitch
  • kfb (knit front and back)
  • pfb (purl front and back)
  • sl k2tog psso (slip 1, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over)
  • k2tog
  • k3tog
  • adding a life line

Life Lines in Lace Knitting

A life line is a piece of thread, or other stringing material, that is used to save your place in your work. When working on a lace or cables there is often a lot of things that can go wrong. If you forget to do a yarn over, or place the cable in the wrong spot,  you will end up having to rip out your work to get back to the spot. Ripping out your work can be scary since the stitches are then live and sometimes have a mind of their own.

Using a life line gives you a spot to rip back to where you know that your stitches were perfect and a spot where you stitches can’t run away from. One life line in your project won’t be enough. Life lines should be used every few rows, this will allow you to have different spots that you can rip back to.

Looking for more tips on using a life line in your knitting? Watch my video tutorial where I add life lines in a knit hat pattern. Learn three ways to add a life line with my tutorial.

Download the FREE Lace Shawl Pattern

Download the FREE Asymmetrical Knit Lace Shawl from Yarnspirations

Get the free pattern here: https://www.yarnspirations.com/caron-asymmetrical-lace-knit-shawl/CAK0126-026883M.html?&utm_source=Influencer_MB

Video Tutorial

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  6. Social Knitter Shawl
  7. Garter Stitch Shawl-comes with video tutorials
  8. Make it Mine Shawl
  9. Crazy Stripes Shawl

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  1. Jean Jones says:

    Marly, I’ve watched the video twice and think I’ve got it. My question is how many rows between when adding a life line? I know I want to be consistent so that if I need to rip back I’ll know where to start. Make sense? Thanks for your help. Starting this in about 5 minutes. lol

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