Inside: The loom knit Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl free pattern and video tutorials for both right and left handers.
I don’t know about you, but one of the first knitting projects I learned on needles was Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth. It’s a simple, adaptable pattern that’s a classic for beginner knitters. I converted the pattern to the loom since as part of my How to Loom Knit series and you can find it here: Loom Knit Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.
One of my YouTube VIPs asked about creating a double row of eyelets along the edge. That led to me testing it out on a square and was the inspiration for this pattern.
Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl uses some of the same easy techniques to create a beautiful triangular shawl with a double eyelet edge and decorative picot bind off.
First, you cast on only 4 stitches. This is the bottom point of the triangle. Then increase using yarnovers to widen the shawl and add the eyelets. The 4 row repeat is easy to memorize so once you get a few repeats into the pattern it’s a simple project. (And, by simple I mean put on your favorite show and knit the evening away.) Since the center of the shawl is all knit stitches you only have to purl a few stitches along the edges making this a quick knit
It’s easy to loom knit Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl because you can make the shawl any size you want. The one pictured here is the smallest size. It’s more of large kerchief measuring 29″ across the top. I want to show you this size because it used only one ball of the yarn. That makes it not only a quick knit, but a great project size for gifting or donating. The nest size up makes a small shawlette and the two larger sizes create full size shawls.
If you can’t find the yarn listed in the pattern, that’s okay. You can use the same pattern instructions with any yarn and the appropriate loom size! Need a bulky wrap for winter? This is your pattern! Looking for a lightweight cotton wrap for summer? This is your pattern!
Since I used the Flexee Loom Links for this pattern, it was easy to add links to either end as the shawl grew. In the pattern below I included the peg counts for all the sizes and how many complete sets of the Flexee Loom Links Skinny you need. If you want to use another loom be sure to look at the maximum peg count if you want to make a large shawl.
For more information on finding just the right loom for your project, check out my Knitting Loom Guide book. It lists all the popular loom brands by size, gauge and peg count. I update the book every year to add new looms that were introduced during the year.
Loom Knit Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl
By Kristen Mangus
A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store or from Ravelry at the links below:
Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl takes the classic triangular shawl to a whole new level. With a double eyelet edge and picot bind off you’ll wrap up in both style and comfort. Working from the bottom upwards you can make a quick kerchief with 1 ball of yarn or add more balls for a full sized shawl.
Pattern contains written instructions and links to fully-captioned tutorial videos for both right and left handed knitters.
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Medium (#4) worsted weight yarn
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (186 yds/3.5 oz., 247 m/100 g) in color Mint used in sample. 1 (2, 5, 6) balls of yarn.
⅜” small gauge (SG) loom with at least 132 (168, 276, 324) pegs.
KB Flexee Loom Skinny used in sample. 2 (2, 3, 4) kits needed.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
K = Uwrap knit
Kfb = Knit into the front and back of the stitch
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
St(s) = Stitch(es)
YO = Yarnover
For a refresher on loom knitting basics see the blog posts below to get started:
13 Questions for Beginner Loom Knitters
How to Loom Knit Basics
How to Loom Knit Basic Stitch Patterns
How to Loom Knit in the Round
22.5 sts x 34 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
SKILL LEVEL Easy
Approx. 29” x 14.5” (74 x 37 cm)
Approx. 37” x 18.5” (94 x 47 cm)
Approx. 60.5” x 31” (154 x 79 cm)
Approx. 71” x 36.5” (180 x 93 cm)
This pattern can be used with any weight yarn and an appropriate loom size. All measurements and stitch counts for the listed sizes are specific to the yarn listed above. The first two sizes listed make a kerchief and a small shawlette, and the last 2 sizes make full size shawls.
The pattern includes a picot bind off that gives the top of the shawl a decorative edge. The picot bind off involves casting on additional stitches before you bind off to create each picot. This takes more yarn than a traditional bind off. I estimate you’ll need about 15 times the width of your shawl for the picot bind off. If you prefer you may work a basic bind off.
To customize the shawl size with the picot bind off, make sure your final stitch count is a multiple of 6.
Cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: Purl 4. [4 sts]
Row 2: K1, Kfb, k1, kfb. [6 sts]
Row 3: Purl all.
Row 4: K1, Kfb, k1, kfb, k2. [8 sts]
Row 5: Purl all.
Row 6: K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row. [10 sts]
Row 7: Purl all.
Row 8: K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row. [12 sts]
Row 9: P2, yo, p2, yo, purl to end of row. [14 sts]
Row 10: Knit all.
Row 11: P6. Knit to last 6 sts. P6.
Row 12: K2, yo, k2, yo, knit to end of row.
Row 13: P2, yo, p2, yo, p2. Knit to last 6 sts. P6.
Row 14: Knit all.
Row 15: P6. Knit to last 6 sts. P6.
Repeat Rows 12-15 until you reach 132 (168, 276, 324) stitches or until desired length ending after a Row 13 or 15.
Work the Picot Bind Off below or if you desire a smooth edge work a basic bind off.
Picot Bind Off:
Row 16: *True Cable cast on 2 sts. Bind off 8 sts. Rep. from * to last 6 stitches. Cast on 2 sts. Bind off 7 sts. Cast on 2 sts. Bind off rem sts.
Weave in ends and block.
Loom Knit Grandma’s Eyelet Shawl Video Tutorial
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