Free Crochet Pattern: Knot Stitch Shawl

By Rachel Choi – 37 Comments
I love knot stitches! They are so easy and fast to make. This shawl is made completely with knot stitches that each measure 2 inches long. Of course you can make the knots stitches any length that you desire. To see what smaller knot stitches look like check out my knot stitch capelet that I made a while ago. The series of knots give a beautiful lacey and light look. If you don’t know how to crochet knot stitches yet, you can use the knot stitch tutorial. This shawl can be crocheted by beginners if you are just learning to do knot stitches.

Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 72” (183 cm) wide, 17” (43 cm) tall
Note: You may adjust the height and width, by following the instructions within the pattern

knot stitch shawl
Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 200 yards)
Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: each knot stitch is 2” (5 cm) long

Crochet Pattern: Shawl
Start by making a chain of 36 knots or as many knots to form the desired width of the shawl
Row 1: make 2 knots, sl st in third knot from hook, (make 2 knots, sl st in next knot) across: 72 knots, 36 sl sts
Row 2: make 1 knot, turn, sl st in first knot, (make 2 knots, skip 1 knot, sl st in next knot) across: 71 knots, 35 sl sts

Repeat row 2 ten times or until shawl is the height that you want it. Note that for each row you do, there is 1 less knot and 1 less sl st than the previous row.

If you need help with crocheting this shawl, don’t worry! Just leave a comment and I would be glad to help.

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  1. tash says:

    Awesome Idea, and so pretty!
    Thanks Rachel.
    I’m, still working on the capelet (in red, like yours) so I’m going to do this shawl in black. I must say that once I figured out the stitch, its really easy and quick. I’m going to finish the capelet at the beach on the North Coast of Durban this week! 😉

  2. em says:

    Hey, that’s pretty cool. You know, that knot stitch really reminds me of the Solomon knot-probably the same thing. I like it! 🙂

  3. Dominique says:

    WoW. That’s really pretty and such a neat idea. I believe I’m going to try this =)

  4. Janna says:

    I can’t wait to make this it’s so pretty ,and I think it would make a nice gift for some birthdays that are coming up and lets not forget mother’s day =) thanks for sharing I’m really looking forward to making this.

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Janna! I’m glad you decided to make it! And thanks for reminding me about mother’s day…I almost forgot about it. Let me know how it goes 🙂

  5. Mich says:

    This is awesome! I love the lacy look. I’ll make it as a birthday present for myself xD(It’s coming up)

  6. Katy says:

    Yee-haw!!! I finally learned to do the knot stitch! Thanks so much!! My first shawl ended up across the back of my couch, but I learned the stitch!!!! I was wondering – could this stitch be worked into one of those half-circle shawls that are so popular? I’m not a pattern writer – I can see stuff in my mind but have problem putting it into instructions anyone else could follow.

    Love you site and all your neat patterns.


  7. Malissa says:

    I love this stitch. It is nice and repetative. This shawl not only will be great for the long drive we have to a reunion this weekend, but when we get there I will have a pretty shawl to go with the anniversary party we are going to. AWESOME!

  8. Kristen says:

    Do you ever do this in a V pattern? If so do you have any tips?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Kristen, I’ve never done a V pattern with this stitch. But if you’re familiar with the V stitch, I think you can do something similar to that.

  9. Brittany H. says:

    I really love this pattern! I made it within two or three sit downs. I crocheted it a little longer than you had said. I went downt to the very end, where it had one last little loop left. It turned out really pretty and I hope it turns out to be a great gift!

  10. MissConni says:

    I love this knot stitch, however I want to make a triangle shawl with it. How do you decrease this stitch?

  11. Jenn says:

    Love this stitch a lot! Would there be a way to make this pattern without it decreasing, so the final shawl shape is a rectangle? Also want to tell you, I love your sight and can’t wait to try other patterns.

  12. Piper says:

    This shawl looks like it could double as a fishing net, lol!!! What a woman, tra la la la la, strolling down the water side with my shawl, oh hey, it looks as if a small school of fish are swimming my way, (swoop, swings the shawl, catches 5 fish inside). mmm dinner. LOL

  13. D says:

    I don’t understand row 2 once the instruction in ( ) starta. Also, in row 1, do you meant to slip stitch in the solomon’s knot itself, or in the single crochet part of it? I just don’t think your directions are very clear.

    Thank you, Kristen. I hope to hear back from you and hope it is soon.

  14. D says:

    Sorry, I meant Rachel!

    • Rachel says:

      D, when working into the knot stitch it is referring to the single crochet portion of the stitch. In row 2 where it says “(make 2 knots, skip 1 knot, sl st in next knot) ” you are going to make 2 knots stitches, then skip one knot stitch that you made on the previous row, then make a slip stitch in the next knot stitch on the previous row.

  15. D says:

    In row 1, when you slip stitch in 3rd knot from hook, does the knot on the hook count as one?
    I think you mean to work in the single crochet portion of all the knots on both rows?

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, the last single crochet made on the row counts as a stitch. And yes you are correct, when working into a knot, it is referring to crocheting into the single crochet portion of the stitch, not the elongated chain.

  16. D says:

    “sl st in 3rd knot from hook”—does the knot on the hook count as the first one? Sorry, I am confused about where to start counting the knots. I guess I am thinking of the single crochets as knots, when you mean the elongated loops are the knots? Thanks for your patience in answering all of these questions, Rachel.

    • Rachel says:

      The loop that’s on your hook does not count as a stitch, but the single crochet that you made as a part of the knot stitch does. The knot is the combination of an elongated chain with the single crochet. It starts with the elongated chain and ends with the single crochet, feel free to check out the tutorial that is linked at the beginning of the post. When you crochet into a knot, crochet into the single crochet portion of it.

  17. Bonney says:

    Is the original chain the top or the bottom of the shawl? I’m assuming bottom.
    As the knot stitches decrease, does that mean it’s narrower at the top?
    I’m hoping to do this in a light weight (3) bamboo yarn with about 1.5″ knot stitches. Each row will be a different color (like a rainbow), so I want a particular color at the top.

    Love the pattern.


  18. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel – love your directions for the knot, but I’m having trouble with the turning stitches in the shawl pattern. Do you have pictures of what the sides should look like? If I make 1 knot and sl st in the first knot – it doubles up the elongated chain on that edge.

  19. Mary says:

    Does this end up as a triangle shawl? I made a lot of these when I was younger and want to do them again but cannot find the exact pattern i used.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Mary, if you continue with the pattern it would be triangular. However, if you make the stitches as big as this pattern instructs you’d probably stop before the shawl becomes a true triangle since the shawl will be long enough. For a true triangle shawl, I would suggest making the stitches smaller, then adding more rows. Or you can use the Lover’s Knot Triangle Scarf pattern (adding rows at the end to make it shawl length), which is similar to this pattern but will make a true triangle.

  20. Judy says:

    I’m trying to find a pattern that slips over your head. The picture looks like this capelet does but then the comments talk about a triangle. In the picture I don’t see a vertical opening. Is the model wearing the capelet with the opening in the back or does it slip over her head?
    Thank you.

  21. cheryl says:

    very pretty, I love it!

  22. Cam says:

    I am planning on making these for my bridesmaids with the same yarn I am using to make my dress. I love the idea of love knots at a wedding. Thanks for the pattern!

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