Shawl from a Ball (and a bit …)


This shawl uses one and-a-bit skeins of Lion Brand’s Shawl-in-ball. The remainder of the yarn can be used to make a matching hat or mitts.

The shawl can be worn as either a wrap or as a scarf. I like to wear mine with with the V-end in front to keep me warmer.

Shawl from a ball (and a bit)



  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit in front and back of stitch
  • K2tog – Knit 2 together
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right Side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • YO – Yarn over

Techniques Explained:

  • YO:
    1. Bring your yarn to the front of your work purl-wise.
    2. Knit into the next stitch, bringing your yarn over the top of the needle.
    3. This will result in a deliberate hole and an extra stitch being created.
  • KFB:
    1. Knit in the front of the stitch as usual, but don’t drop it off the needle.
    2. Knit in the back of the same stitch and then pull it of the left needle.
    3. This will create an extra stitch.
  • K2tog:
    1. Pass the right needle through the back of the next 2 stitches
    2. Wrap the yarn around the right needle and knit.
    3. This will reduce your stitches by one.

Shawl From a Ball (and a bit)


The shawl is worked from the top down (in a V-shape). We will increase 4 sts on every other row. It will be important to bind off loosely, as this will be your outer V-edge and it should drape loosely.
The “spine” of the shawl is created by YO, K1, YO.

CO 7 sts.
Row 1: K2, P3, K2
Row 2 (RS): K2, KFB, YO, K1, YO, KFB, K2 (11 sts)
Row 3: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3
Row 4: K3, KFB, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, KFB, K3 (15 sts)
Row 5: Same as Row 3
Row 6: K3, KFB, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, KFB, K3 (19 Sts)
Row 7: Same as Row 3
Row 8: K3, KFB, K5, YO, K1, YO, K5, KFB, K3 (23 Sts)
Row 9-19: Repeat this pattern, upping the number of K sts (marked in italics) by 2 on every odd row
Row 20: (This will be a row of pretty holes) K3, KFB, *YO, K2tog, rep from * to centre 3 sts, K1,YO, K1, YO, K1, *K2tog, YO, rep from * to last 4 sts, KFB, K3
Continue in the pattern for a total of 140 rows, creating a row of holes every 20 rows.
Row 141-143: K all sts
Cast off loosely.

6 thoughts on “Shawl from a Ball (and a bit …)

  1. Please help. When I get to row 20 (pretty holes) I have 47 stitches on my needle but I wind up with an extra stitch at the center point. I love this pattern and really want to make this shawl but I can’t make row 20 come out right. I’ve taken it out 3 times and always come up with the extra center stitch. Please help me get this right. Thank you.

    1. Hello Kay,
      Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I’m sorry to admit that there was a mistake in the pattern (my excuse is that this is the very first pattern I have written 🙂 ). I’ve updated the post to fix the problem. The centre 3 stitches of row 20 (and any row with the holes) should be K1, YO, K1, YO, K1.
      I really appreciate you pointing this out to me and I hope that your scarf turns out to be fabulous! Happy knitting!!

  2. Hi! I am trying your pattern for the first time and wonder if the increases should be on every even row, not odd as written…?

  3. When you say repeat this pattern do you mean rows 1 through 8? If so, what are rows 9 through 19? Can you explain?

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