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How to knit Button Shawl Free Pattern

knit Button Shawl Free Pattern
button shawl

A trendy three button shawl was recently profiled on NBC and the Today Show with Hoda and Kathy Lee. Its a very simple free pattern, easy to accomplish watching tv or talking to friends. This wrap is great for wearing over sweaters and jackets, or alone over a turtleneck in the early fall and late spring, watching children's games or running errands.

Things You'll Need:

  • (3) 2 Inch Buttons
  • Size 10.5 Needle Or Size For Yarn Gauge
  • 620 Yards Of Yarn, Bulky

Shawl description:

This 3 button shawl is really a very simple and easy to learn knitting pattern-it's a rectangle measuring 18 X 64" inches (or make it longer for a taller person). It has one buttonhole that is knit 11 or 12" up from the bottom, and about four inches in from the side. The three buttons allow three different looks: geometric, shown here, even, or buttoned half way up the shoulder. You'll need about 620 yards of yarn and 3 two inch flat buttons. Buttonhole help available at knittinghelp.com.

Deciding how many stitches to cast on:

Use the yarn's gauge to determine how many stitches to cast on. If 4 st to the inch, CO 72 st for the measurements 23 x 64". You might consider a long tail cast on, or double cast on for a looser result. Instructions are available at knittinghelp.com. Use the suggested needle size according to chosen yarn and adjust accordingly. The wrap is meant to curl around the neck edge so work that edge in stockinette stitch.

Edge design of shawl:

If you want the shawl to lie flat on the outside edge, then work 5 or so stitches in moss stitch or garter stitch on the outside edge. The same is true of the cast on and finished edges. A schematic of this pattern is available on writers blog, link is below for knit_n_scribble blog.

Casting off:

Cast off with a stretchy method: purl two together, then place the stitch back on the lefthand needle and continue purling together, placing stitch back on the lefthand needle.

Finished dimensions:

The wrap shown here was knit with two strands of yarn on a 10.5 needle. Alpaca and bouclé were used for yarns. Finished size is 64" long by 23" wide. Writer used 620 yards for each strand, 12 balls total.

Button placement:

Buttons are placed 4 inches apart and 5 inches from the inside edge, depending on your desired length. Super real wooden buttons are available at The Hickory Tree on Etsy. Linda at The Hickory Tree is a most agreeable person. She even sanded the buttons down to a lesser thickness, so they wouldn't be too heavy for the shawl. She is highly recommended as a source for natural wooden buttons for the three button shawl.

Perfect for Mommies, knit one in cotton for warm months and a warmer blend for fall! Three different looks, geometric couture look included.


Remember that this shawl was knit with two strands of yarn, it can be equally accomplished with a single strand of bulky. Resources are below for both yarn types. trendy learn-to-knit button shawl pattern for more photos find pattern and schematic at knit_n_scribble link below. Follow me on twitter, link below.


  • Copyright Sharon Watterson, knittingscribe. Any transcription, printing, or reproduction of this article or pattern, is to be for personal use only, not to be used for resale. All photos are property of writer and cannot be reused without permission.
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