Emilia Shawl – Easy Lace Shawl Knitting Pattern

Emilia Easy Lace Shawl Knitting Pattern

An easy lace knitting shawl pattern – the Emilia Shawl – is now a free knitting pattern on the blog. Read about my inspiration, the yarn and the easy lace construction. Then purchase the pdf pattern with photos and instructions here for $4.7 or scroll down for the free version. 

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Emilia Shawl Knitting Pattern FREE

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The Emilia shawl is an easy lace shawl. Garter stitch and simple grid lace sections are alternated to give a timeless sophistication to this simple shawl. Both ends are worked in a triangle shape, finished with a tassel.

The Yarn

For this project I choose to work with LionBrand Wool Ease. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a medium worsted weight (4) 80% acrylic – 20% wool blend. Soft to the touch and machine washable (always a plus in my book!) it comes in 32 gorgeous colors.

Fun fact, I meant to order the Linen color (which is a bit more off white) but somehow (don’t ask me how) got the names mixed up and ordered Antler. I couldn’t be happier with my mistake though! The website’s picture for Antler doesn’t do it justice. It’s a very lightly pink natural colorway. Depending on the light it looks more grey, beige or dusty pink. I’m absolutely obsessed with it!

Wool Ease is a great yarn for the Emilia Shawl, warm but not too much it’s great for a mid-seasons shawl.

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Easy Lace

I love the gorgeous look of knit lace, but let’s be honest I have neither the patience nor the will to work those intricate repeats. That’s why I’ve been obsessed with combining simple eyelets lately. They’re just made by yarning over and then knitting 2 stitches together. Worked over entire sections are in sporadic rows, they give the impression of a lace shawl without the headache.

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Easy lace shawl knitting pattern

Downloadable PDF

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Why I Recommend You Purchase the PDF Pattern

If you’ve never used PDF patterns before, you are missing out on so much convenience!

  • You don’t need to take screenshots of the pattern
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  • You can take notes, highlight your size and write down where you are.
  • When your best friend begs you to make her the same sweater, you have the pattern ready..
  • It’s a great way to support the blog so I can continue to bring you knitting tutorials.

Grab the printable PDF of the Emilia easy lace shawl knitting pattern now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry:

Before you Start your Easy Lace Shawl Knitting Pattern


  • US 10 / 6 mm knitting needles.
  • 5 skeins worsted weight LionBrand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 197yd / 180m, 3oz/80g) in Antler colorway.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
  • 5 in. / 12.5 cm square of cardboard
  • 1 stitch marker


The shawl is 21” / 53.5 cm wide and 76” / 193 cm total length (excluding tassels).


The gauge for this easy lace shawl knitting pattern, in garter stitch, is 15 sts by 28 rows for a 4” by 4” square (10 cm by 10 cm).

Abbreviations & Notes

  • st(s) = stitch(s)
  • k = knit
  • yo = yarn over
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

Repeat instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row between < >.

Special Stitches and Techniques

The Actual Shawl Knitting Pattern

Cast on 6 sts.

Increase row: Knit across, add 1 st <7 st>.

Repeat increase rows until you have 40st.

Increase eyelet row: K1, [yo, k2tog] until last st, k1, add 1 st <41 st>.

Note: Use a stitch marker to highlight this side of your project; all eyelets and lace sections start on this side.

Repeat increase row until you have 46 st.

Increase lace section: Repeat increase eyelet row followed by an increase row three times. <52 st>

Continue repeating increase row until you reach 80 st.

Work in garter st for 2″ / 5 cm.

Eyelet row: K1, [yo, k2tog] until last st, k1.

Work in garter st for 5″ / 13 cm.

Lace section:

  • Lace row 1: K1, [yo, k2tog] until last st, k1.
  • Lace row 2: Knit across.
  • Lace row 3: K2, [yo, k2tog] until last 2 st, k2.
  • Lace row 4: Knit across

Repeat Row 1-4 twice

Work in garter st for 10.5″ / 27cm.

Work 1 eyelet row.

Knit 4 rows.

Lace section: Repeat lace rows 1 to 4 10 times.

Knit 4 rows.

Work 1 eyelet row.

Work in garter st for 10.5″ / 27cm.

Lace section: Repeat lace rows 1 to 4 three times.

Work in garter st for 5″ / 13 cm.

Work 1 eyelet row.

Work in garter st for 2″ / 5 cm.

Start decreasing on the side you make the eyelets.

Decrease row: k2tog, knit across. <79 st>

Repeat decrease row until you have 52 st.

Lace section:

Decrease lace row: K2tog, [yo, k2tog] until last 2 st, k2. <51 st>

Repeat decrease row followed by a decrease lace row three times. <45 st>

Work 4 decrease rows. <41 st>

Work a Decrease lace row. <40 st>

Continue repeating decrease rows until 6 st remain. 

Cast off. Leave a long tail to attach the tassel.

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You are done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your shawl even prettier, help even your stitches and highlight the eyelets and lace sections, block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

Finishing Touches

Make 2

Wrap yarn around cardboard – the more wraps, the thicker your Tassel will be. Cut a 10“/ 25.5 cm length of yarn and thread into blunt needle.

Insert needle under all strands at upper edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot securely near strands. Do not trim this tie, you will use it later to tie Tassel to Shawl.

Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Cut a 10“ / 25.5 cm length of yarn and wrap tightly around loops 1.5“ / 4 cm below top knot to form Tassel neck. Knot securely; thread ends into needle and weave to center of Tassel.

Trim Tassel ends evenly.

Tie one Tassel to cast on edge and one Tassel to bound off edge.

Emilia Shawl knitting pattern with tassels added
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