Square Shawl Knitting Pattern: Manta

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Square shawl draped over chair

Square Shawl Inspiration

I designed Manta because I wanted a big square shawl that was as cozy as a blanket. The stitch patterns aren’t too lacy, so the shawl has the feel of a blanket. I chose worsted weight yarn to give it the heft and warmth I was looking for. This square shawl is like wearing a blanket, but still looking good! Manta is knit using one skein of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool and 4 skeins Paton’s Classic Wool (2 skeins each of 2 different colors).

Wearing a Square Shawl

Square shawls are versatile. You can wear your shawl wrapped all the way around so it overlaps in front. This is how I wear mine when I’m trying to quickly look put-together.

Manta square shawl pattern

When you wear a square shawl simply draped over your shoulders, the shape keeps it from slipping off. The extra fabric also keeps you warmer than a triangle shawl.

Manta square shawl knitting pattern


Finished Measurements: 38 in (96.5 cm) square

Skills Required: yarn over, knit 2 together, knit through the back loop, purl through the back loop

Gauge: 17 stitches and 19 rows in 4 in (2.5 cm) in fleck stitch

(Multiple of 4 stitches. Row 1: knit, Row 2: purl, Row 3: *p1, k3, repeat from * to end, Row 4: purl.)

Yarn: 4 Patons Classic Wool, 1 Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool

Needles: US9, 40 in (100 cm) circular needles

Notions: 5 stitch markers, yarn needle

If you like worsted weight shawls, look at my free pocket shawl pattern, Inanna.

Author: Kelly

I create disaster-movie-worthy knitting patterns.

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