Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl – Free Shawl Knitting Pattern for Beginners

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Free Pattern! The Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl combines two different gradient or self striping yarns. This shawl can be made in any size, with any needles, any yarn, and any gauge you like.

 

Most all of us have at least a few gradient cake yarns in our stashes.  But what do you do with them when you only have one or two skeins of each colorway?  Combine them, of course!

This free shawl knitting pattern uses two different gradient yarns, perfect for when you need an easy cake yarn pattern.  By knitting narrow stripes in garter stitch, we can blend two colorways together for a unique ombre look.

 

How to Choose Yarn for the Double Gradient Shawl

Select two yarns, either in the same gradient colorway, or in two different gradient colorways.  You can use any yarns you like, as long as they are both in the same yarn weight category.  I chose to use two colorways of Bernat Pop, but you could use any gradient yarn you may have.  Here are a few cake yarns that would work great for this project:

Caron Cakes

Lion Brand Dotted Line

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes

Lion Brand Shimmerie

Lion Brand Faye

Lion Brand Just My Stripe

Lion Brand Yarnado

Lion Brand Neck’s Best Thing

Lion Brand Cupcake

Knit Picks Chroma

Knit Picks Chroma Twist

Knit Picks Stroll Gradient

 

If you’re not sure whether your gradients will look good together, ignore the overall color palettes of both.  Instead, compare the individual colors of one gradient with the colors of the other.  If you begin in the center of each cake yarn, compare the color in the very center of each cake.  Then, see if the next color out from the centers of each cake go together.  Continue following the colors of the gradients to see if the individual colors go together.  This will help you determine whether you like the gradients together.  If you’re still not sure, check out these photos from over 100 others who have knit this shawl in various color combinations.

 

If you want the double gradient effect, but only have one colorway, here’s another tip.  Let’s say you have two 5 ounce skeins of the same gradient colorway.  For Color A, use the center-pull end of one skein.  Then, for Color B, use the yarn end from the outside of the other skein.  That way, you will still have two gradients blending together, since one gradient is the reverse of the other.

 

Or, feel free to use a gradient colorway with a coordinating solid color yarn.  That would look great, too!

 

Now that you’ve got your yarn picked out, grab a circular needle in a size appropriate for the yarn you’re using, and let’s get started!

 

 

Double Gradient Boomerang Shawl

by Yay For Yarn

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Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

 

Yarn:*

About 5 ounces / 140 grams of Gradient or Self-striping yarn (with very long stripes) in Color A. I used Bernat Pop in ‘Scarlet Sizzle’.

About 5 ounces / 140 grams of Gradient or Self-striping yarn (with very long stripes) in Color B. I used Bernat Pop in ‘Blue Blaze’.

*The yarn requirements given are not precise, as this pattern can be done in any size or any weight category of yarn. Different yarns / yarn weight categories will have a different number of yards per ounce / gram. The Bernat Pop I used is #4 Worsted Weight. Both yarns must be in the same weight category.

 

Needles:

40” (101.6 cm) circular knitting needle, in a size appropriate for the yarn you are using. I suggest using the size needle that is recommended on your yarn label or slightly larger. I used a US size 8 needle.

 

You will also need:

Scissors

Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle

 

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

K: knit

st(s): stitch(es)

BO: bind off

K2tog: knit 2 stitches together

Kf&b: knit front and back

 

 

Finished Size and Gauge will vary depending on your yarn and needle choices. My shawl measured 84” (213.36 cm) long (across the “wingspan” or neck edge from end to end) and 18” (45.7 cm) deep at the widest point (from point of shawl up to neck edge). My bind-off edge measured just shy of 40” (101.6 cm) long.

 

Note:  A boomerang shawl is asymmetrical, meaning the point of the shawl will be off center.

With Color A, CO 5 sts.

Row 1: Kf&b, K across to last 2 sts, K2tog.

Row 2: K across to last st, K f&b.

*Switch to Color B, repeat Rows 1 and 2. Switch to Color A, repeat Rows 1 and 2.* Repeat from *to* until the shawl is the size you want, or you are almost out of yarn. With the color that comes next in your stripe sequence, work Row 1. Then, instead of knitting Row 2, BO to last st, Kf&b, BO last 2 sts. Tie off, weave in ends.

flat view of double gradient boomerang shawl

 

This pattern is intended for your personal use only. You may not share it, copy it, sell it, give it away, or mass-produce the finished product. However, you may sell the finished items on a small scale, as long as you convey in your item description that you used a Yay For Yarn pattern.

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12 Comments

  • ISAURA MASHIKO

    I just saw your video and read the instructions…but I wonder how I can get it smaller again. I cannot see nothing about decreases…and I could download the pattern…is it that this free downloading ended?
    Thank you, it looks really attractive.

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi! This shawl does not have decreases to make the shawl taper back down to the tip at the other side. If you look at the photo of the shawl when it is laid out flat, notice how the stripes run. The direction of the stripes is the way the rows are going. So the shawl starts at the tip on the right side, casting on only a few stitches. Then, the rows are worked back and forth, continually adding stitches until the shawl is as large as you would like. In that photo, the edge from the left tip of the shawl to the point at the bottom is the bind-off edge. You’ll just repeat the rows in the pattern until you have reached the desired size, and then bind off all the stitches across your row. The edge from the point at the back of the shawl to the tip at the side is the bind off edge.

      As for downloading the pattern, the free version is available to view in the blog post above. The downloadable PDF version is not free, but can be purchased to download from my shop.

      I hope this helps to clarify! Happy Yarning!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Renee! If you look at the first photo of the shawl, when it is laid out flat, notice how the stripes run. The direction of the stripes is the way the rows are going. So the shawl starts at the tip on the right side, casting on only a few stitches. Then, the rows are worked back and forth, continually adding stitches until the shawl is as large as you would like. In that photo, the edge from the left tip of the shawl to the point at the bottom is the bind-off edge. You’ll just repeat the rows in the pattern until you have reached the desired size, and then bind off all the stitches across your row. I hope this helps!

  • Daniela

    Thanks for inspiration! Started this knit today and I love it.
    I started just to make it to my mother but I just might Keep it myself!

    Keep spreading joy

  • Ldw

    Great pattern! You saved my life with this pattern, lol. I found a huge sale on sweet rolls and bought several thinking I would make a few scarves. After knitting a couple straight from the cake for daughters boredom set in. I saw your pattern and immediately cast on. You have a great idea here; I would never have thought to mix two colorways. Thanks so much!

  • Teresa Morris

    Beautiful finished shawl from such a easy pattern. Your video tutorial is very easy to understand. Thank you so much for sharing.

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