Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl by Susan Elizabeth

Marilyn's Easy Rainbow Shawl

December 2014
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
13 stitches = 4 inches
in Blocked Garter Stitch with DK weight yarn. Fingering weight yarn will result in a smaller gauge fabric. As long as you like the results, keep going!
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
230 yards (210 m)
One size - easily customizable to any size by changing yarn size and needles, or by keep knitting with additional yarn.
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I would like to share Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow Shawl with everyone. This is a very easy to knit shawl. Use any yarn, and knit till you have the size of shawl you want! Perfect for beginners, or TV knitters, or last minute gift givers. We will have a month long knit along at Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow Shawl Knit Along

Marilyn’s Easy Rainbow Shawl is, as the name implies, an easy knit. It is perfect for beginning knitters, or easy TV knitting for more advanced knitters. I originally learned to knit English style, and used this pattern to practice Continental style knitting. The pattern was designed for my friend Marilyn, who said, “No one can teach me to knit something”. I took up the challenge and the Rainbow shawl was begun.

Choose any yarn, and needles for this shawl. I suggest going with needles a size or two larger than recommended for your yarn to make a nice loose fabric. One skein of DK weight yarn and size 9 needles makes the shawlette pictured above. One skein of sock yarn and size 7 needles makes a nice small shawl. Make your shawl as large as you like by repeating the 2 row pattern over and over, using as much yarn as you want. Stop when you decide you are finished.

Marilyn and I both chose bright variegated yarns, hence the ‘rainbow’ name. Your shawl will be pretty in any yarn you choose, striped, variegated, tonal, or plain. You can have fun changing colours and make stripes as you go. This would also be a wonderful way to use up scrap yarns. Even yarns of different weights could be used in stripes. There really is no limit with this shawl.

Have fun, and ‘make something’ while learning to knit.

There are no purls in this pattern!

I have posted a bit about the shawl here, on my blog: Thanks for pinning my shawl! I have a post about it at