"Samba" Shawl Pattern (Sideways Knitted Triangular Shawl)

My version of this sideways knitted triangular shawl has two row garter stitch stripes and a slipped stitch selvage. It is immensely comfortable to wear because the biased fabric wraps itself around the body very readily. 

I have the free pattern below or alternatively you could watch my skillshare class about how to knit this shawl for free: Knit a Sideways Triangular Shawl

Fingering weight sock yarn in two colours, 100g or more of each colour. I have used 150 g of each colour for a larger sized shawl.
3.25 mm needles (US size 3). I recommend a circular needle about 80 or 100 cm long
Tapestry needle

23 stitches and 40 rows to 10 cm (4 inches) knitted in garter stitch (knit every row). Gauge is not important for this project. If you did want to use DK yarn and 4 mm needles or even thicker yarn, it would knit up quite quickly. Please adjust yarn amounts accordingly.

Finished size:
140 cm wide and 75 cm deep (unblocked) if using 100 g of each of two colours.
164 cm wide and 104 cm deep (unblocked) if using 150 g of each of two colours.

wyif With yarn in front
pwise Purlwise
kfb Knit into the front and back of the next stitch
k1tbl Knit one stitch through the back loop

Written Pattern:

Cast on 3 stitches using the longtail cast on and 3.25 mm needles (US size 3).

Row 1: (using yarn A) Wyif, sl1 pwise, knit to last two stitches, kfb, k1tbl.
Row 2: (using yarn A) Wyif, sl1 pwise, knit to last stitch, k1tbl.
Rows 3 and 4: (using yarn B) Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Repeat rows 1 through 4 until you have achieved the desired size.

Bind off:
After you have completed row 1 or 3, bind off loosely using a larger size needle if necessary. Weave in ends using a tapestry needle.

I have also made a class about knitting this shawl. If you have access to skillshare.com or would like to join then please use the link below. For new members it will give you a very reasonably priced trial for skillshare.com: http://skl.sh/2m0J1yj


  1. saw you in this one yesterday, it was really beauitful

  2. Thank you. It was a really fun shawl to knit.