Boomerang Shawl Basic Recipe

Boomerang Shawlette from YarnYAY! June's Box

Boomerang Shawl Basic Recipe

This week on Ask Me Monday, I show how easy it is to design your own Boomerang Shawl (or shawlette) using a basic recipe. This method works with any weight yarn and corresponding sized needles and is a great option when you’re unsure if you have enough yardage for a traditional, triangle shawl, as the shape forms almost immediately which makes it wearable at any point that it’s long enough to drape around your neck or shoulders.

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Boomerang Shawl Basic Recipe: Video Tutorial




Any weight yarn

Knitter’s Pride Ginger Circular Needles

Tip: Using a sock to dk weight yarn on larger needles (like US 8-9/5-5.5 mm results in a really nice, drapey piece.


RECIPE: Cast on 3 or 5 stitches. Working over two rows, increase TWO stitches at end of a Right Side row, decrease ONE stitch at the end of a Wrong Side row. That’s it!


Boomerang Shawl Basic Recipe: How-to

A boomerang shawl is worked from one tip to the opposite, side angle edge. To create this shape, you’ll need to repeat 2 rows in a basic stitch like Stockinette, but you may choose to alter that by working in an occasional design feature like Garter ridges (as I did with the YarnYAY! boomerang shawlette, shown above), welts, a lace panel, or whatever. The only thing important to remember is that the increase/decrease recipe needs to be maintained throughout.


CO 5 sts.

Row 1: K to last 2 sts, inc 1 (ex. YO, M1, lifted increase, etc.), k1, inc 1 (ex kfb, M1).

Row 2: P to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until the piece is desired size. BO.

Something to consider: The above pattern is written in straight, Stockinettte stitch. That means that the edges may roll. If that’s an issue for you, simply adding 1-3 k sts on the ws edge rows will fix that. See below for what thay might look like.


CO 5 sts.

Row 1: K to last 2 sts, inc 1 (ex. YO, M1, lifted increase, etc.), k1, inc 1 (ex kfb, M1).

Row 2: K2, p to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until the piece is desired size. BO.


Have fun experimenting. Don’t forget to tag @vckiehowell when you do!

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2 Responses to “Boomerang Shawl Basic Recipe”

  1. Christie Lamb

    Hi Vickie, I’ve been crocheting a lot lately but, as usual, you’ve got me missing my needles! 😉 This boomerang has got my mind spinning back towards a knitting project.
    Thank you so much for this inspirational recipe!!
    Happy stitching!
    Christie 🐑

  2. Monica Marthaler

    Where can i view the video for crochet shawl?