Get your easy knitted shawl pattern here!

Sometimes an easy knitting pattern is just the right thing. I like to have something simple that I can carry with me to knit wherever I happen to be; something that doesn’t take very much (or any) concentration. The perfect easy knit is one that I can knit while chatting, watching a movie, or listening to a concert.

The Big Button Wrap by Vanna White

A few years ago, the owner of my local knit shop went to a conference and saw a simple knitted rectangle that a designer wore as a shawl, closed with a lovely shawl pin. It really showed off the pin beautifully. My friend came home and quickly knitted up her version, a soft pink garter-stitch rectangle knit at a smallish gauge.

I’ve never forgotten this simple way to show off a shawl pin or special button. It’s easy and showy at the same time.

On episode 702 of Knitting Daily TV, now showing on, celebrity knitter Vanna White demonstrated her own spin on this pattern, which is accented by two large buttons that are situated so that the shawl can be worn loose around the shoulders or closer to the neck.

Vanna’s wrap is made from chunky-weight, self-striping yarn, but you could make it out of any gauge yarn. Just make a gauge swatch out of your chosen yarn and knit it in your chosen stitch pattern. Take your stitch-per-inch measurement and multiply it by the number of stitches that you want your finished wrap to be. That’ll give you the number of stitches to cast on. Here’s the formula:

Stitches per inch X number of inches wanted in finished wrap = number of stitches to cast on.

So, if your swatch tells you that you have 5 stitches per inch, and you want your wrap to be 18 inches wide, you’ll cast on 90 stitches.

No problem!

And guess what? The Big Button Wrap is a free pattern! Be sure and subscribe to, and watch KDTV episode 702 to get more knitting tips and tricks from Vanna and Eunny Jang.


P.S. What’s your simple, go-to pattern? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

4 thoughts on “Get your easy knitted shawl pattern here!

  1. my knit in the dark – with eyes closed – easy – go to project…. MY SO CALLED SCARF… that’s the name of the pattern on the internet… It was the first real project I knit after making a swatch of several types of stitches in my knitting class. I have knit it for women and for men – amazing responses from everyone. I love that you can make it how long YOU want – not have to worry about ending a cable or pattern in an awkward place if you happen to run out of yarn.

  2. I’d really love to make this shawl; it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, the pattern download is 404. Is there any other location where I can get the pattern. It seems simple enough to do on my own, but I’m a beginning knitter and I’d like the info mainly for the buttonhole placement/help.