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California Wrap Free Knitted Shawl Pattern- Beginner

The California Wrap is a free knitted shawl pattern perfect for beginners. It is versatile enough to keep you covered on those cool mornings and still take you through those golden, sunny afternoons. Wrap up your shoulders, twist it into a scarf or drape it around your waist, the California Wrap is perfect for any weather.

While a wrap may not seem like summer attire in most places, Northern California is an exception. The lows overnight are cold enough to be winter in the south, which makes a lightweight wrap a fabulous option.

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This Graceful Green colorway from Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball captures the scenery of California so well. Everywhere I look there are green oak trees with their dark trunks dotting the golden hills and sun shining on it all. The warm browns, whites and “graceful” greens threaded with a golden shimmer reflect the California landscape perfectly.

I wore my wrap on our recent Northern California vacation and I’m so thankful I had it with me. It’s been a much milder summer this year (thankfully) and I used my wrap almost daily.

You can purchase an ad-free pdf here or {scroll down for the free pattern} Etsy, Ravelry, LoveCrafts.

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I found this lovely hand carved shawl stick from the Etsy shop WoodenItBeLovely. Isn’t it gorgeous? Hand carved from Texas Hill Country Juniper, yes please! The shawl stick allows me to effortlessly switch up how I’m styling my shawl to suit me needs.

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The sun light filtering through the wrap is just the essence of this piece. It demonstrates how loose and perfect it is for summer. We took a short hike up to Burney Falls and you can imagine how cool the air was coming off the falls.

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Tostata Knit Triangle Scarf knits up beautifully in hand dyed yarn.


  • 2 balls of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball in Graceful Green, or 725 yds #4 med worsted weight yarn
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I’ve linked up some video tutorials if you’re a crocheter looking to learn how to knit, or new to knitting. There are lots of ways to use your crochet hook to help you along the way. There are also lots of different ways to do these techniques so you may consider browsing around to find one that works for you.

CO-cast on


BO-Bind off

Helpful Knitting Videos

Cast On With A Crochet Hook As a crocheter, this is my favorite and go-to cast on method.

The Long Tail Cast On is another easy and popular cast on method.

Eventually you will need to know how to Join a New Ball of Yarn Video.

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Finished Dimensions

52″ x 23″


To knit a longer wrap, just add more stitches. Use the gauge below to add or take away stitches. For every 12 stitches you add, you’ll be adding 4″ of length, or vice versa if you’re shortening it. The pattern is great for beginners and easy to adjust because there’s no stitch multiple to consider. To add width, just knit more rows.


4″ x 4″ = 12 sts x 24 rows


CO 162

Row 1. K all

Rep last till work measures 23,” or to your desired width.

BO, fasten off and weave in ends.

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