Easy Pocket Shawl Free Beginner Knitting Pattern Giana Shawl

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Learn how to knit a pocket shawl. This easy knit pocket shawl pattern is comfy and cozy.

The Giana Shawl knits up fast in chunky yarn. The garter stitch makes this knitting pattern a breeze, especially for beginning knitters.

Adding pockets to your shawl is simple. Knit up this easy rectangle shawl. Then knit two small rectangles for your pockets.

Find your perfect length by measuring your wingspan-from fingertip to fingertip. Sew on your pockets precisely where you need them. Eccolá you have knit a pocket shawl!

picture of woman wrapped in honey colored knit pocket shawl pattern

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I love a chunky knit. This wrap is so cozy. My pockets are 8″ squares, but you could go even deeper for a super warm pocket.

This one is cozy without being overwhelming. It’s wide enough to give me shoulder coverage.

I kept the length just long enough for my arms, so the pockets are relatively close to the edge.

These are all things easy to customize for your own preferences.

picture of side view pocket shawl knit pattern

My shawl is 16″ wide. This is easy to adjust if you want to knit a wider, even cozier shawl for yourself. Or if you prefer a super scarf with pockets, then cast on a few less stitches.

And when you really need the extra warmth the classic garter stitch is reversible. So you can wear your pocket shawl inside out and reap the benefits of cozy pockets and full arm coverage.

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If you would like to learn more about the basics of knitting a shawl I wrote a post on how to knit a shawl for beginners. It includes both triangle and rectangle shawls, plus different yarn weights.

picture of reversible knit pocket shawl

I just love, love how squishy the Giana is around my neck. If you want to style this as a scarf you can do so.

It’s a bit like wearing another layer, except easier to remove as it warms up.

picture of easy beginner knit super scarf in golden color

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The Giana Pocket Shawl is knit in a squishy blend of acrylic and wool. This makes it warm and washable. The yarn for this shawl pattern is a #5 bulky yarn.

Can I substitute yarns? Of course, you can. Unfortunately the Lion’s Pride Wool Spun I used has been discontinued. However, Lion Brand recently released their Hue + Me Yarn, which is a comparable acrylic + wool blend #5 bulky yarn.

Another popular #5 bulky yarn is Homespun. This yarn would make a beautiful knit wrap. I’m also partial to the look of Red Heart Dreamy. This brushed yarn gives your projects an ultra soft look and feel.

I used a Gemstones Stripes Homespun yarn in my Umbria Shawl beginner knitting pattern. The Nebbia Scarf + Sweater crochet patterns feature Red Heart Dreamy in Ivory.

For a limited time this yarn is back in stock! Get Woolspun from Lion Brand* while you can. It’s a squishy favorite.


The Giana Pocket Shawl is knit with the simple garter stitch. This means you knit both sides, making it reversible.


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  • 635-889 yds of #5 chunky weight yarn*; pictured in 6 balls Lion’s Pride Woolspun (discontinued); Color Made Easy* is a suitable substitute.
  • 8mm needles* I knit with cable needles. You can use 9-16″ straight needles or 24″+ cables for this flat knitting pattern.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


  1. Worked flat, turn after each row.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

CO-cast on


BO-bind off



Helpful Knitting Tutorials

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 new yarn, the magic knot is one way.

How to change colors when you slip 1 at the beginning of a row.


4″ x 4″ = 10 sts x 22 rows of garter stitch


This shawl pattern is knit flat. You will turn your work after each row. The number of stitches you cast on will equal how wide your shawl is and you will knit it to length. Pockets are knit separately and sewn on. 



Finished Dimensions

Shawl is 60” long x 16” wide

Pockets are 8” x 8″

picture of diagram knit pocket shawl


To make your shawl wider, cast on any number of stitches. If you are matching gauge then for every 10 sts you add it will increase width by 4″. 

Likewise for a more narrow shawl or scarf, cast on fewer stitches. Every 10 stitches, at the given gauge, will equal 4″ less.

To make your shawl longer, repeat as many rows as needed. The length of your shawl when adding pockets should match up with the length of your arms. 

To take measurements for your pocket shawl, hold your arms spread wide apart. Have someone measure from fingertip to fingertip. That’s how long you will want yours to be.

For reference, modeled pictures show a 5′ 2″ woman wearing a 60″ long shawl. I find patch pockets most comfortable about where my pants pockets are located-at about hip length.

Remember when adjusting that changes will also effect the amount of yarn needed so plan accordingly.

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Video Tutorial

You can watch the video tutorial for the Giana Pocket Shawl on YouTube.

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Woman wrapped in honey colored knit pocket shawl pattern.

How To Knit an Easy Pocket Shawl For Beginners

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to knit an easy and comfy shawl with pockets. This easy knitting pattern is beginner friendly.


  • 635-889 yds of #5 bulky weight yarn; pictured in Lion’s Pride Woolspun (discontinued); Hue + Me is a suitable substitute.


  • 8mm knitting needles


Pockets-Make 2

  1. CO 20 for an 8" wide pocket.
  2. K all.
  3. K all.picture of garter stitch rows in honey yarn
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until pocket measures 8" long.
  5. BO. Set aside. Bound off edge and scissors.


  1. CO 40 for 16" wide shawl.
  2. K all.
  3. K all.Garter stitch rows on knitting needle in honey colored yarn.
  4. Continue to repeat steps 2-3 until desired length is reached. Shawl pictured is 60" long. Mustard yellow garter stitch shawl on knitting needles.
  5. BO. Cut yarn and weave in tail. Knitting bind off wooden knitting needles.


  1. Try your shawl on to find your best pocket placement. Woman wrapped in honey colored knit pocket shawl pattern.
  2. Pin pockets in place. picture of knit scarf with pockets
  3. Check that you can reach your pocket placement comfortably. Adjust if needed.
  4. Sew pockets to shawl with yarn needle and length of yarn. Yarn needle and knit pocket.
  5. Cut yarn, weave in ends.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this pattern. I can’t wait to start on it. Have to finish the fan and feather lapaghain that I am making first but this will be great for a Wool-ese thick and quick black and white skein that I want to use on this. I may change a few of the sts as I tend to love a lacy look. The size and number to CO were mainly what I needed. Thanks again.

  2. I can’t wait to start on this. It is something to get me knitting again since moving to Fl. I love this will be good on those cool early mornings on my walk.
    Thank you so much.

  3. I want to make this using up odds and ends of wool left by my late mom. its not bulky wool, can i adapt this – change the needles? change the number or castons?

  4. Hi Marci,
    Yes, you can make adjustments based on your yarn and needles. I would use the recommended needle size for your yarn (or the size you typically use). Likely you’ll need to cast on more stitches if you’re use #4 or lower yarn and less stitches for larger #6 yarn. The best way to check is to do a gauge swatch with your yarn and needles. Then you can compare it to the pattern’s gauge. This will tell you how much more or less to cast on. I hope this helps!

  5. Hi! I’m almost done but wondering how to add the pockets if the shawl is meant to be reversible. Is there a way to see the pockets to blend into the other side’s stitches and not be apparent? Thx.