Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl – Free Knitting Pattern

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Update Dec 2017: new pattern: the fast & easy mini Sweet November necktie knitted scarf pattern, for an ultra sweet alternative.

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mini Sweet November necktie knitted scarf pattern


What’s with that name ‘Sweet November’?

Wonder about the name origin of this free triangle shawl knitting pattern?  Well, Sweet November was a romantic film dating back to 2001 starring Charlize Theron, in which she wears this shawl in pretty much every scene in the movie.  In the movie, Charlize has boyfriends for just 1 month and the film is about the happenings in Sweet November…..

Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Now, not suggesting that you should swap men every month (who has time for that)… rather that once you make a shawl like Charlize Theron’s scarf, you will want to wear it everyday. Coz’ it’s cute, and highly versatile. So versatile that she wears it scene after scene, with different outfits.

To knit or to Crochet?

Since the movie (now a while ago), a bunch of people made the crochet pattern for this open weave shawl. Crochet isn’t as fast as knitting and typically creates a thicker work. Unless you would work with really fine yarn, it wouldn’t drape as nicely.

So for larger projects where you want lots of drape, knitting is definitely the preferred option. So, I was happy to find someone working out the details to knit this shawl. It’s holey, so it knits up really fast, and that’s what I need.

The Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern  here is an excellent triangle shawl for Fall, given you that extra layer and bit of extra cover up for when the chill is in the air on an otherwise sunny day.

Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Were it not that I just bought not 1 but ** 2 ** fleeces from local (Cornwall) sheep farms, I would have otherwise made this with a cotton, linen or silk yarn. It would look fabulous.


Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Details about this triangle lace shawl:

Finished Size:

  • 78” across top edge
  • 26” from center back to bottom point.

Testing your gauge is not important for this shawl, but you may want to do some test rows to see if you like the lace look with the needles/yarn combination you’ve selected. Aim for very open lace knitwear that drapes well.



  • 2 skeins of yarn with high definition, such as a cotton or linen blend yarn
  • Size 6.5mm (US 10.5) knitting needles
  • Crochet Hook (size K/6.5mm)
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

I cast on using the suggested method and followed the pattern exactly as written until I had 175 stitches on the needles.

Fringe three strands (14”) every 3 1/2” along the shawls edge to use up the remainder of your two skeins of yarn.

** NEWSFLASH: Just added a new video tutorial on how to do the garter tab casting on technique to start your triangle lace scarf. Be sure to watch this video if you have never don the garter tab before, as it will save you a lot of time and confusion!



The full pattern

Sweet November Triangle Lace Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Photo credit top: SpiderWoman Knits; bottom: the movie makers.

Pattern credit: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/caryl-pierre

Sweet November

And if you’re interested in seeing a bit of this romantic movie and on how this shawl looks with a million different outfits, have a look. Just takes a few minutes to see the movie trailer, and it will get you in the mood to make this scarf. Garanteed. Well, almost. Have fun. Happy Friday.


More Triangle Scarf Designs

This scarf is perfect for early Fall, but then, when it became colder, I wanted a bigger and bulkier wrap that I could cocoon into. So, I designed this Oversized triangle shawl knitting pattern. I made 3 versions: one with tassels, one with a large cross embellishment, and one with a fringe. Have a look.

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