Faroese shawls are my all-time favorite. They look like wings and due to their shape it’s easy to tie them behind your back, providing you with extra warmth during cold winter days. Traditionally they were worked in thicker yarns and often they were lined making them a piece of everyday clothing. The figure below shows a sketch of the shape of a Faroese shawl.
A very good book on Faroese shawls is Føroysk Bindingarmynstur / Faroese Knitting Patterns, published by Schoolhouse Press.
Construction Methods For Faroese Shawls
Faroese shawls can be constructed in three different ways:
By working them top-down and working increases the traditional Faroese way,
By working them bottom-up and working decreases the traditional Faroese way, and
By working them top-down and working raglan increases.
Traditional Faroese Shawl Construction
Traditional Faroese Shawls are constructed by working increases (if you decide to work top-down) or decreases (if you decide to work bottom-up) at certain points of the shawl additionally to the decreases similar to those worked in triangle shaped shawls. The amount and positions of the in-/decreases depend on of the exact shape of the shawl you want to create, but generally there are two to four of these rows present.
An example pattern for a traditional shaped Faroese shawl is the Redwing knitting pattern.
Pattern Template: Traditional Faroese Shawl
For working a traditional Faroese Shawl follow the recipe for a triangular shawl. Choose a center pattern that is small at the neck (around 10 stitches). At the same time, work the following additional increases:
At the center panel, work 3 increases every 16 rows (stop increasing when your center panel is abut 40 sts wide).
At the side panels, work additional increases as follows:
At row 41, increase every 3rd stitch by working YO, k1 instead of k1.
At row 81, increase every 7th stitch by working YO, k1 instead of k1.
At row 120, increase every 9th stitch by working YO, k1 instead of k1.
Our next topic is going to be wing edge triangle shawls. Check back soon if you enjoyed this article!
Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are star shaped shawls.
Star shaped shawls are constructed by combining polygon shaped shawls (as discussed yesterday) with triangles (discussed a few weeks ago in detail). Start with a polygon, then attach one triangle to each polygon panel to form a star.
Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are polygon shaped shawls.
Polygons are best worked center out. The amount of increases and their position depends on the number of corners you want to see in your specific polygon shape.
The principle is as follows: a whole circle has 360° and we are dividing this virtual circle into slices – much like cutting a cake or pizza into pieces. How many pieces you want to achieve determines the angle to cut (or in our case: to increase!).
In our example, we would like to achieve eight corners. This means we have to divide 360° by 8, resulting in 45° per piece (of the shawl cake). As discussed earlier (and I definitely have to write the article on increase angles soon, I hear you!), increasing two stitches every other round results in an increase angle of approximately 90° – To achieve 45° per slice, 360° in total, we need to increase 8 stitches every other row.
Now all is left to do is to divide them evenly to shape this polygon. remember the article on working squarte shawls center out? This basically has been a four-corner polygon! The same principle applies here. We use one stitch as divider per panel and increase around this panel divider stitch ( I mostly tend to use ktbl’s here).
Which free shawl pattern do you want to see as this week’s Friday Freebie? There are three lovely free shawl patterns to choose from this week. Shown from top to bottom: Anton, Johanna and Schneeflocke.
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Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are crescent shawls worked sideways.
Implementing short rows into the shawls main panel forms crescents. The problem with short row shaping is that usually lace charts and short rows do not work well together, so usually the main panel of crescents is worked using garter or stockinette stitch.
WIP Wednesday comes a little late this week but better late thank never! Currently, I’m working on a lovely little wing ended triangle lace shawl. Lace knitting yarn is a Silk/Seacell blend in subtle hand dyed shades of green.
I hope to finish by the end of this week so I can start looking for test knitters. Just drop me an email or contact me on Twitter, Facebook or via comment here if you’re interested!
Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are circular segment shawl patterns.
Circular shawls are best worked from the center outwards, that also holds for circle segment shawls. Yesterday we learned how to construct circular and annular shawls. Today, we are using this new knowledge to construct circle segment shawls.
A circle segment is a part of a circle. Imagine a clock: to form a whole circle, the clock hand has to go all around one time – 360° to form a circle. If the clock hand goes from three to nine, we get a half circle like the one shown below.
If the clock hand goes from three to six o’clock only, we get a quarter circle like the one shown below.
This considerations lead to the following pattern template.
Pattern Template: Circular Segment Shawl Patterns
Calculate how many stitches (=N) to cast on based on 36 sts for 360° ( a whole circle). How many degrees should your shawl design have? A half circle would be 180° or 18 sts; a quarter circle 90° or 9 sts, etc. (Additionally, you might want to check your gauge, too.)
CO N sts.
Work N rows (not in the round!)
Work increase round (double stitch count) (2*N sts)
Work 2*N rows
Work increase round (double stitch count) (4*N sts)
Work 4*N rows
Repeat working in this schema until your shawl is of desired size, then work an edging (garter stitch border or something more complicated, as you please) and bind off loosely. Block gently.
Liked this tutorial? Tomorrow, we are going to cover crescent shawls worked sideways. Stay tuned!