Welcome to the second part of the triangle shawl week of Shawl Design for Everybody! Today's topic in our shawl design course are triangle shawl patterns worked bottom-up with asymmetrical increases, a.k.a. triangle shawls worked sideways. In German speaking countries, this shawl shape is often referred to as Josephinentuch, and it's the perfect pattern if you want to knit an adjustable triangle shawl.
Working a triangular shawl from bottom up means starting at the tip, increasing to a certain size and binding off after adding a little border at the upper side of the triangle if desired. In the case of asymmetrical increases (working sideways), the increases are worked on one side only.
Don't let the images mislead you: the grid is square but gauge usually is not! Therefor, the images do not reflect the resulting angles accurately.
Design Process Outline
The outline of the shawl design process for square shawls tip to tip is as follows.
- Work a swatch and measure gauge.
- CO 3 sts and purl one row.
- Work increase rows (alternated with plain rows on demand, depending on the angle to be achieved) until shawl is of desired width.
- Optionally work an edging o the upper side of the triangle.
- Bind off all stitsches loosely and block gently.
Knitting Pattern Template
Our example assumes we are working no edging together with the shawl body.
Work a swatch and measure gauge. Example: 5 sts / 6 rows per square inch.
Decide on the desired width at the upper side of the triangle and the desired increase rate (how many plain rows to be worked between the increase rows). Example: 15 inches total width, increases every second row.
Calculate the relevant stitch counts: we need
15 inches * 5 stitches/inch = 75 stitches
So our pattern template reads as follows:
CO 3 sts and purl one round.
Increase row: sl1, YO, k to end of row. (5 sts)
Next row: knit.
Repeat the last two rows until there are 75 stitches total.
Bind off all sts loosely, then weave in ends and block gently.
Our series will be continued on Friday covering triangles worked top down. Please check back if you enjoyed this tutorial!