Shawl Design: Short Row Crescent Shawls

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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.

how to knit crescent shawls

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.

Crescents can be both worked top-down or bottom up, as you please. It’s also possible to work crescent shawls sideways - we learned how to knit crescent shawls sideways last week.

Pattern Template: Crescent Shawls Worked Bottom Up

An example for a simple little Crescent shawl is the shawl pattern Priscilla.

(Note: in the recipe below, the term “turning point” refers to point at which previous short row was turned.)

  • Work a swatch in the desired needles and yarn to determine your working gauge.
  • Calculate how many stitches you will need to reach the desired width at the lower hem of the shawl and cast on this number of stitches.
  • Work about 16 rows in pattern for the lower hem – for example, work any lace border.
  • Decrease about one third of your CO sts evenly over the next 4 rows. Count your stitches (=A) at the last row.
  • Calculate B = (A-10)/2+10 and round to whole numbers.
  • (RS) sl1, knit B sts, turn work.
  • (WS) p10, turn work.
  • (RS) k9, ssk, k3, turn work.
  • (WS) p12, p2tog, p3, turn work.
  • (RS) k to 1 st before last turning point, ssk, k3, turn work.
  • (WS) p to 1 st before last turning point, p2tog, p3, turn work.
  • Repeat the last two rows until less than three sts remain un-worked at each edge.
  • K to last 2 sts, k2tog, turn work.
  • P to last 2 sts, p2tog, turn work.
  • Repeat the last two rows if you had 2 sts left un-worked at each edge; otherwise you are done.
  • Bind off all sts loosely.

Free Knitting Pattern Priscilla Crescent Shawl

Pattern Template: Crescent Shawls Worked Top Down

  • Work a swatch in the desired needles and yarn to determine your working gauge.
  • Calculate how many stitches (=A) you will need to reach the desired width at the upper hem of the shawl and cast on this number of stitches.
  • (RS) sl 1, k to last 3 sts, m1, turn work.
  • (WS) sl 1, p to last 3 sts, m1, turn work.
  • (RS) sl 1, k to three sts before turning point, m1, turn work.
  • (WS) sl 1, p to 3 sts before last turning point, m1, turn work.
  • Repeat the last two rows until you have about 10 stitches between your two turning points.
  • Calculate D by multiplying your current stitch count (=C) by 3/2: D = 3/2 * C.
  • Calculate E = D – C.
  • Increase E sts over the next 4 rows.
  • Work edging (or about 16 rows in garter st).
  • Bo all sts loosely.

Our next topic is going to be star shaped shawls. Check back tomorrow if you enjoyed this article!

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Friday Freebies: Raglan Faroese Shawl Knitting Pattern

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is Raglan Faroese, a knitting pattern for a Faroese lace shawl featuring various lace motifs worked from top down.

Free Knitting Pattern Raglan Faroese Shawl

 

You can download the free Faroese shawl knitting pattern here in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free knitting pattern!

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WIP Wednesday: Lace Knitting Yarn The Green Way

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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.

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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!

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How To Knit Crescent Shawls Worked Sideways

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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.

how to knit crescent shawls

Pattern Design Outline

  • Decide on the desired width and work a gauge swatch to determine the number of stitches (=N) needed.
  • Cast on approximately half of this number of stitches (approx. N/2 sts)
  • Work increase rows until the desired stitch count is reached.
  • Work straight rows until shawl is of desired length, then
  • Work decrease rows until approximately N/2 sts are left.

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Pattern Template: Crescents Worked Sideways

  • Work a gauge swatch to determine the number of stitches for the final width of your shawl (=N). CO N/2 sts and work 4 rows in pattern.
  • Sl 1, k1, pm, ssk, work to last 4 sts in pattern, m1l, pm, k2.
  • Sl 1, k1, slm, purl to next marker, slm, p2.
  • Sl 1, k1, slm, work in pattern to next marker, m1l, slm, k2.
  • Sl 1, k1, slm, purl to next marker, slm, p2.
  • Repeat the last two rows until your crescent is of desired width. Record the number of rows worked until desired width (=A).
  • Work in pattern without decreases and increases for about 15cm.
  • Sl1, k1, slm, m1r, work in pattern to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, slm, k2.
  • Sl 1, work in pattern to next marker, slm, p2.
  • Calculate B=A-2 and repeat the last two rows B times.
  • BO all sts loosely.

Our next topic is going to be short row crescent shawls. Check back tomorrow if you enjoyed this article!

Happy knitting,

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Shawl Design: Circular Segment Shawls

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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 circular segment shawl patterns.

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Circular Shawls

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.

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A half circle, constructed from center out, based on the Pi shawl construction method

If the clock hand goes from three to six o’clock only, we get a quarter circle like the one shown below.

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Shawl Design: A quarter circle segment shawl construction, based on the Pi shawl construction method.

 

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!

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Friday Freebie Pattern Poll: Free Shawl Patterns

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: the Priscilla, Hug Me and Raglan Faroese shawls.

Free Knitting Pattern Priscilla Crescent Shawl
Priscilla
Free Knitting Pattern Free Knitting Pattern Hug Me CircularShawl
Hug Me
Free Knitting Pattern Raglan Faroese Shawl
Raglan Faroese

Which pattern should be the next Friday Freebie?

  • Raglan Faroese (60%, 3 Votes)
  • Priscilla (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Hug Me (20%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Free Knitting Pattern Raglan Faroese Shawl

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Shawl Design: Circular Shawl Patterns & Annular Shawls

Feeling lost? Find the course schedule here or have a look at the overview of all shapes covered in the course.

Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are circular shawl patterns and patterns for annular shawls.

shawl design: week 3

Circular Shawls

Circular shawls are best worked from the center outwards. Start with a provisional cast on of 6 sts and knit one row, working in the round.

Remember your school math? There has been a number called Pi: the geometry of the circle unveils when looking at the mysterious relationship of the circumference of a circle to its radius. This ratio (circumference to radius) equals to Pi.

Or, as Elizabeth Zimmermann tells us in her book The Knitter’s Almanac:

“[…] the geometry of the circle hing[es] on the mysterious relationship of the circumference of a circle to its radius. A circle will double its circumference in infinitely themselves-doubling distances, or, in knitters’ terms, the distance between the increase-rounds, in which you double the number of stitches, goes 3, 6, 12, 24 and so on.” 

Well said. An implementation of the template mentioned above, usually called the Pi Shawl, is shown in the figure below: the number of rounds doubles between each increase round.

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Illustration of the Pi Shawl construction method: the number of rounds doubles between each increase round.

Pattern Template: Circular Shawl Patterns

  • CO 3 sts.
  • Work N rows (start with N=3) in the round (!)
  • Work increase row (double stitch count) (6 sts)
  • Work 2*N rows
  • Work increase round (double stitch count) (12 sts)
  • Work 4*N rounds
  • Work increase round (double stitch count) (24 sts)
  • Work 8*N rounds

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.

Annular Shawls

Annular shawls are circular shawls with holes in the center.

annular shawl patterns
Annular shawls can be constructed by casting on more stitches, following the increase instructions of circular shawls.
annular shawl patterns
The more sections of a circular shawl are omitted, the larger the center gap is going to be.

Pattern Template: Annular Shawl Patterns

  • CO N=48 (or N=96, …) sts.
  • Work N rows
  • Work increase row (double stitch count)
  • Work 2*N rows
  • Work increase round (double stitch count)
  • Work 4*N rounds
  • Work increase round (double stitch count) (24 sts)
  • Work 8*N rounds

Same here as for circular shawls: 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.

< Parallelograms & Rhomboids | next: Circular Segment Shawls (4/14) >

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Shawl Design Patterns: Parallelograms & Rhomboids

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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 rhomboids (parallelograms) and rectangles with triangle ends.

 

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The start of a rectangular shawl (stole) with triangle ends.

 

Rectangles With Triangle Ends

This shawl shape is achieved by combining square shawls worked from tip to tip with a rectangle in between the increases and decreases. We have already learned – in the episode Shawl Design for Everybody: Square Shawls Worked Diagonally (Tip to Tip) – that working a square shawl diagonally means starting at one tip, increasing to a certain size and repeating the reverse process for the other half of the shawl as shown in the figure below.

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Knitting direction when working square shawls diagonally

By introducing a rectangle between the two halfs of this type of square shawl, the rectangle with triangle ends is formed. The design outline for such a shawl design pattern is as follows:

  1. CO 3 sts and purl one row.
  2. Optional (with edging): work increase rows until edging is of desired width (upper edge of the orange triangle shown above).
  3. Work increase rows until shawl is of desired width.
  4. Work straight until shawl is of desired length.
  5. Work decrease rows until 3 sts are left, then bind off.

Pattern Template: Rectangle With Triangle Ends

Our example assumes we are working a garter stitch edging together with the shawl body. The width of the edging (upper edge of the orange triangle) shall be two inches (one inch per side).

Work a swatch and measure gauge. Example: 5 sts / 6 rows per square inch.

Decide on the desired width at the widest point (diagonal) of the shawl. Example: 30 inches total width (incl. edging).

Calculate the relevant stitch counts: we need 6 stitches per side for the edging, (5 stitches per inch plus one selvedge stitch on the outer side) and

30 inches * 5 stitches/inch = 150 stitches

total width.

So our pattern template reads as follows:

CO 3 sts and purl one round.

Increase row: sl1, m1R, pm, ktbl, pm, m1L, k1. (5 sts)

Next row: knit.

Increase row: sl1, k to next marker, m1R, slm, ktbl, slm, m1L, k to end of row. (7 sts)

Next row: knit.

Repeat the last two rows until there are 13 sts total, then start shawl body:

Increase row:sl1, k to next marker, slm, YO, ktbl, YO, slm, k to end of row. (15 sts)

Next row: knit edging stitches, purl body sts.

Increase row: sl1, k to next marker, slm, YO, k to next marker, YO, slm, k to end of row. (15 sts)

Next row: knit edging stitches, purl body sts.

Repeat the last two rows until there are 151 stitches between the markers.

Next row: knit.

Next row: knit edging stitches, purl body sts.

Repeat the last two rows until shawl is of desired length (minus the triangle at the end).

Decrease row: sl1, k to next marker, slm, ssk, k to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, slm, k to end of row. (149 sts between markers)

Next row: knit edging stitches, purl body sts.

Repeat the last two rows until all increased stitches are decreased again (until 3 sts are left total), then cut yarn, put through stitches and pull tight.

Weave in ends and block gently.

Parallelograms (Rhomboids)

Parallelograms are constructed by combining triangles and rectangles, too – the only difference is the placing of the elements.

Parallelogram construction in shawl design
Parallelogram construction in shawl design: asymmetrical triangles and a square. Knitting direction is horizontal (left to right or the other way round)
Parallelogram construction in shawl design
Parallelogram construction in shawl design: asymmetrical triangles and a rectangle. Knitting direction is horizontal (left to right or the other way round)

So for instance, you can combine two asymmetrical triangles with a rectangle or square, like shown above. Alternatives are the combination of two symmetrical triangles

Parallelogram construction in shawl design
Parallelogram construction in shawl design: two symmetrical triangles. Knitting direction is vertical (bottom up or top down)

… or the fancy variant: two symmetrical and two asymmetrical triangles like shown below. This construction method has been used in the famous Clapotis pattern.

Parallelogram construction in shawl design: the Clapotis way
Parallelogram construction in shawl design: the Clapotis way

Pattern Template: Parallelograms (Rhomboids)

No pattern templates are given in this case as you can simply choose one of the four construction methods above and follow the pattern templates given for the single elements. We used symmetrical triangles, asymmetrical triangles, rectangles and squares. Combine them freely to create your own shawl design patterns!

< Adjustable Triangle shawls | Circular Shawl Patterns & Annular Shawls >

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Friday Freebies: Strausserl Stockings

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Freebies here on jriede.com! We all love #fridayfreebies so I’ll not let you wait any longer.

Today’s free knitting pattern is Strausserl, a combined sock/stockings pattern featuring various twisted stitch motifs worked from top down.

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You can download the free sock pattern here in the shop for the next 24 hours.

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Feel free to drop me a note if you knit your own version of this lovely shawl, I’d love to see yours. Enjoy your free knitting pattern!

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Shawl Design: Adjustable Triangle Shawls

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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 adjustable triangle shawls.

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Actually, turning triangle shawls into adjustable triangles is pretty simple, especially if they are worked sideways or bottom-up with symmetrical increases.

Triangle shawls worked sideways (and bottom-up, too) are adjustable by default: started with three stitches from one tip, just increase on one side for triangles worked sideways or on each side for symmetrical increases until run out of yarn. Just make sure there’s enough yarn left for binding off your stitches – and a little border, eventually.

Pattern Template

Actually, there’s little left to add to the pattern template for adjustable triangle shawls: besides yarn & needles, the only other tool you need is your kitchen scale. You can eventually doing well without in this case, it’s just to make sure you got enough yarn for binding off.

  • Decide on yarn & needles and work a swatch.
  • CO 3 sts and purl one round.
  • Work increase round.
  • Work plain rounds as desired (the number of plain rows depends on your desired increase rate. Increase two sts every other row for an angle of approximately 35-45°)
  • During on of the plain rows: weigh your yarn before and after the row and note the number of stitches in that row. Divide the weight by the number of stitches. This is the amount of yarn you will need for binding off per stitch.

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