Crescents have been very popular shawl shapes for a few years and don’t seem to lose any popularity among knitters all over the world so far. Guess it’s time to devote some time to explain crescent shawls in detail: how do they look like, and how can they be constructed?
Please note: this is the third part of the Complete Guide to Crescent Shawls. You can find the first one (and links to all the other parts) here:
Crescent Shawls Shape Adjustments
Sometimes you come across the perfect crescent shawl pattern but it is just not the right shape – now what? Well, just reshape it. I’ll show you how to adjust the shape of crescent shawls – right now.
One thing before we start: size adjustments for shawls of all sorts are covered in details in my series Adjustable Shawls. You might want to have a look there, especially if you are unsure about yardage and how to ensure not to run out of yarn.
Changing the Shape of Short Row Crescent Shawls
We talked about calculating all short row crescent shawl related numbers in two earlier posts: Short Row Crescent Shawls and Short Row Calculations Made Easy. These numbers have to be altered when changing shapes.
All calculations are based on the desired width and height of your crescent shawl so you need to set these first. Then follow the instructions for calculating the related numbers as shown in the two posts linked above to achieve your desired size.
If you want to adjust the shape itself – like, making a crescent pointier – you need to alter more than just sizing.
The shape of short row crescents is determined by two factors:
- Short Row Shaping (Number and Placement of Turning Points), and
- Height and increased stitches in the outer section.
Adjusting the short row shaping parameters have been covered extensively earlier (see links above). This changes your width and height, basically but it also has influence on your shape as shown in the picture below: in this example, only the height has changed; the width stayed the same. You can easily see the expected changes in shape.
Altering the increases at the beginning of the outer section will change how pointy your crescent is going to be. To make a long story short: the more increases, the pointier it will be.
If you need really detailed instructions with lots of example calculations please refer to the book.
Adjusting the Shape of Crescent Shawls Worked Sideways
Crescent shawls worked sideways can be adjusted in shape as easily as for sizing. The same principles for width and height adjustments as for short row crescent shawls apply here. Pointy-ness (is this a word?) is adjusted by the amount of stitches cast on: the less stitches you cast on (the more increases you need to reach your desired stitch count), the pointier.
Altering the Size of Winged Crescent Shawls
Winged crescent shawls are adjustable by default as they are started at center neck with just a few stitches and increased on the fly.The same holds for the wings themselves, too: their increase rate defines how pointy your shawl will turn out to be.
Increase more frequently (like, every row instead of every second one) to achieve pointier crescents. That’s it, basically. (You need more help? There are a lot more examples in the book.)
All Questions Answered?
I hope all your questions about resizing crescents have been answered in this article. If you still got any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!