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 seventh part of the Complete Guide to Crescent Shawls. You can find the first one (and links to all the other parts) here:
Crescent Shawls Size Adjustments
Sometimes you come across the perfect crescent shawl pattern but it is just not the right size – now what? Well, just resize it. I’ll show you how to adjust the size of crescent shawls 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.
Resizing Short Row Crescent Shawls
The interesting part in resizing short row crescent shawls is the inner section, especially. 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. The numbers mentioned there have to be altered when resizing.
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 need really detailed instructions with lots of example calculations please refer to the book.
Adjusting the Size of Crescent Shawls Worked Sideways
Crescent shawls worked sideways are the easiest to adjust in size. As outlined in my earlier article Crescent Shawls Worked Sideways they are constructed by first increasing on one side only, then worked straight, then decreased on the same side again. Well, the only numbers we need are our gauge (as always when calculating), the desired width and length.
It’s important to remember that for working sideways length means the larger number, width refers to the width of the shawl in direction of knitting (this is your resulting measurement from neck down when worn).
Our example numbers: Gauge 5 sts / 6 rows per inch, desired width is 20 inches, desired length 50 inches.
First we calculate the number of stitches (=N) for our desired width (the straight section):
20 inches * 5 stitches per inch = 100 stitches.
The pattern template tells us to cast on approximately N/2 stitches:
N/2 = 50 stitches
We start with these 50 stitches and increase to 100 stitches (the total width) with an increase rate of one stitch every other row. How many rows do we need?
100 – 50 / 2 = 25 rows.
(If you’re unsure about yardage at this point, go straight to Adjustable Shawls and read about yardage calculations there.)
You can use any numbers here so adjusting the size of crescents worked sideways is easy. (For you it still isn’t? Let me know in the comment section, please! Thank you!)
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. Define your desired width (the straight basis of the half circle plus the winged edges on each side) and start the wings at approximately half width. That’s it, basically. (You need more help? There are a lot more examples in the book.)
Changes in Sizing for Patterned Crescent Shawls
Altering stitch patterns for shawl sizes accordingly would fill at least ten articles of this length if not more. Seriously, it can be explained well and understandable but is definitely a topic to be studied on its own.
If you want to dive into this interesting advanced topic consider my online course Successful Shawl Design – video is a far better medium for it and it definitely needs more time and effort a blog post can provide. (It IS complicated. Just being honest.) The course is closed currently but will re-open for a short time in the end of May.
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!