Frequently Asked Questions About Crescent Shawls

The Complete Guide to Crescent Shawls Part Eight - Frequently Asked Questions

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 9th part of the Complete Guide to Crescent Shawls. You can find the first one (and links to all the other parts) here:

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crescent Shawls

A few weeks ago I asked you about crescent shawls: your experience, favorite knitting methods and what you struggle with most. The answers were many and really interesting for me: it’s always good to look closer to see what people really need.

Binding Off and Blocking

  • “What is the best bind off for a crescent shawl?”
  • “How do I block a crescent shawl?”
  • “How to cast on?”

The best bind off is a stretchy one to ensure blocking is as flexible as possible as for every other shawl shape. There is a whole article dedicated to binding off your knitting: Binding Off Your Knitting.

I wrote a complete article about blocking recently: Blocking Your Knitting. This also holds for crescents.

All questions related to casting on should be answered in my recent article Knitting Cast On Methods. For the mysterious bump (see below): if you use a long tail cast on, skip the knot at the very beginning and just do a single loop instead. Voila, no more bumpy knots!

Wearing Crescents

  • “I think crescent shawls are cool but hard to wear.”
  • “Is there a way to adjust the pattern so that it is more “fitted” over the shoulder? In other words, how do you make a crescent shawl STAY on your shoulders better?

Very interesting indeed. My crescent shawls tend to stay on my shoulders, probably because of the way I tie them around my neck – same as tying triangle shawls. I have one idea, though: a possibility could be to include raglan shaping into the upper shawl body. I’ll have to think about it.

Questions Related to Shaping & Sizing

There were lots of questions similar to the three listed below:

  • How do I adjust patterns to fit the expanding number of stitches?
  • How do you avoid excessively long dangling ends?
  • How to vary the depth of the curve?
  • “I really like crescent shawls, but sometimes don’t want to short rows; it would also be nice to see a charted break down of increases and how the overall shaping is achieved.”
  • Is there a formula for adjusting the short rows of a crescent shawl to adjust the depth of a shawl without changing the width?

These questions have been answered in the posts Size Adjustments for Crescent Shawls and Shape Adjustments for Crescent Shawls.

Introducing Stitch Patterns

  • How can I incorporate stitch patterns (such as lace etc.) in crescent shaping — despite short rows, increases, decreases etc.?

This one (and more) has been answered in Introducing Stitch Patterns.

The Mysterious “Hump” and “Bump”

  • How many different ways to cast on, preventing “the bump.” I’m familiar with the garter tab cast on, any other techniques?
  • How to block them into a nice shape with no hump in the middle. I had to look it up to learn how to do it but my last crescent shawl looked much better than before.
  • “How do you avoid the center back hump on top down crescent shawls?

Sorry, folks. I never came across humps or bumps when knitting crescent shawls! Can you provide details please? Thanks!

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  1. Linda Young-Bandala says:

    Sometimes I see a triangular shawl pattern with lots of pattern stitches that I wish was in a crescent shape. How do I go about analyzing the triangular shawl pattern so I can convert it into a crescent shape? I get lost in all the details of the pattern and can’t seem to simplify the process the way you do. I guess I am asking if you have a step by step guide on what to do to reduce the pattern to the nice equations that you have provided. Thanks.

  2. Tania says:


    I purchased the book but the download has indicated ‘expired’ since I purchased it. I have sent you a couple of emails over the past two weeks with no replies. Can you please fix this? I really would like to start using it!

    Thanks very much!

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