Ages and ages ago I mentioned working on a couple swatches to illustrate shawl shapes, primarily for my own reference, but thought that it might be interesting to write up a blog post about how to shape different types of shawls.
Well, a couple swatches became many more than a couple, and a single blog post quickly became far too long, and the whole idea grew in leaps and bounds until it became a series, and that series grew so long that it made sense to have an accompanying ebook.
So here we have it, a series of blog posts about the ins and outs of shaping knitted shawls, and here’s the game plan.
There are 15* posts. They cover the basic shawl shapes (circles, squares, triangles) and beyond (shallow triangles, 3/4 squares, crescents, etc).
*ETA: the series actually turned into 16 posts and 16 shawls.
There will be 1 post a week, for 15 weeks, starting next week.
Once we cover the very basic shapes, (around mid-May) the complete ebook will come out.
The ebook will be for sale and will include all the information from all the blog posts in a more contained format. It will also be finished when it’s released.
So, if you’re impatient. Or want to read the series on your phone/tablet. Or want a format that you can easily referenced. The ebook would be perfect for you.
The shawl shapes we’ll cover are:
Squares: center out, hem in, edge to edge, and on the bias
Circles: made up of wedges, and using pi shaping
Triangles: right triangles, shallow triangles, winged (heart) triangles, side to side triangles
Rectangles: width-wise and lengthwise (with and without provisional cast ons)
Squares and Circles with slits from the center to hem
3/4s of a Square
Phew. (remember what I said about leaps and bounds?)
See you next Monday! We’ll start with the square from the center out, and make our way from there.
Table of Contents/Index:
(as we go I’ll be adding links to the posts here.)
1 Squares center out/ hem in
2 Wedge Circles
3 Pi Circles
3.5 Circle-Concentric Circles of Increases
4 Right Triangles
5 Shallow Triangles
6 Winged Triangles
7 Side/side Triangles
8 Squares edge/edge
9 Squares bias
11 Squares w/ slit
12 Circles w/ slit
13 3/4 Squares
14 1/2 Circles
15 Crescent Wedges
These are the stitch abbreviations that will be used throughout the series.
BO- bind off: [k2tog, sl st on RH needle back to LH needle] Repeat until desired number of sts are bound off.
CB- center back. In this context usually (though not always) used in reference to spine at the center of a shawl.
CO- Cable cast on: starting with a slip knot on LH needle, knit one st into the slip knot and place on LH needle. [Insert RH needle between the 2 sts, wrap and bring through as though to knit, slip look from RH needle onto LH needle creating a new st.] Repeat until desired number of sts are cast on.
Provisional cast on: great instructions for a provisional cast can be found here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html
kfbf- knit front, back, front into the same stitch
k2tog- knit two together
k2togtbl- knit two sts together though the back of the loops
LH- left hand
psso- pass slipped st over
PM- place marker
RS- right side
sk2p- slip 1, knit two together, pass slipped st over the knit two together; 2 sts decreased
sm- slip marker
ssk- slip 1 st, slip 1 more st, knit these two together thought the back of the loops
WS- wrong side
yo- yarn over
Schematic Color Guide:
The schematics included have arrows to show the paths of increases/decreases. These arrows are color coded with the following colors, and they arrows tips point in the direction of the increases/decreases.
Black = basic shape of shawl
Green= 1 st increased/decreased every row/round.
Purple= 2 sts increased/decreased every third row/round.
Orange= some other rate of increase/decrease
Red= 1 st increased/decreased every other row/round.
Blue= 2 sts increased/decreased every other row/round.
These last two colors are the most commonly used.
This Series Spawned 3 Books: