This is the eighth post (out of 16) in a series about different shawl shapes and how to knit them. The introduction post, which lays out the game plan can be found… thisaway.
The third way to create a square shawl is on the bias.
Woven fabric cut on the bias is cut at a 45 degree angle to the warp and weft threads. Since we don’t generally cut our hand knitted fabric, to get fabric on the bias in hand knitting you start working at one corner and work your way to the opposite corner.
This square is worked from one corner to it’s opposite corner, increasing and then decreasing to create the third and fourth corners.
This shawl must be blocked once it’s done or it won’t be square. Before blocking, the fabric will pull inwards width-wise and will looked like a squashed rhombus rather than a living breathing square, but it will block into a square, even though you may doubt it while you’re knitting.
To create this square:
CO 3 sts.
R1: K1, kfbf, k1.
R2: P across.
R3: K1, m1, k to last stitch, m1, k1.
R4: P across.
Repeat R3&4 until the square is wide enough along one edge.
R5: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
R6: P across
Repeat R5&6 until you have 5 sts left.
R7: K1, sk2p, k1.
Bind off remaining stitches.
The books this series spawned:
Shawl Geometry I: the math of shaping shawls for non mathy people
Shawl Geometry II: 16 more shawl shapes to design and play with
Shawl Geometry III: the relationships behind the numbers