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Shawl Geometry: Rectangles

This is the twelfth (?) 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.

 

Rectangles

Rectangles are simply elongated squares. They can be worked width-wise, lengthwise, from end to end, from the center out to each end, or from each end in towards the center.

To work a rectangular shawl from one end to the other, determine your gauge and desired width.
[stitches per inch] x [desired width] = [number of stitches to cast on]
Then work until you’ve reached the desired length or
[rows per inch] x [desired length] = [number of rows to work]
This creates a shawl in which the pattern only goes in one direction, from cast on to bind off.

To work a shawl lengthwise from side to side, determine your gauge and desired length.
[stitches per inch] x [desired length] = [number of stitches to cast on]
Then work until you’ve reached the desired width or:
[rows per inch] x [desired width] = [number of rows to work]
This also creates a shawl in which the pattern only goes in one direction, from cast on to bind off.

Rectangle Length

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Both of these rectangles can also be worked using a provisional cast on, so that the stitch pattern flows out from the center of the shawl.
To do this, cast on using a provisional cast on, work until your shawl is half your desired length (or width), and bind off.
Then pick up your provisional cast on, and again work until your shawl is half your desired length (or width), and bind off.
This creates a shawl where the pattern emanates from the center of the rectangle out towards both bind off edges.

Rectangle Width PO CO

To create a shawl in which the pattern flows in towards the center of your rectangle.
Cast on and work until your shawl is half your desired length (or width) then place your live stitches on waste yarn. Cast on a second time and work until your shawl is half your desired length (or width). Then graft the two sets of live stitches together.

Rectangle Length PO CO

In theory you could use a three needle bind off to join the two halves of your shawl together, but I would recommend against this because of the inelastic and bulky nature of a three needle bind off, also the ridge from the three needle bind off would be very obvious.

 

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

 

The previous post: Bias Squares
The next post: Square with a Slit

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