Shawl Geometry: Circle with a Slit

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.

Shawl Geometry: all the knit shawl shapes you could even need

Circle with a Slit Center Out

Just like you can work a square flat, you can also work the wedge circle flat. This creates a slit from the hem to the center, and turns it into (from a wearability standpoint) a cape in that stays on your shoulders rather then slipping all over the place. Because this shape is based on a circle it doesn’t have the points of the square, instead it has the swirl of the circle.
You work all the same shaping and patterning, but you work it flat rather than in the round.

To work this shawl top down (center to hem):
CO 12sts.
R1: P across.
R2: K2, [yo, k1, pm] 8x, k2.
R3: P across.
R4: K2, [yo, k to next marker, sm] 8x, k2.
R5: P across.
Rep 4&5 to desired dimensions.
Bind off.

Circle with a Slit Hem In

From the bottom up (hem to center):
Determine your final gauge and the desired length from the center to the edge of your shawl.
1. [number of rows per inch] x [desired radius] = [number of rows total]
2. [number of rows total] / 2 = [number of decrease rows] you divide by two because you decrease every other row
3. [number of decrease rows] x [8sts decreased per decrease row] = [number of stitches decreased] make sure this number is divisible by 8.
4. [number of stitches decreased] + [12 bind off stitches] = [number of stitches to cast on]

CO this number and work 8 evenly spaced single decreases every other row until you have 12 sts on the needles.

So if you cast on 60 sts:
R1: P2, [p7, pm] 8x, p2
R2: K2, [k5, k2tog, sm] 8x, k2.
R3: P across.
R4: K2, [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sm] 8x, k2.
Repeat R3&4, until you have 12 sts on the needle.
Bind off.


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: Squares with a Slit
The next post: 3/4 Squares

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