Shawl Geometry: Wedge Circle with a Slit

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Wedge Circle with a Slit from the center out

Just like you can work a Square with a Slit, you can also work the Wedge Circle with a Slit. You work all the same shaping and patterning as the full Wedge Circle, but worked at in rows, rather than in the round.

Knitting Instructions

CO 12sts.
{4 border sts + 8 sections}
R1: k2, (pm, yo, k1) 8 times, k2.
R2: purl across.
R3: k2, (sm, yo, k to marker) 8 times, k2.
R4: purl across.
Rep R3&4 to desired dimensions.
Bind off loosely.

Wedge Circle with a Slit from the hem in

Calculating your cast on

Determine your final gauge and the desired radius of your shawl.
The radius is half the width of your final shawl, or the length from the center of your shawl to the edge.
[Row gauge] x [desired radius] = [# of rows]
[# of rows] / 2 = [# of dec rows]
[# of dec rows] x [8sts decreased per dec row] = [# of sts decreased]
Make sure this number is divisible by 8.
[# of sts decreased] = [# of sts to CO]

Calculating your stitch marker placement

[# of sts to CO] / [8 shawl sections] = [# of sts in one section aka Y]

Knitting Instructions

CO [# of sts to CO].
R1: (pm, ssk, kY minus two) 8 times.
R2: purl across.
R3: (sm, ssk, k to marker) 8 times.
R4: purl across.
Rep R3&4 to 8sts.
Bind off loosely.


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