Shawl Geometry: Crescents

This is the sixteenth 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.


Crescent Shaped Shawl Top Down

This crescent shaped shawl is a variation on the wedge circular shawl.
If you take the basic wedge circle with a slit from the center to the hem, then take 4 of the 8 wedges and shape them in the opposite direction, you get this style of crescent.

Crescent Wedges

CO 13sts.
R1: P across.
R2: K2, pm, [yo, k1, pm] 4x, k1, pm, [k1, yo, pm] 4x, k2.
R3: P across.
R4: K2, sm, [yo, k to next marker, sm] 4x, k1, sm, [k to next marker, yo, sm] 4x, k2.
R5: P across.
Rep R4&5 to desired dimensions.
Bind off.


Crescent Shaped Shawl Bottom Up

Bottom up:
Determine your gauge and the desired depth down center back.
[number of rows per inch] x [desired depth] = [number of rows total]
[number of rows total] / 2 = [number of decrease rows] you divide by two because you decrease every other row
[number of decrease rows] x [8sts decreased per decrease row] = [number of stitches decreased] make sure this number is divisible by 8.
[number of stitches decreased] + [13 bind off stitches] = [number of stitches to cast on]

CO this number and work 8 single decreases in the following pattern every other row until you have 13 sts on the needle.

So if you cast on 61 sts.
R1: P across.
R2: K2, pm, [ssk, k5, pm] 4x, k1, pm, [k5, k2tog, pm] 4x, k2.
R3: P across.
R4: K2, sm, [ssk, k to marker, sm] 4x, k1, sm, [k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] 4x, k2.
Repeat R3&4, until 13 sts you have left on the needles.
Bind off.

Crescent Wedges Bottom Up

I personally adore how this shawl sits on the shoulders. It hugs the shoulders but doesn’t feel like it’s got a lot of excess fabric that you need to deal with.

This is the last pattern post in the Shawl Geometry series. Tomorrow there’ll be a conclusion. But the series is done. It’s been three and a half months, guys! Thank you so much for following along and hanging out.

If you really, really, really, enjoyed the series, consider buying the ebook. It’ll mean I can create and provide more how-to blog posts, and maybe do another series in the future, (though perhaps a slightly shorter one.)


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: 1/2 Circles
The next post: Conclusion

Leave a Reply