Shawl Geometry: 3/4 Square

This is the fifteenth post in a series about different shawl shapes and how to knit them. All the posts in the series can be found right here.

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3/4 Square from the top down

This variation on the Square Knit in the Round is simply three of the four quarters needed to shape a full square.

The 3/4 Square shawl fits and drapes in a way that is quite unique to its shape. It doesn’t hug the shoulders in the same way squares or circles with slits do, or in the same way semi-circular shawls do. However, it does sit nicely. And because of that “missing” quarter it sits on the shoulders in a very open manner.

Knitting Instructions

CO 9sts.
{4 border sts + 3 sections + 2 spines}
R1: k2, (pm, yo, k1, yo, pm, k1) 3 times, k1.
R2: purl across.
R3: k2, (sm, yo, k to marker, yo, sm, k1) 3 times, k1.
R4: purl across.
Rep R3&4 to desired dimensions.
Bind off loosely.

3/4 Square from the bottom up

Calculating your cast on

Determine your final gauge, and desired depth.
[Row gauge] x [desired depth] = [# of rows]
[# of rows] / 2 = [# of dec rows]
[# of dec rows] x [6sts decreased per dec row] = [# of sts decreased]
Make sure this number is divisible by 6.
[# of sts decreased] = [# of sts to CO]

Calculating your stitch marker placement

[# of sts to CO] / [3 shawl sections] = [# of sts in one section aka Y]

Knitting Instructions

CO [# of sts to CO].
R1: (ssk, kY minus four, k2tog, pm) 2 times, ssk, kY minus four, k2tog.
R2: purl across.
R3: (ssk, k to 2sts before marker, k2tog, sm) 2 times, ssk, k to last 2sts, k2tog.
R4: purl across. Rep R3&4 to 6sts.
Bind off loosely.


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