July 29, 2013


Shawl Geometry: Wedge Crescent

This is the seventeenth 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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Eight Equal Wedge Crescent Shaped Shawl from the top down

This crescent is created with eight equal wedges shaped with eight single increases (or decreases). Rather than evenly spacing your shaping all the way around your shawl, like you would for a Wedge Circle, (or a Wedge Doughnut), you work eight equal wedges – four wedges shaped in one direction, and four wedges shaped in the opposite direction.

Knitting Instructions

CO 13sts.
{4 border sts + 8 sections + 1 spine}
R1: k2, (pm, yo, k1) 4 times, pm, k1, (pm, k1, yo) 4 times, pm, k2.
R2: purl across.
R3: k2, (sm, yo, k to marker) 4 times, sm, k1, (sm, k to marker, yo) 4 times, sm, k2.
R4: purl across.
Rep R3&4 to desired dimensions.
Bind off loosely.

Eight Equal Wedge Crescent Shaped Shawl from the bottom up

Calculating your cast on

Determine your final gauge and desired depth down the center back.
[Row gauge] x [desired depth] = [# 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) 4 times, (pm, kY minus two, k2tog) 4 times.
R2: purl across.
R3: (sm, ssk, k to marker) 4 times, (sm, k to 2sts before marker, k2tog) 4 times.
R4: purl across.
Rep R3&4 to 8sts.
Bind off loosely.

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.

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The previous post: 1/2 Circles
The introduction to the whole series: Introduction