The Shawl Geometry Book Series

Enough shawl shaping recipes to keep you knitting for a lifetime.

The Shawl Geometry Series of books is a master class in shawl shaping. Over the course of these three books you’ll learn everything you could possibly need to know about how to shape knitted shawls using increases and decreases. We’ll start at the beginning, covering common shawl shapes in book one. Then we’ll move on to less common intermediate shawl shawl in book two. And finally wrap up with the principles and theories of shaping shawls (including some advanced shawl shape recipes) in book three.

Shaping shawls isn’t hard, but it’s sometime confusing to know exactly what to do next.

Each and every shawl shaping recipe comes with…
: Complete and coherent instructions. Just pick up your needles and start knitting.
: Crisp, clean swatches. You’ll know exactly what shape you’re knitting.
: Crystal clear schematics. So you never get lost.

Best of all. The most complicate part of shawl shaping – the math – is all laid out, just follow the steps and plug in your numbers.

All you need to do to get enough shawl recipes for a lifetime is click the blue button.

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(Please note: these are not physical products. They are downloadable PDF files.)

Or keep reading to learn more about each book individually.

What people are saying...

“This AMAZING series… by Holly Chayes on shawl shapes has proven extremely helpful [in designing my own shawl]. It’s a great reference on shawl shapes.”

Cleio of “The Knitters Handbook”

“…The Shawl Geometry Books [are] a great compendium of all the basic shawl shapes and how to knit them. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at design, her books are a fantastic resource. She covers everything from basic to complex shawl shapes, and a whole lot of mathematical concepts for people who want to really want to get into it.”

“Printing it out now. I am a mathy sort of person, but have spatial relation issues. I’m looking forward to trying my hand at knitting a shawl of my own design.”

Shawl Geometry Book One - The Beginning

Shawl Geometry Book One: the math of shaping shawls for non-mathy people is a 92 page book with crystal clear instructions for 28 common shawl shapes from squares, to triangles, to circles, to rectangles, to half circles and more.

Each shape is presented clearly and concisely. You can pick up your needles and start knitting, or combine this book with your favorite stitch dictionary and start designing.


| a 92 page PDF with full instructions
| for 28 shawl shapes
| with swatches and schematics for each and every shape
| and easy to understand instructions for all the shapes
| (including instructions for working each shape from the top down and bottom up)


Including the Square Knit in the Round, Edge to Edge Square, Bias Square, Square with a Diagonal Slit, Mitered Square, plus Basic and Less Basic Rectangles.

Including the Right Triangle, Triangle with Wings, Side to Side Triangle, two Asymmetrical Side to Side Triangles, and the Shallower Triangle.

We cover all four ways to knit a circular shawl, the Octagon Circle, the Wedge Circle, the Hexagon Circle, and the Pi Circles. Plus variations: Octagon Circle with a Slit, 3/4 Octagon Circle, 1/2 Octagon Circle, Wedge Circle with a Slit, 3/4 Wedge Circle, 1/2 Wedge Circle, Hexagon Circle with a Slit, 1/2 Hexagon Circle, and finally the Pi Circle with a Slit, 3/4 Pi Circle, 1/2 Pi Circle.

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Shawl Geometry Book Two - One Step Further

Shawl Geometry Book Two lays out knitting recipes for tons of intermediate shawl shapes, some that we known and love, plus some shapes that are a little more uncommon. This book contains 45 shawl shapes, with 89 knitting recipes, all laid out in clear, straight to the point knitting instructions, so that you can cast on right away.

These shapes are weirder, funkier, uncommon, and unique. Perfect for adding a little bit of edge to your knitting. With 45 uncommon shawl shapes, you can stop knitting what everyone else is knitting.


| a 159 page PDF with full instructions
| for 45 shawl shapes
| with 89 knitting recipes
| plus easy to understand and follow written instructions

The book is split the book into six sections: Squares, Rectangles, Triangles, Trapezoids, Doughnuts, and Crescents.


Including the Log Cabin Square, Square with a Vertical Slit, 3/4 Square, and Exaggerated 3/4 Square.

The Rectangle #1, Rectangle #2, Bias Rectangle, and Asymmetrical Bias Rectangle.

Including the Bias Triangle, Exaggerated Bias Triangle, Three Point Triangle, Triangle with Exaggerated Wings, the Curved, Bias, Asymmetrical Triangle, Right Triangle with a Center Back Panel, and two methods for shaping Faroese Style Shawls.

Side to side Trapezoid, Top-Down & Bottom-Up Trapezoids, Elongated Diamonds, then a Ribbon Variation, an Arrow Variation, and a Zig Zag Variation on the Elongated Diamond. Plus Hexagons & Octagons knit flat, and Hexagons & Octagons knit in the round.

Including the Octagon Doughnut, Octagon Doughnut with a Slit, 3/4 Octagon Doughnut, and 1/2 Octagon Doughnut, the Wedge Doughnut, Wedge Doughnut with a Slit, 3/4 Wedge Doughnut, and the 1/2 Wedge Doughnut, and finally the Pi Doughnut, Pi Doughnut with a Slit, 3/4 Pi Doughnut, and the 1/2 Pi Doughnut.

The Eight Equal Wedge Crescent, Eight Unequal Wedge Crescent, Six Equal Wedge Crescent, Six Unequal Wedge Crescent, Four Equal Wedge Crescent, and finally the Four Unequal Wedge Crescent.

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Shawl Geometry Book Three - Advanced Theory

Shawl Geometry Book Three focuses on the theory and principles of shaping knitted shawls and transforming shawl shaping formulas, plus some advanced shawl shaping recipes.


A 162 page PDF that contains…

A thorough explanation of the principles behind shaping knitted shawls including:

  • what shaping variables change a shawl shape,
  • all about distributing shaping,
  • the rule of thumb for shaping shawls knit in the round
  • guidelines for shaping shawls worked in rows,
  • how to shape curves, corners and straight edges,
  • plus how to use blocking to help shape your shawl

Clear illustrations of transforming shawl shapes by manipulating the principles behind shaping knitted shawls including:

  • Dividing Up a Square Knit in the Round
  • Changing the Rate: Triangles
  • Dividing then Changing the Rate: Bias Squares
  • Changing the Number: Stretching & Contracting Shapes
  • Adding and Removing Bias Shaping
  • Working Round Shawls Flat
  • Changing the Placement/Direction
  • Changing the Number: Removing Shaping
  • Changing the Rate: Crescents
  • Changing the Placement: Pairs vs. Single
  • Changing the Rate & Number
  • Changing the Balance
  • Changing the Number: Adding Shaping
  • Removing the Middle
  • Adding Whole Shapes Together

Plus a handful of Advanced Shawl Shape Recipes, where I’ll walk you through – from cast on to bind off – how to knit these advanced shawl shapes:

  • Unbalanced 3PT Triangle
  • Triangle with Wings #3
  • Rectangle in the Round
  • Vee (Mitered Square plus Two Rectangles)
  • Modular Shawls walking through the basics and options

And finally a bonus chapter on shaping shawls using short rows, we cover the theory of short row shaping, then some options and possibilities, before diving into knitting a short row crescent from cast on to bind off.

Buy Book Three for $29

Here's How To Get Your Books!

  1. Click the big blue buy button.
  2. Check out securely through Paypal, with a credit card, or your Paypal account.
  3. An email containing the download link for the PDF of your copy will be sent to you immediately. (The email will be sent to your Paypal email, so remember to check it!)
  4. Download the pdf, and save it to your computer, tablet, or USB drive.
  5. Open it up, and start knitting!

Book One

28 basic shawl shapes to get you started shaping shawls
Buy Book One for $29

Book Two

45 intermediate shawl shapes to take the next step with
Buy Book Two for $29

Book Three

All the theory you’ll ever need to master shawl shaping
Buy Book Three for $29

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What other people are saying...

“Each pattern includes tips for using the shape and shows a small sample of what the design looks like … You’ll discover variations on the basics and how different shapes sit on the body, which can help you design exactly the sort of shawl you want.”

Sarah E. White in an book review

“I purchased it and LOVE it! Awesome job Holly! Fantastic resource!”

Monica aka GloriaPatre

“…I am SO looking forward to your next ebook [in the Shawl Geometry Series], really they should all be part of every knitter’s library.”

Heidi Bears of Heidi Bears Designs

Pick up the whole Shawl Geometry Series to add over 75 shawl shaping recipes to your knitting library, and keep yourself knitting and designing for a lifetime (or two).

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Satisfaction Guarantee

If any of the Shawl Geometry Books aren't the right fit for you, send me an email within 30 days of purchase with the email you used to make your purchase or Paypal receipt number, and I'll cheerfully give you your money back. No hoops. No worries.