Shawl Shaping 101: Basic Top-Down Triangle


Basic Top-Down Triangle

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also awesome jump-off points for budding designers who wish to take the plunge into shawl design. Knowing how to shape it will make it that much easier to achieve your goals!

A Basic Triangular shawl is the simplest of the triangular shapes. It starts in the center with a garter stitch tab and is worked out with two right triangles. This is an isosceles triangle made of two isosceles right triangles. (An isosceles triangle has two sides of the same length).

Shawl Shaping Rule: 4 stitches increased: 2 for each triangle on every other row.


  • Inc: Increase. My sample uses a yarn over for the increase, but you may choose to use whichever one-stitch increase you prefer for this shawl.
  • K: Knit.
  • PM: Place marker.
  • RS: Right side.
  • SM: Slip marker.
  • St(s): Stitch(es).
  • WS: Wrong side.


Cast on 7 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): K2, inc, k1, inc, pm, k1, pm, inc, k1, inc, k2. (4 sts inc.)
Row 2 (WS): Work across row.
Row 3: K2, inc, work to marker, inc, sm k3, sm, inc, work to last 2 sts, inc, k2. (4 sts inc.)
Row 4: Work across row.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until the desired depth has been obtained. Work a Stretchy Bind-off so you can block any lace into shape.

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