Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Half Pi

Top-Down Half Pi

Use these formulas to plug and play your desired stitch patterns into any shawl shape with ease! These are also an awesome jump-off point 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!

This Top-Down Half Pi is a variation of the pi shawl, which is started at the top and worked down. The increase rows follow the same principle as the full pi shawl: the increase rows double the number of stitches on the needles worked at intervals based on the circle’s mysterious relationship to its radius. The most significant difference with this shawl is that it’s worked flat, not in the round. Because of this, you’ll need to add edge stitches to your shawl.


Shawl Shaping rule

 As the diameter of the circle doubles, the circumference does too.


Glossary

  • 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.
  • St/Sts: Stitch/Stitches.

Directions

Work a garter tab. (9 stitches on needle)

Increase row: *K1, inc; repeat from * to last st, k1. (8 sts inc.)

Work 3 rows, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (12 sts inc.)

Work 7 rows, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (24 sts inc.)

Work 15 rows, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (48 sts inc.)

Work 31 rows, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (96 sts inc.)

Work 63 rows, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (192 sts inc.)

Work until the desired radius has been obtained. Work a stretchy bind-off so you can block any lace into shape.


Have you made a shawl using one of these formulas? I’d love to see it! Tag @rhyflowerknits on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #rhyflowershawls

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