Basic Triangle Shawl

Shawl Shaping 101: Basic Triangular Shawl

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 shawl shape is an isosceles triangle (two sides of the same length) made of two isosceles right triangles. 

Applied Lace Bind-off’s look fantastic with this shawl shape and adds additional elegance to a beautifully shaped shawl!

Shaping Rule

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


1. Determine the desired depth of your triangle.
2. Measure the row gauge of your blocked gauge swatch.
3. To determine the number of rows to work: Multiply desired depth by row gauge.
4. To determine the final number of stitches: Multiply the number of rows by 2 and add the number of stitches cast on in the garter stitch tab (typically 9).
5. To determine the wingspan of your triangle: Multiply the desired depth by 2.


1. I want to knit a triangle that is 24” / 61 cm deep.
2. Blocked Gauge: 4 rows in 1
/ 2.5 cm.
3. Number of rows to work: 24
x 4 (row gauge) = 96 rows.
4. Number of stitches on needle after working all rows: 96 (rows) x 2 (increases per triangle) + 9 (cast on stitches) = 201 stitches.
5. Wingspan: 24
x 2 = 48” / 122 cm.


Note: My sample uses a YO for the increase, but you may choose to use whichever one stitch increase you prefer for this shawl.

Work a garter tab. (9 stitches on needle)
Row 1 (RS): K2, inc, k1, inc, pm, k3, pm, inc, k1, inc, k2. (4 stitches increased)
Row 2 (WS): Work across row.
Row 3: K2, inc, work to marker, inc, k3, inc, work to last 2 stitches, inc, k2. (4 stitches increased)
Row 4: Work across row.

Repeat rows 3-4 to the desired depth
 has been obtained. Work a stretchy bind-off so you can block any lace into shape.

TIP:  If you’re a tight knitter, going up a needle size or two can help a lot with binding off.

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