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Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Semi-Circle

This shawl follows the same principles as the center-out circular shawl but is worked flat in rows.

 

An applied lace bind-off looks fantastic with this shawl shape and adds additional elegance to a beautifully shaped shawl!


Shaping rule:

 8 increases every fourth row, or 4 increases every other row


Formula:

 1. Determine the desired radius of your shawl.

 2. Measure the row gauge of a blocked gauge swatch.

 3. Determine how many rows to work: Multiply the radius by your row gauge.

 

Example:

 1. I want to knit a circular shawl that is 72″ / 183 cm across (36″ / 91.5 cm radius).

 2. Blocked gauge: 8 rows in 1″ / 2.5 cm.

 3. Rounds to work: 36″ (radius) x 8 (row gauge) = 288 rows.


Pattern:

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

 

Cast on at center: Work a garter tab. (9 stitches on needle)

Increase row: K3, *increase, k1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2. (4 stitches increased; 13 total stitches]

Work 1 row, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *increase, k2; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2. (4 stitches increased; 17 total stitches)

Work 1 row, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *increase, k3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2. (4 stitches increased; 21 total stitches)

Work 1 row, no increases.

Increase row: K3, *increase, k4; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2. (4 stitches increased; 25 total stitches)

Work 1 row.

 

Continue as established, working one more stitch in between increases every other row. Work until the desired diameter 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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