Shawl Shaping 101: Tip-to-Tip Crescent with Center Panel

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!

Tip-to-tip Crescent shawls are fun and often quick because you’ll have fewer stitches on the last portion of the shawl. You may notice that this shawl is very similar to the side-to-side triangle shape. The big difference is that along the center panel is worked before decreasing down to the opposite tip. Stitches are slipped along the top edge to help tighten up the edge. Aggressive blocking will help this shawl obtain its desired shape.

Shawl Shaping rule: 1 stitch increased on every other row on the right edge to center; the center worked to the desired length, then 1 stitch decreased on every other row to tip.


  • Dec: Decrease(d).
  • Inc: Increase(d).
  • K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together.
  • M1L: From the front, lift the horizontal strand between stitches with the left needle. Knit through the back loop.
  • S1: With the working yarn in the back, insert the right needle into the next stitch as if to purl and transfer the stitch from the left needle to the right.
  • St(s): Stitch(es).
  • RS: Right side.
  • WS: Wrong side.


My sample uses an M1L for the increase rows and k2tog for the decrease rows, but you may choose to use whichever one stitch increase/decrease you prefer for this shawl.
Cast on 3 sts—Knit 1 row.

Increase Rows
Row 1 (RS):
Work 2 sts, inc, work to end of row. (1 st inc)

Row 2 (WS): Sl1 purlwise, work to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1- 2 until you have the desired number of stitches.

Work Center Panel for the required number of rows.

Decrease Rows
Row 1 (RS):
Work 2 sts, dec, work to end of row. (1 st dec)

Row 2 (WS): S1, work to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-2 until 3 stitches remain. Bind off.

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