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 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!

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.


  1. Determine the desired depth and wingspan of your crescent.
  2. Measure the stitch and row gauge of a blocked gauge swatch.
  3. Determine the final number of stitches for your crescent’s first triangle: Multiply your depth by your stitch gauge.
  4. Determine how many rows to work for the first triangle: Subtract the number of stitches you cast on from the number of stitches for the first triangle, then multiply by 2 (increasing every other row).
  5. Then determine the total number of rows worked: Multiply the wingspan by your row gauge.
  6. Determine how many rows to work for your center panel: Take the number of rows worked for the first triangle, multiply that by 2 (first and last triangles), then subtract that from your total number of rows worked. The number left should be more than the number of rows in each triangle.


  1. I desire a crescent that has a 72″ / 178 cm wingspan and is 20” / 50 cm deep
  2. My blocked gauge: 5 stitches and 8 rows in 1″ / 2.5 cm
  3. Final number of stitches in first triangle: 20″ (depth) x 5 (stitch gauge) = 100 stitches
  4. Rows worked for first triangle: 100 stitches – 3 (cast on stitches) = 97 x 2 (increasing every other row) = 194 rows
  5. Total number of rows in shawl: 72″ (wingspan) x 8 (row gauge) = 576 rows
  6. Rows for center panel: 194 (rows per triangle) x 2 = 388 rows; 576 (total rows) – 388 (triangle rows) = 190 rows

The pattern for a tip-to-tip crescent with center panel

Dec: Decreased.
Inc: Increased.
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 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/Sts: Stitch/Stitches.
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 stitches, 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 stitches, 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.

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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