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!
Started at the top and worked down with a garter tab, this heart-shaped crescent shawl hugs the shoulders perfectly. Slightly different from the top-down crescent, this style has a center spine, which gives the bottom more of a tip. Aggressive blocking is recommended, the trick is to have the top edge be tighter than the hem so that the top edge curves when blocked.
Shawl Shaping Rule
6 increases: 1 on each end of every row, and 2 at the center on every other row.
- Determine the desired depth of your shawl.
- Measure the row gauge of a blocked gauge
- Determine how many rows to work: Multiply the desired depth by your row Round this number to an even whole number.
- Determine your final stitch count: Divide the number of rows to work by 2(frequency of the increases). Multiply the resulting number by 6 (increases). Add the number of stitches in the garter-tab cast-on.
- I desire a crescent-shaped shawl that is 24” / 1 cm deep
- My blocked gauge: 5stitches and 8 rows in 1″/ 2.5 cm
- The number of rows to work: 24″ (depth) x 8 (row gauge) = 192, this is a whole even number, so we won’t need to round up.
- Final number of stitches: 192 rows ÷ 2 (frequency of increases) = 96 x 6 (increases) = 576 + 9 stitches (garter tab) = 585 stitches
The pattern for a top-down heart-shaped crescent
PM: Place marker.
RS: Right side.
SM: Slip marker.
WS: Wrong side.
My sample uses a yarn over 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)
Setup Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Setup Row 2 (RS): K2, inc, work 2 stitches, inc, pm, k1, pm, inc, work 2 stitches, inc, k2. (4 sts inc)
Setup Row 3 (WS): K2, inc, work to last 2 stitches, inc, k2. (2 sts inc)
Row 1: K2, inc, work to marker, inc, sm, k1, sm, inc, work to last 2 stitches, inc, k2. (4 sts inc)
Row 2: K2, inc, work to last 2 stitches, inc, k2. (2 sts inc)
Repeat rows 1-2 until the desired stitch count has been obtained. Work a stretchy bind-off so you can block the shawl into a crescent shape.
TIP: If you’re a tight knitter, going up a needle size or two can help a lot with binding off.