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Top-Down Semi-Circle

Shawl Shaping 101: Top-Down Semi-Circle

Top-Down Semi-Circle

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!


This top-down semi-circle 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!


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.

The pattern for a Top-Down Semi-Circle

Glossary
Inc: Increase.
K: Knit.
St/Sts: Stitch/Stitches.

Directions

My sample uses yarn over 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, *inc, k1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, k2. (4 sts inc; 13 total stitches]

Work 1 row, no increases.

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

Work 1 row, no increases.

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

Work 1 row, no increases.

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

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.


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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