How To: Knitting Your Own Triangular Shawl
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I have the shawl fever. Knitting shawls, wearing shawls, thinking about shawls. It's easy to spend hours looking through shawl patterns. There are so many designs to choose from, and so many different styles to consider! I love knitting them for a few reasons, but mostly, because they can be so drastically different from one to the next. Since fitting correctly isn't much of an issue like with knitting sweaters or garments- you're virtually free to use any yarn at any gauge you want! So that skein you love but don't know what to do with? It's shawl o'clock.
Maybe you've tried to find the perfect pattern, but nothing is quite what you want. It happens! Well, lucky us, designing our own is not so difficult. It's particularly easy if you simply want a stole or rectangular shawl.... But maybe you want a triangular shawl. Afterall, those are probably the most popular, and (in my opinion) they're a little less monotonous (dare I say, less boring?). Again, lucky us, achieving that triangular shape isn't so complicated at all. It really just comes down to making strategically placed increases.
A note before we begin: You will be making 4 increases on every other row (shown as inc in the pattern below). In my sample, I am simply doing yarn overs as my increase stitches. Nonetheless, you are free to use any increase you want! So go ahead and yo, kfb, m1L, m1R.... Simply making the increases is what's important because that is what creates the shape.
Cast On 3 stitches.
Row 1: *K1, inc, repeat from * to the last stitch, K1.
Row 2: K across.
Row 3: (K1, inc) twice, place marker, (K1, inc) twice, K1.
Row 4: K across.
Row 5: K1, inc, K to marker, inc, slip marker, K1, inc, K to last st, inc, K1.
Repeat rows 4 & 5 until you've reached your desired length!
Do you see what you're doing? You're making an increases at each end, and on either side of the center stitch.
As you can see, my sample is plain garter stitch. Don't be scared to mix it up with something a little different! If you want stockinette, then you should P across the even rows. If you want to incorporate a more complex stitch pattern, then instead of K to marker on the odd rows, you will be working your design. Again: you just need to make sure you complete your 4 increases on every other row, and it should work out!
A few tips...
I like to place a locking stitch marker somewhere on the side that I'm making increases. This way I can pick my project up and easily see which row I'm on.
Sometimes placing a ring marker on both sides of the center stitch is a useful way to remember both of the center increases.
Even if you don't care what gauge you're knitting at, it's good to still knit a swatch. Making a swatch, washing it, and blocking it is the only way to confirm that you're going to love what you knit! There isn't much worse than working through a project to find that you don't like how to fabric looks or feels.
Like I mentioned before, you can use any yarn you want! Here are a few ideas...
The cotton & wool blend Song for a strong, breathable fabric that will be nice to wear year-round in our moderate climate.
Royal Alpaca for a warm shawl with a lot of drape and a lovely soft halo.
Telluride for a lightweight and tweedy look.
Wynter for a big, squishy, cozy, warm shawl.
Mohair Luxe for a sheer and elegant shawl with a lot of fuzz.
Or perhaps some Ritratto for some sparkle!