5/27/10

Triangular shawl construction

As I was knitting StellaLuna, I was thinking about all the different ways one can construct the shawl. Take for example a triangular shawl. There are at least 3 different ways it could be knitted:


1. Top-to-bottom: cast on 4-6 stitches and as you knit you would increase at the ends and around the middle stitch. The lacy edge is knitted last. Casting off 300-400 stitches might be the hardest part. Haruni by Emily Ross is an example of this construction.


2. Bottom-to-top: cast on stitches along the bottom edge of the shawl. In this case you would decrease as you go along the edges and around the middle stitch. The lacy edge is knitted first. StellaLuna is a example of this construction



3. Side-to side: not very common, but could have a lot of potential for new designs. Start at the very bottom corner (3-5 stitches), continue side to side adding only at the ends (no middle stitch increase). Advantages: the lacy edge is knitted at the same time as the body of the shawl and the knitting can be stopped at any moment by casting off all the stitches that you have on needles. Here the example of this construction:



Do you know any other ways to construct a triangular shawl?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, this is very interesting. I have not tried knitting side to side but have considered it. There is yet another option: the central line is a provisional cast-on and you knit one triangle while making decreases on one side and then another in the opposite direction. I have not tried it either but theoretically it looks possible.

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