Playing with shaping

I believe that I have mentioned before that one of the easiest ways to shape a crescent shawl is to increase 4 stitches every right side row and 2 stitches every wrong side row.

That sounds crazy simple doesn’t it? Like that should be the end of the story. Crescents figured out … done … on to next fun thing! But really, it isn’t that simple. There are so many variables to play with in this format alone (don’t even get me started on short row shaping, side to side shaping, shaping that hasn’t been figured out yet …) that I could spend years exploring the shaping.

What all is there to tinker with you may ask? I am so glad that you are curious! To start with, there are a myriad of different increases to be explored, each one having different visual characteristics and effects on the resultant fabric. And then there are the locations of the decreases both in relation to the shawl and in relation to one another.

The winged crescent I have been working with has the second pair of increases on the right side as a moving target – which gives those shawls their distinctive shapes. But it also makes the pattern writing a bit complex and dictates the motifs used (to an extent). Maybe it is time to look at other locations for the increases?

But how to do this without busting out a whole shawl. I hear that there are those who can visualize knitting and know how a written pattern can turn out. I am not to that point yet, I have to develop my theories and then test them out. I am frequently surprised by the results – in good and not so good ways.

TeddyBear Shawl

My solution for the moment

make a tiny shawl! It doesn’t take too long and it allows me to play with some ideas I have had with regards to increase placement. And I made the stitches up as I went along. Which actually lead to more questions.

What a great model!

But I might end  up with the world’s best dressed stuffies. I do know that I forsee many more wee shawls in my future. It helps me work through things and allows me to experiment freely without the worries of screwing up weeks worth of knitting – and that is a bonus.

It was unintentional, but I actually really like the proportions of the lower portion of this wee shawl. The three repeats of a modification of the classic eyelet row, stockinette and then the little points around the edge are very aesthetically pleasing to me. But this is fingering weight.

I am trying to decide if it would be cool to try and replicate this proportionally for a full sized shawl made out of super big yarn? I could, of course, simply us a more traditionally sized yarn and make more repeats – but I don’t know if I would like the proportions as much.

Anyone out there looking for a super chunky shawl pattern?

4 thoughts on “Playing with shaping

  1. yes please! think how that would look in Malabrigo Rasta, or rowan big wool! Marvelous! You could give your tiny shawls to someone you know with an American Girl doll…

    • You know, Rasta had crossed my mind,😉. Also, worsted held double might give a larger yarn option. I have a good friend who collects the Blythe dolls, so they might go to her. American Girl is a good idea too though!

  2. I’m loving how far the staff vs students challenge has led you!

    My barbie could use a shawl to match her new dress… any chance you’ll be writing up the mini-shawl pattern?🙂

    A few months back, I actually tried Mapes in a superbulky (100yards/100g) yarn on size 13 needles. I ended up frogging. I didn’t like the feel of such a thick shawl. In order to get a decent-sized shawl I’d have had to use a ton of yarn. The drape was not pleasing to me (although that could easily be a factor of my own gauge and not the worthiness of the yarn for the project). So Worsted Weight yarn is probably my limit, for shawls.

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