I love triangle crescents, but not everyone does. Therefore I will show you today how you can use this triangle crescent pattern with charts and make it into a triangle shawl or crescent shawl, whichever you prefer, at no extra pattern costs. Interested? Let’s dig into the details.
Prerequisite: A Triangle Crescent Shawl Pattern with Charts
The picture below shows the shape of a triangle crescent shaped shawl. I love them, because they can be draped nicely around my neck, but are long and warm on my back too. Well, now you do see my latest pattern which is exactly what you were looking for. Lace and beads and a fun knit. But you prefer not to knit triangle crescent shawls for whatever reason. You have two options, walk away from this lovely pattern, or change it with minimal effort to another shape.
Now what would you love to knit? A triangle? A crescent? Both shapes are already written in the pattern too.
Knitting a Triangle shaped Shawl
Looking at the basic shape of a triangle, you see immediately, that the triangle is hidden in the triangular tip of the shape shown above. The only thing missing to get a triangle is to somehow cut of those wings.
This is the new shawl shape you aim for:
Some Theory about the Wings
The wings are created by doing two, three or more increases next to the border stitches in each or each right side row. To get a triangle shape you need only one increase in each right side row. Simply reduce those increases to one increase every right side row and you will receive a perfect triangle.
Now to the Practical Side of Cutting off the Wings
The theory sounds great, but in practice the number of repeats to knit will change, which is your least issue, just knit less. More of an issue will be how to maintain the pattern at the side to avoid having to much or to less stitches to say do the decrease or increase required by the pattern.
Option 1: Knit plain stockinette
Make your life easy, just knit stockinette after the last full repeat and before the first full repeat which fits into the line. This will give you small edges of stockinette, but the way is easy. And as soon as there are enough stitches for the repeat to fit in again at the side, add another one. Stitch markers might come in handy to mark where your first repeat starts and where your last repeat ends in the row. They have to be replaced as soon as another repeat can be worked in each row.
Option 2: Use the pattern incorporation from the pattern
Looking at the center of your shawl, there is already a one increase per row pattern incorporation created by the designer of the shawl. To use this edge you take the edge which is at the right side of the center stitch and use it as the outer left border. Then you take the edge which is at the left side of the center stitch and use it as the outer right border.
Either remember doing this for each row, or print the pattern twice, use some scissors and glue and glue. Cut the inner borders and glue them to the second pattern as new outer borders. Here you are, perfectly fine with your new triangular pattern to knit from.
Knitting a Crescent shaped Shawl
Making a triangle from a triangle crescent seemed simple. Cutting off the wings. Can you just do the same and cut of the tip to get a crescent shape? Well, yes, you can and do. Let’s see how.
This is the new shawl shape you aim for:
Theory about the Tip
Looking at the chart you can see, that there are increases along the center of the shawl. Those increases, one at each side of the center, form the tip of the shawl, which gives it a triangular shape. No you might wonder what will happen if you just refrain from doing those increases? Right, the tip will vanish.
How to cut the Tip to get a Crescent in the Field
As seen in the theory, the tip of the triangle vanishes by not doing the increases. There are no repeat endings to incorporate, because you use them as given at the start of the pattern. The only thing you should check before starting, is, if the repeat is centered on the start. Saying, is the first repeat ending at your center stitch. If this is the case, be happy and start knitting.
If the repeat does not match with your cast on, go and look how many extra stitches you will need to cast on and have the repeat ending next to your center stitch, or without a center stitch. Cast on those extra stitches too. Then knit along until you have finished your new crescent shaped shawl.
Final word regarding yarn amount needed
You will, for both alternative shapes need less yarn than for the triangle crescent. Well, as long as you do not add more repeats to the pattern. 😀 But its simple math. You are doing two to six less yarn overs each row. Which is 2 – 6 stitches less in the first row. 4 – 12 stitches less in the third row, 6 – 18 stitches less in the fifth row, 8 – 24 stitches less in the seventh row and so on and so forth.
I wish you a lot of fun changing your triangle crescent shaped shawls. 🙂
Looking for inspiration to try your newly acquired knowledge? The following pattern of mine is a triangle crescent shawl.
Let me know your thoughts about this tutorial. Do you need further details on a point? Have you already performed such changes? What other changes do you do to your patterns?