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boo1 11-27-2007 11:01 AM

How to make a triangular shawl? Question.....
If I do 1 increase in every row, how does that differ from one increase in every *other* row? (If that sounds like a stupid question, please consider the source!)

I'm asking because I'm making a dishcloth that is 1 increase every other row and it's cute. Just wondering if I should stick with that for the shawl or is there some (unknown to me) advantage to increasing every other row?


suzeeq 11-27-2007 11:21 AM

If you increase on every row, it makes a triangle from the bottom tip to the top edge. One inc every other row would have one side increasing but the other would be straight. So if you got to a certain size and decreased on the same edge you increased, it would make a triangle from side tip to side tip. If you increased 2 on every other row, one on each edge, it also makes a triangle from the bottom tip to the straight top edge.

boo1 11-27-2007 12:37 PM

What size cable should I use?
I'm assuming 36"?


suzeeq 11-27-2007 02:48 PM

Yes, that will be long enough to handle the 60+" width you'll end up with.

Mirl56 11-27-2007 05:16 PM

I've seen patterns that said to increase at each end, every other row. For me, it would be easier to just increase at the beginning of every row.

tmav113 11-27-2007 06:09 PM

I saw a triangle shawl pattern recently that looked super easy, although of course now I can't remember where.

You know that classic dishcloth pattern that has the K2, YO increase at the beginning of every row? It was that exact pattern, except you didn't decrease once you hit the middle. You just cast off.

EDIT: I found the pattern I was talking about - it's called Bev's Dishcloth Shawl!

I also found a page with 314 different triangle shawl knitting patterns:

Becky Morgan 11-27-2007 09:58 PM

Dishcloth shawls are GREAT. If you like the look of stockinette better, you can just work the k2s in garter and the rest in stockinette to make a "smooth" triangle. I work the last few rows all the way across in garter stitch so they won't curl. The yo holes are perfect for adding fringe.

suzeeq 11-27-2007 11:04 PM

Here's another one for rectangular shawls - Rectangular Shawl Patterns they're basically enlarged scarves.

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