Working from the top down is a popular method for knitting shawls. The three-wedge shawl shape provides both versatility and warmth. It’s also simple to knit. In this video, designer Jen Lucas shares a recipe-style pattern for how to knit a top-down three-wedge garter stitch shawl.
This shawl can be knit in any weight of yarn you like, and Jen gives some recommendations for yarn amounts and needle size.
– For Sock/Fingering Weight, you’ll need 600+ yards of yarn and a US Size 5 (3.75 mm) or US Size 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 24″” cable or longer
– For Sport/DK Weight, you’ll need 525+ yards of yarn and a US Size 6 (4 mm) or US Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 24″” cable or longer
– For Worsted Weight, you’ll need 450+ yards of yarn and a US Size 8 (.5 mm) or US Size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 24″” cable or longer
You’ll also need stitch markers, tapestry needle, and blocking supplies.
The shawl begins with a garter tab cast on, which Jen demonstrates in the video. This cast on is used because it allows for a continuous garter stitch edge along the top of the shawl, which makes for a nice detail. Once the cast on is complete, set-up rows are worked, and stitch markers are placed. Two rows are then repeated for the remainder of the shawl. Once the desired size of the shawl is achieved, the piece is bound off on the Right Side. Jen uses a Knit Two Together Through the Back Loops Bind Off for the shawl, as it provides more stretch to the bind off edge than a traditional bind off.
While yarn overs are used for the increases in this shawl, you can use whatever single increases you like. Jen discusses the use of make one right and make one left increases and shows a swatch where those increases are used instead.
Once the shawl is complete, it’s time to block the shawl and weave in the ends. Jen shares her tips on how to block this shawl shape.