Shawl knitting doesn’t need to be complicated and fussy. It can be fun and soothing with simple shawl shapes worked in garter stitch. In this video, Jen Lucas shows you how to knit a top-down crescent shawl worked in garter stitch.
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 400+ 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 350+ 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 300+ yards of yarn and a US Size 7 (4.5 mm) or US Size 8 (5 mm) circular needle, 24″” cable or longer
You’ll also need a single removable stitch marker, tapestry needle, and blocking supplies.
This shawl is worked from the top down and begins with a stretchy cast on. Any cast on method can be used to start this shawl. Jen uses the German Twisted Cast On because it is a stretchy cast on that helps the top of the shawl to stretchy out. She then works a set-up row on the wrong side and then begins the pattern, which is two rows repeating for the remainder of the shawl.
Once the knitting is complete, the shawl is bound off on the Right Side. Jen uses the Elastic Bind Off because it is stretchy, perfect for the bottom edge of a shawl. She also discusses blocking the piece and weaving in ends.