How to design a neck-down shawl
Many popular triangular shawl designs are started at the neck and worked
down to the hem, in two triangle-shaped sections with a center stitch
down the middle.
The basic chart for one triangle (i.e., one half) of this shawl looks
|The grey cells in the chart indicate
I've shown the number of stitches in each section in green --
you can see how the rows increase in size every other row using
yarn-overs at the beginning and end of the section.
You could use this section to start a shawl like Birch that is
knitted from the tip up.
To get a neck-down shawl with a straight edge along the top, you
need to add two of these triangles together.
In the case of the Flower Basket shawl, the designer added a
row of garter stitches, two stitches wide, as the border at the
top of the shawl. You could make this border wider if
desired, and/or make the center stitch wider, if you cast on a
wider starting row.
|This is what you get from the above chart,
after knitting a few rows:
By combining four triangles instead of two, you can design a square
shawl knitted from the center out.
If you want to insert a design element, you need to find something
that fits in this triangle. For instance, try inserting a simple
Shetland quatrefoil eyelet.
In this example, the even rows are not shown, because they are all
plain (i.e., no pattern elements).
The pattern repeat is shown below with a bold border.
You can insert other designs; the easiest ones to use will be the ones
that are "square", i.e. as many stitches wide as it is tall.