The Correct Way To Design a Triangular Shawl
Prepare for a highly opinionated blog entry today. Today we discuss the correct way to design a triangular shawl.
This Is The Correct Way To Design a Triangular Shawl – And Why
There is a correct direction and an incorrect direction for toilet paper. Similarly, their is a correct direction and an incorrect direction for crocheting or knitting a triangular-shaped shawl.
No, no…that wasn’t a question.
Here’s why you should always design a shawl to decrease, rather than increase.
Scenario 1 – Increasing Triangular Shawl:
You’ve chosen the most perfect yarn for your shawl and wound it into a cake. Your hook or needles are all ready. That first exciting burst of casting on has you excited. You chain 3 stitches and increase to 5 stitches in the next row. Within minutes, you’re up to 25 stitches and your progress is SOARING! So exciting. Fast-forward 3 years. You only have 3 more rows of work to complete this shawl. But the total stitches to be completed is more than the first 2/3rds of the shawl combined! You are totally bored with the yarn by now. If you never see this color again, your life will be complete. You trudge on and force yourself to limp through the last few rows. The shawl needs to be put away for at least 6 months before you can even look at it again.
Scenario 2 – Decreasing Triangular Shawl:
You’ve chosen the most perfect yarn for your shawl and wound it into a cake. Your hook or needles are all ready. That first exciting burst of casting on is somewhat diminished by the fact that you have to chain 3,229 stitches to start. But the excitement of getting to see the stitch pattern emerge carries you through the hardest parts. The first two rows. Then each subsequent row, is fewer and fewer stitches. By the 10th row, you think you can even sense that your work is growing faster. It’s all downhill from here! Before you know it, you’re down to the last few rows and you’re weaving in your ends. And blocking and trying on this brand new beautiful shawl. Look out Instagram! You’re going to get tons of beautiful photos showing off this amazing new shawl.
Now isn’t Scenario 2 obviously better?
So, knitwear and crochet designers…start at the top. Do the hard part first. Let yarn-crafters enjoy the excitement of going faster and faster.
That is all.
Fortunately, the April Showers shawl is designed correctly.
I’ve finished the hard part already! My work is growing faster and faster and it’s practically finished. In fact, I’m enjoying this crochet pattern so much, I am already planning on doing another one in finer gauge yarn as soon as I finish this one!