2. KbtP: Asymmetric shawl

What makes this shawl unique?

When I first thought of a new project for a shawl I wanted it to be asymmetric, but I wasn’t sure how to proceed. So I started playing around but couldn’t quite get the asymmetric look. I knew I wanted an eyelet as a decorative element and I also played with a kfb but I ran into a problem, there wasn’t asymmetric happening. I also knew there had to be a decrease but where and when was my problem. I also wanted a straight edge with no step decreases or short rows, what to do? I started to look through all my books, I looked at Pinterest and YouTube until I found just a single decrease is all that was needed.

The start of the asymmetric shawl

An asymmetric shawl is a triangle that is more long than wide. It is also knit at an odd angle creating the asymmetric shape of the triangle. Here’s what I mean, this is very mathematical of me but it makes more sense. It is a scalene triangle in shape with two acute angles at the long ends with an obtuse angle at the widest part of the shawl. I will illustrate in a drawing. Now your asymmetric shawl doesn’t have to be a scalene shapes triangle it can be more centered than mine but the knit direction gives is the asymmetric shape that create two long ends with a more shallow depth. A truly beautiful shawl to knit up.

To create the knit asymmetric direction you’ll need to understand just a few things. First you start at a long end that goes over your shoulder. Second, C/O the desired amount of stitches, btwn 3-5. Thirdly, (important) because I knit the garter stitch I marked my right and wrong sides. I always increased at the neck edge every row and decreased every second row on the opposite edge, so my shawl continued to grow at an odd angle.

Choosing your increases & decreases

I have seen a couple of different ways to proceed with the asymmetric shawl. But one rule remains the same, you’ll always increase and decrease on same edges. How you knit it is up to you. I’ve seen kfb, yarn overs for increases and short rows, steps and I just did a simple k2tog every second row for decreases. There are so many stitch variation that you’ll be able to create your perfect asymmetric shawl. I played around until I found the stitches I was happy with, so I encourage you to crack open your knitting books and create your own look.

Another look at an Asymmetric shawl

From Martina Behm who designed a beautiful shawl called the (Hitchhiker), a fun shawl to knit up. You can clearly see the stitch direction on this shawl.

Yarn, Gauge & Needles

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of green DK weight, 100% marina wool, 200 m-100 g by Celtic Raven Fibers.
  • Yarn: 1 skein of pink DK weight, 100% marina wool, 200 m-100 g by Celtic Raven Fibers.
  • Gauge: 17 sts and 35 rows (4 x 4) square.
  • Needles: 4.5 mm circular needles.

How to Videos

  • 1. How I started the asymmetric shawl.
  • 2. How the Y/O eyelet rows work
  • 3. How to Knit a Nupp: sounds like (noop), like soup.

1. How to start an asymmetric shawl

Y & N: Celtic Raven Fibers with 6.0 mm needles. Follow the Link below.


2. How I knit the decorative Y/O eyelet rows


3. How I finished with Nupps

I hope you enjoyed my videos, I certainly enjoyed making them. I found out they are harder to make then I originally thought and so I learned a lot along the way. The nupp video will be added when done.

Question: Have you ever knit an asymmetric shawl?

God Bless and Knit On

Thank you, Jennifer

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