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

1. Welcome to (KbtP) Knitting by the Project

Welcome to my Knitting by the Project where I will walk through the different stitch techniques that make up a project from start to finish.


This is my new Page called (Knitting by the Project) where I’ll walk you through my knitting or crocheting projects step by step. Whether I’m learning a new stitch or working with well used ones I’ll show you my progress as I work. With this page I’ll also be adding videos of how I work different stitches in each project.

What makes this knitting Page different from others?

What makes knitting page different from others? Well, instead of just showing different knitting or crocheting stitch techniques that independent of a project. I’ll show you the stitches I work in a project from start to finish, so you can get a whole picture of how different stitches go together to finish a project.Yarn in the Picture

The Patterns

I’ll be using a variety of patterns from different sources. Some of the patterns will be mine, as well as from other designers. I’m an entrepreneur myself and I value other designers work. Even though I’ll be showing stitching techniques from other designers patterns. I will not be giving patterns out that aren’t mine. I will though let you know who the designer is, their pattern and where I found them.

Yarn, Needles & Gauge

Yes I will be talking about the yarn and needles as well. Where I bought, how many skeins, size of needle and gauge. I will not leave you on the hook!