Knitting Crescent Shawls the Austrian Way

The increase crescent shawl construction method is one I came up with during a recent knitting summit, Austrian Yarn Club’s Wollness Weekend. It starts with a handful of stitches and is shaped by increases on every row.

Twenty or thirty stitches are a good start to avoid the prominent center bump in similar constructions. The number of increases to work depends on your target size and increase rate.

Knitting Crescent Shawls: Pattern Template

A pattern template for an Austrian crescent shawl using two increases every other row is given below. It’s a very easy method of creating crescent shawls indeed!

  • CO 23 sts and knit one row.
  • Next Row: Knit to end of row, CO 2.
  • Repeat the last row until shawl is of desired size.
  • Bind off all stitches and block gently into crescent shape.

An example chart for an increase crescent with two stitches increased every row can be found in my recent article about adapting stitch patterns for crescent shawls, Crescent Shawl Lace Patterns.


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