Knitting Winged Triangle Shawls

Welcome to the next episode of my Shawl Design for Everybody series! Today’s topic in our shawl design course are winged shawls, also known as elongated triangle shawls.

Winged shawls are based on triangle shawls. The wings are formed by adding additional stitches at the lower ends of the shawl (when working top down – on the upper side when working bottom up, of course). The more stitches you add per row, the more of a wing you get and the more spiral-like and rounded inwards the wing end becomes.

To create a winged triangle shawl, follow the pattern for a “normal” triangle shawl first, then add your additional stitches when approaching the end. An example pattern template for a winged shawl worked from center neck down is given below.

Pattern Template: Winged Triangle Shawl

  • Work a Triangle Shawl (the top down variant with center panels) until shawl is of desired size to start the wings.
  • Next row (RS): Sl1 wyb, work 3 sts in seed stitch, slm, YO, m1 (wing increase stitch), k to next marker, YO, slm, work N sts in center panel pattern, slm, YO, k to next marker, m1 (wing increase stitch), YO, slm, work in seed stitch to end. (Increase more stitches near the wing increase stitches to form stronger wings!)
  • Next row (WS): Sl1 wyf, work 3 sts in seed stitch, slm, p to next marker, slm, work N sts in center panel pattern, slm, p to next marker, slm, work in seed stitch to end.
  • Continue in this manner until shawl is of desired size, then work a few rows of garter stitch edging and bind off all sts loosely. Block gently.

Easy, isn’t it?

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