Shawl Design For Beginners
Are you tired of following patterns in shawl knitting and want to create your own? If your answer is yes, you’ll love our new tutorials telling you everything you need to know to get started with shawl design.
The series has started and we’ll work through the process of creating a shawl knitting pattern together from start to finish. So here’s our table of contents and the publication dates for each article in the Shawl Design for Beginners series:
- Your First Shawl Design: Where to Start?
- The Shawl Design Trinity: Yarn, Shape, Pattern
- Shawl Shapes and Their Construction: How Not to Get Lost
- Finding Stitch Patterns (And Inspiration, Too)
- Calculations (Yes, We Need Some, Sorry)
- Pattern Writing
- Publishing & Selling Knitting Patterns
I’m looking forward to helping you becoming a shawl designer!
22 thoughts on “Shawl Design For Beginners”
Hi there and thank you ~ I am delighted to be able to learn and follow along.
I have just begun knitting again ~ so I am feeling a bit like a beginner in this area.
I am far more educated in color and design in fabric but thats ok I love Fibre Arts too.
I am looking forward to learning shawl design. I have made many very good and useful shawls, but they are all triangular, starting with 2 stitches and increasing one every other row on one edge, garter stitch. They are very heavy and warm and just right for now, when no one is going out and keeping cosy is aim no 1.
There is a puzzle in them for me: I take my skeins, divide the bundle in 2, increase with the first bundle then decrease away from the widest point with the second bundle. I cast on a stitch at the end of the row while working towards the widest point, then knit together for decreasing in the second half. But the decreasing always uses more wool than the increasing, so I have to hunt for a last ball of wool to complete the triangular last corner.
Thank you for your encouragement so far, Mary
Haven’t attempted knitting a shawl yet it on my to do list,once I get February birthday gifts done and a couple other things.
Thank you very much to let me learn the design of shawl. I only join your email subscription since Jan 2020 and very luckily I get this news that I can learn from you about this topic, which is the one I am thinking about in past months.
Thank you. I look forward to learning from you.
Thank you so much for helping me to learn more and do some creating.
I have knitted a variety of shawls, and am excited to learn how to design my own. I spend a lot of time looking at shawls on Pinterest and would like to add some elements to my repertoire.
I’ve knitted so many over my knitting years that I’ve lost count. Several have been baby shawls with one sitting next to my kitchen chair waiting for one seam to be sewn up and then I can block it. I’m going to give to my son and daughter in law for their first grandchild as I might not be alive when this happens as both grandkids aren’t going steady with anymore so marriage could be years away. I’ve knitted three smaller ones that you can drape around your neck that use one ball of sock wool but I’ve bought some very nice hand dyed wools in California which I’ve used. I liketo buy some nice wools when I’m visiting on holidays but I worked in a wool shop for over 25 years exposed to good wools and other fibers so I’m not an acrylic lover. I’ve knitted with strips of fur that my oldest son bought in Ontario having it sent to me and had fun working with it but I’ve used nearly everything, I think that can be knitted or crocheted with.
It’s THE MATH! and logic I have trouble with.
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My problem seems to be actually getting it written down. I have no interest in purchasing expensive programs for the appropriate symbols. Any suggestions?
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This is what I’ve been looking for – really excited you’re sharing the information. Thanks!
Thank you so much for doing this. I really look forward to each tutorial.
This is great. I have pictures in my head for certain yarns in my stash and no idea how to convert them to knitting patterns so I’m excited to stay tune.
Thank you, looking forwards this. As a male knitter, I only used my knitting for relaxation, and love lace for the challenge. I was taught to crochet a age seven, and learned to crochet lace with cotton sting; learned to knit at age 21, and been going since. I have been looking for you tutelage for a long time!
Goo luck with you exams!
I’m definitely in camp #2. Thank you so much for doing this!
Thanks for this.
I needed a push to get going. I’m such a procrastinator even though I try to motivate myself.