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YARNIVAL Theme and Variations: Top Down Triangular Shawls

All YARNIVAL classes are taught via Zoom, are recorded, and students have access to the recording for 30 days.

The most common shape for a shawl seems to be the top-down triangle, constructed with 2 triangles separated by a spine stitch.  The shape is created with 4 increases every right-side row: inside the top border edge at the beginning and end of the row, and on either side of the spine.  We’ll examine this construction in detail, then look at 7 variations:

  • a heart shape with wide wings;

  • a Faroese style shawl;

  • a Faroese style with wide wings;

  • a 3-triangle shawl with no real spine;

  • a 3-triangle shawl with wide wings and no real spine;

  • a 3-triangle shawl with 3 congruent triangular wedges;

  • a semi-circular shawl with 4 congruent triangular wedges.

We’ll examine the pros and cons of each of the 8 shapes (including the dreaded case of the “point at your butt”) and the relative ease (or difficulty!) of fitting stitch patterns into each shape.

Each variation, like the original top-down triangle, begins with a garter tab, so we’ll practise making a tab the traditional way, as well as with a couple of different tricks for making it easier to work.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Skills students are expected to have: cast on and bind off; knit and purl; make a yarnover increase.
Materials Included: A detailed handout, including a pattern for a one-skein shawl project, is provided free to participants.
Requirements: 3 oddments of worsted weight or DK yarn (2 yards of each is enough); 3 sets of appropriately sized needles for working with your yarn (one set of 4 DPN’s will provide all the needles you need–1 working needle, plus 3 needles to work onto–or slide each swatch down the cable of one circular needle while you work on the next one); 3 removable stitch markers; a hooked cable needle; scissors and a wool needle for finishing (optional).
Instructor: Nancy Lekx
Instructor Bio: Nancy Lekx lives in a small town at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, on the shore of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada—a beautiful location that provides inspiration for a thriving arts and crafts community. Many of her designs are inspired by local landscapes, and can be seen in Interweave Knits, knitscene and A Needle Pulling Thread magazines. She has had numerous patterns published by yarn companies, and also sells patterns independently on Ravelry. Her most interesting designs, like her “new year, new shawl” mystery knitalongs, provide several options for personalizing your project and collaborating with the design process. The pivot from in-person to virtual events at the beginning of the COVID pandemic has allowed her to reach a broader audience, and Nancy has led online knitalongs and taught classes for her own LYS in Owen Sound, Ontario and for shops and knitting groups as far afield as Redlands, California.

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