5 Shawls, 5 Days Challenge: Day Three


Today's construction was the Asymmetrical Triangle Shawl, which weirdly and admittedly is one of my favorite design aesthetics. Being a former graphic designer, I'm drawn to features that aren't necessarily equal; just... balanced (white space is your friend!) And asymmetrical designs provide that for me. Plus, they're plain old interesting!

This shawl's construction is really easy, possibly even easier than the standard triangle shape, because all your increases are on one side of the project. I'm interested in eventually learning how to chart a design into this shape because I'm sure it's a little less than standard. Frenchie was actually showing us how to calculate/incorporate patterns into a shawl design last night on Periscope and it blew my mind; being a math hater, I can't help but feel I'm in over my head, but I'm also excited to learn at the same time.

So if I'm weeping into a frogged shawl design in my next podcast, you know what happened.

You can see the asymmetrical triangle in action by visiting my Lapidary project page on Ravelry. Lapidary is a shawl I knit last year and was provided in one of my monthly KnitCrate kits.

About the Challenge

Hosted by Frenchie of Aroha Knits, the "5 Shawls, 5 Days" challenge takes participants through a handful of standard shawl techniques, teaching us the basic construction of five shapes that will help us on our own journeys into shawl design. Anyone participating in the official challenge will be entered to win her upcoming ebook, "Forming Shawls and Their Charts", which will be available soon!

Found out about the challenge too late? There's now a DIY version of the challenge available here. You won't be entered to win a copy of the book, but you can follow along with the tutorials and learn something new, which is always a win :)

You can keep track of all the shawl construction designs by visiting the project on my Ravelry page.