Two Easy Shawl Shapes

Crocheted shawls come in many shapes and sizes. Learn how to construct a crocheted triangle shawl and a crocheted half-circle shawl.

If you look closely, you will notice that most shawl shapes are a variation of two basic shapes of shawls: the Triangle and the Half-Circle. Creating these shapes are very simple. Follow along with me as I uncover the secrets of creating these two shapes in simple terms.

Triangle Shawls

The most common shawl shape out there is the triangle. A triangle is essentially a square that is cut in half diagonally. However, most crocheted triangles do not turn out as true “right triangles” for a perfect half square. (see Figure 2)

Shaping for a triangle is fairly straightforward: a pair of increases down the center spine, then a single increase along either side of the top edge.

  Figure 1: Diagram of Triangle Shawl showing increases

For this practice in double crochet, you will be increasing/decreasing every row. If you were using single crochet, you would do the increases every other row.

I prefer to have 2 edge stitches on either side of each row as a selvedge to keep the top edge clean and neat. This also creates a double increase at the edge which gives the top edge wings. These wings allow for the shawl to hug the shoulders a little better with fewer problems staying on the body.

Figure 2: Crocheted Triangle Shawl in Double Crochet

Half-Circle Shawl

I think half-circle shawls are the easiest shawl to create. The half-circle is composed of wedges that are all the same size. I prefer using the 6-wedge technique, but you could use 4 or 8 instead. The key to making this work out well is to use an even number. Also, all of the wedges should have the same number of stitches.

Figure 3: Diagram of Half-Circle Shawl showing increases.

I recommend that you do the increases at the beginning of each wedge/repeat. This moves where you place the increases and allows for a smoother bottom edge.

Figure 4: Half-Circle Shawl done in Double Crochet

As you can see, these two shapes are simple to create. Now that you know what it takes to create them, I hope you will grab some yarn and a hook and learn to create your own shawls!
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      • Customer Service
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        Hey,

        The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

        Sincerely,
        Sarah
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    • Customer Service
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      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hey,

      The article literally tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply
  1. Joanne Siewierski
    Joanne Siewierski

    I really like and prefer the half-circle shawl shape, being very smooth, whereas the triangle shape looks like two triangles sewn together.

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      Hello Priscilla,

      Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have a copy of the “Two Easy Shawl Shapes”. The directions are the page on how to make.

      If you have further questions, please chat, email or call Customer Service.

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      Sarah
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    • Customer Service
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      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us. We don’t have a copy of the “Two Easy Shawl Shapes”. The directions are the page on how to make.

      If you have further questions, please chat, email or call Customer Service.

      Sincerely,

      Sarah
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      Hi Helen. The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.
      Thanks
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

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      Hi Carolyn. The article tells you how to make those shawls – simply work in double crochet and increase according to the ratio specified in the article.

      Sincerely,
      Sarah
      Creative Crochet Corner

      Reply