Glisten Triangle Shawl Pattern

A Glittery Wonder for a Night Out

Glisten Shawl
Glisten Shawl. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

The Glisten Triangle Shawl is really easy to knit and yet it makes a big statement. It's the perfect little wrap for an evening out on the town and it brings a little sparkle to even the simplest outfit.

The pattern is nothing more than a knit triangle with fringe. It's a project that is easy enough for even new knitters, but knitters of all skill levels will like the result.

Materials Needed

  • 6 skeins Louisa Harding Glisten (in black or the color of your choice) or about 560 yards of your favorite medium weight shimmery yarn
  • One pair size 8 US knitting needles (a circular needle is great for this project)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Ruler or fabric measuring tape
  • Crochet hook

Pattern Gauge and Size

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (4 1/2 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.

For this pattern, the gauge is not critical because the garment doesn't need to be a specific size. Use the needles that produce the most pleasing gauge for your yarn and knitting style.

Size: The finished wrap is about 40 inches wide at the bound off edge and 33 inches long, excluding the fringe.

The Glisten Shawl Pattern

This shawl pattern is worked from the bottom up. It is one of the easiest ways to create a triangle shawl because you will simply increase on each end of the knit rows.

The nice thing about patterns like this is that you can continue repeating the rows until the wrap is exactly the size you want it to be. It's very versatile and a pattern you can use with all types of yarn to produce completely new looks each time.

  1. Cast on 3 stitches.
  2. Purl one row.
  3. Knit the next row and increase 2 stitches by knitting into the front and back of both the first and last stitches.
  4. Purl the next row.
  5. Continue repeating rows 3 and 4 - increasing on knit rows and working straight on purl rows - until the piece measures about 40 inches wide.
  1. Bind off and cut the yarn. Weave in the ends. You should have one ball of yarn left.

To Finish the Shawl with Fringe

While not necessary, this wrap does look spectacular with a fringe and it could not be easier to create. This is where you will use that second ball of yarn, but it's likely that you will not use all of it.

You will add the fringe to the two bottom edges of the wrap, leaving the top fringe-free. The fringe is created by simply making a row of thin tassels.

  1. Cut the remaining yarn into 6-inch pieces and group them into sets of two strands.
  2. Starting along one edge of the shawl, insert a crochet hook into one of the knit stitches.
  3. Fold the first set of strands in half, lay them over the hook, and pull through the knit stitch.
  4. Insert the crochet hook into this newly formed loop, hook the four cut ends of your tassel, and pull them through the loop
  5. Pull evenly on the ends of the yarn to straighten out the tassel and close up the loop.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 to create tassels all along each side of the wrap.

Tip: Some knitters find it easier to begin making tassels at the peak of the triangle. This allows you to work along both sides at once and ensures your tassels are evenly space along the entire piece.