By starting with just a couple of stitches and increasing at the beginning and end of each row you can make triangles and create any of the following fashionable projects. What makes these projects pop is the type of yarn that you use as well as the size needle or hook that you use. Be willing to experiment with different yarn weights and a variety of size tools. You can create a shawl that is thick and warm or one that is delicate and lacy just by choosing a different pairing of yarn and needle working tools.
No row by row directions are provided for the projects. You’ll discover that some yarn and knitting needle or crochet hook combinations don’t work for a specific project; don’t waste that exploratory time, write some notes on an index card because someday you may want the result you just created.
If your yarn is delicate, work it on a large hook or needles for a lacy effect. A medium weight yarn worked on the recommended size needles (see the yarn wrapper) will create a dense fabric. If you are using a smooth yarn instead of one with nubs or novelty features, you may want to incorporate a pattern into the shawl or use a color changing yarn so the shawl doesn’t look monotonous.
A shawl should be a large enough triangle so that it can wrap around the shoulders and get tied in front with the points of the triangle hanging a bit in excess from the knot. Add fringe around the edge of a lacy shawl or a decorative edge to a thicker shawl.
A triangular head cover doesn’t have to be so large that you can knot two ends around your head. As long as the triangle sits over the head and just covers the tips of the ears, the shape should be large enough. Attach a crocheted chain or knit I-cord to the points that reach near the ears and then tie the cords together beneath the hair.
Triangle Bangle or Headband
Play around with small needles or a hook and a fine or medium weight yarn so you can create small, one or two inch tall, triangles. Make enough triangles to fit around the wrist or the head. Then, position the triangles so they alternate pointing up and down and they fit together to create a geometric patterned band.
Sew the triangles together with black or a complementary color yarn so you have a snug fit around the wrist or head. Use a slip stitch to make a border around the top and bottom of the band to create a smooth finish.
This necklace features one large, downward pointing triangle. If it is too large, the shape may curl; a densely knit or crocheted fabric will give this triangle enough weight to hold its shape. Use a fine or medium weight yarn and small needles or a hook to make a triangle no more than four inches wide at its base.
Use a yarn with some metallic threads or that changes colors. You can also experiment with textured yarns and discover what effects you get. Attach crocheted chains or knit I-cords to two point of the triangle. You can tie the ends behind your neck or you could attach jewelry findings to the cord.
Knit or crochet two matching triangles that are at least eight inches at the base. Stitch along the sides and bottom of the triangle leaving the top few inches so they aren’t sewed together (you should be able to slide your hand into the pouch).
Sew some satin cord in and out of the knit or crocheted stitches, a half an inch below the opening. This drawstring will close the pouch.
Any of these projects can be done with scraps of yarn; larger projects, like the shawl, can incorporate a variety of textures. If you have experience knitting or crocheting then you add a variety of patterns within the simple triangle. This basic geometric shape can be used in a variety of fashionable projects.
Learn to incorporate different types and colors of yarns in your projects:
How to Use Scraps of Yarn in Crochet and Knitting Projects
Color Coordination for Knitting and Crochet Projects
Beginner’s Knitting and Crochet Projects