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Ceil
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Posted - 12/26/2006 :  2:13:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's very hard to find shawl dimensions (I'm about to knit a prayer shawl. One article I have on the Jewish type says the length is from wrist to wrist when arms are outstretched. That's reasonable, but what about width?

Anybody out there have some general dimensions? Thanks!

Ceil

LittleMousling
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Posted - 12/26/2006 :  2:25:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit LittleMousling's Homepage Send LittleMousling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well ... it depends on what you want!

Personally, I aim for full wingspan (tip of middle finger to tip of middle finger) in terms of length, to keep the shawl on my shoulders.
But width is much more personal. Do you want it to hit your waist? Obscure your bottom? Just cover your shoulders? Measure the distance you think you want and add a bit to make up for having part of that width over your shoulders, and use your pattern gauge and the stitch count in the repeat to guess at a good number of repeats to do. It works.

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socks4all
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Posted - 12/27/2006 :  12:44:11 PM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My personal preference is tip of fingers to tip of fingers for width. I like triangles best, obtuse triangles, the bottom point > 90 degrees. This makes the point less than 1/2 the width. I like the shawl to be down my back but not a lot of fabric over my arms. So, you want dimensions? 60" wide by 24 inches deep.
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cozystitches
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Posted - 12/27/2006 :  1:01:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit cozystitches's Homepage Send cozystitches a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have to agree w/those about the length. From tip to tip (or if you don't have that, their height is approximatley the same, unless they are on the fluffy side, then add a bit more). However, I *hate* triangle shawls. I like the rounder ones, as triangles seem to point to an area I'd like to avoid people looking at. [whatever]

If I were making one for someone, I'd ask them, if that's not an option, I'd do enough so it doesn't look like a scarf. :D

Hugs,
tammy

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