Five techniques later from The Principles of Knitting, and I was no closer to finding a short row method that made a nice point for my next shawl. So off to the next resource, the internet, where I found this lovely gem:
The Fleegle Symmetrical Short Row–No Wraps, No Holes, No Hassles
And now I have a sample that looks like this:
|This swatch is basically the very bottom tip of the shawl with only a portion of the
center panel design, two tiny corners of the wings of the shawl, and a bit of border.
Fleegle’s system creates a bit of a change of direction of the stitches along the point, but no unsightly holes and no major disruption on the front or the back. It has a tricky bit where you knit or purl into the stitch below, but I think it’s worth the effort.
Now the next question, do I like where the center panel design ends or would I rather it be pushed now into the point a bit more? Basically that’s a question of would the eye like a balance amount of white space (or raspberry heather space, in the case of this yarn) or would the extra fabric near the point pull your eye down in a pleasing way?