Fabric puffs or "granny circles" are the basic building block the author settled on in this design for her handmade shawls.
A closer view of one of my handmade shawls, which will top off almost any outfit!
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SHAWL CONSTRUCTION Each row of the handmade shawl is assembled horizontally... and then the lines are connected to one another with vertical hitches. To give the garment a triangle shape, the first unit of each new row is sewn to the second puff of the row above. As the rows decrease in width (by units of two), you'll finally come to the last piece of the shawl, which is a single circle. This sphere is centered between the two circles of the row above it, and then stitched to each in a diagonal pattern.