I can see by checking Ravelry that a bunch of you have finished Part One of the Shetland Pi Shawl already. I love seeing everyone’s progress and it’s fun to see what yarns you are using. So many pretty pretty pis out there! That reminds me — a thread for this project was started in the WendyKnits group on Ravelry. If you are knitting along, please feel free to post there.
If you have not cast on yet, don’t feel like you will be left behind those of us who started already. The first two parts go pretty quickly, and Part Three will not be released until next Sunday. It won’t take long to catch up! And of course you don’t have to knit along with the majority — you can do this at your own pace whenever you want.
Here is my Part One:
Stay tuned for Part Two on Wednesday!
There have been a few questions about yarn amounts if you are using a different weight yarn than I. I can offer you some approximations, based on my experience with knitting shawls of this size. Remember, however, that these are just approximate numbers because the amount of yarn you use will depend on your gauge and needle size and the differences between knitters.
- Laceweight — 1200 – 1300 yards
- Fingering weight — 1300 – 1400 yards
- Sport/DK weight — 1500 – 1600 yards
- Worsted weight — 1600 – 1700 yards
If, when you get towards the end of the shawl (say, halfway through Part Four) and you think that you are going to have a lot of yarn left over, or if you think you are running low, you can adjust by doing more or fewer pattern repeats than the pattern calls for. Part Four is the largest chunk of knitting — over 50 rounds at 576 stitches per round. Part Five consists of an edging pattern of approximately 20 rounds, and that can be very easily adjusted (and was designed to be customized so that you can use more or less yarn as needed). We can talk about that when we get there.
When all the clues have been issued, I’ll put them all together in one pdf and make it available here on my Free Patterns page (Part One of the pattern is already listed there) and because there was a request for it, I’ll make it a Ravelry download as well so those of you who want to keep it in your Ravelry libraries can do so.
Oh, and I fixed the pdf of Part One so that the links I put in the document should now work for you.
I aim to please.
Yesterday I blocked my EZ 100th Anniversary Pi (Gull Wing version), which I knit from Wollmeise Lacegarn in the “Single Malt” colorway. Before blocking it was approximately 46″ across.
After blocking, it grew to 68″ across.
And I used two-thirds of my skein of Wollmeise.
I’ve got over 500 yards remaining in the skein, which means I can use it to knit another small shawl. Since I love this colorway, this makes me very happy indeed.
It took less than 5 hours for the shawl to dry completely. Usually I will leave a shawl pinned out a full 24 hours, just to make sure it is good and dry. But I unpinned this baby yesterday afternoon because it was taking up so much floor space and was difficult to walk around. It was bone dry, anyhow.
And interestingly, Lucy slept through the whole blocking process. (Rest assured that she was awake later and happy to play, though!)
I get questions from time to time about how I keep Lucy from bothering my yarn and knitting. The only time Lucy ever shows any interest in my knitting is when I lay it down on the floor to photograph it or block it, and then she simply lies on it.
“Well don’t tell them all my secrets!”