There was a question the other day about the construction of my current circular shawl — what’s the difference between a pi shawl and a spiral shawl. Good question!
My current shawl is being worked in a spiral construction. It consists of 9 panels and is worked from the center out. I started with 9 stitches — 1 for each panel, and on every other row I increase 1 stitch at one side (always the same side) of the panel. This makes the pattern grow in a spiral.
The pi shawl construction was created by Elizabeth Zimmermann, it’s name derived from the mathematical principal of pi. To knit a pi shawl, you double the distance between the increase-rounds (in which you double the number of stitches). My Exonumist’s Shawl (hardcopy pattern available from The Loopy Ewe and pdf pattern available from my Ravelry Pattern Store) is a pi shawl.
I also have a free pi shawl pattern available — the Shetland Pi (pattern available on my free patterns page).
Here is a photo of the current state of my current spiral shawl:
It is growing, and each round is taking l-o-n-g-e-r to knit.
My Upcoming Lace Book
I’ve had several questions about my upcoming book, Wendy Knits Lace. One of the questions I often get is if the patterns in the book are ones that have already been published as single patterns. The answer is no — they are all never-before-published patterns with one exception: the Stacy Shawl. The Stacy Shawl had a very limited release as part of a kit in a collaboration with Stacy Little of Tempted Yarns. I did the pattern, she dyed the yarn and made up the kits. So many people asked for the pattern after the kits were gone, I decided that this would be a good place to include it.
The other question — is this a book of shawls? The answer is no, it is not just shawls, but an assortment of lacy knits. There are twenty patterns broken down as follows:
- 7 shawls/scarves/wraps (some with an option to make larger/smaller)
- 3 gloves/mittens/mitts
- 3 socks (one is kneesocks)
- 4 hats/cowls/smoke rings
- 3 sweaters
The difficulty level ranges from beginner to experienced and the yarns from heavy laceweight to heavy worsted.And of course there is an extensive techniques section with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
There you have it — a little bit of everything.
“Not everything — I see no lace kitty toys in that list!”