It is time! Time for Part One of the Shetland Pi Shawl! Get yours here (It’s in pdf format).
Because Part One is relatively small and will not take too long to knit, I will be posting Part Two on Wednesday afternoon (August 18). Part Two also does not involve much knitting , so Part Three will be posted next Sunday (August 22). Then Parts Four and five will be posted on the following Sundays.
To recap, each part will be posted on the following dates:
- Paret One – Sunday, August 15
- Part Two – Wednesday, August 18
- Part Three – Sunday August 22
- Part Four – Sunday, August 29
- Part Five – Sunday, September 5
Of course you can start anytime you want — earlier pieces of the pattern will not go away, and the url for each pdf will be posted on the Shetland Pi Ravelry page.
ETA: Some of you are having trouble opening the “help” links in the pdf. Here they are:
You may find it easier to work the first round if you lay your work down on a cushion or pillow. See my August 4, 2010 blog post for a discussion of an easy way to start a circular shawl.
An alternative cast-on you can use is Emily Ocker’s Cast-on, which is documented in photos here.
Another alternative that looks very simple is the “Belly Button Circular cast-on” documented here.
There are many videos available online that demonstrate circular cast-ons. Here is a listing of videos I found via a Google search.
There were a couple of Shawl-Related Questions in the comments lately.
How do you wear this circular shawl? Do you fold over a portion and put that over your shoulders?
You could also use it as an afghan or a lap blanket or a baby blanket.
Hannah asked a multi-part question:
How do you pin a wet shawl to the carpet? Will it harm the carpet? How long would it take to dry?
I block most of my lace by pinning it directly to the carpet and don’t bother using my foam blocks.
I have wall-to-wall carpet with nice thick padding underneath, so the t-pins sink in quite securely. I have been doing this as long as I have lived in this condo (which I bought in May 1994) and have done no harm to my carpet by using it as a blocking board.
How long it takes to dry depends on how soaked the fiber is, how warm it is and how humid the air is, of course. Probably different fibers dry at a different rate if speed as well. But my experience is that a blocked piece dries in as little as a few hours, and at most has never taken more than 24 hours to dry.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to block this:
Lucy has been resting up so she’ll be ready to help.