My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Deep Dish Pie

Part Three of the Shetland Pi Shawl is now available here in pdf format.

Those of you who knit the swatch before starting your Pi will find the lace pattern in Part Three familiar — it’s the same pattern I used for the swatch.

Here’s a pic of my Pi before Part Three:

Portent of Things to Come

Robin asked a good question in the comments:

I’m using several natural colors of alpaca and was wondering about pacing myself for the finish.ย  If the final edge is a sideways knit, I’ll need to plan for that and put enough aside.ย  If we round out to the end, not as critical.ย  Would it give too much away to give us an idea of how to prepare “same color” amounts for the border?ย  Thanks!

Here’s a breakdown of the parts yet to come:

Part 3 — 52 rounds over 288 stitches
Part 4 — 52 rounds over 576 stitches
Part 5 (edging) — 20 rounds over 576 stitches.Bind-off is 2 row of 1152 stitches.

You have the option of working up to 6 fewer rounds of Part 5, if you find yourself running short of yarn. If you have concerns before you reach Part Five, you could remove a repeat (8 rounds) of Part four as well.

Today Lucy has discovered multitasking. Here she is subduing her fuzzy rat by lying on it, all the while keeping a vigilant eye on her paper ball.

A kitty’s work is never done, eh?


  1. It’s amazing how much cats can accomplish in a day!

  2. Maria Neill says:

    It is early Sunday morning on the Oregon Coast… I have been waiting for part 3!!! And **POOF** there it was….thanks Wendy!

  3. Yay!! I’m in England and thought I might not see this till tomorrow – thanks! Really enjoying it so far, my first KAL and my first round shawl ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This is my first pi type knitted piece. I’m almost finished with round 1 using yarn from my stash. If I run out, I have more yarn of the same weight in a different but similar enough yarn, to finish it with. Good enough for me. My question now is how do you decide when to move it to the circular needles?
    BTW, I made some markers with little loops of contrasting yarn. Then I remembered that I have a package of teeny rubber bands. Perfect!
    Thanks for providing the pattern and the fun, Wendy!
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Shawl progress =-.

  5. I hate to ask this, but I must. What do you do when you discover you have made a mistake or two? For example, I discovered a couple of times that I was short a stitch (probably a YO). I also discovered a couple of times that I had one stitch too many. When I got to the even rounds (all knits), I simply corrected the number of stitches I was supposed to have. Is this OK? Or are you supposed to unknit and reknit? I am wondering if you just make the correction by adding or subtracting a stitch here or there that the pattern may not look right when you are done with the entire project. I hope you tell me to just keep going and not worry!

  6. Yep, those kitties have a tough job!

  7. She has some talent that Lucy.

  8. Thanks for the info Wendy. Part 3 looks like a nice, relaxing knit. Perfect for unwinding in the evenings.
    .-= Robin´s last blog auntie =-.

  9. clever Lucy ^..^
    .-= pip´s last blog ..Manos del Uruguay =-.

  10. Bertha Mallard says:

    I am really enjoying this pattern. Everything is so clear!! I like knitting from charts and your explanations are a great back-up for when my mind goes wonky. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  11. I have just finished the first part. It’s a lot of fun. I hope to get to the second part today. Thanks, Wendy, for a great mystery KAL.


  12. THANKS!

  13. I, like Hannah, have had a character mark or 2 and did not frog to correct since it was merely a stitch or 2 but did run into a boo-boo that was not easily fixable as I began part row 3 of the lace/part 2 so was a big girl and frogged to the start — would love to hear your recommendation — thanks so much again for creating this KAL — I have enjoyed having the chart in words as I am more literal? than charting/converting to stitches thanks for providing both options.

  14. Thanks Wendy. I’m loving the pattern and the community fun. To thank you, I’m going to knit a blanket for our local cat shelter. If everyone did a little something, we could change the tilt of the earth!
    .-= LoriAngela´s last blog ..Enjoying the City =-.

  15. For those with too few sts :

    Twice on row 7 of chart B I forgot a YO, didn’t find it until row 9 when I didn’t have enough sts. I dropped the sts down and knitted back up just the sections where I flubbed. I used a smaller needle and now I can’t see where the problems were.

    I normally count on the plain row to be sure I have the right #-much easier to pick up the YO on the subsequent row than to do it 2-3 rows later.

    For part 3 I’m using markers every 18 sts so they don’t drive me nuts!

    hope this helps someone…
    thanks for the KAL, Wendy-I’m enjoying it a lot!!

  16. I’m excited about doing this shawl… eventually. You’re making it very difficult to not cast on for it immediately though.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..As Promised- the Peace Fleece Review =-.

  17. Lucy is such a contempory kitty with all that multitasking!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your colour on your shawl. It is looking great. How would you recommend us pacing ourselves. With stitches growing in numbers and trying to keep it all straight My eyes want to give out. Where in the design is a good place to stop when you need to take a break? Thanks

  18. I am definitely behind. It’s time for me to pull out my yarn and start doing this! I have a ton of lace weight with this project written all over it!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..things Ive forgotten =-.

  19. Finally a shawl that looks doable! This will be my first one. My yarn and needles are on order. Can’t wait to get started on it!

  20. I have read that superwash does not hold its shape after being blocked but bounces back to whatever it was beforehand and so is not a good choice for lace. Madeline Tosh Light is a superwash, so I am assuming that may not be true when choosing yarn for a shawl. Can you help me with this? Thanks. Mary

  21. Lucy is too cute!! Great progress on the shawl!

  22. Usually when a stitch count is off the problem is a missed yarn over. When I come to that spot on the next round I pick up the yarn right below where the yo is supposed to be and knit it. There is a slight variation in size but not that noticeable and a lot better than frogging all the way back to the mistake.

  23. Lone Hansen says:

    Thanks for the pattern and for the advice about reducing the size (and the amount of yarn used).
    I think I will have the opposite problem. I am right now in the middle of section 3 and wonders if the pi shawl will be large enough.
    Do you have any suggestions for increasing the size – can I do it just by adding some rounds in a pattern?

  24. Barbara Stern says:

    Hi Wendy,
    First, thanks for the pattern. I’ve never done a pi shawl, always wanted to, and am glad to have a kal to work it through.
    Second, one quick question. You’ve explained SSK as slip one knitwise, slip one purlwise. Is that a style choice or the way you’ve always done it? I’ve always done SSK as slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise…The only difference is that with your way, the back stitch is twisted. Any reason to change the way I do it?