My current work in progress:

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


On Track

As I think I mentioned, I am a bit ahead of you all in the Shetland Pi KAL — I just started Part five last night.

Part five is the edging pattern and it can be easily modifed to add or subtract rounds depending on how your yarn is holding out. But as written, there are 20 rounds of lace. At the point I started Part five, I was well into my third skein of Madelinetosh Merino Light — like three-quarters the way through the skein. I will be dipping into my fourth skein.

This yarn has 440 yards per skein, so 1320 yards in three skeins. I estimated 1400 yards for the fingering weight version of the pi so I am right on track here.

If you have less than 1400 yards of fingering weight yarn, don’t worry.  You can do one less repeat of Part Four, and fewer rounds in Part five and you’ll be just fine and the shawl will be plenty big.

Joining Yarn

Linda M. commented:

I was wondering how you are going to join your yarn.  I am using the same yarn and am not sure what to do since it is single ply and superwash.

What I do — and did for this yarn — is to hold both the old and new yarn together for a few stitches and knit them with both yarns. It works great and is not noticeable after you knit those double-yarn stitches. And you don’t have to worry about your join coming undone.

Lucy is resting up for another attack on her fuzzy rat.


  1. Great! I have 1488 yards… should hopefully just make it!

  2. I’m looking forward to your Toe-Up pattern notecard collection, very clever. Vogue Knitting has a very nice review for Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. I will be starting Sandvik for my mother for her 75th birthday soon and I appreciate the joining tip.
    .-= Roseann´s last blog ..Joshuas Top-Down Raglan Sweater =-.

  3. Another option is to use the Russian join. I’ve used it on superwash yarns before, and I’m kinda neurotic about my ends staying put, so wove in about 4 inches either way, and I couldn’t find the join after I blocked the piece!
    .-= Alex Klein´s last blog ..Winner Wednesday! =-.

  4. Oh boy…I have 1320 yards of fingering weight….I hope that’s enough to do the pattern as written!

  5. errm…laceweight…not fingering

  6. @Alex K: not sure Russian join works for single ply, such as Wendy’s using, I’ve used it on plied superwash, both fingering & sport weights, and it works pretty well. Did I miss something? Was Part 4 supposed to be in this post? I guess I’ll stop at the library tonite (no Innerwebs at home, boo-hoo!) & check to see if it’s on Ravelry.

  7. I don’t have enough yardage on my laceweight, but will use another color laceweight for Part 5. Hope that will look okay.

  8. Thank you for your quick answer to my question!