My current work in progress:

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



The title does not refer to the 2004 movie, but rather the direction in which I am working my new commuter project: sideways!

This is a shawl design I am working up. I started by casting on 4 stitches and am working  increases to make my work grow. The increases are done in the plain garter stitch body of the shawl, and I am knitting a sideways edging as I go.

There are a couple of advantages to working a shawl in this way. One is that you can use up all your yarn without fear of running out. Before you start, weigh your yarn. Then simply work the shawl, increasing as directed, until you have used up half of your yarn — this will be the center point of the triangular shawl. Now you knit the second half, working decreases to match the increases you did on the first half.

The other advantage is that you don’t have hugely long rows to knit like you do towards the end as you knit a triangular shawl from the top down.

My yarn is Madelintosh Pashmina in the “Posy” colorway. It’s a merino/cashmere/silk blend and has 360 yards per skein and it is a gorgeous yarn! I am using a U.S. size 7 (4.5mm) needle.

And I am working on Wispy as my “at home” project.

There were a couple of questions about my three-needle bind-off, including how to do it. If you do a google search on “three-needle bind-off” you will find all sorts of websites and videos that demonstrate this technique. Here is a list of videos I got from a google search.

Aside: Pretty much every knitting technique that people email me about, asking how to do it, has a how-to video somewhere on the internet. My responses to these emails invariably starts “A quick google search gave me the following resources . . . ”  Therefore, I respectfully request that before emailing me to ask me to explain a technique via email, you google it for yourself. Thanks!

I am plugging away on my ribbing portion — think I am slightly less than halfway done with it right now. After I bind-off the portion of the ribbing that gets bound off, I’ll post a photo of the back of Wispy so you can see my three-needle bind-off clearly.

Alrighty! Here in the U.S. we have a three-day weekend coming up: Labor Day weekend, the un-official end of summer. I am off work tomorrow so I can prepare for my weekend houseguests. I’ll pop back in during my weekend fun on Sunday to post Part Five, the last part of the Shetland Pi pattern. See you then!

Lucy sez:

“I’m resting up so I can help Momma tomorrow.”


  1. I like the idea of a sideways shawl. I have some yarn for prayer shawls that this will work well.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  2. Don’t forget to make Lucy her little gift from her Fav yarn….also, I can not wait to see the sideways shawl done. I think this is a project I would like to make…so take lots of notes so you can prepare a pattern for your groopies….
    Enjoy your company and have a wonderful weekend…..

  3. You have some good help there! What a charmer she is. I’m double checking my stash this weekend (I’ve got almost 4 days off!) to make sure I have enough of the merino laceweight for the Pi, & I hope to get started on this weekend. Happy Labor Day!
    .-= Ann Devine´s last blog ..Not much- whats new with you =-.

  4. Maria Neill says:

    I am having to be creative with the Pi. I bought more yarn to go with the main color, as I was unable to find a match. Now it will have stripes….. not what I wanted 🙁 I will have to get a scale for the next project and learn to plan ahead…. nevertheless, I am enjoying the process!

  5. The movies Sideways is great and funny. I love the new shawl too…

  6. I love the three needle bind-off, especially on the shoulder seams. Your new shawl is beautiful.
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Grandma Who Dances With Crochet Hooks =-.

  7. There is a variation that I learned at Knitting Camp.

    The invisible 3 needle bindoff

    Prepare as usual for the 3 needle bind off, arranging the two sections to be cast off with the needles aligned with their points to the right, and the right sides together. The working yarn is dangling, just leave it dangling for this next step.

    With a DPN or circ, enter the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, leaving it on the left needle. Continue pushing with the right needle and enter the first stitch on the back needle, as if to purl. Pull it off the back needle, and pull that stitch through the stitch on the front needle (as if it were the wrap, just pull it the loop). Now drop the loop off the left needle. Repeat for all stitches.

    Now all the sts are on the dpn, so you can just slide it to the appropriate side, take the working yarn and cast off as usual.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..I dont wanna sew =-.

  8. What a fabulous idea! And I’ve been drooling over Pashmina, sounds like a good excuse to get some!

  9. anne marie in philly says:

    “Here in the U.S. we have a three-day weekend coming up: Labor Day weekend.”

    no, the entire country has off cause IT’S MY BIRFDAY! I’ve got the power, oh yeah! 🙂

  10. margieinmaryland says:

    I really like that sideways shawl!

  11. Google is everyone’s friend. It kind of mystifies me that people haven’t figured that out yet…
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Working From Home =-.

  12. Love the Posy colorway! Looks like an interesting pattern too. Lucy – I’m sure you are a big help every day just by being you!

  13. Love the new sideways shawl. I haven’t seen that style in any of my books – I hope we can look forward to a nice pattern!

  14. What was that acronym? JFGI?

  15. Even though I almost always weigh my yarn when making socks (usually near the end of sock 1 if I am doing toe up), I always forget that the same technique is really useful for shawls, especially with the method you are using here. I will have to keep this technique in mind the next time I want to make a shawl.

    I’m with you about a little self help. If I have a question about a technique, I make sure to google it first and then try it. If I still have a question, I try to make the question as specific as possible. I think it comes from living my life in libraries.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..rapidly approaching the wall =-.

  16. The new shawl looks like the next shawl I need to knit for me. This different construction is interesting, and I really like the great way of determining the halfway point in the yarnage. It should be a great way to customize the size. I would guess that your shawl will use more than one skein of the lovely yarn you have chosen. Have you decided how many skeins you will use?

    I admire your extreme forbearance in waiting so long to making your respectful, reasonable, request about knitting technique questions.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Bright Enough for You =-.

  17. Hi Wendy,

    I am loving the colour of your new shawl and I really like your thinking about knitting sideways, what a simple idea but the best ones usually are. I look forward to seeing it progress further.

    Hugs to Miss Lucy.

    Lisa, uk

  18. Hi! Can you send me instructions on how to google something? Thanks!

    (Could NOT RESIST. I am weak.)

  19. Really like the sideways shawl idea. I knit a scarf that way and loved using all the yarn without running out. Am looking forward to the pattern being for sale. I have never added edging to a shawl but know I will love doing it this way. Have a good holiday weekend.
    .-= Kim B.´s last blog ..Finally Finished =-.

  20. Don’t forget the Labour Day weekend is the only common holiday weekend with Canada. So we both will be enjoying a long weekend. Have fun with your house guests!

  21. Since Canada shares Labour Day Weekend with you, I wondered if Mexico did it too. Google to the rescue. Mexico does not. And only we two countries do it on this weekend.

  22. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Love the sideways shawl – especially the wide lace border. Looks like a fun knit, too!

  23. Such a beautiful shawl….can’t wait for that pattern! I do love the chance to use up odd size yarn stash without too much calculating.

  24. Sweet of Lucy to help you. That’s a ragdoll for you!

  25. Very cool sideways shawl. I love my yarn scale (ok, it’s a kitchen scale). But not as much as I love three needle bind off. So useful, and easy, too.
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..Breezy Market Tote pattern =-.

  26. looking forward to seeing the FO 🙂

  27. I bet you have a super weekwnd!

  28. Wendy,

    I’m all done with part 4 of the shawl and am waiting or Part 5! Will you be posting it soon? I’m excited to see how this all comes out! Thank you.


  29. You never mention the KOARC any more. Is he still there? Just wondering…… I hope everything is okay.

  30. Can hardly wait until you publish the directions for the sideway shawl. Love the deep lace boarder and already have yarn from my stash picked out. Almost finished with the KAL pi shawl–addictive like chips and peanuts.