My current work in progress:

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


The Fully Baked Pi

I promised photos of my completed Shetland Pi, so deliver I shall.

Here is my pi pre-blocking:

And here it is blocking.

Before blocking it was about 50″ across, and after blocking it measures 72″. I could have blocked it out a bit bigger still, but ran out of floor space. πŸ˜‰

There was some question in the comments about whether the stitches are doubled again before starting the Part Five chart — they are not. Part Five (which is the edging pattern) is knit on 576 stitches, same as Part Four. To provide a divider between Part Four and Five you will work “k2tog, yo” around. Because you are working one decrease with each yarn over, you are not increasing stitches.

Now, after you complete the Part Five pattern, you work “k1, yo” around and double your stitches to 1152. This is done right before the bind-off to help ensure a really stretchy edge, so you can easily block your shawl out nice and big.

In my August 22 blog post I mentioned this: “Part 5 (edging) β€” 20 rounds over 576 stitches.Bind-off is 2 rows of 1152 stitches.” So I imagine some of you remember seeing the 1152 stitches number from that and thought the increase was done at the beginning of the section.

Lucy sez:

“If the Knitgirllls aren’t coming over, I’m gonna take a nap.”


  1. wow… fabulous πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful. I am so glad it blocked large, I live a large shawl. Ah, Wendy, where is Lucy’s new toy from her favorite yarn????Just asking…

  3. Thanks for posting those pictures – I’m plugging along at my own pace and now I see how gorgeous this shawl is going to be! BTW saw your “mention” in the Classic Elite newsletter. It’s so nice to have a famous friend! =))

  4. Your Pi Shawl is MAGNIFICENT!!!

  5. We miss Lucy too πŸ™‚
    Love the pi, it looks much better in person. Pictures really can’t do it justice.
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..TheKnitGirllls Episode 23 – The One With Lots of Interruptions =-.

  6. the Pi shawl is gorgeous, am plugging away on part 3 but have another project that needs to be done before cold weather appears in NC – should be awhile but never know — am so glad you showed the finished project as it would be worn, i was not sure how the circle translated to wearable object. A huge Thank You for providing us your skills on this project.

  7. Gorgeous!!!
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..Not Holding a Wake for the Blog- Not Just Yet! =-.

  8. fibercrone says:

    Can hardly wait until my Christmas knitting is done so I can make this for me, me, me.


  10. Wow – it’s gorgeous! An inspiration to keep going on mine, for sure.

  11. I just wanted to thank you, Wendy, for explaining this shawl so nicely (aka making it easy and non-threatening to understand) and for spreading it out in “slices.” I have always wanted to knit a shawl but just got overwhelmed by charts. I know we all ask lots of questions…but you are truly encouraging many of us to stretch our knitting abilities…on top of entertaining us with your blog…so many thanks (and wish me luck catching up — I’ve just finished Part II!)

  12. It’s so gorgeous! I am going to have to make one of these.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Grr =-.

  13. Wendy,
    Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! It reminds me of one of those intricate, round stained glass windows in cathedrals. It’s definitely inspiring to keep on with mine and to consider other yarns & colors for future versions!

  14. Love the subtle colours. Mine is blue and I’m just starting the edge. Ravelry says there are 198 of us, but I’ll bet there are more!
    .-= LoriAngela´s last blog ..Travelling Companions =-.

  15. Absolutely beautiful!

  16. Wow! 72″ covers my wingspan for sure! That’s an amazing pattern — I may tackle a pi shawl one of these days.

  17. It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to finish mine so I can see it off the needles. Thanks for all the fun Wendy!!

  18. I love the fully baked pi. I hope to knit one sometime. Thanks for your comments about Wispy. After reading your comments, I decided that I’d be happier with featherweight. I don’t like anything pulling around my arms and shrug shaping would not make me happy at all.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  19. roza verschoor says:

    You must be very good at arithmatic!

  20. April Phillips says:

    When blocking, is there an easy (or easier!) way than using so many pins? When blocking a straight-sided shawl, stretching it to size and pinning always seems to make points on the side.

  21. I have to share the story of my friend who had a Kitty. Kitty showed up on her doorstep when she moved into her house years ago. This cat would not play with anything B. bought for her or made for her. Along about 3 or 4 years ago B. got a request from a nephew for a purple scarf for a birthday present. She found some weird purple acrylic yarn, made a scarf, gave it to the nephew who loved it, and used some of the leftover to make a cat toy.
    OMG! Kitty went bananas for it. ‘Loved it and played with it till it was lint on the floor. B. made the rest of the yarn up into toys and Kitty was happy till they all were used up. B. must have bought every kind of purple yarn the was to be found in our hometown. No dice- Kitty would NOT play with anything else.
    She finally knitted another scarf for the nephew ( out of all the extra purple she had ….) and traded the new scarf for the one out of THE Yarn. She brought it home, ripped it and made cat toys. Sure enough – Kitty was a happy camper the rest of her life. She has since died but played with those purple yarn toys up to the end.
    All this is to say that the yarn for the Wispy Cardi is a color that must have a vibration the Lucy likes. That gorgeous green really moves Lucy in some way.
    I noticed that she was smelling a green knitting bag as well. It might have a similar vibratory rate to the color.
    I never realized that when I shop I hold things (mostly fiber, yarn and clothing) in one hand and then the other before I consider really looking at whatever it is. A friend of mine told me it’s because I’m feeling the vibrations of the colors. I run my hand down a rack of clothing without looking and stop where my hand feels something. I never knew I did that till she pointed it out. -Just sayin’ :0)
    My favorites are turquoise, some blues, peach, and copper colors.
    I have enough laceweight to make a PI shawl. Maybe after Christmas I can start. I also am starting Lyra soon.
    Can’t wait for the new Sock box to be available.
    Take Care!

  22. Mmmm… Pie.
    .-= Desiree´s last blog ..Talent =-.

  23. Verrry interesting how blocking changed the color of your shawl from green to gold — how do you DO that? πŸ˜‰
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday- the end of summer and one day late edition =-.

  24. Suzanne Antippas says:

    I never got the point of circular shawl until I saw yours on the manikin. Fabulous! Now I’ll consider making one of my own.

  25. I’m looking forward to finishing mine. Unfortunately my progress has slowed way down after my husband gave me a video game I’d been wanting to play. One day I will figure out how to do both at the same time!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..knitter dreams =-.

  26. I have had lots of quilting work so am way behind on knitting this. It is gorgeous and I am using Dancing Damsels colour way in skinny bugga for mine. Is there a picture someplace to down load to go with the pattern. I probably just missed seeing it.

  27. I just cast off my pi shawl last night. It was really thrilling to finally spread out that mass of yarn and see what I made. I’m looking forward to blocking it this weekend and really seeing the pattern. I’ve started another one this morning. The first one is a cream color and I decided to go with a little more color and so the second one is shades of cream/green and PURPLE! I may be addicted to pi shawls now!