After the rush to get everything to the county fair for judging, I found myself with an extra week* to knit. After the planning and detail that went into Wren’s lace cardigan, I chose to knit something simple. After consulting the Knitter’s Almanac, I decided to wind some balls and cast on the Pi Shawl.
“Mindless knitting” isn’t your first thought when you hear the words Pi π Shawl, is it? But trust me, this has been.
The premise of the pattern, simply stated, is that you double the stitches when the row count doubles. The pattern is intended for a round shawl, but I didn’t have enough yarn** in my stash for a full circular shawl. I figured that a half-circle increases at the same rate as a full-circle and cast on five stitches, instead of nine, accordingly.
Then I used seed stitch, stockinette stitch, and garter stitch. I striped where I only had one 40 yard ball of a colour. I just let the yarn speak for itself, really. The only time I stopped to do something complicated was when I had increased to a total of 257 stitches. This spot would lay lower on my back, and I felt it needed a little pizazz. I’m quite happy with the seed stitch chevron although it was a little tedious to work. I almost didn’t want to repeat the motif, but it fits the personality of the shawl perfectly and was worth the effort. Of course, I went back to garter stitch. This was supposed to be mindless knitting after all.
Although the shawl is off my needles at the moment, it isn’t done yet. I need to add a border to the straight edge to keep the stockinette bits from rolling. I also want to add an edging in dark blue to the curved side. But first I’ll weave in the ends and give it a good blocking. (I’m not the only one who blocks her project as it’s being worked, am I?)
Project Notes: This shawl is truly one of a kind. The yarn is an assortment of Aran-weight tapestry yarn spun by Bucilla and Hiawatha in 40 to 100 yard lengths which were likely discontinued before I was born. I used US 9 circular needles. Although a 29″ long needle was amply sufficient to work the number of stitches, I jumped up to a 51″ needle I had in my collection to see the shawl take shape.
* I confused my dates for the registration and showed up one whole week early.
** I have more than enough yarn in my stash, but I wanted to use the tapestry yarn which I had a limited amount of. Thanks, mum!