I’ve been knitting and crocheting shawls for a couple of years now and I really love them. Not only are they a fun project to knit/crochet but I do use mine regularly throughout the year.
I’ve been admiring Pi Shawls for quite sometime now and I really want to make at least one during my life. Since I’ve been knitting and crocheting I do enjoy creating my own patterns and often I will tweak someone else’s pattern in some way when I create the item that I’m working on and I feel the same way about knitting a Pi Shawl. I’ve been dreaming about creating my own pattern for my Pi Shawl and have been looking through various resources for ideas.
As I did some internet research about the Pi Shawl I discovered that the original design was created by Elizabeth Zimmermann (EZ). It is quite difficult to find the pattern instructions on the internet but many people will direct you to her various books and publications which include the pattern. The one mentioned often is the book titled Knitter’s Almanac and I have been fortunate to find a digital edition to read through my library. I found the pattern quickly and made that the first chapter I read and I quickly realized how simple this pattern truly is for creating a circle shawl which has been named Pi Shawl. If you are a knitter or crocheter you most likely are a member of Ravelry.com and may have seen them on there. The pattern isn’t listed but you will see all of the projects completed by fellow Ravelers and the various designs other have created based on the very simple formula for expansion of the circle.
I decided that I needed to practice creation of the circle which would be the foundation of my Pi Shawl and so I began. I ended up casting on 9 stitches (the amount needed at the beginning of the pattern) via the cable cast on method to a double-pointed needle and then spread them out over 3 needles and knit with the fourth. It took one evening of several tries to get it going but I finally succeeded!
Here are the first several rounds on my double pointed knitting needles.
Once I got this going I became more comfortable with those needles. I’ve used them for finishing hats before but never to begin a knitted item.
I continued to knit until I had enough stitches to transfer to my 16″ circular needles in the same size as the double pointed ones and then it didn’t take long for me to complete the circle. I initially thought I would make this into a dream-catcher and get a hoop to attach it to but I believe that I will keep it as a doily. I also decided to do the method which EZ suggests in her book for binding off all of the stitches. I added a sideways garter edge to my circle, with random yarn-overs and knit 2 together throughout, to match them in the body of the circle, and it was much easier then I anticipated it to be.
Here it is in all its glory!!
I’m not sure about blocking this because it is in worsted weight yarn and I think it has a nice vintage appearance to itself which I really like. It looks just like a vintage doily that would have been found in an older rural homestead farm many years ago (or at least that’s how I envision it!).
Have you knit a Pi Shawl? If so, please share your thoughts on that adventure.