Finished: Pi Shawl

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I finished knitting the Pi Shawl I started in March.

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It was a big project that took a little more than a month to knit. I wasn’t providing updates along the way because they would have mainly been, “Still knitting!” LOL

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Here is the unblocked shawl. You probably can’t tell from this picture, but it is very big! About 49″ across.

I was able to knit the entire shawl using just one, massive ball of Ella Rae brand “Rustic Lace Quad” yarn, which is 75% Lambs Wool and 25% Silk. Each 200 gram ball has 1,257 yards. I finished my shawl with 1 gram of yarn to spare. phew! I don’t know how many yards I have left, but the ball is about the size of a chocolate truffle.

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The pattern is in the Elizabeth Zimmermann book “Knitters Almanac”; it is one of the projects for July. I followed the “Pi Shawl with Three Lace Patterns” version of the design. I only deviated a little toward the end of the shawl.

The pattern calls for two repeats of the diamond design and then you work the edging. As you can see, I finished the second row of diamonds and hadn’t even reached the final dark brown section of my ball of “Rustic Lace Quad”.

At first I tried to knit a third row of diamonds, but quickly realized I wouldn’t have enough yarn. Instead I closed them of to a zigzag pattern, which echoes the zigzag earlier in the shawl.

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I left myself 33 grams of yarn to knit the edging. I’m glad I was able to finish it on the first  attempt. That would have been a lot of knitting to rip out!

The shawl might be a little crocked after I blocked it, but it is still fine to wear! The fabric is very lightweight, but still warm. Everyone who has seen the shawl in person has been enchanted.

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This was such a fun project, and I’m so pleased with the results, that I’ve cast on for another Pi Shawl. This time I’m using a ball of Queensland Collection “United Foursome“. This 50% Lambs Wool, 50% Cotton blend yarn has 1,531 yards per 200 gram ball.

I shouldn’t have to bite my nails as much when I’m knitting the edging for this second shawl!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gilda says:

    That is magnificent!

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    1. annkfi says:

      Thanks!

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