Monday, January 14, 2008

Allow me to introduce...

...umm.. I'm not sure what to call this project at this point. Suggestions are welcome, certainly.



Right now, this looks like a rather bland bit of gray knitting. Believe me, it's anything but. I'm having a lot of fun with this shawl. It is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl, which can be found in various publications. If you've never heard of it before (where have you been hiding?), it starts out with 9 stitches; after one round, the stitches are doubled; after three more rounds, the stitches are doubled again. You double the number of rows, then double the number of stitches; and you knit straight between increases, which makes the shawl a blank canvas, really.

Every stitch dictionary I own is piled up on the floor of my living room, where I've been plotting the next section. Right now, I have 288 stitches on the needle and am 16 rows (2 of 3 pattern repeats done; picture shows one pattern repeat) from my next increase and another stitch pattern. The hardest part of this shawl is deciding which stitch pattern to use next! I'm leaning towards the feather & fan pattern, but I'm not totally certain yet.

And then, there's the border. It will be knit sideways around the entire outer edge. That means I'll have to decide on a border to finish it off nicely. I think I mentioned that I'm using the yarn left over from the Icelandic shawl. I'm starting with gray; with the next increase, I'll change to the cream and near the end, I'll change to the charcoal gray. I think I'll still have yarn leftover, at least of the light gray.

It's a good thing I have to go to work today; I'd spend all day working on this shawl (and killing my wrist) if I stayed home. Speaking of work, it's time for me to get ready.


  1. Lovely work Ev, as always. I really do have to try a center out piece one of these days - it's been nagging me for a while now :)

    Can't wait to see it when it's done - but I know (or guess) that the working is as much fun as the having!

  2. Ooh, that's pretty, Ev! The colour looks like the sky outside right now. Can't wait to see where you go with it next!