Posted by: Kate | August 12, 2010

A Whole Pi

For a few years now, I’ve wanted to knit a Pi shawl. The mathematical formula appeals to the geek in me, and the idea of choosing my own lace stitches was a sense of adventure and freedom. Thanks to some encouragement on the Ravelry 10 Shawls in 2010 group, I finally went for it.

I had some left over lace weight yarn that I wanted to use up, so started with those three colours. I chose to use two different lace patterns, the well-known Print of the Wave and one called Lacy Garlands. These were chosen for two reasons, 1 – they looked like water waves and ripples and 2 – the row and stitch counts fit within the circles of the Pi.

In the end I needed to buy a full skein more of lace weight yarn, and still ended the shawl before the last section was complete. I did a k2, YO row followed by a purl bind off to ensure that the edge would stretch enough on blocking.

All in all I am really pleased with it. I consider this a process knit – I made it to see how it worked but I think I will also get some wear out of it. If not it makes a great tablecloth for my round living room table!

You can wear it longer as above, or shorter as below.



  1. Very beautiful! It’s a masterpiece!

  2. I second Audrey’s comment, it is a masterpiece! Well done!!! The yarn looks so soft & delicate, the colours are divine. Your beautiful shawl must bring you HUGE joy & a satisfying sense of accomplishment. (I’d be wearing it every day).

  3. i love the colors! you have some gorgeous leftovers!

    and you also have some gorgeous hydrangeas!

  4. Wow, this is pretty amazing. It looks far more complex than anything I’ve ever knit. I would like to try lace knitting… Soon. You’ve inspired me.

  5. WOW!

    I look up to my leftover shelf and imagine to possibilities.

  6. Hooray for math geeks!

  7. Amazing Kate! I can’t imagine what one of these shawls knit by you would look like that wasn’t a ‘process’ knit!

    And I am totally envious of your hydrangeas!

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