The Possibilities of Pi
With Denise Bell
Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm CST
A Pi Shawl is a rewarding knit. It is knit in the round beginning with a few stitches and grows with strategically placed increase rounds — all thanks to Pi.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
You may have learned about Pi Shawls by reading an Elizabeth Zimmermann book; she introduced knitters to this useful way to approach circular shawl shaping. Pi shawls are circle-knits-in-the-round, where you strategically place increase rounds as you grow the circumference.
Don’t let the math scare you! It is a simple approach: the rest rows are knit rather than purled, the right side of the work is always facing you, and stitch patterns can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make them.
Unlike square, rectangle, or triangle shawls with construction options of bottom-up, side-to-side, and top-down; the Pi Shawl always starts in the center and grows in circumference. We’ll begin with double-point needles and fingering-weight yarn and by learning the Emily Ocker cast-on, then move to a small circular needle as we put Pi Shawl formula into action.
Denise will offer tips on how to choose and place stitch patterns between the increase rounds, and how to edge, block, and wear a Pi Shawl.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Students need to be proficient in increases and decreases and have experience using double-point needles.
• US 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4mm) double-point needle set of 5 needles with sharp tips
• US 5 or 6 (3.75 or 4mm), 16″ and 24” circular needle with sharp tips
• Crochet Hook (F or G)
• 300-400 yds of solid colored smooth fingering-weight yarn; allow at least 1500 yards for a full-sized, fingering-weight shawl
• Your favorite stitch dictionary
• Stitch markers
Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tapestry needles (large and small), Tape measure, Small calculator, Needles and crochet hooks of various sizes