Four Shawls

A bit ago I was asked by The Knitter magazine to design four shawls for them.  I could choose size, shape and everything else!

I had been looking at some of my (many!) lace knitting books and so I had ideas at once.  I decided to have 4 different shapes from 4 different traditions – a sampler wrap using Austrian stitches, a square using Estonian stitches, a pi shawl using American stitches and a Faroese-inspired crescent.

In time all four were published and in time the rights returned to me.  So I put them out together.

The Austrian wrap is knitted here in 4 ply yarn.  The stitch patterns come for a series of three stitch libraries called Bauerliches Stricken, by Lisl Fanderl, published by Rosemheimer.  I was told about these books by a member of my Ravelry group and they contain many interesting stitches.  I chose to use a selection of patterns to give interest to the knitter.

I wanted to use the pi shaping for one shawl, so it had to be the one using stitches from Knitting Lace by Susanna E Lewis, published by Taunton Books, a dictionary of the patterns in a 19th Century lace sampler in the Brooklyn Museum.  It had to be called Miss American Pi…

As well as the two fairly recent stitch dictionaries of Estonian lace, I have a copy of the older Pitsilised Koekirjad by Leili Reimann.  I used stitches from these to make a square shawl knitted from the centre out.  These include both nupps and gathered stitches, the defining characteristics of Estonian lace.

For the final shawl I used a stitch pattern from a Faroese book,  215 Sjalmynstur by Olivia Joensen, for the traditional lace pattern above the hem, but shaped the ‘wings’ to give a crescent shawl.  It is knitted in the traditional way from the bottom up, so you start with lots of stitches and decrease quite rapidly.

The separate patterns can be bought from my Ravelry store (in $6 each) or from my Etsy store (£4 each).  For the next two weeks, you can get all four shawls for $10 from this link only. Just click on the last sentence to be taken to Paypal. I will then email the patterns to you. Remember, I may be in bed when you buy, so there may be a few hours’ delay!


Estonian Hearts and Flowers – Pi Shawls and Vest

As some of you know, I designed a pi shawl for the EZasPi yahoo group, with the idea of casting on on Pi Day – 14th March doesn’t mean much in the way the UK writes dates, but in the US it is 3.14!

Several folk wanted a pi vest, so I decided that I would offer this as well, and also a split pi. This has no ‘middle’ and opens down the front.

I decided to use Estonian patterns, giving folk the choice of nupps or not. All the patterns come from Estonian pattern books, and the names I used are the ones in the books.

I made a vest for myself. It is in DK yarn, and uses quite a few nupps. I made this on North Ronaldsay, and Jane was with me when I finished it, so she kindly modelled it!

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The arm holes can be made at any time – instructions are given about how to choose where – and the collar can be reversed if required.  Again  insructions are given.

The split shawl I made is in lace weight, and does not have nupps.

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field of flowers and daisy lace

I didn’t make an ordinary pi myself, but various people in the group have made them, and some have photos on Ravelry.

The patterns for all three items are available as an ebook on Ravelry, price 10$. You do not have to be a member of Ravelry to buy from the store. (I will be adding it to my Etsy store soon.)  Just click the button below to buy!!