1/2 Pi Shawl


Firstly, I should say that although I have given this post a ‘Pattern’ label, it is really just a ‘how-to’ showing how to make a semi circular shawl using lace patterns of your choice. It is not a step by step pattern. I like knitting shawls this way because it gets quicker and quicker as you go on but if the instructions below look like gobbledygook this is probably not for you! Likewise, if you are a beginner knitter or unfamiliar with knitting lace patterns it may not the best project for you to start with and I would suggest trying out some swatches of lace patterns first.

Secondly, (in case anyone isn’t put off already!) I should say I have made all of these shawls with 100% wool yarn. When they are finished they can be a bit scrumpled so I wash them then lay them flat and reshape and leave them to dry. A proper blocking would be even better. I can’t guarantee how this would work with other fibres such as cotton/acrylic/bamboo.

Use the needle size recommended on your yarn band and this will allow you to calculate the finished shawl size. The number of rows you knit will be equal to half the length of the garter stitch border. If you need more rows than outlined below, it is important to work the extra rows at the beginning.

These shawls are based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pi shawl. My shawls are semi-circular and I begin at the bottom edge (circumference) so I am working towards the centre and the number of stitches + the number of rows decrease as I go.


Please read ALL the instructions below fully before you begin.

Cast on 398st.

Knit 7 stitches, place maker, work 384st from your chosen lace pattern, place maker, K7.

[For help with choosing lace pattern repeats: 384 = 128×3 or 96×4 or 64×6 or 48×8 or 32×12 or 24×16 If you need to add or lose a stitch or two to get your lace pattern symmetrical just increase or decrease to the number you need and adjust to bring your work back to the right number of stitches in the ‘knit 2tog rows’ at the beginning of each section]

From now on work the outer band – the 7 stitches before the first marker and the 7 stitches after the last marker – in garter stitch.

At the same time, work the sections indicated below in lace patterns of your choice.

On the first row of each section: K7 stitches (before the first marker), K2tog until last marker, K7 stitches.

In the shawls shown, I have put in a band of garter stitch rows at the beginning of each section (where you knit 2tog across the row).

* * * * *
section          rows          stitches
 1                     40+            384
 2                     64              192
 3                     32              96
 4                     16              48
 5                     8                24
 6                     4                12
 7                     2                6
 8                     1                3

Final row: K7, work 3 stitches tog, K7.

Cast off knitwise knitting the three centre stitches together as you go.

Join garter stitch band in centre.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare
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Wool on Sundays – 147 (Black and white and Green)



Happy December and welcome to the final Wool on Sundays of 2017 :)

I’m sorry if anyone came by expecting the November Wool on Sundays. I, too, expected that but for a great many reasons my blog and I (in fact my computer and I) have been much separated this past month and I have been lost to the virtual world :(


Thankfully, in the actual world, there is always knitting that can be fitted in – a few rows here and there – at any time of day or night and in all manner places so, belatedly, I’m giving the stats that I promised in Apples and an Autumnal Cardigan.


The Wool is Drops Karisma in Olive, knitted on 4mm needles. For everything except the yoke, I used a lace pattern from a Burda book of knitting stitches and for the yoke I used a Garn Studio pattern, which I first used for the Yellow Cardigan. I adapted the yoke pattern to the number of stitches I had as Karisma is roughly equivalent to DK whilst the pattern is for Aran weight yarn. If you wanted to make something similar, the simplest thing would be to use Aran weight wool with the Garn Studio pattern and work the lace pattern over the number of stitches it specifies for the body and sleeves. The sleeves in the original pattern are 3/4 length but can easily be lengthened.

The cardigan has been gifted to my daughter and one day, perhaps, I will edit to show a modelled photo!

With the left over wool, I decided to make myself a 1/2 pi shawl (as the other shawls I’ve made have all been gifted too!) and a quick hat. Here is a sneek peek in black and white because it is night time and the colours are questionable.

Knitting aside, we are still in the process of re-organising the furniture and, quite largely, redecorating the house after the floor sanding. Poppy has been relocated next to a radiator (beside some drawers that used to be upstairs and are in place of a bookcase that is on another wall, which itself is in place of a bookcase that is still outside).

Version 2

And Fiona has relocated herself…


I hope that I will be located back to my Makery and blogland more in the coming days and weeks than I’ve been of late…


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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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