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This variant of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi Shawl is my tribute to the sea. The plant-like central motifs remind me of seaweed, while the wide beaded faggot lace border tangles and shimmers like a fisherman’s net spangled with droplets of brine. Spreading gray and dark blue tones evoke the play of moonlight on deep water, as does the subtle sheen of the silk yarn. Even the texture is like walk on the beach, the beads hard and cool like grains of sand.

Shipwreck is true lace knitting, as pattern rows in two of the motifs are stacked without intervening "plain" knitted rows. Since the shawl is knitted circularly, however, there is never any need to purl. The right side of the work always faces the knitter, making it easy to spot mistakes. There are only seven increase rows in the entire project, and only one motif is worked at a time.

Beads are pre-strung on the yarn and knitted into the faggot lace border at random intervals, and can be omitted if desired.

 

SIZE

One

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Diameter: 57 inches, measured after blocking

 
MATERIALS
spacer Knitpicks Bare Merino Wool, Silk Sock yarn [70% merino wool, 30% silk; 440yd/402m per 100g skein]; color: custom-dyed using Jacquard acid dyes -- see Pattern Notes for information on Bethany's knit and dye technique; 3 skeins

Recommended needle size:
spacer 1 set US #4/3.5 mm double-point needles
spacer 1 24- or 32-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #10.5/6.5mm circular needle 
spacer 1 40- or 47-inch US #11/8mm circular needle
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

spacer Approx. 5000 Czech glass seed beads size 8/0; color: Green Mega Mix
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GAUGE

29 sts/17 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on US#4/3.5mm needles

Note: Gauge is measured over stockinette st. Correct gauge is not essential for this project unless you are working with a limited quantity of yarn. However, if you do wish to swatch and measure your gauge before beginning, be sure to block swatch, allow to dry, unpin and allow to relax before measuring gauge.

 
PATTERN NOTES
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Regarding the dyes and process used:
Shipwreck was worked with undyed yarn and dyed after the knitting was complete in order to achieve a slightly weathered effect. The shawl's color was achieved using approximately 3 tsp of #80332 Sapphire Blue and 1/4 tsp of #80337 Jet Black dissolved in a pot of simmering water on the stove. Next, add a dollop of vinegar to the water. The more vinegar you add now, the more variations in shade will appear in the final shawl. For a shawl with no variations, add the vinegar after the shawl is soaked in the dye, rather than before.

Place the completed shawl gently in the pot and submerge it until it is thoroughly soaked. Do not agitate, as that could felt the shawl! Stir slowly and press down on the shawl occasionally to make sure the dye is being absorbed by the whole piece. Let simmer for 30 minutes or until dye is exhausted (water is clear). To rinse, fill a sink with clear water the same temperature as your simmering pot and transfer shawl to sink. Add wool wash or your preferred soap for cleaning wool, and let sit. After dyeing and rinsing, you can block. For more details on dyeing with acid dyes, read this Knitty article.

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Directions for the Simple Ring cast-on method can be found here.

This method is also described by Thom Christoph in A Gathering of Lace (XRX Books, 2000) on page 163.

Placing Beads: Beads are placed randomly thorughout work when working Section 7 (openwork border section). Pre-string beads on yarn before beginning border; if recommended yarn is used at same gauge as shawl shown, beads should be strung starting with second skein of yarn. Alternately, yarn may be broken before beginning Section 7, then strung with beads and reattached.
To place a bead, work a k2tog as in pattern, then slide a bead up the yarn so that it sits next to the right needle before working a yo.

Information about blocking lace can be found here and here.

Strawberry Pattern (Worked in the round over a multiple of 9 sts):
Round 1: [K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3] to end.
Round 2: K all sts.
Round 3: [K1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k1] to end.
Round 4: K all sts.
Round 5: [K3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3] to end.

Bleeding Heart Pattern (Worked in the round over a multiple of 12 sts):
Round 1: [Yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1] to end.
Round 2: [Yo, k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k1] to end.
Round 3: [Yo, k2, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1] to end.
Round 4: [Yo, k3, ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1] to end.
Round 5: [Yo, k4, k3tog, k4, yo, k1] to end.
Round 6: [K3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k4] to end.
Round 7: [K2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3] to end.
Round 8: [K1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2] to end.
Round 9: [K2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1] to end.
Round 10: Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the left. [K4, yo, k1, yo, k4, k3tog] to end.

Madeira Pattern (Worked in the round over a multiple of 10 sts):
Round 1: [Yo, ssk, k8] to end.
Round 2: [K1, yo, ssk, k7] to end.
Round 3: [(Yo, ssk) twice, k6] to end.
Round 4: [K3, yo, ssk, k5] to end.
Round 5: [(K1, yo, ssk) twice, k4] to end.
Round 6: [K5, yo, ssk, k3] to end.
Round 7: [(K2, yo, ssk) twice, k2] to end.
Round 8: [K7, yo, ssk, k1] to end.
Round 9: [K3, yo, ssk] to end.
Round 10: [K4, yo, ssk, k4] to end.
Round 11: [Ssk, K4, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the left.
Round 12: [K6, yo, ssk, k2] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the right.
Round 13: [Yo, ssk, k5, yo, ssk, k1] to end.
Round 14: [K8, yo, ssk] to end.
Round 15: [Ssk, yo, ssk, k6, yo, ssk] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the left.
Round 16: [Yo, ssk, k8] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the right.
Round 17: [K1, yo, ssk, k7] to end.
Round 18: K all sts.
Round 19: [Yo, ssk] to end.
Round 20: K all sts.
Round 21: [K1, k2tog, yo, k7] to end.
Round 22: [K2, k2tog, yo, k6] to end.
Round 23: [Yo, k2tog, yo, k6, k2tog] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the left.
Round 24: [K8, k2tog, yo] to end.
Round 25: [K2tog, yo, k5, k2tog, yo, k1] to end.
Round 26: [K6, k2tog, yo, k2] to end.
Round 27: [Yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog] to end. Before beginning this round, move marker 1 st to the left.
Round 28: [K4, k2tog, yo, k4] to end.
Round 29: [K3, k2tog, yo] to end.
Round 30: [K2, k2tog, yo, k6] to end.
Round 31: [K1, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2] to end.
Round 32: [K5, k2tog, yo, k3] to end.
Round 33: [(K1, k2tog, yo) twice, k4] to end.
Round 34: [K3, k2tog, yo, k5] to end.
Round 35: [(K2tog, yo) twice, k6] to end.
Round 36: [K1, k2tog, yo, k7] to end.
Round 37: [K2tog, yo, k8] to end.

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DIRECTIONS
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Using Simple Ring method (see Pattern Notes), CO 8 sts.

There are 9 sts on needle, including loop formed at beginning of CO.

Divide sts between needles and join to begin working in the round. After first few rounds have been worked, pull strand which forms beginning loop to tighten.

As number of sts increases, switch to shorter US #4/3.5mm circular needle, then to longer US #4/3.5mm circular needle, as necessary.

Sections 1-3:
Round 1: K9.
Round 2: [K1, yo] to end. 18 sts.
Rounds 3-5: K18.
Round 6: [K1, yo] to end. 36 sts.
Rounds 7-12: K36.
Round 13: [K1, yo] to end. 72 sts.

Section 4:
Rounds 14-16: K72.
Rounds 17-21: Work Rounds 1-5 of Strawberry Pattern.
Rounds 22-25: K all sts.
Round 26: [K1, yo] to end. 144 sts.

Section 5:
Rounds 27-28: K144.
Rounds 29-48: Work Rounds 1-10 of Bleeding Heart Pattern twice.
Rounds 49-50: K144.
Round 51: [K1, yo] to end. 288 sts.

Section 6:
Round 52: [K144, m1] twice. 290 sts.
Rounds 53-57: K290.
Rounds 58-94: Work rounds 1-37 of Madeira Pattern.
Rounds 95-100: K290.
Round 101: [K1, yo] to end. 580 sts.

Section 7:
Note: While working Section 7, place beads randomly throughout. See Pattern Notes re. placing beads.

Rounds 102-115: Using US #8/5mm circular needle, [yo, k2tog] to end.
Rounds 116-129: Using US #9/5.5mm circular needle, [yo, k2tog] to end.
Rounds 130-143: Using US #10/6mm circular needle, [yo, k2tog] to end.
Rounds 144-157: Using US #10.5/6.5mm circular needle, [yo, k2tog] to end.
Round 158: Using US #11/8mm circular needle, [k1, yo] to end. 1160 sts.
Loosely BO all sts.

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FINISHING

Weave in ends, but do not cut tails. 

Immerse shawl in lukewarm water until thoroughly saturated. Block center of shawl (Sections 1-6) as described in linked articles (see Pattern Notes). Block Section 7 by gently spreading flat with hands, but do not pin. Border will not lie perfectly flat; edge should curl slightly.
Allow to dry completely. Unpin shawl and trim yarn tails.

 
ABOUT THE DESIGNER

designernameBlank Bethany is a graduate student living and working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She learned to knit when she went to college up North and can’t quite shake her allegiance to animal fibers, despite the southern heat.

She blogs here.

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