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Published on March 14th, 2016 | by Angie

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Pi shawls for Pi day

Pi = 3.14159….and it’s March 14th, or 3-14. To celebrate, we rounded up our favorite pi shawls for pi day, featuring a pie shaped construction. 

Math was never my strong suit (except statistics), but I loved geometry. Pi is a mathematical enigma that cannot be expressed as a fraction, as the decimal goes on forever without a repeating pattern. To date, mathematicians have figured out Pi to 13.5 trillion digits!

So, whether you’re a fan of Pi or a fan of pie, these shawls are gorgeous nonetheless. Pi shaped shawls were innovated by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and are circular and rely on mathematical increases to keep the shape pure.

Nefertiti shawl by Anne Podlesak

Pie shawls for pi day: Nefertiti shawl by Anne Podlesak on LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This large shawl is knitted from the top down in a pi shape with slip stitch colorwork at the bottom for a simple but impressive accessory. Inspired by the powerful ruler of Egypt, this shawl has its roots in history and ancient mathematics.

Vignette by Alexandra Tinsely

Pi shawls for pi day: Vignette by Alexandra Tinsely on LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This simple half-pi shawl is a great opportunity to show off a 4 ply or fingering weight yarn – I love the idea of using Dream in Color Jilly yarn, a 100% merino yarn with a range of stunningly gorgeous shades to choose from.

Exuberance by Kirsten Kapur

Pi shawls for pi day: Exuberance by Kirsten Kapur, download at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

Using one skein of Fyberspates Gleem yarn, you can create this half pi shaped lace shawl. The pattern includes both written and charted instructions, and the shawl is knitted from the center top and worked down with increases.

Wuthering Heights by One Hand Knits

Pi shawls for pi day: Wuthering Heights shawl by One Hand Knits on LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This half pi shawl uses a garter stitch base and an Estonian lace inspired border to create a classic shawl design with a contemporary twist. It’s knit in one piece from the top down, and the pattern is charted. I love the subtle lace panel in the center of the design for an elegant accent.

Cactus Flower by Romi

Pi shawls for pi day: Cactus Flower shawl by Romi on LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This pattern contains both written and charted instructions for this half circle pi shawl. It is knitted from the top down, with an afterthought knit-on lace edging. I can’t get enough of Madelinetosh Pashmina for heirloom knits – it’s a blend of wool, silk, and cashmere in  a range of shades to make any knitter swoon.

What do you think of these pi shawls for pi day?

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: March 14th, 2016.

2 Responses to Pi shawls for Pi day

  1. Vicki Zilai says:

    These PI shawls are just gorgeous !!!!!!

  2. mrsjollyjacktar says:

    Love a piece of pi!

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