This lace sampler came from the beginning stages of the Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi shawl. The Pi Shawl, loosely based on the mathematical ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter (C=2πr), can continue on in the round to become as large as you like.
I have an idea for a spectacular project brewing (more of that later), and the first step was to see if I could incorporate Intarsia into the Pi shawl, while maintaining an ‘in the round’ method. The answer was NO. Intarsia requires a back and forth method, because the color strand for each section is left at the end, and therefore must be picked up again on the return trip only. Some people Wrap & Turn, thereby maintaining a closed circuit, but the knitting is still done back and forth. I tried the Wrap&Turn way for several rows, but was unimpressed. Probably because my W&T was at a color change, and it looked messy. Note to self: when using this method, make your W&T at a solid color…? Or… simply work the Pi Shawl flat, and sew a neat and tidy seam…
The top-left photo depicts the Wrap&Turn “circular” way. If you look closely at the bottom-left picture, you’ll see a messy, jagged transition between white and ochre… That’s the result of my ham-handed Wrap & Turns.
In the end, I decided to stretch it across an inexpensive embroidery hoop. It now resembles a dream-catcher, doesn’t it? And it looks so pretty against the light. I’m pleased with my test project. Stay tuned for the final thing!
For details on yarns, etc, check out my project on Ravelry