Peppermint Bay by Mitenae

Peppermint Bay

by Mitenae
March 2015
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 30.5 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1750 yards (1600 m)
One size but customisable
This pattern is available for free.

When I finished knitting my first Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmermann I never believed Glenna C. that I would knit another. After all there are so many gorgeous patterns to knit. All this changed the moment I blocked it. I knew I not only had to knit another one, which I quickly procured the yarn for, but that I also wanted a square version and it had to be in Miss Babs Katahdin. I also knew I needed to retain what I loved about the Pi Shawl variation: the mindless stockinette and the simple eyelet detail.

I set about sketching, working out what to do, what color to knit it in and how big it needed to be (answer: very). I adore huge shawl projects where I can just sit and knit until as much of the skein is used as possible, so I also knew I wanted to use as much of the huge 400g skein of Katahdin as I could. With everything worked out I set about knitting it and once it was blocked it was huge and exactly as I had hoped; a square version of the Pi Shawl. While no longer a true Pi Shawl, Peppermint Bay pays homage to Elizabeth Zimmermann and her much loved Pi Shawl.

While this pattern is written to use a light fingering weight yarn, any weight can be used (finished size and yardage will vary) and knitted in a heavier-weight yarn, it would make a fantastic blanket to snuggle beneath.

Gauge (in pattern): 15.5 sts by 30.5 rows.