Raspberry Pi Shawl by Sue Beard

Raspberry Pi Shawl

August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
1243 - 1658 yards (1137 - 1516 m)
One size (approx. 145cm/57in) in diameter, but additional repeats can be added to make the shawl larger
This pattern is available for £3.50 GBP buy it now

This is a simple circular shawl, based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl principle, and using traditional Shetland lace motifs. The lace portions of the design are charted only.

I knitted the original shawl in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal yarn in a pretty shade of raspberry pink, hence the name of the shawl! The last section, before the knitted-on lace edging, can be expanded to increase the diameter, if you want a larger shawl.

The proceeds from selling this pattern are going to be donated to the JTen Village Project in Kenya. JTen is a small community of widows and orphans, lead by Joseph Ogolla, a Permaculture teacher and organic farmer. He grows food, keeps chickens and a cow, and teaches the children how to live sustainably on the land. Kenya has recently suffered a terrible drought and the JTen village was one of many communities forced to collect dwindling dirty river water, shared with wild animals, in order to keep themselves and their livestock from thirst. A crowdfunding project was set up and enough money was raised for Joseph to be able to afford to have a 75ft well dug, so that the village now has its own supply of clean water.
But more needs to be done. The children range in age from 6 to 15 years. Only primary schooling is provided for free in Kenya, so after the age of 13 or so money has to be found for secondary education. Lillian is 15 and is currently in secondary school. She wants to be a nurse when she finishes school. Belinda is 13 and wants to be a writer and journalist. The money from the sale of this pattern will help Lillian, Belinda, and twenty-five other children in JTen realise their dreams.
You can read more about JTen on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JTenvillagehomes/