We’re headed this weekend to the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, and it was my job this week to get this shawl started and finished! We have a dozen or so kits that will be for sale at the festival (and at the shop after, if they don’t all disappear!), and by God they needed a sample. So here it is, in all its tri-color, alpaca-blend glory, the Passi Shawl.
The shawl is constructed by Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Pi Shawl” method, which boils down to: every time you double the diameter, you double the circumference. This means that each lace panel is static in size, and the increases are done between panels, as a [yo, k1] row all the way across. In this kit, this happened every time I changed colors. Very tidy, in my mind.
The yarn comes in 6 skeins of Alpaca Yarn Company Paca Peds, which is a 65% Wool, 20% Alpaca, 15% Nylon blend. It’s super soft but delightfully strong, and doesn’t have the usual alpaca fuzz halo. Sometimes that halo is nice, but in a shawl like this I’m glad I don’t have to worry about pilling.
The lace itself is both easy and challenging: not too many stitches in every repeat, but I had to check the chart every so often to make sure I knew what the plan was. I could watch TV on the purl rows and listen to it on the knit rows.
Passi Shawl. Come visit it in Berryville, VA, this weekend!