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Free Knitting Pattern - Paprika Spice Simple Pi Shawl

I am very happy to announce that the Paprika Spice Simple Pi Shawl is being released today as a free pattern.  I am placing it here, and it will also be a free pattern on Ravelry.com.  I would like to say a BIG thank you to the wonderful people who test knit this for me.  I will post their names here shortly.

(I will upload a better picture soon).

Here's the pattern ... enjoy!  ;)



Paprika Spice Simple Pi Shawl

by Kimberly Pacini (a.k.a. SockBunny)
SockBunnyStudios.etsy.com

Abbreviations:

K = Knit
P = Purl
yo = Yarn over

Materials Needed

Paton’s Lace Yarn – 1-2 balls (498-996 yards) or lace/fingering yarn of your choice

Beads size 6/0 (approximately 4 tubes or 96 grams) or beads that will fit onto the yarn of your choice

Size 12 steel crochet hook (or a hook that corresponds to the beads and yarn of your choice)

Size 6 DPNs

Size 6 circular needle 24”

Longer size 6 circular needle, if desired


Cast On:

Using double-pointed needles (DPNs), cast on 9 stitches and join in the round.  Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of a row.  Be sure that your stitches are not twisted.

Pattern Rows (Brief [1]):

1:  Knit across.  (9 stitches)
2:  *K1, yo* across.  (18 stitches)
3-5:  Knit across.
6:  *K1, yo* across.  (36 stitches)
7-11:  *K2, P2* across.
12:  *K1, yo* across.  (72 stitches)
13-23:  Knit across.
24:  Switch to using a circular needle.  *K1, yo* across.  (144 stitches)
25-47:  *K2, P2*across.
48:  *K1, yo* across.  (288 stitches)
49-59:  Knit across.
60-65:  Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.[2]
66-72:  Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
73-80:  Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
81-89:  Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
90-92:  Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 10 stitches.
93:  Knit across.
94:  Knit across, placing beads on every third stitch.
95:  Knit across.
96:  *K1, yo* across.  (576 stitches)
97-191 (or until shawl is desired size[3]):  *K2, P2* across.

Bind off rows:

1:  Knit across.
2.  Knit across, placing a bead on every other stitch.
3:  Knit across.

Bind off loosely and weave in ends.  (See notes below on binding off.)

How to Generate Random Numbers

There are many methods to generating random numbers.  Here are some ideas:
1.       Use a web site such as random.org and fill in your upper and lower values. 
2.       Find a random number generator for your smart phone.
3.       Write the numbers on slips of paper and draw them from a hat or bowl.

Example:  When the pattern says randomly place a bead between every 5 and 40 stitches, I would generate a random number between 5 and 40.  Let’s say 17 is the number generated; I would then knit 17 sticthes and place a bead.  I would then randomly generate another number, let’s say 33, and then I would knit 33 stitches and then place another bead, and so on.

How to Place a Bead

There are many methods for placing beads on your knitting, but the method I used for this shawl is as follows:
1.        Slide the bead onto the crochet hook.
2.       Using the crochet hook, remove the stitch from the left needle and pull it through the bead.
3.       Place the stitch back on the left needle.
4.       Knit the stitch.

Cat Bordhi has a great YouTube video demonstrating this method, as well as a dental floss method, at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At2QJt73sLM

How to Bind Off Loosely

My favorite method for binding off shawls is as follows:

Step 1:  Knit 1 stitch.  Move the knit stitch back from the right needle to the left needle.
Step 2:  Knit 2 stitches together through the back loop.  Move the knit sticth from the right neele to the left needle.

Repeat STEP 2 ONLY until the entire shawl has been bound off.



Pattern Cheat Sheet (for checking off rows)

1.       Knit.  (9 stitches)
2.       *K1, yo* across.  (18 stitches)
3.       Knit across.
4.       Knit across.
5.       Knit across.
6.       *K1, yo* across.  (36 stitches)
7.       *K2, P2* across.
8.       *K2, P2* across.
9.       *K2, P2* across.
10.   *K2, P2* across.
11.   *K2, P2* across.
12.   *K1, yo* across.  (72 stitches)
13.   Knit across.
14.   Knit across.
15.   Knit across.
16.   Knit across.
17.   Knit across.
18.   Knit across.
19.   Knit across.
20.   Knit across.
21.   Knit across.
22.   Knit across.
23.   Knit across.
24.    Switch to using a circular needle.  *K1, yo* across.  (144 stitches)
25.   *K2, P2*across.
26.   *K2, P2*across.
27.   *K2, P2*across.
28.   *K2, P2*across.
29.   *K2, P2*across.
30.   *K2, P2*across.
31.   *K2, P2*across.
32.   *K2, P2*across.
33.   *K2, P2*across.
34.   *K2, P2*across.
35.   *K2, P2*across.
36.   *K2, P2*across.
37.   *K2, P2*across.
38.   *K2, P2*across.
39.   *K2, P2*across.
40.   *K2, P2*across.
41.   *K2, P2*across.
42.   *K2, P2*across.
43.   *K2, P2*across.
44.   *K2, P2*across.
45.   *K2, P2*across
46.   *K2, P2*across.
47.   *K2, P2*across.
48.   *K1, yo* across.  (288 stitches)
49.   Knit across.
50.   Knit across.
51.   Knit across.
52.   Knit across.
53.   Knit across.
54.   Knit across.
55.   Knit across.
56.   Knit across.
57.   Knit across.
58.   Knit across.
59.   Knit across.
60.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
61.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
62.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
63.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
64.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
65.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 40 stitches.
66.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
67.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
68.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
69.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
70.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
71.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
72.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 35 stitches.
73.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
74.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
75.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
76.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
77.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
78.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
79.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
80.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 20 stitches.
81.    Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
82.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
83.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
84.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
85.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
86.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
87.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
88.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
89.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 15 stitches.
90.    Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 10 stitches.
91.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 10 stitches.
92.   Knit across, randomly placing beads between every 5 and 10 stitches.
93.    Knit across.
94.   Knit across, placing beads on every third stitch.
95.    Knit across.
96.   *K1, yo* across.  (576 stitches)
97.    *K2, P2* across.
Continue until shawl is desired size (see footnote #3) and then follow instructions for bind off rows.


[1] See the end of this pattern for a detailed version, which includes rows you can mark off as you go, if desired.
[2] See notes on how to place beads and how to generate random numbers.
[3] If you reach row 192, you will need to do an increase row again, which will double the number of stitches you have on the needle.