It’s Pi Day, at least when dates are considered from the US point of view: it’s 3/14 today. My husband is using this as an excuse to bake pie. I’m using it as an excuse to make another stitch pattern using the first five digits of pi: 3.1415.
I particularly like the unexpected way that if the knitting ends after row 2 or 8, there’s picots to be pinned out.
Happy Pi Day!
- Pattern is a multiple of 18 stitches and 12 rows.
- Cable crossings are optional, but I like it better with them.
- 1/1 LC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at front of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
- 1/1 RC: Slip next stitch to cable needle and place at back of work, knit 1, then knit 1 from cable needle.
- k: knit.
- k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
- p: purl.
- ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Left-leaning decrease)
- yo: yarnover.
Row 1 (RS): Yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 RC, k4, *k4, 1/1 LC, k1, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, k1, 1/1 RC, k4 ; work from *, k4, 1/1 LC, k1, k2tog, yo.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl, working (k1, p1) in each double yarnover.
Row 3: 1/1 RC x 2, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2, *(yo, ssk) x 2, k1, 1/1 LC x 2, 1/1 RC x 2, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2 ; work from *, (yo, ssk) x 2, k1, 1/1 LC x 2.
Row 5: K4, (k2tog, yo) x 2, k1, *k1, (yo, ssk) x 2, k3, 1/1 RC, k3, (k2tog, yo) x 2, k1 ; work from *, k1, (yo, ssk) x 2, k4.
Row 7: K4, 1/1 LC, k1, k2tog, yo, *yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 RC, k8, 1/1 LC, k1, k2tog, yo ; work from *, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 RC, k4.
Row 9: (Yo, ssk) x 2, k1, 1/1 LC x 2, *1/1 RC x 2, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo x 2, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, 1/1 LC x 2 ; work from *, 1/1 RC x 2, k1, (k2tog, yo) x 2.
Row 11: K1, (yo, ssk) x 2, k3, 1/1 RC, *k3, (k2tog, yo) x 2, k2, (yo, ssk) x 2, k3, 1/1 RC ; work from *, k3, (k2tog, yo) x 2, k1.
Designers, please feel free to use this stitch in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it. Thanks! – Naomi
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Here’s how I made this particular chart. I made a variety using all my layout methods, and this was the one I liked best.
Triangles can make good tiles to repeat across a flat surface. I started at the bottom, counting squares from right to left, as if knitting. Each digit of 31415 was counted separately. I counted 3 squares and then placed a marker; since there wasn’t a space on the first row, I put it in the first square of the second row; 1 square, then another marker; 4 squares, and so on. There are a bunch of blank squares left over, but they aren’t counted since another marker hasn’t been placed in that space.
Then I mirrored this triangle, and tiled it. I replaced the black squares with yarnovers and figured out where to place the decreases. As sometimes happens, the most obvious decrease locations looked best, making a motif that looks good in alternation.