This is it ya'll! The LAST WEEK of the Pi Day MAL hosted by @KnotBadBritt and @SunDaughterKnits. Last week was the biggest goal, which means this week will feel easy peasy! This post contains all the info you need to participate in the Pi Day MAL Week 4.
Last week's goal was to knit through row 96. Yup, that was a lot of stockinette! If you are just learning to knit I bet you have the knit and purl stitch DOWN PAT by now! haha This really is a great beginner pattern for that very reason.
Week 4 Goals: work through the bind off (rows 97-101 + the picot edge bind off), sew in our ends and block our shawls! The blocking of the shawl is super duper helpful. This is when the magic happens and it goes from a ruffly flutter bib to a romantic shawl. I'll outline the basics of wet blocking below. After you meet this week's goal, post a finished pic of your shawl to Instagram, tag @KnotBadBritt and @SunDaughterKnits, use the hashtags #pisquaredshawl, #pidaymalweek4, and #sisnottwins to be eligible for this week's prize sponsored by Radicle Threads!
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While your at it, follow this link to the Pi Day MAL Week 3 post over on Knot Bad Britt's Blog.
How To Wet Block Your Shawl:
you will need:
a bowl large enough to hold water and your shawl
optional wool wash (my favorite is Eucalan)
dry clean towels
blocking mats or play mats (also optional, sub more dry towels if you don't have these)
Fill a bowl with water and add the optional wool wash.
Gently press your shawl into the water, over and over, so that air bubbles are removed.
Leave the shawl and the water be until the fibers are fully saturated (20 minutes - over night)
Lift your shawl from the bath and press the water out of it. THIS IS IMPORTANT: press the water out is quite different than wring the water out. We do not want to distort out stitches at all, and some fibers can felt with wringing. So we just place it between our hands and "press" the water out.
Lay your shawl on a dry towel and cover it with a second dry towel. Roll the whole thing up into a shawl burrito and step on it to get even more water out.
Spread your shawl out on the blocking mats or more towels and begin pinning it into shape according to the schematic provided in the pattern.
Let it dry!