The ethereal geometry of this heirloom pi shawl conjures stars wheeling overhead and trees reflected in water. Worked in Vale, it makes a beautiful throw to display in your home or an exquisite shawl for dressy occasions. Lucca is a meditative knit, with each successive ring bringing a new pattern to freshen your interest.
1115 (1555) yards of lace weight wool yarn
3 (4) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Vale (100% American Rambouillet wool; 450 yards/50 grams)
Large shawl photographed in Vale yarn, color Sashiko
Small shawl photographed in Plains yarn, color Waxwing
Small Shawl: 22 stitches & 32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking
One 12-stitch repeat from Chart B or C measures approximately 2¼“ wide
Large Shawl: 18 stitches & 22 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking
One 12-stitch repeat from Chart B or C measures approximately 2¾“ wide
Note: Finished width of repeat will vary once shawl is blocked into circular shape.
One each 16” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Small Shawl suggested Size: 3 mm (US 2½)
Large Shawl suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., the center of the shawl). If using only circular needles for knitting the shawl, you will require one spare DPN for working attached edging.
Small Shawl: 44″ (112 cm) diameter (including edging)
Large Shawl: 63½” (161.5 cm) diameter (including edging)
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Circular Cast On
Crocheted Provisional Cast On
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
3 out of 5
Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.
photo © Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed