Pie Chart/ Kits

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Ella Rae Lace Merino #148:  black, purple, yellow gold
Ella Rae Lace Merino #148: black, purple, yellow gold
Solar Eclipse:  black and teal and turquoise and wine and dark gold. 
Solar Eclipse: black and teal and turquoise and wine and dark gold. 
Ella Rae's Grapes of Wrath:  blues, purples, spring green
Ella Rae's Grapes of Wrath: blues, purples, spring green
This and the following photos all show Chrissie's original pieces. 
© Ursa Major Knits
This and the following photos all show Chrissie's original pieces. © Ursa Major Knits

This is simply ingenious!

By Ursa Major Knits, Pie Chart is the perfect pattern to use for those stunning variegated yarns that you cannot stop looking at but cannot figure out what to do with.  You know the ones I mean.....  :-)

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The best way to get this pattern is via the Ravelry page of the designer (Chrissie) here If you absolutely need it printed out, though, contact me and we'll set it up.  What we have put together for this kit are yarns that sing to us!

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The Design

Here is what Chrissie writes:

Although this summer we are experiencing high temperatures it is nevertheless a good time to relax, travel, have nice cools baths, etc.

Now all you need is a project that is easy and fun to knit, and small enough to take away with you wherever you go. In other words: You need Pie Chart!

The Pie Chart shawlette is a one skein or two skein wonder, specially created for hand dyed yarns ...  all of the beautiful indie dyer skeins that are dyed in the dip dye or paint dye fashion.

You will need at least 100g / 3.5oz of fingering yarn for a neckerchief and about 200g / 7oz for a shawlette. But you can always use more, or even knit it with a lace yarn to create a large shawl. Also, you could use sport or dk as the size of your Pie Chart depends upon the number of modules you knit.

Yes, it is a modular knit, but all of the pieces will be joined as you go, so no seaming is involved.

You will find ample tutorials with technical advice, including a tutorial on how to purl backwards, which comes in handy with every project that includes very short rows in garter stitch. But not to worry, the latter is purely optional.

Pie Chart is a piece of cake! 

Seriously, this is the perfect project for when you are traveling, watching movies, or whenever you are with others and want to knit something which is easy that doesn’t require a lot of attention. After reading the instructions and knitting the first four modules you will be able to knit the rest without glancing at your pattern.

However, if you feel safer with your instructions at hand, you will find all the modules described in written and charted form.

Yarn and Colorways

We do not offer the exact yarn that Chrissie used in her original.  You can see what we have by looking at the inset photo on the top picture on this page and again below it.  The photos of the original shawls are being shown with the designer's permission so you can see the overall look.  And all are © Ursa Major Knits

We offer three yarn options.  All three will work beautifully with this as all three are dyed in the dip-dyed method.  They are wound differently though and so give a different look in the skein. 

The "basic" kit gives you one skein -- that is enough for a neckerchief.  If you want to make a larger piece, just get a multiple of two or even three.  

1.  From Ella Rae Lace Merino, this is their fingering weight yarn with 460 yards (420m) per 100g of 100% wool.   The colorway #148 does not have a name.  It is awesome: a variegated skein including black, purple and yellow gold. 

Whoosh!  Blown away!   I can't tell you how many years I have been holding onto this colorway hoping to find the perfect pattern for it.  I love love love the way the colors go together. 

2.  From Mountain Colors, this is Crazy Foot, 90% superwash merino/ 10% nylon, with 425 yards per skein.  This colorway was specially developed last year to celebrate the Solar Eclipse, and yes I have been looking for a great pattern for it ever since.  Variegated in dramatic hues of black and teal and turquoise and wine and dark gold.  

3.  And one more Ella Rae Lace Merino, #227 named Grapes of Wrath.  This is a gorgeous variegation of blues and purples of varying tones, with some wonderful highlights of spring green.  

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