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Pie Eaters


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From the dark mines of the North I bring you this versatile rectangular shawl worked from one end to the next with buttons and buttonholes to fasten it down the front, around the back or the neck. The stitch is one that was used in a baby-blanket knit for my husband by his Grandmother, Doreen, from the coal-mining community of Wigan, Lancashire. No-one knows for sure but stories say that the name 'pie-eaters' was given to Wiganers around the time Doreen was born as a reference to their role in the 1926 General Strike, where Wigan miners were starved back to work and thus forced to eat 'humble pie'. I wanted to knit the shawl in a dark colour to represent the darkness in the mines and show how it can be an elegant wrap for those winter parties. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY yo k2tog ssk slp1 s2kp GAUGE 20 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in charted pattern or 24 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS after blocking: 127 cm (50 inches) long x 33 cm (13 inches) wide. SUGGESTED YARN 600 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Wollmeise Lace-Garn COLORWAY Midnight

Recommended with this pattern

  • 400600 yards of a lace (2ply) weight yarn
  • US 6 / 4mm circular needle, 24 inches or longer
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends, blocking wire/pins, 2 stitch markers, 6 buttons

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Eddie's Room
Eddie's Room
I'm a programmer, academic and teacher, who loves anything archaeology and history related. I'm fairly new to designing my own knit-wear, which has grown out of a love for un-patterns and recipes. I love working in the round and working two identical items in one go.