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Emily Explains: Customizing Cecelia

Our Cecelia Knit-Along officially starts this Friday, and it is really exciting to see the buzz already forming on Ravelry. Thanks everyone! Cecelia can be knit in a variety of yarns (as seen in Amy’s recent blog post) but the measurements of the final piece will end up being a little bit different, as each yarn creates a different gauge. Some of you may want to consider knitting more or fewer rounds than the pattern suggests to make your Cecelia just the size you’d like! Customizing your Cecelia will actually be really easy to do because it was designed using the simplest Pi Shawl formula described in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop.


Pi Shawl Formula:

cast on a certain number of stitches and knit 1 round

increase rounds: doubling the number of stitches on your needles

knit 2 rounds

increase round: doubling the number of stitches on your needles

knit 4 rounds

increase round: doubling the number of st

knit 8 rounds

Do you see the pattern forming? Every time the stitch count doubles, the number of rounds in between doubles too!

Keeping this formula in mind, here’s how I would make Cecelia bigger:

Complete your 36th round of the “Little Branches” pattern (320 sts)

Increase round (640 sts)

Repeat the “Little Branches” chart 18 times (72 rounds)

The dimensions will vary depending on the yarn chosen, but ultimately Your Cecelia will look a little something like the picture below! (My drawing is half the circle).


Break off yarn and begin lace edging just as your pattern instructs you too.

It’s as simple as that!

Happy Making,


6 thoughts on “Emily Explains: Customizing Cecelia

  1. Do you have a guesstimate as to how much additional yarn would be needed to do what you recommend above? Or how much you used in total?

  2. I just started found this so very very late. Confused about Rn 2. Wish there instructional videos on you tube but could not find. How does one increase with just knitting or k1tbl? Ty!

  3. The increase happens when you yo (yarn over). Knitting through the back loop (k1tbl) is just another way of knitting a stitch, in this case you are twisting your knitted stitch.
    In increase round 2 *yo, k1tbl* you are doubling your stitch count.

  4. I would love a you tube video for the lace edging. I’ve completed the blanket up to that point, its so beautiful I don’t want to mess it up now!

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