52 Pickup by Alasdair Post-Quinn
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52 Pickup

Knitting
January 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in double-stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
One Size Fits All
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From the pattern:

I consider this sort of a “Magnum Opus” in double-knitting. On the surface it’s just a scarf, but it is knit from 54 charts including 53 two-pattern playing cards -- one of every value and suit, and one Joker. Each card is charted four times -- face-up and face-down, right side up and upside down. You can choose to follow the schematic I laid out, or lay out the cards in any order you choose.

52 Pickup is a sort of American children’s prank, a game where one child throws an entire deck up in the air so the cards fall willy-nilly all over the room. The hapless victim of the prank must then pick up all the cards. This “game” is probably single-handedly responsible for the majority of incomplete card decks in American households with children. I gather a similar “game” is played in Germany, although they have only 32 cards in the typical deck there.

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There is a new version of this pattern available, with newly-charted backs and new lettering. This new edition is only available in digital form (no print or kits).