52 Pickup: kClub Edition by Alasdair Post-Quinn
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52 Pickup: kClub Edition

April 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in double-stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
2185 - 2622 yards (1998 - 2398 m)
One size fits all
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From the pattern:

I consider this sort of a โ€œMagnum Opusโ€ in double-knitting. On the surface itโ€™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 childrenโ€™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 โ€œgameโ€ is probably single-handedly responsible for the majority of incomplete card decks in American households with children. I gather a similar โ€œgameโ€ is played in Germany, although they have only 32 cards in the typical deck there.

So whatโ€™s up with the new edition? In 2013, Sally Holt from Knit Companion asked me to present to that yearโ€™s kClub -- an online virtual presentation followed by a KAL. Each of the four presenters would have 3 months with the kClub all to themselves. The other three were Cheryl Potter, Cat Bordhi and Lucy Neatby. How could I refuse?

The catch was that each presenter was designing something exclusive to the kClub. Sally had taken a shine to the 52 Pickup in previous conversations, so she asked me to do an exclusive edition of the scarf. She requested โ€œgirlier colorsโ€, which I admittedly found a little odd -- after all, women and men both play cards that are (generally) the same colors. But I decided to give it a go, using colors that echoed the original white, red and black.

I took this golden opportunity to make some changes I should have done in the very beginning. I changed the font of the letters and numbers, making them more rounded and closer to the normal font found on playing cards. I changed the back of the cards to something more intriguing, while attempting to keep as close to an even distribution of colors as possible. And finally, I worked a card in one of every weight of yarn I could locate in the right colors, as well as several different fibers, just to give people ideas beyond the scarf that is suggested.

The one thing I regret is that I did not have the 4+ months I would have needed to work up another entire scarf to show all of the cards in the new design, but I hope that youโ€™ll do that for me. Please feel free to post any photos up to the Fallingblox Designs and/or Double-Knitting groups on Ravelry -- whether you do the whole scarf or something entirely different with these charts.