Sybilla Palmifera by Steve Plummer

Sybilla Palmifera

January 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Garter stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2187 yards (2000 m)
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This is a large piece of knitting. That doesn’t mean it is difficult to knit. It is just big and takes a long time. It has 300 stitches and 249 ridges (498 rows) of knitting.

The illusion is based on Sibylla Palmifera, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The original painting, which is now in Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, was painted around 1865 - 70.

Sybils were prophetesses in several Classical cultures. Palmifera means palm-bearer. The palm is meant to convey the spiritual nature of the painting.

The first photo shows what you see when you look at the knitting from the side. When you look from directly in front you see only stripes. The image emerges as you walk around it.

You can use any weight of yarn but I would recommend using something fairly fine or the finished piece will be enormous. I used Stylecraft Special 4 ply in Lipstick and Cream at a gauge of about 6 stitches to the inch. I used approximately 900 metres (1000 yards) of each colour with extra for the border.

The finished hanging is about 110 cm (44”) by 132 cm (52”). Using a slightly thicker yarn would make it the ideal size for being a bed-covering.

The pattern has various versions of the chart, including one intended for tablet users, to make it as easy as possible for you to make this without ever losing your place.