s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: For the baby medievalist in your life

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

For the baby medievalist in your life

A baby blanket based on the Chartres Cathedral Pavement Maze.

(I guess it doesn't have to be a baby blanket, but it looks like it would be a nice size for that purpose.)

7 Comments:

At May 14, 2008 11:28 PM, Blogger The Dancing Newt said...

This is what you were telling me about! I can't remember the context though...

 
At May 15, 2008 1:44 PM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

That's so great.

 
At May 16, 2008 8:05 AM, Blogger Katya said...

I just wish I could find a way to do a knitted equivalent. (I don't want to crochet something that size, and I can't find an equivalent knitting pattern that doesn't have holes (= YO increases) in it.)

 
At May 20, 2008 12:00 PM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

A question that will reveal the depths of my knitting ignorance: is it possible to knit something like that from the outside in, so that you're knitting together rather than yarning over?

 
At May 20, 2008 12:14 PM, Blogger Katya said...

ambrosia - Sure. It'd be the equivalent of knitting a hat from the brim, up or a sock from the cuff, down. However, you'd have to cast on a million stitches and you might have trouble getting it to lie flat. Also, you'd end up with a ring instead of a circle if you ran out of yarn. (But if you start from the inside and work your way out, you can almost exactly use up all of your yarn.)

My issue with the YO increase is not that it's an increase, per se, but that it's an increase that leaves a hole in the fabric. I'd rather use a different type of increase so that there aren't holes in the fabric, but I think that the YO increase is designed to give the fabric a bit of ease so that it will lie flat.

 
At May 21, 2008 12:54 PM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

I, uh, haven't used any other type of increases in knitting. (I am so not a real knitter. It's shameful.) Getting it to lie flat. That makes sense.

 
At May 21, 2008 4:16 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Have no fear. I won't turn you in to the knitting secret police. :)

 

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