Friday, October 10, 2008

Knitting in the Parthenon

Well, not really.

The recreated Parthenon in the British Museum (a.k.a. the Elgin Marbles) was my favorite part of the whole museum (and that's saying something).

I found a lone chair by the sculptures of Athena and Poseidon, and broke out the Pi Shawl. I'm on the last panel, the round of 576, and I'm working the whole thing in gull stitch, inspired by indigoblue's on Ravelry.

The gull stitch, FYI, is available in Knitter's Almanac, but is so simple and lovely that we should all know it by heart.

Here it is, written for working the round:
Round 1: K all sts.
Round 2: K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
Round 3: K all sts.
Round 4: k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk.

This is a 7-stitch repeat, and that doesn't work mathematically with the round of 576 on the Pi Shawl. You have to add a couple of sts near the end of the first round to get the math right.

But what's a few sts between friends?

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