I finally have a moment to upload a pattern I designed in time for Pi Day. Nerdy, maybe, but fun for me.
I had a Pi Party!
I actually made a T-shirt to wear for my Pi Party, too. It’s hard to tell by the photo, but the front of the shirt has the first 3500 digits of Pi on it.
What time did my Pi Party begin? 1:59 p.m, as in “Come to my Pi Party! 3/14 @ 1:59″ – the first six digits of Pi. Laugh if you want to. It was a Sunday and I had the day off and just the right friends to do it!!
There are so many ways to have fun with knitting. One of the fun methods I enjoy is called Illusion or Shadow knitting. It goes by both names. It’s easy, really – in fact easy in two ways.
First, it’s worked in two colors: two rows and then the color change for two rows – so that part is easy.
Second, it’s only knit and purl stitches – so it’s not complicated that way either.
The fun part of Illusion knitting is that when viewed straight on at a 90 degree angle, one sees stripes. But when the viewer steps away and changes the viewing angle to an obtuse degree, the image appears. I LOVE IT!
It’s the designing that gets a little cumbersome, but worth the go. Charts have to be foreshortened to accommodate the lengthening that happens as one views at the obtuse angle. Each line on an Illusion/Shadow chart requires four rows of knitted work.
Have a look at some of the Pi Pairs I knit for my Party. I knit them in pairs because there was plenty of cotton to do it. The colors for the background and the Pi image are reversed, so don’t forget which is Color A and Color B.
Now you see the Pi: (note the obtuse camera angle)
Now you don’t see Pi: (again note the camera angle)
Since obtuse angles relate to math, and so does Pi, I decided to knit some face cloths using the Illusion method. The face cloths themselves were not the gifts at my Pi Party, but the pattern was.
So here’s the pattern. Use it freely. Share it. Upload it. Link to here, but please keep the copyright information with it. I took the time to design it. Thanks! I repeated the photos – smaller, because they are on the hard copy of my pattern.
If you knit any Pi Party Illusion Face cloths, let me know and send photos, too!! My email address is with my profile on this blog!
Here’s a link to the PDF file: Pi Party Illusion Cloth Knitting Pattern . Here’s a link to the chart if you prefer to follow that while you knit: Pi Illusion Knit Face Cloth Chart. A HUGE thank-you to the knitter who sent it to me for your use. Thanks verbosemom!