I finished my third Super Scarf. (Check the link on my side bar for the scoop about the Super Scarf Project.) It is the scarf for which my brother sent me his suggestion.
His email made me smile. He was worried that it might be a “Very, Very strange idea,” but he passed it along anyway. He said, “What about a scarf with all the super bowl numbers on it?”
He admittedly doesn’t know much about knitting, but I give him HUGE credit for telling me about the Super Scarf project and then trusting me enough to offer a suggestion. His Super Bowl numbers idea was very clever and I had to give it some thought. (Gram thinks to herself, “that’ll be a charting nightmare!!!! – but what the heck – let’s see what happens.”) He didn’t give any other specifics, so I interpreted it the way I did.
My brother even sent me a link to a funny video that gave him the inspiration. I’ll get you to that link in a moment.
So . . . after some serious caffeine and an entire day of charting and math, then some repositioning, double- and triple-checking my calculations, I got clicking.
Super Bowls are numbered using Roman Numerals and the Super Bowl for 2012, in Indianapolis, will be # 46, or XLVI.
The finished scarf has all the Roman Numerals from 1-46, I – XLVI on one side of the scarf. I used stripes as the format for showcasing the Roman Numerals. It took some repositioning a couple of times, but I ended up with three white stripes with the Roman Numerals knit in Intarsia on the white background of each stripe. The numerals are center-justified, but in the end they were divided up evenly enough that the difference at the sides is negligible.
The sequence of Roman Numerals begins at the bottom left as you look at the photo below. I decided to do that because historically, it’s longer ago.
While looking at the next two photos, you can see that the side margins remaining after center-justification is nearly equal.
XLVI is at the top right to finish of the Roman Retrospective.
There are length and width specifications to the Super Scarf project, so the stripes could not be equal in width. The scarf would have been too wide.
Once through the Roman Numeral chart was PLENTY for me, so I made the back side with just the stripes. This makes the scarf reversible, with an interesting, yet coordinated contrast to the Intarsia work on the front.
I knit the scarf up the wide dimension, so I would work on the chart right-side up and not sideways. This means that I had to graft the stitches from one side to the stitches on the other side in order for the scarf to be seamless. It’s worth the time.
I haven’t had the time to type the pattern for this scarf yet, but when I do, I will add it in this post.
Now . . . what was the video that inspired my brother to send me his idea? Check it out. Just hang in there through the Roman Numerals and you’ll get the idea. I watched the video (several times) and had the darn words going through my head while I charted, while I figured the math, while I repositioned the charted characters, while I knit . . . and probably will have it in my head for a while.
“He, Myself, and . . . I, II, III” refers to my Indybro for his scarf idea, me for knitting it, and for the song which includes the “I . . . II . . . III.”
Anyway, thanks big brother, for the GREAT idea! Hope you and the Indiana Host Committee like my interpretation.