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I considered the original 52 Pickup sort of a “magnum opus” in double-knitting. On the surface it’s just a scarf, but it is knit from 54 charts including 53 two-pattern playing cards — one of every value and suit, and two Jokers. Each card is charted four times — face-up and face-down, right side up and upside down. You can choose to follow the schematic I laid out, or lay out the cards in any order you choose.  

So what’s up with the new edition? In 2013, Sally Holt from Knit Companion asked me to present to that year’s kClub — an online virtual presentation followed by a KAL. The other three were Cheryl Potter, Cat Bordhi and Lucy Neatby. How could I refuse?  

I took this golden opportunity to make some changes I should have done in the very beginning. I changed the font of the letters and numbers, making them more rounded and closer to the normal font found on playing cards. I changed the back of the cards to something more intriguing. (see more in the pattern itself)

Independent Designer
Alasdair Post-Quinn
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While this pattern has 96 pages of charts, you only need about a quarter of them in any given project. Never fear!
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