Monday, July 02, 2007

Publish or perish!

There was a request on Ravelry for a pattern to the Pacman scarf I came up with in 2005. The primary reason I hadn't put it up yet was because I didn't have a decent graphic of the color charts, so I finally got off my duff and made some:

Link to the Past full size.

Ok, here goes. This is my first time writing a pattern, so be gentle.

Pacman scarf

Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic)
[MC] Black, 2 skeins
[CC1] Yellow, 1 skein
[CC2] Red, blue, pink, or orange (or whatever color you want your ghostie to be), 1 skein
[CC3] White, 1 skein or less

One 12" circular needle in size to fit gauge

Crochet hook for fringe

18 sts / 26 rows over 4 inches

Pattern Notes:
I knit this in the round using Fair Isle. It can very easily be translated to flat knitting with intarsia. It can also be knitted with the Pacman motif on both sides by placing a marker at 25 stitches and repeating the directions from the marker as if from the beginning of the round.

Using MC, cast on 50 sts. Join round, being careful not to twist sts. K ten rounds.

Round 11-27: K 4 sts in MC. Begin Pacman chart using Fair Isle technique and CC1.

Round 28-35: K all sts in MC.

Round 36-39: K 10 sts in MC. Begin pellet chart using CC1.

Repeat rounds 28-39 twenty-nine times, or until scarf is about 4.5 inches shorter than desired length.

K eight rounds in MC.

K five sts in MC. Begin ghost chart using CC2 and switching to CC3 or MC when necessary.

K ten rounds in MC. BO.

Using crochet hook, hook fringe through open ends of scarf to close.

And that's more or less it. Your neck is now 8-bits warmer.

EDIT: Ms. Pacman chart now available! Please note that this chart is 19 rows long instead of 17, and adjust pattern accordingly.

Ravelry user Gelliebean sent me some charts for Pacman's cherry and strawberry (originally from Spritestitch), as well as a Power Pill chart she created. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I love it.

Caresse said...

I can't wait to try this out myself!!Thanks for posting the pattern!!

amaliacharles said...

Are there any translations for the abbreviations?

Jenn Mackert said...

For the most part I follow Knitty's standard abbreviations. You can find them at the bottom of the page here: