Serial Digital Communication channels are all around us – Ethernet, WiFi, and USB are just a few of them. If you look at one of these channels on an oscilloscope, you’ll see images like these, called “eye patterns”.
The bigger the eye, the easier it is for the receiver to sample the data, and the better the channel quality is. Between the eyes, you see the “jitter” in the signal – the variance is the rise and fall times of the signal transitions with respect to a common clock. The more jitter there is, the smaller the eye gets.
I’m an Electrical Engineer by day, and I’ve had the opportunity to see plenty of eye patterns as I debug communication systems. They inspired me to create the stitch pattern for this wrap.
The architecture of Clear Eyes, Full Channels is quite simple: it is a rectangular wrap worked from the bottom edge up. Colors alternate each 8-row pattern repeat. The stitch pattern represents an eye pattern: one large eyelet forms the eye, and twisted stitches represent the jittery data transitions in between them. The wrap is worked at a loose gauge on larger needles than typically used with DK yarn to provide a nice, drapey fabric.
Blue Mule Fiber Dibe` DK (100% 19.5 Micron Long Staple Superwash Merino; 211 yds [193 m]/100g): Judge Roy Bean (MC), 3 skeins, Flecking Ride’Em Cowboy (CC), 3 skeins.
Thanks to Blue Mule for providing the yarn!
Size US 8 (5mm) needles, at least 36″ (90cm) circulars
Or size needed to obtain gauge
18 sts and 20 rows = 4″ [10cm] in St st
16 sts and 19 rows = 4″ [10cm] in patt after blocking
62” [157.5 cm] long and 22.5” [57cm] wide
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About the Designer: Laurie Beardsley
Laurie Beardsley manages to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering when she is not knitting or crocheting, so it is no surprise that she enjoys projects with interesting visual, geometric and technical elements. She applies the same analytical and mathematical processes to knitting design that she does to circuit design.
Laurie has been crocheting since childhood, dabbled in cross stitch and needlepoint during college and learned to knit in the early 2000’s. She comes from a long line of fiber crafters and is proud to be sharing the tradition with her daughter.
Ravelry ID: LaurieBea