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Binary Scarf by knittywitty Binary Scarf by knittywitty
My super-long, super-thick, and super-warm binary scarf!

I got so fed up with this project. It took exactly a year to make start to finish, with approximately a pound of yarn- white and black. It was too complicated for me to move, so for a whole year I was stuck with it taking up room on my desk. To add to my frustrations it also ended up too long- 70 inches!

The numbers are called 'binary' because it has only 1s and 0s. 8-digit binary (what you see here) is also known as computer code. Yes, these numbers actually mean something. No, I won't tell you what it says. But if you crack the code I will be seriously impressed! (Note: if you want to try, then you're going to need more info than you can get from the pictures. Note me!)

I think the pictures are self-explanatory, banning one: the one shaped like a serpent with sticks on the top. That's a picture of the scarf in progress- the sticks are my knitting needles (5- I was knitting in the round) and the hot pink thing is a marker for the end of the round (you may not see it at first glance- it's on the right)

Pattern: [link] but I made some changes.
Yarn: Caron One Pound; one in black and one in white
Needles: Size 9 dpn
Knitted in-the-round for what seemed like eternity.
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MsMindwhirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   General Artist
This is so great and creative! You've probably already heard this; "There are only 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary and those who don't."
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TG-Rob-555 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, thats totally wicked!!
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Hey, it is brilliant! I've never seen a more beautiful scarf. Sewing is so difficult and it should be treated as another branch of art. As I'm very keen on maths and computer science, I wish I could buy such little miracle in the nearby shop :D. Ah, binary code... That's why computer scientists can't play hide and seek. They simply keep counting 1-0, 1-0, 1-0... Great job! :winner:
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the :+fav:!

You're a fellow math and computer science nerd! :highfive:
:giggle: Computer scientists can't play hide and seek! I shall have to remember this joke, it's so funny.

(Oh, and by the way, it's knitting, not sewing. I am horrible at sewing, so I designed this scarf to be completely sew-free.)
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
It is my pleasure :D! :hug:

I cannot believe you can be "horrible" at sewing. Just think about me hardly knowing the differences between knitting and sewing :giggle:! I remember my grandmother tried to teach me both "practical arts", but it was ages ago and I doubt she would think she succeeded :oops:. Never mind, because it doesn't change the scarf is awesome! Seriously, think about making more.
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naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
waaaah~ That's AWESOME~
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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naomicchi-desu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem ^^
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Hello! I featured in the latest issue of Artisan Craft News as one of the most notable examples of artisan crafts. Have a good week! :D
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, thanks! You just made my week a whole bunch better.
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Talty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad! :love: no problem!
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GoldenEarthAngel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A brilliant idea. I bet you feel very proud wearing it, because of the time it took to knit!
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
Yes, I do feel proud. Especially this week, when my Mom brought it into her computer class to teach about bits.
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justcallmesly Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
hmmmmm...something in german...since 11010101 translated to
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:lol: How did you get that? The entire scarf is in English.

I made up my own code. If you want, I can note it to you.
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justcallmesly Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Eh, some translator from binary to something else XD


Sure ^_^
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sent!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
Looks so warm! :love:
Great work!
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is- I just wore it!
Thanks!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   General Artist
:la:
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ShadowWolfKnight Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am proud to be a math nerd and i want that scarf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Math nerds unite! :highfive: It's a pretty awesome scarf, if I do say so myself.

And thanks for the fave :hug:
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ShadowWolfKnight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no prob. U deserved the fave!!!! if only i could do something other than basic finger knitting. Then i would make a binary scarf too.
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome scarf! Congrats on finishing it.
This is tempting me to see if I could do something similar with crochet.
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It took an absurd amount of effort.

I'm sure it's possible to do with crochet, although I'm not familiar enough (yet!) to visualize how it would work. I recommend you make it only one layer thick, because that will halve the amount of time put into it and (unless you live somewhere cold and want a winter-only scarf) less hot and bulky. Be sure to check out the pattern for inspiration from there, too!

If you do end up making it, please post it to DevART! I'd really love to see the result.
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I did crochet one, I would either use afghan stitch and hide the color that's not being used within the stitch, or I would "cheat" and afghan stitch the whole thing one color and cross-stitch the numbers on. Either way, If I make it, I will definitely submit it to DA.
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Afghan stitch? I've never heard of that one. Do you have a favorite pattern using that stitch that I can try? I don't have a project going at the moment.

I can't wait to see!
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Afghan stitch is a bit like a crochet/knit hybrid ( [link] ) and I can't say I have a favorite pattern, other than simple rectangles, which I later stitch together to make blankets. It can be used for two (and more) color designs, so maybe a simple shape within a rectangle pattern to begin with?
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!
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PrideofPanem Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is Awesome :O As a fellow knitter- I salute you :D
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was worth the effort, definitely.
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TecnaWinxFan4Life Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I want that scarf so bad!!!!
It's so amazing!
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! The result was well worth the effort, but I wouldn't want to make another one!

Thanks for judging it :+fav:-worthy! Very much appreciated!
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TecnaWinxFan4Life Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Welcome!^^
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hektor41 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Interesting. Is your code a simple ascii-binary conversion or it's something more subtle?
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, it's a little more complicated than that!
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hektor41 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Fantastic. When I come back from my holiday I'd love to try to decrypt the code. I just finished a book about cryptography and I'm very curious :)
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
I warn you- nobody's cracked it yet!
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Super-Koopa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've tried knitting once or twice, but I don't think I'd have the time or patience (mainly patience) to do this. Or talent, as a matter of fact. :XD: Well done. It seems well made and if I saw this at a stool or shop I would insist on buying it.
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Knitting does take a lot of patience, especially a project like this that demands 100% concentration. I remember the day that I discovered a wrong stitch 20 rows below... it wasn't a pretty sight at all.

But in general, knitting is repetitive, so it's possible to do while reading or watching a movie. That's kind of why I like it- my hands are busy, and I don't feel too bad wasting my time on TV.
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misterwackydoodle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
that is the most awesome thing i have ever seen... ok maybe i exaggerate... but only a little bit. wowie! i LIKE =)
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like too! Which is good, because it took to damn long to make to throw away so soon. It is very nice and warm and (most importantly) nerdy.
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it ^^
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! And thanks for the :+fav:, too!
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I take up knitting one day, I'll make my own ^^ I don't know what secret message I'll use though :P
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I recommend you start with an easier project. This one took me a whole year and had 2 colors involved.
But if you ever start knitting, let me know! It's pretty simple, but I can help if you get stuck.
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, my grand-mother taught me how to knit when I was a girl. I made slippers and scarves :) I think if I'd go back, I'd get around pretty easily ^^ But thank for the advice! :D
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, I assumed you were starting from scratch. But seriously, I'm always around for help!
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll make sure to remember to ask you if I need help :) It will have to wait thought... I can't really bring wool with me for my trip ^^
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knittywitty Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, it's always a problem bringing knitting needles on the airplane. I usually research that ahead of time. Have fun!
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