A Bao A Qu Sock Knitting Pattern

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Description

This pattern is based on texture created by knit and purl stitches, and it is pretty straightforward to knit. It consists of a crenellated tower top, with spiralling steps descending, or ascending.

Sizes: Small Child (Large Child/Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult, Extra Large Adult).

Materials:4ply sock yarn; 2.5mm double pointed knitting needles.

Tension: approximately 32 stitches per 10cm.

Á Bao A Qu is one of the mythical creatures Jorge Luis Borges describes in his Book of Imaginary Beings, which he based on the following Malaysian myth:
Á Bao A Qu lived in the Tower of Victory, an inter-dimensional gateway to the gods located in Chitor. Á Bao A Qu was one of those gods, but had been caught in this dimension when the gateway closed. Because it was caught in this world, it became attached to and dependent on human behavior, beliefs and karma.
The myth says that people would make a pilgrimage to the the sacred Tower of Victory. But only those people who were pure of heart, having already achieved enlightenment, would be able to ascend the spiral staircase inside to reach the very top of the tower. Á Bao A Qu lives at the bottom of the staircase, unconscious and invisible until someone comes to climb the tower. With each step a person takes up the staircase Á Bao A Qu gains more consciousness, beginning to glow in different colors, hoping that this time it will ultimately find itself bathed in the bluish glow of perfection.


The problem is that every human has sinned and therefore is not pure, so no one makes it to the very top of the tower. So Á Bao A Qu, who is dependent on their progress, also can not reach the top of the tower to return home to the dimension of the gods. It moans and sighs as it heads back down the spiral staircase, still following the human pilgrim, losing more colour and solidity with each step, so that by the time it reaches the bottom of the tower it has lost all consciousness again and faded to invisibility. It waits there in limbo until the next person comes to climb the tower.
It is said that only one person, perhaps buddha, has ever reached the top of the tower. Á Bao A Qu must remain in this dimension until the next pure, enlightened person is born.

This pattern is based on texture created by knit and purl stitches, and it is pretty straightforward to knit. It consists of a crenellated tower top, with spiralling steps descending, or ascending.

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