Variegated Entrelac-ish Scarf

I fall in love with beautiful yarn.  Especially skeins of multi-coloured, hand-spun stuff… even though they’re tricky to knit up.  When I’m not careful they make awkward and garish stripes that no one with a right mind wants to wear.  I’ve heard other knitters refer to the effect as expensive “clown-puke,” which I think is about right.  Seems as if you have to figure out what the too-awesome-to-be-pushed-around yarn wants to be.  This is my latest love story:

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It took me 20 seconds in the yarn shop to decide to commit, and 2 days trying different patterns to understand its temperament.

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One of my daughters collects little treasures like pinecones, nuts and leaves.  The bumpy, two-sides, criss-crossed textures and curly edges of the things she brought home this week gave me the idea to try a false-entrelac stitch.

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It’s working beautifully.  I’m using 8 mm needles (because bigger needles make softer material).  For this false entrelac stitch, you cast on a multiple of 4 plus 2 stitches – here I’ve cast on 30. Then the pattern goes like this:

Row 1: K2, CF4 to the end

Row 2 (and every even row): Purl

Row 3: CB4 to the end, K2

…and so on.  It’s just enough structure to let the yarn show off its fancy-footwork.

*CF4 is a front cable stitch: slip two stitches onto a cable holder and keep it in front of your work, knit the next two stitches, and then knit the two stitches from the cable holder.  CB4 is a back cable: slip two stitches onto a cable holder and keep it behind your work, knit the next two stitches, and then knit the two stitches from the cable holder.

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