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