Sunday, December 28, 2008

Entrelac (garterlac) Scarf done!

Well - it's been simply ages since I posted. The days have just whizzed by. I got this scarf done 2 days before Christmas and got it to its recipient - and forgot to take pictures. As usual!

The fiber is Falkland from Laughing Rat Studios (thanks, Jenn!)

and the pattern is from Suzanne Pufpaff of Pufpaff Fiber Mill.

She has some really interesting patterns and I wanted to try her simplest one as I'd never in my life done entrelac. It was a weird experience, but I'm so glad I persevered! I changed her pattern quite a bit (mostly making it narrower), but it still looks much the same as her original one. I used size 6 needles (4mm) - and they were the totally cool Kollage square circular needles. WONDERFUL needles!

The biggest changes I made to the pattern was that I only knitted the leaves up to 30 stitches wide, and I changed the entrelac "rectangles" to squares by using garter instead of stockinette. Then, for the number of stitches in the squares, I kept them at just 8 stitches wide, rather than increasing them up to 10 or 11, as the pattern called for. But other 'n' that - it's just the same!


Delighted Hands said...

WOW! I am an expert knitter but that is one pattern that has eluded me! Your choice of yarn is fantastic-three cheers to you!

Lanora said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Fairy Spun Fibers said...

Hey, thank you, Lanora! Coming from you, that's one heckuva compliment :-) I'm getting braver and trying new things lately. Yay for me!

Fairy Spun Fibers said...

Hi, Delighted! I need to say the same thing to you that I did to Lanora: coming from you, that's a really flattering compliment! I was really twittered when I started the pattern, but I persevered. Reading it was harder than doing it, lemme tell ya! :-) Anyway - it's just a simple matter of what amounts to short-rowing and picking up stitches. I mean...that is IT! Just doing it brings on one of those head-slap moments: "Uh...I could have had a V-8!" Just get on-line and do a search for free entrelac patterns (millions of 'em) and start doing it! It really IS easy (promise!)

Fuin said...

that's two pretty scarfs ;)

Fairy Spun Fibers said...

Thank you, Eruwen! I really enjoyed knitting up both.