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Entrelac Scarf

Entrelac Scarf

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This pattern calls for 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden which produced a scarf 61 inches long and 6.5 inches wide (unblocked). Gauge is not important.

If you have questions or wish to discuss this pattern, there is an Entrelac Scarf discussion thread in the Freckles & Purls Ravelry group.

Are you new to entrelac? Staci Perry of verypink created a wonderful video tutorial based on this pattern. Download the pattern and follow along with her as she teaches you every step involved in the making of this scarf!

One question I get a lot is about the k2togs at the end of the wrong-side rows in the Right Side Triangle. The k2tog decrease in the pattern is the correct decrease (Staci works a p2tog in the above video). The k2tog decrease results in a kind of garter stitch edging along the side of the scarf (almost like little bumps running up the sides). Those little bumps are created in the Left Side Triangle by knitting the first stitch of all of the wrong-side (purl) rows.

If you don’t want the garter stitch edge you can purl the first stitch of every wrong-side row of the Left Side Triangle and then do a p2tog at the end of every wrong-side row of the Right Side Triangle.

So the choice is really up to you as to which look you prefer, but once you decide on “bumps” or “no bumps”, you just need to be consistent and make that change in BOTH side triangles so that you don’t end up with bumps down one side of the scarf and no bumps down the other!

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Entrelac Scarf Tutorial

I Tweeted and Facebooked about this back in December but realized I never gave it the proper blog post it deserved!

I was honored to be contacted by Staci Perry of asking if she could film an entrelac tutorial based on my Entrelac Scarf Pattern. Those of you familiar with Staci’s tutorials know how wonderful they are!

If you are new to entrelac knitting (or intimidated by it!) this video will make you an entrelac pro! You can download my pattern and follow along as Staci walks you through every step!

And please visit Staci’s website for more wonderful tutorials!




Six Years of Entrelac

Entrelac Scarf

I realized the other day that today marks six years since I posted the pattern for my Entrelac Scarf on this blog. It was a pre-Ravelry era, and I posted it here because I thought maybe one or two of you would be interested in it. (And you were! Actually more than one or two of you!) I never imagined I’d ever write knitting patterns, and this one came out of pure frustration at the lack of decent, well-written, easy-to-understand instructions for a simple entrelac scarf. So I did my best to create just that and put it out there for anyone who wanted it.

Then Ravelry happened.

The pattern was added to Ravelry on May 9, 2007, when Ravelry was just shy of one month old, and from there things just soared. I added it to Craftsy in January of this year, and between those two sites, it has been downloaded more than 50,000 times! Since it was added to Ravelry, it has consistently ranked in the Top 50 Scarf Patterns (it’s #36 as I write this) out of over 22,500 scarf patterns (and that number grows every day!). The same is true over at Craftsy where it has consistently stayed in their Top 20 list for ALL Free Knitting Patterns (it’s ranked #1 as I write this!).

It was published in Spool magazine’s Winter 2011 issue and has been used in dozens of yarn shops around the world to teach knitters the art of entrelac knitting (including a few classes taught by yours truly!). It was even used by Staci Perry for her online Entrelac tutorial.

I never imagined in a million years how successful this pattern would be, and I must say that it really planted the design seed in my head. Of course, it took me five years to come out with my next pattern (my Flower Market Shawl), but I promise new patterns are in the pipeline!

I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to the little pattern that launched a new path for me. And to the thousands of knitters out there who have downloaded and knit it, I say THANK YOU. ♥


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