When I started knitting this Entrelac scarf, I thought it would be so difficult. I mean, it looks crazy hard, right? On the surface, you’d think I’d be this great knitter since I have eight years of experience under my belt, but I’m really still a beginner. Well, advanced beginner. I am a slow knitter, because I knit a few rows on a project and then don’t pick it up for three weeks. I just finished knitting a sweater for myself that I started in 2006! So when I saw this pattern and wanted to knit it, I thought it would be another really difficult thing that I would need lots of help on. Turns out, once you knit a few (or ten) rows, it’s really not so hard! I did get lots of help in the beginning from the pattern maker (Thanks, Allison!), but after that, It’s been fairly smooth sailing. Of course, there’s the odd square I knit where I end up with nine stitches instead of eight, or the weird edge triangle I knitted where I somehow ended up with a dropped stitch at the base, but only noticed after I had finished knitting the section; but I’m less than halfway through and I’m using the pattern only for reference every now and again. And this is really the most interesting thing I’ve ever knitted. I LOVE this pattern. It is so much fun to knit and never gets boring. The only thing I have to watch out for is zoning out and forgetting to k2tog or ssk.
One other thing: I am using square (square!) knitting needles for this project. I didn’t have a size 8 to knit this project, so I was in my local yarn shop and noticed these needles by Kollage, and let me tell you they are SO COOL. They are supposed to be good for reducing hand fatigue – you don’t have to grip the needles as hard – so if you have arthritis, they would be good, but I find them great to knit with even without arthritis. The cable is also super flexible and it never gets up in my face like regular, springy cables do, which is actually the reason I bought them. The only thing I don’t like is that the finish is wearing off on the tips of the needles, but I suppose that’s only cosmetic.
Pattern: Entrelac scarf pattern by Allison LoCicero
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite, colorway 2011
Needles: square (!), size 8