Every once in a while, you happen upon a project or pattern or design and something about it just speaks to you. It might have something to do with how much fun it was to knit, or it might be that there was a perfect marriage of yarn to needles or of yarn to pattern.
At any rate, this Shady Cove Cape-Cowl is one of those projects.
I never worked entrelac before, but I did know that I could work the pattern in all one color and have a nice texture, or I could alternate tiers and colors, or that I could find either an ombre effect yarn or one with long color changes so that the blocks gradually turn from one shade to another, or each block has it's own color.
I chose to use Freia Fine Handpaints in a lace weight, but used much larger needles than what the ball band calls for. This resulted in a stretchy cape-cowl thingy that is versatile and can be worn year round: You could either wear it as a cowl under a coat or sweater in cold weather, or as a shoulder cover over a simple top, tank or summer dress during warmer times.
Upsizing is realtively simple. Just add extra units to make the circumference larger, and to make it longer, just add a pair of right- and left-leaning rectangles before binding off. If you are making the smallest size, but longer, be sure to buy two skeins of yarn instead of one.
Three sizes are offered in this pattern.
This is a beginner entrelac project if you have already worked entrelac and know how it works. If you haven't yet been introduced to the technique, I'd consider this an intermediate project with the help of tutorials or a willing buddy who can show you the ropes.
I plan on building a tutorial of my own to offer you because I plan on knitting another one and taking lots of pictures and notes. Once that is complete, I will place a pdf somewhere on this blog so you can take a look.
Here are the particulars:
Small (Medium, Large)
36 (39, 42)” circumference at widest point, unstretched
Make circumference larger by adding extra entrelac units. Can be made longer by adding extra tiers of entrelac.
Freia Fine Handpaints Lace (75% wool, 25% nylon / 645 yds / 75g); Denim, 1 (2, 2) skeins
One 29” long or longer circular (circ) needle US 5 (3.75mm)
One 20” long circular (circ) needle US 3 (3mm)
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Removable stitch marker (opt.), tapestry needle
Each entrelac rectangle measures 3” on the diagonal, after blocking
28 sts and 40 rows = 4” in St st on larger needles, unstretched, after blocking
Size small is shown on my 35.5" bust. Size small shown on Girlfriend as a funky poncho (youth; size 10-12).
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Some helpful entrelac tutorials and resources: