Pattern shamelessly stolen from the KnittyOtter's entrelac scarf tutorial. She also has a PDF version in her sidebar that you can print out, which is what I did. I can only knit in front of the computer for so long, ya know.
Yarn is that nasty SWS stuff that Patons makes. I used four skeins in the Natural Slate colorway and all four skeins had knots. Some had knots that did not go with the striping of the yarn and I had to fix their error, so the scarf would look halfway okay.
I did e-mail them and let's just say, I'm done with Patons and leave it there. Ya'll do not want to know. More importantly, I do not want to get into it.
There's a hat to follow, btw. I already have the yarn. Just need to remember how to knit a hat for my favorite little pinhead.
Blocking this was interesting because if you want straight smooth sides, you need to block with some force. However, if you want that fluffy/puffy look that is part of SWS's charm, then you need to help it along by not really blocking at all.
Yeah, I had a good time. o.0
I pinned it down and left it for a few hours before removing the pins and encouraging the texture to come out. Not that 'texture' is the right word, but ya'll know what I mean. I ended up putting this scarf on a cookie rack on top of the fridge to make sure that it got totally dry. It seems to take forever to dry anything on the floor here in the winter.
Creeping damp, anyone?
The entrelac was surprisingly easy to do. The hardest part was remembering to count to six. Don't ask. The tutorial makes entrelac simple to understand and knit, and I am very thankful for that as I wasn't exactly healthy when I knit this. It had a hot bath before blocking, so I figure it's as germ-free as it's going to get.
Can you Lysol wool/soy?