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03-28-2009, 05:04 PM
I just found the scarf I have been looking for to replace a beloved scarf I lost. It is entrelac though, and I have never attempted this technique. I'm sure it like anything else in knitting, once you get the hang of it it's easy, but I don't know where to start. Here is the scarf,...


and I have another question about Noro. Everyone does this stripy knitting and sort of color block work with it, does it do this itself? Stupid question but I don't have a LYS here that carries it. What's the deal with Noro????? :??

03-28-2009, 05:28 PM
Hi, Hartley,
You're right about entrelac...once you get the hang of it, it's still just knit/purl, plus picking up stitches. For me, though, it was easy to lose my place and forget what I had to do next if I put it down for any length of time, so I would suggest you maybe write yourself a note so you can remembere where you are.
I've never used Noro before, but I know most yarn do the striping automatically and you don't have to do anything.
Try the entrelac...it's a lot of fun.

03-28-2009, 05:43 PM
A couple years ago we had a monthly KAL that was based on entrelac. You can find that here. (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54706&highlight=entrelac+kal)

There is a lot of good information in that thread if you don't know where to start with it.

With some self-striping yarns, yes, they can do it themselves. Some people change yarns every row of blocks. You could possibly knit a swatch to see how your yarn's colors change from block to block to get a visual on it.

Jan in CA
03-28-2009, 05:47 PM
There are several entrelac scarves on Ravelry if you want to look at others, too.

You're right, it's easy when you get the hang of it. That first row is the weirdest. :teehee: Here's a tutorial to practice-

And yes, Noro self stripes just like that. It's pretty cool, but I can't wear it so I didn't use it.

03-28-2009, 06:05 PM
I used the second tutorial that Jan posted to help me with the Danica scarf (from knitty.) It really isn't that bad once you get started. Good luck.

03-28-2009, 09:38 PM
Thanks for the info!

Jan: Why can't you wear Noro? Is there something I should know about it before I plunk down $50? Thanks!

I can't wait to get this started! I am knitting a neckwarmer with some horrible handspun shetland right now and I have to finish because,...1. it was expensive and I have to use it for something and 2. I always have to finish what I start before I start something else, very monogamous knitter. It's uncarded and I'm picking out bales of hay and it's oily and I'm having a hard time getting used to it. It's very pretty and very soft so I'm sure once it's done I will like it.

Anyway, thanks again, I'll look over the KAL and the tutorials (didn't know Rav had them!) and get started!!

03-28-2009, 09:42 PM
OK, it looks a little scary. I'm going to have to get pumped up for this one,.....That Noro is going to have to be pretty awesome when it gets here!!!!!

03-28-2009, 10:01 PM
Jan's got a problem with wool next to her skin I believe. That's the reason she can't wear it.

There's another good tutorial at the Yarnpath -

03-28-2009, 10:46 PM
If I recall correctly, Silver has done an entrelac scarf using Paton's SWS. I think she either posted the pattern or project somewhere. It's much cheaper than Noro and you can feel it in the store. The big craft chains carry it. It's cheaper to Noro for your first try anyway.

03-28-2009, 10:48 PM
Hummm. Maybe not such a bad idea to jump in with some cheaper yarn. Never thought about that. I usually just jump in feet first and get to it. I think that a swatch is a good idea. Thanks!

Jan in CA
03-28-2009, 11:44 PM
Yep, my skin is too sensitive and Noro is notoriously scratchy. I can knit with wool, just not wear it next to my neck or shoulders. I've heard that it softens up a bit when washed though...not enough for ME, but it's probably fine for you if you can normally wear wool.

03-30-2009, 02:53 PM
Noro Silk Garden isn't soft by any stretch of the imagination!
It's beautiful alright, but not soft. Not 'neck soft'.

If you make your scarf using Noro Silk Garden, be sure to give it a full bath before blocking, and, second step: use a softener in the final rinse (by hand of course). This will help tame the fibers and the scratchiness.

Everyone has a different tolerance for wool blends,and about what 'soft' means to them! I need warm AND soft around my neck.

Good luck! The Rav scarf is beautiful!

03-30-2009, 09:25 PM
Hummm. Maybe I will wait to buy the yarn. We go through Indianapolis a few times a year and they have an awesome yarn store that I think carries Noro. I think I should feel it myself. I just assumed that so many people making scarves can't be wrong!!! I mean, there are a million striped scarves out of Noro on Ravelry!!!

Thanks for the head's up! I will check it out! I'm actually WAY behind on my jewelry these days so I shouldn't be knitting in the first place! It's just that knitting is easy and designing jewelry, right now, is hard. I suppose it's a message to me that I should be kicking my butt out into the studio and waiting on the new knitting project!

Jan in CA
03-31-2009, 12:51 AM
I think people use it because the colors are gorgeous! When I took the entrelac class I used this-


It's a very soft acrylic and looked great as entrelac. It doesn't have the striking color changes, but it worked for my wool sensitive needs.

03-31-2009, 07:51 AM
OK! Thanks! I think more research is necessary. That will mean HOURS on Ravelry, too bad!!! :teehee:

Thanks everyone!!!