All about the Goodbye Knit Scarf

As I mentioned, I activated my 8th pattern for sale on Ravelry a couple of weeks ago. Now I am finally finding a moment to tell you about it in more detail.

Behind the scenes I am gathering all of the materials I need to teach at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival this weekend and preparing to release the crocheted cowl in the next few days. Since talking about printing handouts and packing up class samples isn’t that interesting, let me use today to do the formal introduction of the scarf I put up for sale last month.

GoodbyeScarfClose_medium2 As I have probably mentioned before, this scarf was conceived in the summer of 2011 for a KAL at my local yarn store. It is called the Goodbye Scarf because the store was saying goodbye to Noro yarn and we thought that an entrelac KAL was the perfect way to commemorate the long color repeats that Noro offers.

Looking back at what I “published” to the yarn store customers shows me how far my pattern design skills have come since then. There was nothing wrong with what I shared, but I’m glad I waited until now to really publish the pattern with my more polished pattern template and having found a great tech editor.

Just to share a bit of fiber industry heresy along with my pattern…I’m not really a Noro fan. I have seen some amazing projects made with it and I applaud the bold color choices, but I just find that most of the colorways are not my style. So even worse than the not-so-great pattern writing was the fact that I never finished my sample! It sat and sat, mocking me from the UFO bin.

Somewhere along the line I was asked to teach an Entrelac class at my LYS. I chose “Quant” from Knitty as the class pattern (with the blessing of the designer) and it was suggested that I use Cascade Casablanca for my class sample. Well, I fell in love with quite a few of the colorways and knew that my entrelac scarf pattern had a future!

GoodbyeScarfOverall_medium2Goodbye Scarf – Knit Version

More than just a basic entrelac scarf, this design uses broken ribbing to accentuate the directionality of the entrelac shapes, and creates a fabric that looks great on both sides. The pattern includes the option for a simple but attractive lace motif in the central diamond, which can be omitted for a gender-neutral result. Worked from end to end, this is a great statement piece for anyone you love to wrap in knitted warmth.

The color-shifting yarn adds another layer of interest to the piece, but the scarf would be just as dramatic in a semi-solid yarn, or with two alternating solid colors. Almost any worsted weight yarn could be substituted in this pattern since the finished object does not require significant blocking to open the lace and the fabric is happy to lie flat.

GoodbyrScarfWrapped_medium2Required Skills: Knitter should have proficiency with knit, purl, yarn over, decreasing, and pattern reading. Instructions include the backwards loop cast on, purling into the front and back of a stitch, and picking up stitches. Previous experience knitting entrelac is helpful, although it is not strictly necessary since the pattern is written in a step-by-step manner. The scarf is worked back and forth from end to end. Progression of entrelac shapes is shown in the schematic diagram. Pattern instructions are written only and are not charted.

Finished Measurements: 9 in. (23 cm) x 80 in. (203 cm)

Gauge: 30 sts and 32 rows = 4″ square (10 cm) after blocking in broken rib

Needles: U.S. size 6 (4.0 mm) needles or size needed to produce noted gauge.

Additional Supplies: Tapestry Needle, Scissors

Yarn: Cascade Casablanca, 60% Wool, 25% Silk, 15% Mohair, 220yds/100g, “Teal & Denim”, 2 skeins

Good Substitutions: Any worsted weight yarn, including handspun yarn in worsted weight. Lighter weight yarns may be substituted for a scarf with a narrower width, but please note that additional yardage would be needed to achieve a finished object with the same length.

Tech Editing by the fabulous cmuralidhara.

Due to the nature of electronic pattern sales, once you have downloaded a pdf file of the pattern, there will be no refunds issued.

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