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Friday, April 10, 2015


Back in February I taught at the Madison Knitter's Guild Knit-In.  It was my first teaching gig since moving to Wisconsin at the end of August, but I felt very welcome and appreciated by my students.  One of my classes was Intro to Entrelac, which got me thinking about some variations on entrelac knitting.  One of those ideas was combining entrelac with a gradient yarn.  While entrelac and yarns with long color changes, such as Noro, have had a long and illustrious history, entrelac and gradients were an idea which seemed unexplored, at least according to Ravelry.

 So, at the Knit-In marketplace I approached Jaala Spiro of knitcircus yarns with my idea.  Without a moment's hesitation she handed my a gorgeous ball of her Calliope gradient yarn in the Race to the Cookie Jar color way.  With a little math involved to make the most of this single ball, I came up with the CodaChrome cowl.  The name is a nod to both the beautiful colors and the musical inspiration of the yarn name.

The cowl will be making its debut at Chicago's YarnCon next weekend where Jaala will have kits available.  I will be teaching two classes on Saturday - End-to-End (new) and The Thrifty Knitter (second outing) - but will be hanging around her booth when not in class.  Hope to see you there!


  1. I got through Round 1 base triangles. I am unsure which strand to pick up for Round 2, Row 1 (RS) to knit the 8 stitches. You mention picking up only one stitch. The front? Or the back of the top Vs of the base triangles? And from front to back?
    Thank you! I want to finish this beautiful cowl!

    1. Round Two is a purl-oriented round, so you will have the wrong side facing. You will also pick up stitches purlwise, inserting the needle from the back side (RS) to the front side (WS). You are picking up stitches along the side edge of the block where you are. Hope this clears it up for you.

    2. Somewhat... So Row 1 (RS) where you knit 8 is really the wrong side? Perhaps that's why I still had three stitches left after finishing rows 2 & 3 seven more times. Will try again in the morning when my brain is fresh-er. Thank you

    3. Row 1 is worked on the right side, as it is labelled. It's a 'filler' row whose purpose is to get you to the right place, i.e. the top of the block. Rounds 2 & 3 are where you are truly working entrelac. You repeat them until you have 'eaten up' all the stitches left behind from the triangle on the first round.

      Entrelac knitting is a mind shift - instead of working back and forth in horizontal rows as you typically do, you're suddenly knitting tiny rows back and forth on the diagonal. You have to take a leap of faith that it will work - and it does!