Zippy, a new way to join entrelac by Laura Barker
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Zippy, a new way to join entrelac

Knitting
September 2017
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
Finished Measurements: Circumference: 72 inches, or desired Width: from 5 inches for fingering weight yarn to 7 inches for bulky weight.
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Loop scarves are perfect for cold weather; the more you wrap, the warmer they get. There are many great articles on grafting to close the loop. Entrelac also makes a dense warm fabric, but when I experimented with grafting entrelac into a loop, there were too many dead ends. It was possible to graft an individual rectangle, but then you had an end to sew in and needed to join new yarn for the next rectangle. One day it hit me that I could close entrelac working alternating rectangles from two different tiers. Like a zipper, it locks one “tooth” from each side until it is all closed up. Wear this zipped-up entrelac loop to make winter a little warmer.

Required Skills/Skill Level:
Provisional cast on
Working entrelac fabric from chart or written instructions

Finished Measurements:
Circumference: 72 inches, or desired
Width: from 5 inches for fingering weight yarn to 7 inches for bulky weight.

Materials:
This scarf may be knit in any weight yarn from fingering to bulky, using approximately 400-450 yds, regardless of weight. Because both entrelac and ribbing tend to make fabric more dense, go up a needle size or two for a nice drape, US#4/3.5mm for fingering weight up to US#10/6.0mm for bulky weight.
Scarves shown from left to right:
Cascade Eco

Gauge is not critical in this pattern just pick a slightly oversized needle for a nice drape.