Entrelac Boho Scarf - Pattern

I'm currently experiencing a bit of an entrelac revolution in my knitting life. Before recently, this was never a knitting style I much enjoyed and in my mind I relegated it to old-lady patterns: that weird way to spice up the front of a boring sweater. It does not require much googling to uncover all the dreadful things people have done with entrelac.

Entrelac reentered my repertoire a few months ago through a rainbow-colored baby blanket pattern a friend selected as the gift I should make for her infant son. The resulting blanket was stunning (pictures to follow soon, with baby!) and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed working it up. 

Yarnbox sent around shipments of Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK in January, 2015. This one stumped me for a while. It's a slow-changing variegated yarn, made of two different color strands wound together, each of which changes color slowly, irrespective of the color of the other thread. Definitely a unique look, but the yarn wound up self-striping on a number of swatches I tested with it, which isn't a style I really like. I would imagine that someone more proficient with crochet techniques than I would be able to harness the colors effectively. Eventually I settled on entrelac to showcase the colors; a 10-stitch entrelac catches the color change perfectly so that each triangle is slightly different than the next. I would love to hear other ideas for how to use the colors in this yarn - please leave a comment below!

Using entrelac to harness the color in a slow-changing variegated yarn might not be the most original knitting I've done in my life, but I was really pleased with how this scarf turned out. It's exactly what I want to pair with jeans and a white top on an autumn day.

Note: The pattern for this scarf is included below, but is also available as a free Ravelry download here.

PATTERN

If you are new to entrelac, there are a number of great tutorials on youtube, such as here

MATERIALS

Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK: two hanks in the same colorway (shown above in colorway PX, but they have a great selection of colors!)
One pair straight or circular needle size 9

GAUGE

Gauge is not critical for this project

ABBREVIATIONS

PFB - purl into front and back of stitch
SSK - slip stitch, slip stitch, knit two slipped stitches together
SL - slip stitch

PATTERN

Cast on 40 sts loosely

Base Row:
K2, turn
P1, Sl1, turn
K3, turn
P2, Sl1, turn
K4, turn
P3, Sl1, turn
K5, turn
P4, Sl1, turn
K6, turn
P5, Sl1, turn
K7, turn
P6, Sl1, turn
K8, turn
P7, Sl1, turn
K9, turn
P8, Sl1, turn
K10, turn
P9, Sl1, turn
K10, do not turn

Repeat three times more. You will end up with a total of four triangles on the needles.

Right-Handed Row:
P2, turn
K2, turn
Pfb, P2tog (NOTE: the last P2tog of each row joins last stitch of new triangle with one stitch on the needles), turn
K3, turn
Pfb, P1, P2tog, turn
K4, turn
Pfb, P2, P2tog, turn
K5, turn
Pfb, P3, P2tog, turn
K6, turn
Pfb, P4, P2tog, turn
K7, turn
Pfb, P5, P2tog, turn
K8, turn
Pfb, P6, P2tog, turn
K9, turn
Pfb, P7, P2tog, do not turn
 

*Pick up 10 sts, turn
K9, Sl1, turn
P9, P2tog (joining last stitch of new triangle with one stitch on the left needle), turn
Repeat these two rows nine times more (until all stitches from base triangle are joined)*

Repeat from * to * twice more 

Pick up 10 sts, turn
K9, Sl1, turn
P8, P2tog, turn
K8, SL1, turn
P7, P2tog, turn
K7, Sl1, turn
P6, P2tog, turn
K6, Sl1, turn
P5, P2tog, turn
K5, Sl1, turn
P4, P2tog, turn
K4, Sl1, turn
P3, P2tog, turn
K3, Sl1, turn
P2, P2tog, turn
K2, Sl1, turn
P1, P2tog, turn
K1, SL1, turn
P2tog, turn
Slip last stitch to right hand needle

Left-Handed Row:
Pick up nine more stitches (10 total), turn
P9, SL1, turn
K2, (K2tog, yo) 3 times, K1, SSK (joining last stitch of new triangle with one stitch on the left needle), turn
Repeat these two rows eight times more, then
P9, Sl1, turn
K9, SSK, do not turn

Repeat this triangle three times more

Repeat the Right-Handed Row and Left-Handed Row until scarf is desired length (NOTE: entrelac "grows" a lot when blocked). End on Right-Handed Row and bind off as follows:

Bind-Off Row:
Pick up ten more stitches (11 total)
P9, P2tog, turn
K9, SSK, turn
P8, P2tog, turn
K8, SSK, turn
P7, P2tog, turn
K7, SSK, turn
P6, P2tog, turn
K6, SSK, turn
P5, P2tog, turn
K5, SSK, turn
P4, P2tog, turn
K4, SSK, turn
P3, P2tog, turn
K3, SSK, turn
P2, P2tog, turn
K2, SSK, turn
P1, P2tog, turn
K1, SSK, turn
P2tog, turn
SSK, do not turn

Repeat three times more, bind off final stitch.