Entrechat

Finally released!  I had wonderful test knitters for this one, and a great tech editor, Lauren.  I hope you’ll enjoy knitting Entrechat as much as I did.  This is a pattern that looks considerably more complicated than it really is.  The bulky yarn means it knits up fast, and the cables look impressive, but are not terribly difficult.

In ballet, entrechat describes a jump in which the dancer leaps straight upward, crossing his or her legs several times in the air. The cables in Entrechat are reminiscent of this beautiful movement, crossing and uncrossing from arm to arm.  Entrechat is knit flat in one piece and then seamed before the ribbed edging is picked up and knit in the round.  You’ll want to pick a soft, thick yarn like Malabrigo Chunky, that feels great against the skin and makes for a luxurious winter cover up.  This is a great garment for holiday parties, where you may want to wear a short sleeved or sleeveless and garment without freezing.

SIZE

Small (28-34 inch bust), Medium (36-42 inch bust), Large (40-46 inch bust), Extra Large (46-52 inch bust)
Width at widest part of arm: 12”, 13.5”, 15.25”, 16.75”

There is some overlap between sizes. As the shrug does not actually cover the bust, the arm measurements may be more pertinent.

MATERIALS

  • 400 (450, 500, 560) yds bulky weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Chunky Merino 100% merino, 104 yds per 100g skein in color Emerald, 4 skeins used
  • 1 set of U.S size. 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles, straight or circular
  • 1 U.S. size 10 (6 mm) circular needle, 30 inches
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE

11 sts by 17 rows on size 10.5 needles = 4 inches in stockinette stitch (Remember to wash and block your gauge swatch.)

A note on yarn selection: Be sure to choose a yarn that will feel soft against your skin. The shrug is close fitting, and if the yarn is at all scratchy, it will become very uncomfortable when worn over a short sleeve top.

Requires ability to read charts.

$6.50 US dollars

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